Stat Attack: Wests Tigers climbing back to attacking best
Tue 21 May 2019, 02:26
Michael Maguire’s coaching career at Wests Tigers has been a rollercoaster so far but the premiership-winning mentor is slowly fixing the club’s attacking woes of recent years.
The Tigers are on track to score 20 points a game across a season for the first time since 2016 after slumping to 15th in attack last year despite a ninth-place finish.
They are currently scoring 19.2 points scored a game, well above the 15.7 points they scored each week under Ivan Cleary last year.
Maguire’s side is ranked sixth for tries scored with 34 after 10 rounds, and are on track to easily pass last year’s total of 61 in 24 games.
Remarkably they rank 15th in the league for line breaks, behind the Panthers, but have managed to score through non-break plays.
While Maguire’s men failed to record a win over Melbourne, their 22 points scored was the highest recorded against last year’s grand finalists in six seasons.
Maguire spent four seasons at Melbourne as an assistant coach under Craig Bellamy to help the heavyweight club begin their dominant ways in attack before signing with Wigan.
His return to Australia in 2012 saw the former South Sydney coach average 21.8 points in attack across six seasons at Redfern.
Defensively the Wests Tigers have been just as sound in defence as last season, conceding 19.4 per game. This figure was severely inflated by the club’s 51-6 loss to the Eels on Easter Monday.
If you take away that loss, the side’s overall defence would sit at 15.9 points conceded per game.
The Roosters and Storm challenged for the 2018 Telstra Premiership on the back of a defensive record of 15.1 per game throughout the regular season.
- another interesting stat, the 3 fastest people in the storm vs tigers game, was Ryan Papenhauzen ( his top speed came from his linebreak), JAC, and Jennings who apparently reached a top speed chasing ryan*