Wales’ Six Nations Grand Slam Defies The Odds With Remarkable Post-Tournament Statistics

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They say they stats don’t lie. But if you were to have a look through these you’d notice something isn’t quite right.

Wales were crowned Six Nations Grand Slam champions for the third time under Warren Gatland on Saturday – but as pointed out by Simon Thomas for WalesOnline, they got there despite finishing bottom off all the major post-tournament statistics.

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They scored the least amount of tries, made the least carries, turnovers, metres, tackle breaks and line breaks. And had the worst lineout of any nation in the tournament.

But they finished top in every game on the one stat that truly mattered – the scoreboard.

Six Nations stats where Wales finished bottom.

Tries Scored
24 – England
14 – Ireland
14 – Scotland
12 – France
10 – Italy
10 – Wales

Carries
722 – Ireland
676 – Scotland
635 – Italy
596 – England
581 – France
547 – Wales

Metres Run
4366 – Scotland
3790 – England
3786 – Ireland
3541 – Italy
3445 – France
2699 – Wales

Line Breaks
29 – England
22 – Scotland
21 – France
18 – Ireland
17 – Italy
13 – Wales

Tackle Breaks
41 – Ireland
34 – Scotland
33 – France
30 – England
26 – Italy
18 – Wales

Turnovers Won
25 – France
25 – England
19 – Scotland
17 – Ireland
17 – Italy
16 – Wales

Lineouts Won
71 – Ireland
57 – Italy
55 – Scotland
49 – England
48 – France
42 – Wales

Lineouts Won %
93.4% – Italy
92.5% – England
91% – Ireland
87.3% – Scotland
82.8% – France
76.4% – Wales

Lineouts Lost
13 – Wales
10 – France
8 – Scotland
7 – Ireland
4 – Italy
4 – England