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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Klemmer, Boyd challenging post-contact metre king Taumalolo

Jason Taumalolo was rated the hardest player in the league to tackle in 2018 according to's player poll, so it's no surprise to see he's retained his mantle as the Telstra Premiership's king for post-contact metres.
The Cowboys star topped the charts again this season, averaging 75.8 post-contact metres per game, but he's facing a threat to his title from Kangaroos prop David Klemmer who clocked up 75 per game for Canterbury.
Roosters wingers Blake Ferguson (69.6pcm) and Daniel Tupou (61.0pcm) were next best, doing the hard yards for their team in bringing the ball back from their own territory.
Shannon Boyd knocked Addin Fonua-Blake off the podium for the competition's most post-contact metres per carry into contact, averaging 4.47 metres per carry from 196 hit-ups.
In 2017 Fonua-Blake averaged 5.16 metres per carry from 173 carries, but was only able to crank up 4.47 metres per carry from 280 runs this season.
It's no surprise the 2018 premiers led the charge for the team gaining the most post-contact metre made per carry, with the Sydney Roosters averaging 3.19.
Canberra ranked second, averaging 3.16 post-contact metres per run, with Manly third on 3.09.
Although the Raiders had no problems busting through the opposition this season, they struggled to contain teams when defending which resulted in them conceding the most post contact metres per carry, averaging 3.11.