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Rugby World’s Paul Morgan crunches the numbers to provide us with the best facts and figures from the Pool stages of the World Cup. Here’s what he discovered...

Chris Ashton is the top try scorer with 6 while Morne Steyn is the leading points scorer with 53

Every team has scored at least three tries

Only two sides did not score a point in a match; Namibia against South Africa and Fiji against Wales

Ireland was the only team that managed to go through a match without missing one tackle. Against Italy they had a tackling success rate of 100%

16 yellow cards were dished out and one red card during the 40 pool matches

Georgia and Romania scored the fewest tries with three whilst New Zealand crossed for the most, 36

New Zealand had the best tackle success rate with 95%, followed closely by Scotland and Ireland with 94%

A total of 2,024 points were scored during the 40 pool games, an average of almost 51 points per match

South Africa made the most tackles during the pool stages with 502

Scotland were the only team to have gone three consecutive matches without scoring a try

Russia had the worst lineout with just 64% success

The most tackles in a match by a team was Wales against Samoa, when they made 181, whilst Wales also made the fewest tackles in a game, just 32 against Namibia

Only 5 games saw the losing side at half time come back to clinch the contest; England and Argentina twice, and Wales once

A total of 23 four-try-bonus points were achieved, with New Zealand the only side to notch one in each of their four pool games

South Africa were the only side that went through the pool matches with a scrum success of 100% in each and every game

Fiji had the worst scrum with 71% though England were third worst with just 81% success

New Zealand made the most metres with the ball, a whopping 2,435 with Wales a close second with 2,312 metres made

Pool A scored the most tries with 73, Pool D 66, Pool C 65 and Pool B scored just 38 tries in total

Pool C had the best tackling success rate with an average of 90%

Kicking percentage has improved through the weeks, with week 1 seeing just 61% accuracy, week 2 and 3 64% and week 4 70% success rate with the boot

Namibia had the worst tackle success rate with just 81%

The most metres made in a match was by Wales against Namibia. They notched 941 metres, more than Georgia (929), USA (868) and Romania (731) did throughout their four
games

Scotland were the only team to have led twice going into the break, only to lose the match; against England and Argentina

Pool A and Pool B had the best lineout success with an average of 82%

The fewest combined points (18) were notched during the Samoa v South Africa game (13-5)

The most combined points (94) were scored during New Zealand v Canada (79-15)

Romania made the fewest metres with the ball, just 731

4 penalty tries were awarded throughout the 40 pool matches. Italy were awarded the most (2) while South Africa and Samoa also won one penalty try each

Namibia conceded the most penalty tries (2) with Russia and the USA also conceding one apiece

Almost 88% of the time, the team that led at half time went on to win the match

Pool D made the most metres with the ball, 8,661, which was almost twice as many as Pool B, 4,885m. Yet interestingly, Pool D also made the most tackles, close to 2,000

47% of the total points were scored during the first half of matches (943 points), with 53% (1,078 points) being scored during the second half of games

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