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Tigers feature in Opta stats

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Leicester Tigers players starred in attack and defence in the victory away to Newcastle Falcons, the latest Opta Rugby Ratings show.

Brendon O’Connor won three turnovers in the game, more than any other player across Round 7 of the Aviva Premiership.

The back-rower leads the way for Tigers this season with six turnovers while George Ford is one behind, the official statistics of the Aviva Premiership show. Maro Itoje (Saracens) and Nili Latu (Newcastle Falcons) lead the way with eight.

O’Connor was also Tigers’ joint top tackler at Kingston Park, making 16 tackles in the game, the same number as Sione Kalamafoni.

Only Gloucester Rugby’s Lewis Ludlow (114) has made more tackles in the league so far this season than Kalamafoni (98). Kalamafoni also tops the Opta Rugby Ratings for carries this season with 109 after making another 19 carries at Newcastle, a team high.

His Tigers and Tonga teammate Valentino Mapapalangi was also an impressive performer against the Falcons.

Mapapalangi won seven lineouts, the most across the round alongside Joe Launchbury (Wasps). Graham Kitchener won six in a 100 per cent lineout effort by the team on Sunday.

Mapapalangi made four offloads against the Falcons, the most by any player last weekend. Telusa Veainu made three to take his total for the season to 12, the highest number of offloads in the league.

Veainu was in scintillating form in attack against Newcastle, scoring the opening try and creating the second for Ben Youngs.

He beat a total of 10 defenders in the game, another round high. Veainu heads that particular stat this season as well. The full-back has now beaten 34 defenders, six more than Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby) and nine more than Jonny May.

May is second only to Saracens’ Alex Goode (698m) in terms of the metres made this season with 574m. May made another 101m at Kingston Park as he dotted down for his 10th try in his first nine games for the club.

And George Ford enjoyed a 100 per cent success rate with the boot, kicking 15 points with three conversions and three penalties.