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Wiese displays carry him into OPTA rankings

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Back-rower Jasper Wiese has made an immediate impact on the stats charts in the colours of Leicester Tigers.

The South African forward made an impressive debut in the season-opening victory over Gloucester and also played in the Gallagher Premiership games against London Irish and Exeter Chiefs before the cancellation of the Round 4 game against Newcastle Falcons.

According to the Premiership figures released by Opta, Tigers No8 Wiese is in the Top 25 in terms of tackles (37), carries (37), metres gained (169) and defenders beaten (13) after just three appearances in the competition.

Team-mate Hanro Liebenberg leads the Tigers tackle count, one ahead of Wiese and Harry Wells, while full-back Freddie Steward leads for carries and metres gained (37/174) and joins Wiese in the Top 10 for defenders beaten (12).