Tournament's Top 5.

I know it's only week 1 but we are going to take a look at the Tournaments Top 5 players so far (statistics wise) broken down category by category with a few surprise entries. This will continue as a rolling total for the entire tournament.

Average Run Metres
Dane Gagai enjoyed his time against England. He ran for a total of 190 metres, most of which was from kick returns, often making big yards for the Australians.
1.Dane Gagai (23 Metres) Australia
2.Josh Dugan  (20 Metres) Australia
3.Jermaine McGilvary (19 Metres) England
4.Billy Slater (19 Metres) Australia
5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (19 Metres) New Zealand

Total Run Metres
Josh Dugan's total metres would have been very different, if it wasn't for a 90 metre intercepted try, regardless he had ball in hand and it all counts towards this stat, bumping him up to 1st.
1. Josh Dugan (271 Metres) Australia
2. Billy Slater (220  Metres) Australia
3.Daniel Tupou (218 Metres) Tonga
4.Jermaine McGillvary (207 Metres) England
5. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (206 Metres) Ireland

Completed Tackles
Whitehead played the full 80 minutes, which is why his tackle stats are huge. He must have been exhausted after dealing with Australia's free running backs and powerful forwards. Defence was pretty much his whole game as he only managed 59 metres in attack.
1. Elliot Whitehead (52 Tackles) England
2. Jazz Tevaga (47 Tackles) Samoa
3. Bunty Afoa (43 Tackles) Samoa
4.James Graham (42 Tackles) England
5. James Roby (41 Tackles) England

Missed Tackles
Wales Matty Fozzard will hope to improve on this stat going forward. The Kumuls sliced down the middle of the park and it looks like missed tackles was a big factor in this.
1. Matty Fozzard (12 Missed Tackles) Wales
2. Corey Makelim (10 Missed Tackles) USA
3. Ben Evans) (8 Missed Tackles) Wales
4. Michael McIlorum (8 Missed Tackles) Ireland
5. Matt Seamark (7 Missed Tackles) Wales

Line Breaks
David Mead had a field day in Port Morseby, his line breaks highlights this. It seemed like every time Mead touched the ball he was through a gap or breaking tackles
1. David Mead (6 Line Breaks) PNG
2. Akuila Uate (3 Line Breaks) Fiji
3.Michael Jennings (3 Line Breaks) Tonga
4. Daniel Tupou (3 Line Breaks) Tonga
5. Rhyse Martin (2 Line Breaks ) PNG

Try Assists
How good was Scott Grix. Everyone expected it would be his opposite number who would put in this kind of showing, however it was the Wakefield man causing problems all over the pitch. Ase Boas was putting on a real masterclass, everything ran as perfectly as the crafty half could've hoped, his option plays were spot on, picking the right pass 9 times out of 10.
1. Scott Grix (3 Try Assists) Ireland
1. Ase Boas (3 Try Assists) PNG
2. Daniel Tupou (2 Try Assists) Tonga
2.Taane Milne (2 Try Assists) New Zealand
2. Shaun Johnson (2 Try Assists) New Zealand

David Mead's try stats and line break stats combined tell the story of a man who is more than willing to back himself. The Bronco was a real handful and will hope to do it all over again against Ireland. Jennings rolled back the years against Scotland, his first try was just pure speed and perfect vision, his other two were through fantastic support play, earning him the joint leading try scorer accolade.
1.David Mead (3 Tries) PNG
2.Michael Jennings (3 Tries) Tonga
3. Daniel Tupou (2 Tries) Tonga
4. Taane Milne (2 Tries) New Zealand
5. Suliasi Vunivalu (2 Tries) Fiji
(Bastien Ader, Kevin Naiqama, Travis Robinson and Liam Kay are all also on 2 tries)



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