Everyone loves tries. Everyone loves surprises. And of course everyone loves stats don’t they? So what could possibly be more enjoyable than a 7 Surprising Stats Try-scoring special?
Worth waiting for
There was a bit of a gap between Oli Kebble’s first and second tries as a pro – 1,610 days to be precise! The big prop only took 8 matches and less than 100 minutes of game time to open his account for the Stormers against the Highlanders back in 2014. It took another 67 matches (and 2,472 minutes of game time) before he finally crossed again – in Glasgow’s PRO14 clash with the Dragons.
OTOTM can provide some insight into the real reason why Oli broke his scoreless streak against the side from Newport. Back in 2014 ahead of his first try Oli was on the bench alongside fellow prop Brok Harrris – who left the Stormers at the end of that season. At Scotstoun that fateful Saturday night who should happen to be among the Dragons’ replacements? The very same Brok Harris – who is clearly Oli’s lucky charm…
A century of scores
Fraser Brown’s try in the match that will not be named was the 100th in the PRO14 under Dave Rennie in just 27 games. That’s the fastest century of tries in league play for the five Glasgow coaches who have reached that mark:
Dave Rennie – 27 games
Richie Dixon – 36 games
Gregor Townsend – 41 games
Hugh Campbell – 48 games
Sean Lineen – 59 games
50 not out
Just as Rob Harley continues to stretch the club’s appearances record ever further so DTH van der Merwe is doing the same for the top try scorer mark. The Canadian wing king notched up 3 scores on the Warriors’ South African mini-tour to take his tally to 50. It also took him past 100 tries in his pro career (with 32 for Canada, 19 for Scarlets and 1 for Newcastle to add on to his Glasgow haul). Here’s the try where he tied Thom Evans’ club record – after 3 months of waiting!
The 2018/19 Warriors’ squad actually contains four of the five top try scorers in the club’s history with Tommy Seymour (38), Niko Matawalu (31) and Stuart Hogg (29) alongside DTH. Sean Lamont (30) is the only member of the top 5 who is not a current player.
TBPs are the order of the day
Ten of the twelve PRO14 regular season fixtures at home under Dave Rennie have finished as bonus point wins for Glasgow. Only Edinburgh and Munster have managed to prevent the Warriors picking up a 5-pointer. No visitor for league match has left with so much as a single point from fortress Scotstoun.
9/9/17 Glasgow 5 – 0 Ospreys
22/9/17 Glasgow 5 – 0 Munster
29/9/17 Glasgow 5 – 0 Benetton
27/10/17 Glasgow 5 – 0 Southern Kings
3/11/17 Glasgow 5 – 0 Leinster
1/12/17 Glasgow 5 – 0 Cardiff Blues
30/12/17 Glasgow 4 – 0 Edinburgh
16/2/18 Glasgow 5 – 0 Cheetahs
23/3/18 Glasgow 5 – 0 Zebre
13/4/18 Glasgow 5 – 0 Connacht
7/9/18 Glasgow 4 – 0 Munster
29/9/18 Glasgow 5 – 0 Dragons
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement
Over the last 12 months Glasgow’s scrum halves have scored 19 tries – and assisted on another 26. That’s more than a third of the Warriors’ total. The scrummies success is in no small part down to a move to get them running ‘optimistic’ lines. In essence the 9 is expected to anticipate a break and instead of falling in behind the attacking line he moves sideways (or even forwards) from the previous ruck or setpiece. Running ahead of the play and with it developing in front of him puts the scrum half in a perfect position to support a break – and with a quality backline like Glasgow’s there will always be plenty of those to follow up!
Forwards are people too
The top try scorer charts for Glasgow are dominated by backs so there has to be little bit of relativity applied when looking at the achievements of the forwards who aren’t going to be notching up 30+ meat pies. Adam Ashe recently hit double figures with his try against Munster and that means Tim Swinson is the only member of the current pack with more scores to his name.
Alongside Adam there are another four Warriors’ forwards who have scored 10 tries – Johnnie Beattie, Josh Strauss, Rob Harley and Jonny Gray. The top 5 members of the pack for tries scored in the club’s history are:
1. Gordon Simpson – 23
2. John Barclay – 15
3. Kevin Tkachuk – 14
4. Tim Swinson – 12
5. Gordon Bulloch – 11
Spreading the love
Oli Kebble became the 33rd different player to pick up a score for Glasgow during the Renniessance. He’s the first loosehead prop to cross for the club since Alex Allan’s hot-stepping try – coincidentally also against the Dragons almost exactly 2 years earlier. Oli’s a bit behind the top scorers in this era for the Warriors though with the current top 3 being:
1. George Horne 11
2. Lee Jones 10
3= Callum Gibbins 8
3= Nick Grigg 8
Ali Price was the very first player to score for the Warriors with Dave Rennie as the head coach back in the 2017/18 season opener against Connacht: