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Indigo Prem defences caught in the Cross fire

Dewi Cross

Cardiff winger Dewi Cross leads the try scoring charts

Cardiff have surged to the top of the points table in the Indigo Premiership with speedster Dewis Cross surging to the top of the try scoring charts in the process.

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Opposition defences have been left in the Cross-fire as the winger has raced over for five tries in his last two appearances. He scored twice against Swansea at the Arms Park in the last round of matches and raced over for a hat-trick against his former team, Bridgend in the round earlier.

He now leads the try scoring charts with 10 touchdowns. Aberavon’s Joe Gage, who had been the leading contender for the early stages of the season, now finds himself alongside teammate Ashton Evans and Llandovery’s Arron Warren as the nearest challengers with six tries apiece.

Ebbw Vale fly half Evan Lloyd looks the most likely to be the first player to burst through the century barrier. He is eight points short of the magical three figure milestone, 20 points ahead of nearest challenger Dion Jones (RGC).

Well -travelled Fijian international Nikola Matawalu is quietly becoming an increasingly influential member of the Pontypridd side. He leads the line-breaks with six but that figure doesn’t show the damage he normally causes when he decides to pull the trigger. Aberavon’s Stef Andrews and Cardiff’s Joe Goodchild are hot on his heals with five line-breaks.

All good defences are led by their flankers and Aberavon’s Joe Tomalin-Reeves and RGC’s Ethan Fackrell are certainly making their presence felt in the trenches.

Fackrell has won more turnovers than any other player, been involved in more ‘post-tackle’ involvements, made more jackal attempts and attempted more ball rips than any other player but Tomalin-Reeves has been leading from the front for the Wizards as no player has made more counter ruck attempts or choke tackle attempts than he has.

.Indigo Premiership statistics – 2022

Player Club Points
Evan Lloyd Ebbw Vale 92
Dion Jones RGC 72
Joseph Scrivens Pontypridd 69
Jack Maynard Llandovery 55
Dewi Cross Cardiff RFC 50
Player Club Tries
Dewi Cross Cardiff RFC 10
Joe Gage Aberavon 6
Ashton Evans Aberavon 6
Arron Warren Llandovery 6
Morgan Richards Ebbw Vale 5
Player Club Carries (Collision Dominance %)
Morgan Allen Cardiff RFC 82 (53%)
Andrew Waite Aberavon 78 (68%)
Ashton Evans Aberavon 75 (39%)
Joseph Miles Pontypridd 72 (55%)
Joseff Powell Llandovery 62 (23%)
Player Club Line-breaks
Nikola Matawalu Pontypridd 6
Steff Andrews Aberavon 5
Joseph Goodchild Cardiff RFC 5
Dewi Cross Cardiff RFC 4
Aaron Warren Llandovery 4
Player Club Defenders Beaten
Andrew Waite Aberavon 26
Iestyn Hopkins Swansea 23
Dion Jones RGC 22
Nikola Matawalu Pontypridd 21
Morgan Allen Cardiff RFC 16
Player Club Rucks Involved In
Jack Jones Llandovery 164
Bryn Jones RGC 148
Joseff Powell Llandovery 142
Callum Bowden Swansea 136
Chris Long Llanelli 134
Player Club Dominant Tackles
Lewis Young Ebbw Vale 9
Ethan Fackrell RGC 8
Kyle Tyler Newport 8
Jordan Collier Bridgend 8
Aaron Pinches Cardiff RFC 8
Player Club  Tackles (Collision Dominance %)
Thomas Curry Carmarthen 87 (86%)
Ethan Fackrell RGC 87 (49%)
Nathan Hudd Cardiff RFC 72 (86%)
Kristian Parker Pontypridd 71 (89%)
Callum Bowden Swansea 68 (79%)
Player Club Turnovers Won
Ethan Fackrell RGC 21
Nathan Hudd Cardiff RFC 17
Lewis Young Ebbw Vale 16
Joe Franchi Ebbw Vale 12
Theo Mayell RGC 10
Player Club “Post Tackle” (Total %)
Ethan Fackrell RGC 72 (8%)
Joe Tomalin-Reeves RGC 54 (25%)
Nathan Hudd Cardiff RFC 48 (13%)
Lewis Young Ebbw Vale 46 (17%)
Kyle Tayler Newport 46 (6%)
Player  Club Jackal attempts
Ethan Fackrell RGC 59
Kyle Tayler Newport 37
Lewis Young Ebbw Vale 31
Stuart Worrall Llandovery 30
Chris Long Llanelli 29
Player Club Counter Ruck Attempts
Joe Tomalin-Reeves Aberavon 18
Ryan Bean Carmarthen 15
Aaron Pinches Cardiff RFC 14
Josh Batcup Carmarthen 13
Luke Davies Aberavon 11
Player Club Ball Rip Attempts
Ethan Fackrell RGC 5
Eddie James Llanelli 4
Joe Tomalin-Reeves Aberavon 4
Callum Bowden Swansea 3
Morgan Allen Cardiff RFC 3
Player Club Choke Tackle Attempts
Joe Tomalin-Reeves Aberavon 11
Lewis Millin Carmarthen 5
Shay Smallman Aberavon 5
Lloyd Ashley Merthyr 5
Sean Moore Cardiff RFC 5

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