Although Eddie Jones recently announced his 33 man squad to take on Australia in the final autumn test of the year, a number of EQPs have been in outstanding form in the Premiership.
We take a look at the stats from last weekend’s round of Premiership rugby and unveil all the star performers.
Top 5 EQP Tacklers
|Ben Curry||Sale Sharks||22|
|Andrew Kitchener||Worcester Warriors||19|
|Ross Harrison||Sale Sharks||17|
|Josh Beaumont||Sale Sharks||17|
It’s great to see so many young English players topping the tackle counts this week. Keep an eye on the Curry brothers at Sale – identical twins and both playing at openside flanker. Despite losing out to Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, Ben Curry put in an impressive performance.
In second place is former Bristol Director of Rugby Andy Robinson’s son, Olly, who tackled his heart out in Bristol’s 16 – 21 narrow loss to Leicester Tigers.
Top 5 EQP Carriers
|Thomas Waldrom||Exeter Chiefs||21|
|Olly Woodburn||Exeter Chiefs||16|
England’s forgotten man, Exeter Chiefs’ Waldrom, managed 21 carries as his side thwarted Worcester 57 – 22.
Gloucester number eight Morgan put in 20 carries in his side’s 24 – 20 loss to champions Saracens. However, Eddie Jones has opted to bring back Jack Clifford into his plans for Australia and ignored the chance to recall former international stalwart Morgan. Clifford’s 17 carries would have helped his cause no end.
Top 5 EQP Metres Made
|Olly Woodburn||Exeter Chiefs||107|
With Elliot Daly currently banned for three weeks, Eddie Jones has chosen to stick with his existing wing options in Rokoduguni, Yarde and May.
However, Christian Wade continues to impress for Wasps, making 131 metres in their defeat of Sale Sharks.
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Top 5 EQP Lineouts Won
|Jonny Hill||Exeter Chiefs||9|
|Jamie Gibson||Northampton Saints||9|
|Josh Beaumont||Sale Sharks||9|
|Graham Kitchener||Leicester Tigers||6|
|Will Witty||Newcastle Falcons||6|
|Calum Green||Newcastle Falcons||6|
Young lock Jonny Hill was in impressive form for Exeter, but recalled England hopeful Josh Beaumont also continued to show his prominence in the lineout. Could Jones be tempted to hand the Sharks captain his first cap against the Wallabies?
Top 5 EQP Defenders Beaten
|Marcus Watson||Newcastle Falcons||9|
|Olly Woodburn||Exeter Chiefs||6|
|Thomas Waldrom||Exeter Chiefs||5|
As Newcastle Falcons recorded a famous 22 – 16 win against 14 men Northampton Saints, Marcus Watson managed to beat 9 defenders in a number of impressive runs.
Top 5 EQP Offloads
|Ollie Devoto||Exeter Chiefs||2|
Bristol’s Will Hurrell continues to prove his worth with three offloads in his side’s defeat to Leicester, with Harlequins duo Lambert and axed England squad member Yarde also showing off their skills in this area.
Top 5 EQP Turnovers Won
|Michael Paterson||Northampton Saints||4|
|Josh Beaumont||Sale Sharks||2|
England XV representative Michael Paterson was head and shoulders above everyone else at gaining turnovers this weekend.
Top 5 EQP Breaks
|James Short||Exeter Chiefs||5|
Exeter Chiefs’ James Short made short work of Worcester’s defence last weekend, with the winger running in one of his club’s eight tries.
All statistics provided by Opta on behalf of Premiership Rugby.
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