Apr 21, 2014
Newcastle vs Saracens - The stats
Saracens were run very close by a Newcastle Falcons side that were battling for survival on Sunday afternoon.
A much changed Sarries XV came away from the north-east with a hard-fought 18-23 win, to consolidate their position at the summit of the Aviva Premiership.
The close nature of the contest though is not represented in the stats. The Falcons were a menace at the breakdown, with Dean Richards’ side completing 100% of all turnovers in the game at Kingtson Park. With former Sarries Adam Powell & Noah Cato in the back-line they also were dangerous with ball in hand, with the pair beating 1/3rd of all defenders beaten in the contest for the Falcons.
Saracens though were in a clinical mood, scoring two tries in the game from only three line breaks, with Tim Streather and Ben Ransom both getting on the score sheet.
Here, Henry Fraser has a look at some of the standout performers from the weekend.
Alex Goode - After missing a couple of weeks, recovering from concussion, Goode had a very busy return. His stats are a big reflection on the nature of Sunday’s game. It was a game dominated by kicks, especially early on. Goode saw a lot of ball, explaining the reason why he was top carrier in the team with 14 carries, nearly double the second best in the team. He average 7 metres per carry and beat 4 defenders in doing so giving the team points to counter attack putting the defence on the back foot.
Ben Ransom - Ransom may not have been on the pitch for very long but has two stats that are very important. He only made 2 carries coming off the bench but averaged 37.5 metres per carry making a big impact on the game. For a long period of the game Sarries were really struggling to put Newcastle away who kept on their tail all game. That was until Ransom pounced on a dropped ball and run 60metres to score a try and give Sarries a big gap between themselves and Newcastle. Punishing the Falcons mistake, just as Sarries have done to teams all year. A very good impact to make.
Will Fraser - Having sat watching the team for five months Fraser was itching to get back out there. With the game of kick dominating proceedings no one was really able to put down huge numbers in the stats columns. Fraser though put in a very good shift and could have finished top of the stats had he been fit enough to play a full eighty. He made 7 carries, one of the top in the team and 5 tackles, sixth best in the starting fifteen. These stats completed in only playing 55 minutes.