The inaugural Guinness PRO14 season has come to an end and no one can begrudge Leinster from lifting the trophy on Saturday after they produced a stellar season both domestically and at European level.
For the most part, the addition of the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs has been a success. Although many will point to the poor showing and heavy beatings the Kings took throughout the season, it must be said that they had little to no preseason and were signing players on a last minute basis.
Guinness PRO14 and Opta have released statistics for the season gone by and they offer an interesting insight into which teams performed the best in various different categories such as clean breaks, offloads, tackles, goalkicking % etc.
One of the names which jumps out is that of Zebre. The Italian side finished the season with the most offloads of any other team in the competition with 210 to their name. They were closely followed by the Cheetahs (200) and the Scarlets (193).
Bottom of the pile in this regard was Edinburgh with 139 offloads while the Ospreys (141) and Ulster (144) make up the bottom three in the table.
Zebre, under the tutelage of Michael Bradley, have produced some excellent results this season including doing the double over Connacht and most recently, recording home wins over the Ospreys and the Dragons.
— Seán McMahon (@Sean_McMahon89) May 29, 2018