Has there ever been a Premiership club whose disciplinary record consists of more red cards than yellows at the end of such a long and gruelling season?
As things stand – and this is before the yellow/red-hot atmosphere of a derby – the Tigers have had just two players sin-binned in 16 rounds of Gallagher Premiership rugby while simultaneously seeing three players sent off.
As well as that tiny tally for cards, the Tigers penalty count has been pretty good all season too and that will be vital with such narrow margins and large stakes in the remaining six games.
The disciplinary figures are remarkable enough in isolation, but you can add further context by looking at the league’s stats and see that the Tigers’ yellow count has been equalled by NINE individual players.
And Telusa Veainu was among three players who collected three each last season!
Topically, Northampton doubled the Tigers’ seasonal tally in the last eight minutes of their last league game – finishing the game against Bristol with 11 men and a crowded bench. In fairness, it was pretty much out of character as they actually doubled their entire haul for the season in that one section of one game.
The teams with the next-best yellow card record after Tigers are Exeter, Sale and Worcester with four each. Everywhere else, teams have been short-handed on six to eight occasions, with Saracens on top of this table on 11 sin-bins.
“Same old Leicester, always cheating” chants anyone?