The Stat Line: Duhan van der Merwe

The Stat Line: Duhan van der Merwe

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.

First up: we take a look at Duhan van der Merwe's impressive start to the year with some eye-popping offensive stats, all brought to you by Main Club Sponsor Principal & Prosper.

Tries scored: 11

The winger has been in scintillating form so far this year, crossing the whitewash on 11 different occasions in all competitions.

Van der Merwe popped up with a brace in the Challenge Cup win over Wasps, while the winger dotted down in five consecutive games earlier this campaign: Southern Kings, Bordeaux-Bègles, Agen, Scarlets and Connacht.

Van der Merwe has 31 career tries for the club, the most of any player in the squad.

Metres made: 1,234

Van der Merwe leads both the Guinness PRO14 and Challenge Cup in metres made so far this season, as he continued his offensive surge on both fronts.

The winger's characteristic bolts from deep have seen him score end-to-end scores against Scarlets in the Guinness PRO14 and Bordeaux-Bègles in the Challenge Cup. With 765 metres in the league alone, Van der Merwe's nearest competitor is Cheetah's Rhyno Smith (742m).

Clean breaks: 38

There is perhaps no better strike runner in the Guinness PRO14 and Van der Mere has once again shown that in 2019-20 with a staggering amount of clean breaks.

With first phases tries against Southern Kings and Wasps, the winger has shown a deadly ability to beat his opposite man at the first time of asking. Van der Merwe leads the PRO14 in this category with 27 cleans breaks, with Matt Scott (16) and Mark Bennett (15) not far behind.

Defenders beaten: 89

Much like his ability to make clean breaks, the wingers knack for swatting off would-be defenders is equally as impressive. You can often lose count of how many 'first men' Van der Merwe beats while taking the ball on at pace, as shown by his impressive tally of defenders beaten.

With 61 in the Guinness PRO14 alone, the winger is once again a leader in his category. Rhyno Smith sits in second place with 49, while Matt Scott hits the top five on 34.

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