We all know the stats that matter are played three, won three, but we’ve been making use of our time in Fortress FRU to pull together statistics on the individual Ireland players throughout the pool stages.
To date, all players have now had some game time and 13 players have appeared in all three pool matches. Centre Lynne Cantwell has posted the most minutes on the pitch closely followed by hard working hooker Gill Bourke who both average over 70 minutes per game.
|Claire Molloy||Back Row||3||183||0|
|Paula Fitzpatrick||Back Row||3||179||0|
|Heather O’Brien||Back Row||2||157||5|
|Marie Louise Reilly||Lock||2||155||0|
|Siobhan Fleming||Back Row||3||141||5|
|Laura Guest||Back Row||3||88||0|
|Kerri Ann Craddock||Prop||1||57||0|
As you would expect Niamh Briggs is the top scorer with 25 points having scored one try (USA), four conversions and four penalties. Next on the list with 10 points are Jackie Shiels, who knocked over five conversions, and Sharon Lynch, who bagged two tries against Kazakhstan. The other tries have come from Ailis Egan (USA), Heather O’Brien (NZ), Alison Miller (NZ), Siobhan Fleming (KAZ), Tania Rosser (KAZ), Vikki McGinn (KAZ) and a Penalty Try against Kazakhstan.
Before the tournament I would have bet money on the “World Class” backs to lead the way in the touchdown stakes but it’s been the “Worlds’ Best” forwards that have been wreaking havoc with six tries to the backs’ four! (One up to forwards coach Peter Bracken there!)
Perhaps the most interesting stats though are the times when Ireland have scored, and conceded, points. The Green Machine has generally had a good opening quarter outscoring their opponents across the three matches but they tend to come on strong as half time approaches bagging 35% of their points total during this period. However it is also the period when they are most vulnerable as their opponents have scored 44% of their points against as half time approaches!
To date, Ireland have failed to score in the third quarter and have conceded 27% of their points against during this period but it’s the final quarter when the Green Machine ramps up the pressure scoring an impressive 49% of their points and conceding a measly 8% of points against as they work their opponents over ahead of the final whistle! #COYGIG