Comparing Results Shows Interesting Match Up In Round 9

Commentators can get carried away looking at the top level stats and ignore the underlying story.

It felt a bit like that after the last round of games in the Aviva Premiership, with some accepting the fact that Leicester Tigers return to . The five point win against London Welsh put them up from the bottom quarter of the table to the top half, and just out of a play off spot.

Things were not quite as rosy as that, as many Tigers fans will tell you.

This season the average number of tries scored against London Welsh is 6.25.

Only one team has failed to get a try bonus against the re-promoted club, Newcastle Falcons, the club in tenth place in the league now (London Irish in eleventh are yet to play Welsh).

The Tigers are, after Falcons, the club to score the fewest tries against Welsh, with only four tries (Gloucester scored five; Sharks six; Chiefs, Bath and Quins seven).

Leicester’s round nine clash is interesting because it pitches them against Wasps who crossed the line eleven times against Welsh in round seven, the week before Leicester’s match.

The good news for Leicester is they should have players returning from injury, but will those players be able to improve what is looking a lacklustre attack compared to the other clubs in the top half of the Premiership?

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