Who Did What in the Summer Series?
By John McMurtry July 15, 2021
There were 34 players used over the two games: Connacht (5), Leinster (10), Munster (10) and Ulster (9). The percentage breakdown of minutes played by Province is shown above with Ulster almost doubling their 6 Nations representation.
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 top 6 players by minutes played are shown above with 4 playing every minute.
Ireland scored 15 tries over the two games from the 10 players above. Leinster players scored 6 tries, Munster 5, Ulster 5 and Connacht 2. Ronan Kelleher's 4 against the USA equals the individual tries per game record.
Overall, Ireland scored 110 points with Joey Carbery adding 9 conversions and 3 penalties. Harry Byrne added 3 conversions and Will Addison chipped in with 1, giving an overall conversion rate of 87%.
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.
Ireland completed 220 tackles over the two matches. Ryan weighs in with the most tackles, with 21 fairly high considering the nature of the game and McCloskey had a busy couple of outings adding 19 tackles to his 25 carries.
There were 51 defenders beaten over the two matches with Keenan and Baloucoune beating 6 each, though if Baloucoune had run round a bit more on his way to the line he could have beaten all 15!
The Ulster players were significantly up on Tries Scored, Meters Carried and Clean Breaks, but down on Tackles, and Turnovers though down on Tackles Missed and Turnovers Conceded aren't bad.