Ireland completed two matches in July as part of their Summer Series sponsored by Vodaphone. Whether the matches were necessary, after a long and difficult 18 months of practically non stop rugby for the International cohort is another matter but I’m sure that all the players that got their first caps won’t be complaining!
Ireland played trams classified as “Tier 2” opposition in Japan and the USA though there was a significant difference between the quality of the two sides, and based on the continuing growth, and style of play, of rugby in Japan it may not be that long before they are routinely beating Tier 1 sides.
The USA, however, have a bit to go, though if they do ever harness their huge player potential they could improve very quickly.
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Andy Farrell used 34 players over the two matches with 9 players making their senior debut’s. Munster’s Gavin Coombes picked up his first cap against Japan and Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Tom O’Toole, Nick Timoney, Fineen Wycherley, Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade and Harry Byrne all debuted against USA.
The 34 players used had the following provincial breakdown.
When it comes to minutes on the pitch we see a slightly different picture as Leinster continue to dominate rugby in Ireland, with the D4 based players racking up at least 10% more game time than any of the other provinces.
Ulster’s minutes played percentage is nearly twice as high as the 12.8% minutes played they clocked up during the Six Nations.
We are presenting the key player statistics in the web story below which you can scroll through and easily share on mobile. If you want the stats in standard format then scroll on down.
Of the 34 players used, 8 played more than 80 minutes, 16 played between 40 and 80 minutes and 10 played less than 40 minutes. The full minutes played for all players is shown below.
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Ireland scored 110 points over the two games from 15 tries, 13 conversions and 3 penalties. All the scorers are shown below.
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Ireland carried for 1,137 meter. Baloucoune and McCloskey toped the meter making efforts though I’d guess it took considerably more effort for McCloskey, half of Baloucoune’s coming from a single try scoring run.
Ireland completed 259 carries with an average of 4.4 meters per carry. McCloskey, Doris and Keenan all averaged over 5 meters per carry. In a rather sedate series, by his own standards, James Ryan clocked in at 15 meters from 13 carries. The top 10 meters carried is shown below.
Ireland completed 220 tackles over the two matches. Ryan weighs in with the most tackles, with 21 fairly high considering the nature of the games, and McCloskey had a busy couple of outings adding 19 tackles to his 25 carries. The top 10 tackles, plus their missed tackles and tackle success is shown below.
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We’ve summated the statistics for Ulster players only and adjusted them for the minutes played to determine if the Ulster players were under or over performing in the key areas.
This is easiest displayed in the graph below.
However if you want to look at the figures in more detail you can have a look at the contributions for each of the Provinces, for some of the stats, below. We haven’t included everything as it gets a bit messy!