Stats Pack: Hull FC

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For the fourth consecutive game Leeds Rhinos are on the road, this time travelling to the MKM Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on Hull FC, who are aiming for their first win in three games.

Before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Rohan Smith and Brett Hodgson’s sides.

*Stats courtesy of OPTA


2022 Breakdown

Leeds have a good record against Hull since 1998, winning 41 Super League matches, including three play off games. The Rhinos have also won their last two away matches against the black and whites, including a comeback 22-12 result in July last year. Hull on the other hand have 17 wins, including the 31-8 win at Headingley earlier this season.

At the MKM Stadium in Super League, there has always been a winner. The visitors have 16 wins from 26 games, which includes two five-game unbeaten runs from 2003-2006 and 2015-2017. Hull have ten wins on home soil against the Rhinos and are aiming for their first win since 2019.

In terms of points and tries scored, Hull rank higher than Leeds in the league this year. The black and whites sit seventh in points scored with 310 points and tries with 56, compared with the Rhinos’ 261 points and 46 tries, plus they have had the fourth-least points scored against them.

Leeds have slipped out of the top two metre making teams after tough games against Huddersfield and St Helens. The Rhinos have been overtaken by Castleford and St Helens to rank fourth with an average of 1,653 metres per game, while Hull sit just behind in fifth with an average of 1,630. Looking at post contact metres as well, Hull just edge Leeds, thanks to the work of forwards Chris Satae and Ligi Sao. The pair are part of a formidable pack that get through a lot of work in attack and defence for Hodgson. Sao and Danny Houghton finished last week’s game against Warrington with the most tackles by a Hull player, while Combined Nations All Star Satae is Hull’s joint leading offloader with Manu Ma’u.

Leeds on the other hand continue to sit highly in the percentage game. Although their possession percentage has slipped, Smith’s men still have the second best completion rate percentage in the league with 80.3% and the third best territory percentage with 52.1%. The Rhinos have also risen up the league in tackle breaks, thanks in large to the continued work of Ash Handley, David Fusitu’a, Blake Austin and Harry Newman, who recorded ten tackle breaks against Saints last Thursday.


Hull’s Top Performers

Tries

Darnell McIntosh

10 tries (10th in SL)

Line Breaks

Adam Swift

12 line breaks (8th in SL)

Tackles

Danny Houghton

634 tackles (1st in SL)

Tackle Breaks

Chris Satae

52 tackle breaks (11th in SL)

Penalties

Ligi Sao

14 penalties (3rd in SL)


Head to head

Two of the biggest offseason transfers clash on the wings this weekend as Darnell McIntosh and David Fusitu’a go head to head for the first time in Super League.

Signed from Huddersfield, McIntosh has wasted no time in settling into Hodgson’s regime and has been a bright spark on the attacking front. Along with leading Hull in tries scored with ten so far, he is currently his side’s second highest line breaker with seven, after Adam Swift (10 line breaks) picked up a foot injury in the derby.

The outside back also ranks in Hull’s top three ball carriers (second with an average of 15.5 a match) and metre makers (third with 1,717 for 2022), plus he is also in their top five post contact metre makers and tackle busters.

With five consecutive games under his belt, Fusitu’a is starting to fire on all cylinders for the Rhinos after an injury prone start. Good performances against Warrington and Huddersfield was followed by the winger making one of the plays of the match against St Helens when he offloaded to send Harry Newman over the try line.

Like McIntosh, the Tongan international is one of his side’s top try scorers this season, thank to three tries in his last four games. Fusitu’a is only seconded by the ever-present Ash Handley in tries and line breaks, while he also sits fourth in the Rhinos’ tackle breakers with 26. Handley again leads that metric with 49.


Stats Standout from Round 16: Hull FC

In last Friday’s low scoring clash with Warrington, Hull full back Jamie Shaul ran the Wolves across the field in his best performance this season.

Throughout the 80 minutes he recorded 28 carries, which is the joint-second most made by a Super League player in a match in 2022, along with Catalans’ Matthieu Laguerre and Wakefield’s Jacob Miller. From those carries, Shaul made 160 gained metres, which ranks as his second most this season behind the 181 metres he made against Warrington at the MKM Stadium in round nine.

Elsewhere attacking wise, the full back also made the most post contact metres, tackle breaks and supports out of any Hull player in round 16. With Hull’s injury crisis still ongoing, he will be one to watch on Saturday.


Stats Standout from Round 16: Leeds Rhinos

Despite a tough evening at St Helens last week, full back Zak Hardaker stood out as one of the Rhinos’ top performers.

In his fifth appearance since returning to the club, and after becoming a dad earlier in the week, Hardaker was one of eight Leeds players that recorded double-figure carries, plus he made the second-most total run metres in the Rhinos squad behind Rhyse Martin.

He also made 13 tackles, two tackle breaks and seven support plays.


Milestones

Mikolaj Oledzki

Prop Mikolaj Oledzki is set to make his 100th Rhinos appearance against Hull FC tomorrow.

The England international came through the Rhinos Academy pathway to debut for the first team in 2017 against Doncaster, scoring a try in the process. Since then, he has gone from strength and also won his first silverware in 2020 as part of the club’s Challenge Cup winning squad.


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