Wing legend David Campese made an interesting point yesterday: Why arenâ€™t Australian teams scoring tries?
David Lord, The Roar
After 17 Super Rugby rounds, the five Australian teams have scored the least tries (161), and given up the most with 202.
The five Kiwi sides are exactly the opposite with the most tries (209), and the least scored against them with 168.
The South African quintet rests comfortably in between by scoring 178 tries, and having 176 scored against them.
That obviously translates to the New Zealand sides having greater attacking skills, with the tightest defence â€“ the perfect mix.
And answering Campoâ€™s question, the Australians, along with South Africa, both lack try-scoring ability and leak far too many five-pointers.
In the breakdown to individual teams, the seven-times champion Crusaders show the way with a points differential for-and-against of plus-128, from the Stormers plus-91, and the Chiefs plus-89.
The Hurricanes have comprehensively scored the most tries (55), from the Bulls (46), and the Chiefs with 44. But the Hurricanes probably wonâ€™t make the play-offs, the Bulls probably will.
The Chiefs have already qualified.
The Stormers have given up the least tries (18), from the Chiefs (27) and Brumbies 28. The Stormers and Chiefs have already qualified by topping their Conferences, and the Brumbies should follow suit on Saturday by heading the Australian Conference.