Mid-Season Top Performers
As the team takes a moment to re-charge and re-focus after four engrossing weeks of Super Rugby AU, we’re taking a closer look at the standout performers and their statistics from the season so far.
Leading Points Scorers:
1. Byron Ralston – 20
2. Ian Prior – 15
3. Jono Lance – 10
The Force has produced some thrilling performances in the restructured competition, with Byron Ralston bursting onto the scene with four tries in as many games to sit equal top of the try-scoring charts.
The 20-year-old Wallabies hopeful has been in fine form this season after crossing the line within half an hour of his Super Rugby debut against the NSW Waratahs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Ralston swiftly proved he wasn’t simply a one-hit-wonder scoring two superbly taken tries against the Queensland Reds the following week at Suncorp Stadium before finishing off a highlight reel-worthy move to score in the corner against the Melbourne Rebels at Leichhardt Oval last Friday night.
Ian Prior was showcasing his reliability and consistency in front of the sticks before sustaining an injury against the Reds with Jono Lance stepping in to take the kicking reigns in his absence to great effect.
1. Henry Stowers – 43
=2. Fergus Lee-Warner, Jack McGregor and Brynard Stander – 36
Stowers has been immense in each of the four clashes so far, with the flanker taking games head-on with his aggressive attacking approach leading the number of carries for the side and ranking equal fifth for the competition.
Stowers hasn’t been alone in driving the Force up the field, with lock Fergus Lee-Warner, fullback Jack McGregor and number eight Brynard Stander all chalking up 36 carries each.
1. Nick Frisby – 125
2. Ian Prior – 103
3. Jono Lance – 88
Wallaby Nick Frisby has stepped up to the playmaking plate in skipper Prior’s absence over the past two weeks, with the scrumhalf acknowledged for his fine display against the Rebels after being named in Rugby.com.au’s Team of the Week.
Lance has been extremely effective with the ball in hand, with the flyhalf playing a pivotal role in Ralston’s try against the Rebels.
1. Byron Ralston – 212
2. Jack McGregor – 185
3. Jono Lance – 167
Ralston’s speed has been on full display this season, with his breakaway try deep in the Force’s defensive half against the Reds embodying his vision and pace perfectly. The winger is currently sixth in the competition for metres carried with McGregor also making the top 10 – a testament to the club’s attacking approach to the game.
1. Jack McGregor – 5
2. Ralston – 4
3. Brache – 4
The deeper you look into the statistics, the more McGregor stands out at the halfway mark of the season when it comes to effectiveness with the ball in hand against the countries finest.
The 23-year-old former Australian Schoolboy captain ranks in the top three for the Force in carries, metres carried and clean breaks, while also ranking in the top 10 for Super Rugby AU in two categories (metres carried and clean breaks).
1. Henry Stowers – 71
2. Fergus Lee-Warner – 61
3. Tevin Ferris – 59
It’s no secret Stowers has been a warrior in the four fixtures, with the Samoan international having the stats to back it up. Leading Super Rugby AU in tackles by 10 (with Lee-Warner behind him in second) and the club in carries, Stowers has been working tirelessly.
The Force haven’t been short on effort, especially in the defensive department, with Stowers (1st), Lee-Warner (2nd) and Ferris (=4th) all in the competition’s top four for successful tackles.
There’s plenty of promising and exciting signs from the team so far and they are raring to further prove themselves in the second half of the season starting against the Waratahs on the 14th of August.