In Numbers: The 2018 Investec Rugby Championship

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From the leading point scorers and tackle makers to key team stats and more, catch up on all the stats and numbers from the 2018 edition of the Rugby Championship.


5: All Blacks Rieko Ioane and Beauden Barrett and Springboks wing Aphiwe Dyanti scored the most tries in the tournament with five tries each. 

225: The All Blacks scored the most points of any team in the competition with 225 points across six Tests. South Africa was second with 160 points scored.

33: The All Blacks scored the most tries with 33 five-pointers in the competition. South Africa was second on 21, Argentina third with 18 tries and Australia fourth with 16 tries.

3,508: Ball carrying was a feature of the All Blacks campaign with 3,508 run metres racked up in the competition. This was almost a full kilometre more than the next best team Argentina who carried the ball for 2,575 metres.

15: Ben Smith had the most clean breaks in the competition with 15. All Blacks wing Rieko Ioane, Argentina’s Bautista Delguy and South Africa’s Aphiwe Dyanti were second equal with 12 clean breaks each.

21: Kieran Read won the most lineouts of any All Blacks player during the competition with 21 lineout takes. He was third on the overall list though with South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth first with 28 takes and Argentina’s Javier Ortega Desio second with 23 lineout catches.

10: Kurtley Beale effected the most offloads in the competition with 10. All Blacks Ben Smith and Anton Lienert-Brown were second equal with eight offloads each. 

67: Argentina pivot Nicolas Sanchez scored the most points in the Rugby Championship with 67. All Blacks first five-eighth Beauden Barrett was second with 61 points.

83: South Africa loose forward Pieter-Steph du-Toit made a whopping 83 tackles in the competition, 11 more than second placed David Pocock. Sam Whitelock made the most tackles of any All Blacks player with an impressive 67 tackles made.

100%: The All Blacks were the only team in the competition to finish with a 100% success rate at scrum time.

5: There were just five yellow cards handed out in the entire competition. South Africa were guilty of three yellow cards with the All Blacks and Australia being punished once each.

25: The All Blacks finished the 2018 Rugby Championship with 25 competition points out of a maximum of 30 points. South Africa were second on 15 points, Australia third on nine points and Argentina fourth on eight points.