The Bulldogs have had one of their lowest scoring openings to a season in the club’s NRL history.
The Sharks could be primed to beat the Storm, while the Dragons hold a peculiar Easter weekend record that could see them return to winning ways.
Read below for this week’s NRL Stat Attack!
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Every team gets a sound on Fox League’s coverage when they score points, but Bulldogs fans may be finding it difficult to remember what their barking dog sounds like.
Canterbury is yet to score more than 12 points in a match this season and their 40 points scored through five games is the equal second fewest by a side in the NRL era — better than only the 34 points they scored last year.
The last time the Bulldogs went six straight games scoring 12 points or less was way back in 1973.
No team in the grand final era (1954) has scored under 50 points through six games and made the finals and the fewest in the NRL era for a team to make the finals is 68 by the Bulldogs in 2013.
Only three teams in the grand final era have failed to score 60 points through six games in consecutive seasons: Western Suburbs 1984-85, Sydney Roosters 1962-63, and Parramatta 1959-60.
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Cronulla has won six games against the Storm since 2016, the best record of any team against them in this period — but they have certainly done it the hard way.
The Sharks have not scored more than 20 points in a match against Melbourne since 2005, a run of 27 games, easily the longest streak of any team against an opponent in the NRL era.
To find a longer streak you have to go back to the first 16 seasons for the Panthers who went 33 games against the Roosters without scoring more than 20 points.
Like most teams however Cronulla has struggled in Melbourne, winning just twice in their past 13 starts with their 11 losses having an average margin of over 20 points.
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It seems apt that if any team could resurrect their season on Easter Sunday it would be one named “Saints” and recent history suggests St George Illawarra could do just that.
The Dragons have won just two of their past 14 starts (both against the Warriors) but have an excellent record over the Easter weekend winning 16 times from their 22 starts, the best record of any team in the NRL era, including their past eight straight — easily the best current streak of any team.
On top of this, Newcastle has its worst record against the Dragons winning just 13 of 41 games overall and for some reason they especially struggle early in the season, winning just three of 14 in matches played prior to round 10.
They haven’t beaten the Dragons this early in the season since 2009.
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STAT OF THE WEEK – CHARGING BULLS
Jason Taumalolo and Payne Haas get plenty of accolades for their ability to bend the line (rightly so) but this season both are being bested so far in the number of times they have smashed the ball up for more than 10 metres by the Warriors’ Addin Fonua-Blake.
AFB is averaging an impressive 11 metres per run this season and 158 metres per game overall — both new career highs
Charging Bulls (Most 10+ Metre Hit-Ups)
1. Addin Fonua-Blake — 41
2. Payne Haas — 40
3. Reagan Campbell-Gillard — 38
4. Moeaki Fotuaika — 31
5. Jason Taumalolo — 30
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