Weekend in Numbers: Key stats ahead of Round 5

Marlie Packer with Sene Naoupu and Aoife McDermott 24/4/2022
Four entertaining rounds are now complete in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations, and ahead of the final round this weekend, England and France are set to fight it out for the Grand Slam.

Four entertaining rounds are now complete in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations, and ahead of the final round this weekend, England and France are set to fight it out for the Grand Slam.

Les Bleues laid down their marker to Simon Middleton’s side with a 33-5 win at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday night, racing into a 26-0 half-time lead to sit top of the table until England played Ireland.

The Red Roses responded with a 69-0 win over Ireland, as they went back to the summit of the table, setting up a grandstand finish in Bayonne that many predicted at the start of this year’s edition.

Meanwhile Italy defeated Scotland 20-13 at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in their first win of the Championship, overtaking their opponents to move into fifth place.

Those results lead us into Super Saturday with it all to play for as France and England contest for the 2022 title while Wales look to seal third place against Italy.

Elsewhere, Ireland host Scotland in the Championship finale as they attempt to finish the TikTok Women’s Six Nations strongly against a Scotland side searching for their first win.

After such a massive weekend of action, and ahead of Super Saturday, we have a look at the key numbers.

20 – The number of points that both England and France have at the top of the table, with both sides securing four bonus-point wins from four, now they face each other for the title.

42 – The number of tries England have scored so far in the Championship, averaging over ten tries per match. They have scored more than double nearest competitors France (20) after they dotted down 11 times against Ireland at the weekend.

15,836 – The crowd at Mattioli Woods Welford Road, a record for an England Women game – surpassing the 14,689 we saw at Kingsholm earlier on in the Championship.

128 – The number of metres made by England back row forward Marlie Packer against Ireland from an astonishing 20 carries. She is set to be vitally important for England against Les Bleues.

37 – England spent just 37 seconds in their own half against Ireland, in what was a simply incredible display by Simon Middleton’s side.

5 – The number of tries combined that both England and France have conceded in their opening four matches. England (2) have conceded just 10 points at an average of 2.5 points per game, while France (3) have conceded an almost equally solid 24 points at an average of 6 points per game – those two defences will have to be their best once again next weekend.

6 – The number of tries Laure Sansus has now scored after another double against Wales to lead the way. She sits marginally ahead of England duo Lark Davies and Lydia Thompson on 5. Who will finish on top of the try scoring podium after the two sides meet this weekend?

6 – The number of penalties won by the French scrum in Cardiff as the Les Bleues pack asserted themselves on Wales. That will be key once again when they welcome England in Bayonne.

15 – The number of tackles made by Celine Ferer, more than anybody else in Cardiff.

17 – Second half points scored Italy as they came back to beat Scotland on Saturday. The Azzurre trailed 10-3 at half-time but went on to win 20-13 as they won the second half 17-3.

100% – Both sides were perfect from the tee in Parma.

4 – The number of Scotland forwards included in the Fantasy Rugby Team of the Week. Try scorer Emma Wassell was joined by captain Rachel Malcom, Evie Gallagher and Molly Wright as Scotland took up half of the forward pack in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations Team of the Week.