The Stat Line: Mark Bennett

The Stat Line: Mark Bennett

Stay in the know with the Principal & Prosper Stat Line as we bring you our star players' stats and figures from the 2019-20 season so far.

This week, we look at centre Mark Bennett's outstanding season so far, as the Scotland star bounced back from injury with some eye-popping offensive stats - all brought to you by Main Club Sponsor Principal & Prosper.

Tries scored: 7

Bennett's season got off to the perfect start as the centre grabbed a hat-trick in the home opener against Zebre, before grabbing the winning try away to Cardiff Blues the following weekend.

With six tries in the Guinness PRO14, only six players have tallied more than him so far, while Duhan van der Merwe (7) is the only Edinburgh player to have scored more tries in the league than him this season.

Metres gained: 528

The Scotland cap has been back to his electric and stepping best in Edinburgh's midfield, clocking up 528 total metres gained across both the Challenge Cup and Guinness PRO14.

Bennett has benefited hugely from a full pre-season and playing consistently alongside centre partner Matt Scott. Bennett currently ranks 17th in total metres made in the PRO14 just behind Scarlets and Wales international Johnny McNicholl.

Defenders beaten: 32

The centre has been stepping through opposition drift defences all season and currently trails only Duhan van der Merwe, Matt Scott and Nick Haining in the squad in this offensive stat.

With so many attacking weapons surrounding him, including Blair Kinghorn and Darcy Graham in the wide channels, Bennett's ability to beat a man and offload has led to four try assists in the league alone.

Clean breaks: 18

Beating a man is one thing, but making clean breaks through an opposition defence is perhaps the hallmark of a great centre - and Bennett's ability to not only pierce through a gap, but make yards after contact has been brilliant.

With 15 cleans breaks in the PRO14 alone so far, Bennett sits in fourth place, with teammates Duhan van der Merwe and Matt Scott ahead of him.

Appearances: 16

Although a simple stat, this is perhaps the most impressive of the season. Bennett has stayed fit and healthy this year, featuring in 16 total matches. Double the amount he played in 2019-20. This is brilliant for Mark who has bounced back superbly from two injury hit campaigns - and, long may it continue!

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