Rugby World Cup 2021: What we learned from the opening weekend
We recap all the action from a pulsating opening round of RWC 2021 at Eden Park and the Northland Events Centre.
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Following a pulsating weekend of RWC 2021 action, we look at the numbers behind the results.
Six matches down, 20 to go and Rugby World Cup 2021 is well and truly underway.
Hosts New Zealand and World Rugby Women’s Rankings powered by Capgemini number one side England, plus France, Italy, Canada and Wales all head into round two on the back of victories.
As the dust settles on the opening weekend, we take a look at the statistics behind those results.
Who currently leads the try-scoring charts? Which player made most metres with ball in hand? Which team made more tackles than any other? Scroll down to find out.
4 – tries scored by Claudia Macdonald for England against Fiji. Macdonald made six clean breaks at Eden Park, four more than any other player.
8 – defenders beaten by Sesenieli Donu during Fiji’s Pool C defeat to England. Donu made 146 metres with ball in hand, from 12 carries.
13 – offloads made by France during their opening 40-5 victory against South Africa.
14 – lineouts for England against Fiji at Eden Park. The Red Roses won 13 of them, and eight resulted in a try.
16 – clean breaks made by England players during their 84-19 defeat of Fiji.
24 – tackles made each by Wales flanker Alex Callender and Scotland captain Rachel Malcolm during their sides’ nerve-shredding encounter in Whangārei, more than any other player in round one. Callender did not miss a single tackle in the match.
24 - carries from Sophie de Goede in Canada’s 41-5 win against Japan in Whangārei, the most by any player on the weekend. The Canadian captain made 115 metres with ball in hand.
35 – minutes and 41 seconds, the average ball in play time across the six opening round matches.
64 – per cent territory, from 51 per cent possession, that France enjoyed in their win against the Springbok Women at Eden Park.
165 – metres carried by Ruby Tui for the Black Ferns against Australia, from 13 carries. That’s 12.69 metres per carry.
192 – tackles made by Scotland players during their defeat to Wales. Their opponents made 138 runs, more than any other team in round one.
381 – metres kicked by England fly-half Zoe Harrison during the Red Roses’ 84-19 win against Fiji.