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Bowden springs to Swansea’s defence

Premiership

Swansea's Callum Bowden and Cardiff's Morgan Allen were the leaders in their respective defensive categories

Swansea may have been nearer the wrong end of the points table than nearer the top, but in Callum Bowden they had a player a country mile ahead of any other tackler in this season’s Indigo Group Premiership.

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The 24-year-old flanker missed just one of Swansea’s 17 games in the Premiership and certainly made his presence felt on the pitch. He amassed a total of 196 tackles to be handsomely clear of his nearest challenger, Merthyr’s Jack Perkins who claimed 147 to just edge out Carmarthen Quins’ Lewys Millin for second place who finished the campaign on 146 tackles.

Bowden was the only contender inside the top 10 contenders to fall outside of a 90%-plus completion rate, but his teammates would probably argue when you’re making as many attempts as he is, they’ll allow him to slip off the occasional tackle.

Bowden’s teammate Jamie Williams boasted the highest completion rate with a 96% success rate from his 135 tackles with Llandovery’s Stuart Worrall next in line with a 95% success rate from his 126 tackles.

After a ding dong battle all season with Pontypridd second row Sean Moore, Cardiff’s Morgan Allen came out on top of the turnover rankings with 23 from his 15 appearances for the Blue & Blacks.

Moore finished the campaign with 21 turnovers from his 17 appearances to finish behind Allen with Newport’s Kyle Taylar in third position with 20 turnovers.

Indigo Group Premiership Defensive statistics

Player Tackles & Completion rate Club
Callum Bowden 196 (88%) Swansea
Jack Perkins 147 (94%) Merthyr
Lewys Millin 146 (92%) Carmarthen Quins
Kristian Parker 140 (90%) Pontypridd
Jamie Williams 135 (96%) Swansea
Sion Parry 132 (93%) Pontypridd
Ben Jones 130 (94%) Cardiff
Jon Fox 130 (90%) Bridgend
Stuart Worrall 126 (95%) Llandovery
Daniel Hill 121 (92%) Ebbw Vale
Player Turnovers won Club
Morgan Allen 23 Cardiff
Sean Moore 21 Pontypridd
Kyle Taylar 20 Newport
Thomas Daley 18 Merthyr
Sion Parry 16 Pontypridd
Jamie Williams 15 Swansea
Thomas Hughes 15 RGC
Chris Long 15 Llanelli
Elliot Frewen 15 Newport
Ed Siggery 14 Carmarthen Quins

 

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