Statistics can Lie

The drawn series between the Lions and the All Blacks was compulsive viewing and kept everyone on the edge of their seats (sofa in my case) right up to the final whistle of the 3rd test in Auckland.

It continues to rankle with New Zealanders and their media that the Lions managed to stop them winning the series despite the Lions only being ahead for just 3 minutes across all 3 tests – blimey that must suck (lol)

Here is how the two teams rank in the stats tracked by Opta, as well as the standout individuals from all three tests.

Metres per game

All Blacks – 409

Lions – 330

All Blacks leader – Rieko Ioane 45.3

Lions leader – Jonathan Davies 57

Tackles per game

All Blacks – 87

Lions – 127

All Blacks leader – Sam Whitelock 9.3

Lions leader – Taulupe Faletau 12.6

Missed tackles per game

All Blacks – 14

Lions – 16

All Blacks leader – Kieran Read 1.6

Lions leader – Owen Farrell 1.8

Tackling Percentage

All Blacks – 85%

Lions – 90.5%

Kicking percentage

All Blacks – 75%

Lions – 85.7%

Clean Breaks per game

All Blacks – 6

Lions – 4.7

All Blacks leader – Rieko Ioane and Jordie Barrett 1

Lions leader – Jonathan Davies 2.5

Defenders Beaten per game

All Blacks – 16

Lions – 14.3

All Blacks leader – Beauden Barrett 3.3

Lions leader – Anthony Watson 2

Penalties per game

All Blacks – 7.6

Lions – 9.6

All Blacks leader – Brodie Retallick 1.3

Lions leader – Dan Cole 1.2

Turnovers Conceded per game

All Blacks – 13.6

Lions – 16

All Blacks leader – Beauden Barrett 2

Lions leader – Liam Williams 3

Turnovers Won per game

All Blacks – 5.6

Lions – 4.6

All Blacks leader – Sam Cane and Israel Dagg 1

Lions leader – Three players tied (1)

Lineout Success Percentage

All Blacks – 86.1%

Lions – 83.8%

As always the game is rarely played by statisticians!

 

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