Super League's stat leaders make for interesting reading as season comes to a close

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Super League's stat leaders make for interesting reading as season comes to a close

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There's a new winner of the competition's top tackler award.

The 2021 season is not one that Wigan Warriors supporters will remember fondly, but Joe Shorrocks may well look back on it as his breakthrough year.

The homegrown forward topped the Super League's tackling charts during the regular season with a whopping 833, underlining his growing value to the Warriors and supreme work ethic.

A talented all-round sportsman, Shorrocks played football for Preston North End and cricket for Lancashire County Cricket Club during his formative years.

The 21-year-old former Wigan St Pat's amateur was one of the shining lights for Adrian Lam's side during an at times difficult campaign.

Shorrocks rose to prominence throughout the year and became an ever-present while Wigan team-mate Sam Powell was second in the Super League tackling charts with 807.

Hull FC warhorse Danny Houghton, renowned for his remarkable tackling statistics year after year, finished third with 792.

Homegrown Wigan duo Oliver Partington and Ethan Havard also made it into the top 10 to underline their growing value to the Warriors.

While Salford Red Devils winger Ken Sio was the competition's try-scorer with 19, Catalans Dragons playmaker Josh Drinkwater comfortably topped the assists column with 28.

Team-mate Sam Tomkins, who has vowed to be passed fit for next Saturday's Grand Final, claimed 20 assists this season and also touched down 10 times himself.

That marked an incredible contribution from the Steve Prescott Man of Steel nominee.

Despite Hull FC's desperately poor campaign, Jake Connor still created a staggering 22 tries - only Drinkwater's number of assists was higher.

Drinkwater's team-mate James Maloney has enjoyed a fine campaign too but he topped an unwanted category this season by conceding 23 penalties, showing the niggle within his game.

Leeds Rhinos duo Matt Prior (22) and Rhyse Martin (16) were second and third respectively in the penalties conceded column.

Maloney also missed more tackles – 86 – than any other player, closely followed by Wakefield playmaker Jacob Miller and Leeds hooker Brad Dwyer.

In terms of metres made, Catalans winger Tom Davies was top with 3,332, proving his value in yardage while his predatory instincts also earned him 14 tries in his best campaign to date.

Wigan second-rower Liam Farrell was second to Davies in metres made with 2,956 with the prolific Sio in third on 2,943.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Davies and Farrell were also first and second respectively in the number of carries made.

Wakefield Trinity prop Dave Fifita was top of the tackle busts charts with 100, with Wigan's Zak Hardaker in second on 92, while Warriors utility back Jake Bibbymade more clean breaks (19) than any other player.

St Helens winger Regan Grace and Catalans wideman Fouad Yaha both made 16 clean breaks while Davies weighed in with 14.

Perhaps the most unwanted statistic of all is errors made and Hull KR’s Ben Crooks, despite enjoying a fine campaign overall, topped this column with 30.

Across town, Hull FC star Connor committed 29 errors, as did Wakefield winger Lee Kershaw.

Black and Whites star Marc Sneyd's educated left boot saw him kick four forty-twentys to illustrate his technical ability.

Wigan's Harry Smith,Catalans dup Maloney and Drinkwater, Hull KR star Jordan Abdull and Connor also kicked two, as did Castleford Tigers scrum-half Danny Richardson.

Wakefield prop Fifita topped the offloading charts with 47, with Hull KR star Shaun Kenny-Dowall in second with 42 and Wigan rookie Kai Pearce-Paul claiming an impressive 41 in what proved to be a fine breakthrough season.

Smith, Wigan's rookie half-back, made the most attacking kicks with 106 while Sneyd came second on 100 and Jackson Hastings in third with 96.

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