The average rugby league fan loves a statistic.
Whether it’s penalties, yellow or red cards, missed tackles or tries and assists, supporters are always keen to see how their teams are doing.
In recent weeks, Serious About Rugby League have identified the most disciplined and ill-disciplined sides in the league as well as the ones that have been awarded the most penalties.
Now, we have decided to assess which clubs have missed the most tackles – and the results are perhaps surprising.
At the top of the table for missed tackles is Hull FC who have missed a remarkable 815 – almost 100 more than Toulouse Olympique in second with 738.
Not far behind the French side is Castleford Tigers – though they did play last night in a Super League against Huddersfield Giants – with 725.
Bizarrely, St Helens are in fourth despite being top of the Super League table with 713 missed tackles.
Hull KR are fifth with 703 with Wakefield Trinity next with 673 – a brilliant effort considering their position in the actual Super League table.
Catalans Dragons sit in seventh with 671 missed tackles, with the Warrington Wolves not far behind having missed 649 tackles.
Leeds Rhinos’ defence has stiffened up in recent weeks since the appointment of Rohan Smith as head coach and that has proved dividends, with the West Yorkshire club missing just 629 – one more than Huddersfield.
But, in second place is the Salford Red Devils with 624 missed tackles – evidence that Paul Rowley has improved the club no end from 2021.
That being said, no one can deny the Wigan Warriors’ place as the best tacklers in the competition with just 604 missed – again solid evidence that Matt Peet has certainly shored up the defence from Adrian Lam’s last year in charge which is a key part of why Wigan lie where they do in the Super League table.