Rugby: The final stats from All Blacks history-making Rugby Championship

By Sam Hewat

Beauden Barrett is the only first-five to score more than one try in this year's Rugby Championship. Photo / Photosport
Beauden Barrett is the only first-five to score more than one try in this year's Rugby Championship. Photo / Photosport

For the All Blacks, it doesn't get much better than this.

Six from six in the Rugby Championship, scoring a maximum 30 from 30 points.

That's right. For the first time in history, a team recorded a bonus point win in every match.

Now, the All Blacks are just one game away from clinching the record for most wins by a tier one nation.

With such dominance, the stats are understandably incredible. Picking just a handful almost seems unfair.

Still, we've done our best to give you the head-turners and the eye-poppers.

38 to five

Take your pick at what's more breathtaking.

The fact the All Blacks scored 38 tries in six matches, six more than all the other three teams combined, or the fact they conceded just five tries throughout the whole Rugby Championship.

Either way, in 480 minutes of rugby, giving up five tries amounts to a try every 96 minutes.

Seven per cent

70 tries were scored in the Rugby Championship this year.

That means just seven per cent of the total tries scored were against the All Blacks.

Compare that with 23 per cent against Australia, 31 per cent against South Africa and 39 per cent against Argentina.

Tries not penalties

The All Blacks aren't in the business of taking easy points.

They'd rather go for the jugular instead of getting three more on the board.

This shows in the fact the All Blacks have only slotted six penalty goals this Rugby Championship.

In comparison, Australia hit 12, Argentina 18 and South Africa 19.

Quick Play

Phase play is key for some nations - not the All Blacks.

25 of their 38 tries came from just three phases or less.

Beautiful Beaudy

It makes sense that fly-halves would occupy the top of the points scoring table, as is the case with this year's competition.

Beauden Barrett sits at the top with 81 points, with Argentine Nicolas Sanchez and Wallaby Bernard Foley in second position with 53 a piece. South Africa's Morne Steyn is fourth with 42 points.

But what's more amazing, is the fact that three of those four haven't scored more than a single try.

In fact, Foley is the only player to score one.

Barrett, on the other hand, has four to his name.

44-14

That's the average scoreline for the All Blacks.

No other team has a positive margin.

Argentina: 22-36
Australia: 20-25
South Africa: 20-30

30 missed tackles a game

The All Blacks average just 12 missed tackles a game. Well under their competitors with Argentina, South Africa and Australia averaging 20, 23, and 25 respectively.

Conversely, the All Blacks forced a whopping 30 missed tackles a game.

**All statistics courtesy of Opta**

- NZ Herald

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