The Emirates Lions’ comprehensive victory over the Highlanders to secure their first Vodacom Super Rugby final berth is not only reflected on the scoreboard but also in the statistics on the All Out Rugby App, powered by Vodacom.
The Johannesburg side produced one of the top moments in recent Vodacom Super Rugby history with their five-try rout of the defending champions in Johannesburg.
The home side saw a fraction less of the ball and territory compared to the New Zealand tourists but still managed to make it work for them.
The Highlanders had 10 percent more possession than the Lions while they also had 16 percent more of a territorial advantage.
Very little separates the two sides in terms of the attacking statistics highlighting the thin line between winning and losing, but the Lions were ultimately dominant in victory.
The home side made 103 carries to 108 which translated into nine more running metres compared to the Highlanders.
The two sides were on an even keel in the Clean Breaks category making 17 each in the game while the Lions beat 33 defenders to the 28 by the Highlanders.
The Lions won the battle on the ground winning 11 turnovers, two more than the visitors with wing Ruan Combrinck leading the way with two.
It is their defensive prowess that made a massive difference in the match with the Lions executing 104 tackles to the 90 by the Highlanders.
Lions lock Franco Mostert and flanker Warwick Tecklenburg defended like men possessed making 11 tackles each.
They are followed by Lionel Mapoe and Elton Jantjies with 10 each with Jaco Kriel and Malcolm Marx making one less each.
The home side also missed five fewer tackles while the Highlanders made two handling errors more than the Lions.
The Highlanders dominated the lineouts, winning 16 on their own throw while the Lions only won five.
The Lions in turn won all their scrums — five to four — and won two on the opposition’s put-in.
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