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England Watch: The Best Performers This Week

After another engaging and enthralling round of Aviva Premiership rugby, we take a look at the England qualified players making the most impact for their clubs.

Top EQP Tacklers

Northampton Saints have been revelling in their 24 – 5 victory after a poor run of games – losing four matches on the trot – but the win over Sale Sharks has given the Franklins’ Gardens club confidence, and their defence was at the heart of their performance.

The top 5 English tacklers in the Premiership for this week were all from the same club, with England lock Courtney Lawes topping the count with an astounding 23 tackles, with fellow test player Wood in second on 22.

Courtney Lawes Northampton Saints 23
Tom Wood Northampton Saints 22
Mike Haywood Northampton Saints 19
Alex Waller Northampton Saints 18
Teimana Harrison Northampton Saints 18

Top EQP Carriers

Sales’ Sam James tops the carry count with 20 – an impressive stat.

Once again Sale Sharks’ Cameron Neild makes the top five – the flanker and hooker is an amazingly consistent carrier of the ball for his club.

England EPS squad member Ellis Genge had a good game for the Tigers even though they were humbled 31 – 10 by Exeter Chiefs, making 19 carries.

Jonny May shows he’s not happy to just stand out on his wing, constantly looking for work and joining a list dominated by forwards.

Sam James Sale Sharks 20
Ellis Genge Leicester Tigers 19
Cameron Neild Sale Sharks 17
Jonny May Gloucester 16
Jackson Wray Saracens 15

Top EQP Metres Made

A first Premiership win for Bristol this season and a truly heroic performance from Tom Varndell that saw the ex-Leicester and England man back to his very best scoring a vital hat-trick against Worcester Warriors.

Semesa Rokoduguni and Olly Woodburn, two regulars in the metres made stats in the Premiership, continue to make the list, as well as the ‘other’ Watson brother Marcus, who is emerging as a top flight star in his own right up in Newcastle.

Tom Varndell Bristol 116
Semesa Rokoduguni Bath 95
Olly Woodburn Exeter Chiefs 91
Chris Pennell Worcester Warriors 91
Marcus Watson Newcastle Falcons 85

Top EQP Lineouts Won

Young Jonny Hill continues to make quite some impression down at Sandy Park, winning 9 lineout balls for his club and putting him joint top of the stats with Graham Kitchener of Leicester Tigers.

England squad members Josh Beaumont and Tom Wood continue to prove their worth for their clubs, while Darren Barry and Charlie Matthews put in some fantastic performances at the set piece.

Jonny Hill Exeter Chiefs 9
Graham Kitchener Leicester Tigers 9
Charlie Matthews Harlequins 8
Josh Beaumont Sale Sharks 7
Darren Barry Worcester Warriors 5
Tom Wood Northampton Saints 5

Top EQP Defenders Beaten

Wasps wing Wade is the talk of the town once more after scoring a hat-trick against league rivals Bath, including one scintillating effort where he got past most of the opposition.

Yet incumbents Jack Nowell and Elliot Daly showed how important they are in attack for their teams, whilst Will Hurrell, Manu Tuilagi, Mike Haley and Ellis Genge would have hoped to have gained the attentions of the England coaches with some superb runs.

Christian Wade Wasps 7
Jack Nowell Exeter Chiefs 6
Will Hurrell Bristol 6
Ellis Genge Leicester Tigers 5
Elliot Daly Wasps 5
Manu Tuilagi Leicester Tigers 5
Mike Haley Sale Sharks 5


Top EQP Offloaders

[Insert appropriate Genge pun here – seriously, it’s not easy]. Ellis Genge crops up once more as the best English offloader in the Premiership this week. He’s not doing us old fashioned props any favours.

Ellis Genge Leicester Tigers 5
Jonny May Gloucester 4
Freddie Burns Leicester Tigers 3
Elliot Daly Wasps 3
Sam James Sale 3
Alex Rieder Wasps 3


Top EQP Turnovers Won

Wasps really got the better of Bath at the breakdown last weekend and it shows in the stats with three of their players making the leaderboard for turnovers.

Christian Wade Wasps 3
Marland Yarde Harlequins 3
Will Hurrell Bristol 3
Manu Tuilagi Leicester Tigers 2
Callum Chick Newcastle Falcons 2
Kyle Eastmond Wasps 2
Nathan Hughes Wasps 2
Matt Garvey Bath 2

Top EQP Clean Breaks

Young English centre Joe Marchant is proving to be quite some player at Harlequins this season. Can he find a way in to the England team ahead of both Elliot Daly and Jonathan Joseph? Either way, it’s some serious depth that the national team are now building at outside centre.


Tom Varndell Bristol 4
Joe Marchant Harlequins 3
Christian Wade Wasps 3
Semesa Rokoduguni Bath 3
Joe Launchbury Wasps 2
Jonny May Gloucester 2
Ross Batty Bath 2
Jack Clifford Harlequins 2
Alex Waller Northampton Saints 2
Charlie Sharples Gloucester 2
Chris Ashton Saracens 2

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

All stats provided by Opta for Premiership Rugby.

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