We take a look at last weekend’s Premiership action and pick out the best and most interesting statistics from across all six games.
Gloucester 31 – Leicester 38
Comeback kings: Leicester’s 38 – 31 victory over Gloucester after being down 31 – 7 with 30 minutes remaining is the biggest turnaround in the club’s 138-year history.
Second half blues for the Cherry and Whites: In the last four games that Gloucester have led at half time in the Premiership, they have gone on to lose. David Humphreys and his coaches need to find a way to get a stranglehold on and close out games.
Class signing: New Leicester player JP Pietersen was involved in three of Leicester’s tries: scoring one himself and assisting with two others. No other player was as successful as the Springbok winger across the whole opening weekend of Premiership action.
Saracens 35 – Worcester 3
Wrecking ball: England and Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola made more carries than anyone in the Premiership this weekend, making 23 in total. His nearest competitors were Gloucester’s Luke Marshall and Sale’s TJ Ioane, who both made 18.
To a standstill: In contrast, Worcester’s Marco Mama was the Premiership’s highest tackler for the first few days of action, with 19 in total – a score shared with TJ Ioane.
Take a load off: Vunipola was also the league’s best offloaders this weekend with a total of five, with team-mates Mike Ellery, Schalk Brits and Sean Maitland providing two apiece. No Worcester players appear in the top 25.
Wasps 25 – Exeter Chiefs 20
A good year: Wasps have so far won every game at the Ricoh Arena in 2016. However, Saturday’s victory was Wasps’ first win against the Chiefs in four league matches.
Body on the line: Wasps’ new signing Tommy Taylor certainly showed his commitment to the black jersey after making 18 tackles against the Chiefs. Exeter’s best tackler was Julian Salvi on 14.
Hail to the chief: Olly Woodburn made 13 carries for his club, although team-mate Thomas Waldrom additionally made 11 carries in total.
Newcastle 19 – Sale 17
So good they named him twice: Newcastle’s Sinoti Sinoti was the pick of a determined bunch for the Falcons, with the winger making 100 metres in the game (the second highest in the whole opening weekend), and was the joint best in terms of defenders beaten, with both him and Saracens’ Sean Maitland getting past seven defenders.
Up in the air: Former England U20s lock Calum Green won more lineout ball than any other player this weekend, securing seven lineouts for Newcastle.
A miss is as good as a mile: It’s a game Sale winger Neville Edwards will want to forget, with the Shark missing four tackles in total.
Harlequins 21 – Bristol 19
Crime and punishment: Bristol’s number eight Jordan Crane was the most costly player in terms of penalties last weekend, giving away a total of five. His team-mate Soane Tonga’uiha was in third place on three.
Turnovers galore: Chris Robshaw, Jack Clifford, Dave Ward and Rob Buchanan all achieved two turnovers each for Harlequins, with Jack Lam, Chris Brooker and Jon Fisher doing the same for the visitors.
Running man: Tusi Pisi made 137 metres for Bristol, the most in the Premiership so far this season.
Northampton 14 – Bath 18
The Jannie de Beer Award for Excellence: Fly-half George Ford slotted over two drop goals for Bath, half their total of four from last season.
Tres bien: New Northampton signing Louis Picamoles made an immediate impact for his club, making 14 carries and 4 offloads.
England calling: Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni made 76 metres and beat 4 defenders, carrying on his excellent form from the tail end of last season.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena
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