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|
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.
So proud of the team 2day. What a performance.The support was unreal. Thanks for all the tweets of support. Enjoy the rest of your Christmas
— Tom Varndell (@Tom_Varndell) December 26, 2016
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.
|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|
|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.
|Jack Nowell||Exeter Chiefs||6|
|Ellis Genge||Leicester Tigers||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|
|Freddie Burns||Leicester Tigers||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.
|Manu Tuilagi||Leicester Tigers||2|
|Callum Chick||Newcastle Falcons||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.
|Alex Waller||Northampton Saints||2|
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena
All stats provided by Opta for Premiership Rugby.