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Olowofela top of the charts in Round 3

Leicester Tigers wing Jordan Olowofela beat more defenders last week than any other player in the Gallagher Premiership.

The 21-year-old sped past 10 Gloucester defenders – three more than his nearest competitors – in his first league start of the season at Welford Road, and is now among the top players for defenders beaten so far this season.

His back three colleagues were also in blistering form, with Telusa Veainu back up to speed in club colours after missing almost all of last term.

The full-back’s 94 metres from 16 carries in his first game back after a return from the Rugby World Cup puts him in the top five players for metres made.

And Jonah Holmes has made more turnovers than any other back in the league so far, with his four possession-pinchers – three of which came on Saturday – putting him equal with club colleague Guy Thompson.

Tonga international Sione Kalamafoni was also a notable mention on both sides of the ball, making 47 metres from 13 lung-busting carries, 14 tackles and a crucial turnover against his former club.

After three rounds of competition, Calum Green (40), Hanro Liebenberg (28) and George Worth (115) are also among the Premiership’s top tacklers, carriers and metre-makers, respectively.

Liebenberg has won more lineouts than any other player in the league so far, with 19 – one ahead of Gloucester lock Gerbrandt Grobler.

Tigers head to the Madejski Stadium this Sunday (November 10, 2.30pm) to face London Irish in Round 4 of the Gallagher Premiership, and will be wary of back-row talisman Blair Cowan.

The Exiles co-captain has already made 45 tackles, won eight lineouts and won four turnovers so far this season.