FENDING OFF: Jamie Lowien races up for Eastern Suburbs in the A Grade game at Salter Oval in Bundaberg.
FENDING OFF: Jamie Lowien races up for Eastern Suburbs in the A Grade game at Salter Oval in Bundaberg. Paul Donaldson BUN210517RUG7

MATTER OF STATS: Easts' 50, kicking woes and the "16"

MATTER of Stats is back for another season of Bundaberg Rugby League.

The weekly column looks at the numbers that make up the BRL after each week: try and point scorers, attacking and defensive milestones, and other random stats.

The sixth round was a major week for Easts Magpies, who put the entire competition on notice.

 

FULL FORCE: Callum Colasimone powers into the opposition for Eastern Suburbs in the A Grade game at Salter Oval in Bundaberg.
FULL FORCE: Callum Colasimone powers into the opposition for Eastern Suburbs in the A Grade game at Salter Oval in Bundaberg. Paul Donaldson BUN210517RUG8

Easts' attack ran amok against a weakened Isis Devils to register their first half-century of the season.

The Magpies scored nine tries (of which goalkicker Zak Bainbridge converted eight) in their best attacking performance to date, and conceded only 12 points in what was their best defensive effort.

Their previous best in both departments was their first-round 24-14 win over Wallaroos.

Easts' total attack for the season also entered triple figures (21.3 per game).

The other Salter Oval game saw Hervey Bay Seagulls continue their unbeaten run to open the season.

 

Seagulls fullback Chris Wicks. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Past Brothers in the Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade grand final at Salter Oval.  Photo Matthew McInerney  / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Seagulls fullback Chris Wicks. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Past Brothers in the Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade grand final at Salter Oval. Photo Matthew McInerney / Fraser Coast Chronicle Matthew McInerney

Chris Wicks became the 17th Seagull to score a point after his try, which led the understrength side to its eight-point win over Wests Panthers.

Wick is the 17th Seagull to score a try this year, one more tryscorer than both Wests and Past Brothers (16 each).

The Seagulls passed the 200-point mark in attack, while Bevan Page's third conversion saw Hervey Bay's defence reach triple figures (16.6 per game).

 

READY FOR IMPACT: Daniel Goodwin runs down the line for Hervey Bay in the A Grade game at Salter Oval in Bundaberg.
READY FOR IMPACT: Daniel Goodwin runs down the line for Hervey Bay in the A Grade game at Salter Oval in Bundaberg. Paul Donaldson BUN210517RUG4

Wests passed the 150-point mark for the season in their losing effort, but stay fourth on the table after Wallaroos fell to Past Brothers.

Wallaroos' attack produced its fewest points since round one in the 32-20 loss, while their defence, its second-worst effort this year, saw the Maryborough club pass the 150-point mark for points conceded.

Past Brothers' attack is the second-best in the competition behind the Seagulls, but has produced the most tries (38) than other team.

 

THROUGH THE GAP: Rueben Olive finds some space for Past Brothers at Salter Oval in Bundaberg.
THROUGH THE GAP: Rueben Olive finds some space for Past Brothers at Salter Oval in Bundaberg. Paul Donaldson BUN130517RUG8

Their problem relies in the goalkicking department.

Four different players have kicked goals for Past Brothers this season (equal-most with Wests and Maryborough Brothers), but their strike rate is the lowest in the competition.

Brothers is the only team to convert less than half of their shots at goal, kicking at 47.36%. The next lowest is the Devils' 60%.

 

BUNDABERG RUGBY LEAGUE: Maryborough Brothers v The Waves at Eskdale Park.
BUNDABERG RUGBY LEAGUE: Maryborough Brothers v The Waves at Eskdale Park. Matthew McInerney

Maryborough Brothers remain the only team yet to score 100 points this year, but the club has a particular love for the number 16.

They've scored 16 points in each of their last three games, and their attack has produced 16 tries this season.

The Waves Tigers, who beat Maryborough Brothers 28-16, conceded 16 points for the second consecutive week.



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