Looking at the numbers

Vodafone Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell scores his eighth try of the season against South Sydney on Sunday. Copyright photo: Photosport


South Sydney had the numbers that mattered most the score-line of 30-13 but the Vodafone Warriors didnt want for significant statistical contributors in Sunday nights high-quality 17th-round NRL match at nib Stadium in Perth.


Each of the Vodafone Warriors back five cracked 100 metres while five forwards made 32 tackles or more with hooker Nathan Friend producing a game-high 60.


Centre Konrad Hurrell mixed his trademark brand of powerhouse attack with yet another strong defensive performance, as he has done in each of his last three outings.


After making 191 metres against the Roosters and 247 metres against Brisbane, Hurrell maintained his high standards with 144 metres from 14 runs as well as seven tackle breaks, a line break and a try against the Bunnies.


As happened in each of the previous two matches, Hurrell was a target on defence but again stood up to the challenge impressively making 22 tackles and missing only one; against the Roosters he made 18 tackles and missed two while against the Broncos he made 18 tackles and had no misses.


The best defensive numbers against South Sydney were produced by Todd Lowrie (32 tackles) and Ben Matulino (28), who each had no misses and no ineffective tackles, while captain Simon Mannering finished with 33 tackles with one miss and one ineffective tackle. Friends total of 60 tackles in an 80-minute effort was followed by Elijah Taylor with 43 in 73 minutes and Jacob Lillyman with 38 in 53 minutes.


A run through key team indicators revealed there wasn't a lot between the teams on a number of measures. South Sydney had a 79 per cent completion rate (30/38) compared to the Vodafone Warriors 73 per cent (27/37); Souths made 1494 metres from 164 runs, the Vodafone Warriors 1440 from 159; the line breaks favoured the Vodafone Warriors 4-2; South Sydney made 330 tackles, the Vodafone Warriors 344 and the missed tackles count read 20-30 in South Sydneys favour.


However, the stats in the second half were a reflection of the Rabbitohs' 24-point effort. They completed 16 of 21 sets, the Vodafone Warriors only 10 of 16; they dominated metres gained with 906 from 99 runs compared to the Vodafone Warriors 560 from 64 runs; they missed only seven tackles, the Vodafone Warriors 19. South Sydney was also able to benefit from a significant edge in play the ball speed with 21 fast play the balls to the Vodafone Warriors nine.


Individually South Sydney had the two most dominant ground gainers among all players in the game, prop George Burgess with 186 metres from 20 runs and loose forward Sam Burgess with 163 from 16. No other forward on either side topped 100 metres.


The Vodafone Warriors leading individual numbers were:


Most runs: 15 Dane Nielsen; 14 Konrad Hurrell, Kevin Locke; 13 Ngani Laumape; 12 Jacob Lillyman; 11 Feleti Mateo, Charlie Gubb; 10 Ben Matulino, Sam Rapira, Simon Mannering, Elijah Taylor.


Most metres: 155 Glen Fisiiahi; 144 Konrad Hurrell; 132 Ngani Laumape; 127 Dane Nielsen; 109 Kevin Locke; 98 Jacob Lillyman; 94 Ben Matulino; 90 Feleti Mateo; 89 Sam Rapira; 86 Charlie Gubb; 84 Thomas Leuluai; 80 Simon Mannering.


Most tackle breaks: 7 Konrad Hurrell; 4 Thomas Leuluai; 3 Glen Fisiiahi.


Most tackles: 60 Nathan Friend; 43 Elijah Taylor; 38 Jacob Lillyman; 33 Simon Mannering; 32 Todd Lowrie; 28 Ben Matulino.


Fewest missed tackles: 0 Todd Lowrie, Ben Matulino, Dane Nielsen, Shaun Johnson; 1 Simon Mannering, Konrad Hurrell, Charlie Gubb, Ngani Laumape.