The Premiership Final stats that rugby's elite don't want you to see
By Rugby Onslaught

The Premiership Final stats that rugby’s elite don’t want you to see

This will be the third time that Leicester Tigers and Saracens have met in a Premiership final, having also played each other in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 finals, with the record currently standing at one win apiece; both ties were decided by fewer than seven points.

This will be Leicester Tigers’ 10th appearance in a Premiership final, the most of any team; however, it will be their first final in nine years, with their previous nine appearances coming in consecutive years between 2005 and 2013 (W4, L5); they have won three of their last five appearances in the final, including their most recent (37-17 v Northampton Saints in May 2013).

This will be Saracens’ 8th appearance in a Premiership final, only Leicester Tigers (10, incl. this season) have reached more; Sarries have won five of their previous seven finals, no other club has won the showpiece event as often.

Saracens have won nine of their last 11 games against Leicester in the Premiership (L2), however the two sides were evenly split this season, winning one game apiece in the regular season, with both fixtures being decided by seven points or fewer.

Leicester Tigers have won six of their last seven Premiership matches (L1), including each of their last four in a row, while Saracens have won eight of their last nine league fixtures (L1), averaging exactly four tries per game during that run.

Leicester Tigers have averaged the most kicks from hand per game in the Premiership this season (35) and the most kicking meters (1099), enjoying the most territory of any club as a result (54%); Saracens rank third for kicks (29) and second for kicking metres (850).

No team has averaged as many 22 entries per game as Leicester Tigers in this season’s Premiership (10.9); however, no side has scored more points per 22 entry than Saracens this term (2.7); Leicester (1.8) and Saracens (2.0) have conceded the fewest points per entry too.

Saracens have averaged 151 tackles per game in the Premiership this season, more than any other team, also averaging the third most dominant tackles (6.0); meanwhile, Leicester have averaged the joint most turnover-winning tackles this campaign (3.1 also Sale).

Leicester Tigers’ George Ford is the top point scorer in the Premiership this season (220), having kicked the most penalty goals of any player (42); Saracens’ Owen Farrell has the best goal-kicking success rate of any player to attempt more than 10 kicks at goal (84%) – the average goal kicker would have been expected to slot just 75% based on the difficulty of those kicks.

Saracens’ Max Malins leads the try-scoring charts in this season’s Premiership (16), while his teammates Ben Earl (11) and Tom Woolstencroft (10) are also in double digits for tries scored this term; Earl has also completed more tackles than any other player this term (347).

This will be the third time that Leicester Tigers and Saracens have met in a Premiership final, having also played each other in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 finals, with the record currently standing at one win apiece; both ties were decided by fewer than seven points.

This will be Leicester Tigers’ 10th appearance in a Premiership final, the most of any team; however, it will be their first final in nine years, with their previous nine appearances coming in consecutive years between 2005 and 2013 (W4, L5); they have won three of their last five appearances in the final, including their most recent (37-17 v Northampton Saints in May 2013).

This will be Saracens’ 8th appearance in a Premiership final, only Leicester Tigers (10, incl. this season) have reached more; Sarries have won five of their previous seven finals, no other club has won the showpiece event as often.

Saracens have won nine of their last 11 games against Leicester in the Premiership (L2), however the two sides were evenly split this season, winning one game apiece in the regular season, with both fixtures being decided by seven points or fewer.

Leicester Tigers have won six of their last seven Premiership matches (L1), including each of their last four in a row, while Saracens have won eight of their last nine league fixtures (L1), averaging exactly four tries per game during that run.

Leicester Tigers have averaged the most kicks from hand per game in the Premiership this season (35) and the most kicking meters (1099), enjoying the most territory of any club as a result (54%); Saracens rank third for kicks (29) and second for kicking metres (850).

No team has averaged as many 22 entries per game as Leicester Tigers in this season’s Premiership (10.9); however, no side has scored more points per 22 entry than Saracens this term (2.7); Leicester (1.8) and Saracens (2.0) have conceded the fewest points per entry too.

Saracens have averaged 151 tackles per game in the Premiership this season, more than any other team, also averaging the third most dominant tackles (6.0); meanwhile, Leicester have averaged the joint most turnover-winning tackles this campaign (3.1 also Sale).

Leicester Tigers’ George Ford is the top point scorer in the Premiership this season (220), having kicked the most penalty goals of any player (42); Saracens’ Owen Farrell has the best goal-kicking success rate of any player to attempt more than 10 kicks at goal (84%) – the average goal kicker would have been expected to slot just 75% based on the difficulty of those kicks.

Saracens’ Max Malins leads the try-scoring charts in this season’s Premiership (16), while his teammates Ben Earl (11) and Tom Woolstencroft (10) are also in double digits for tries scored this term; Earl has also completed more tackles than any other player this term (347).

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