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By Ospreys Rugby | 01/05/2019

Everybody at the Ospreys is well aware of the danger posed by Dan Evans on the counter attack and official Guinness PRO14 stats for the season show the full back top of the charts for metres made.

The prolific Evans, whose late season flurry of tries sees him topping the charts for the Ospreys with 10 this campaign, is an eye-catching runner who offers a threat from anywhere on the field.

The official stats provided by Opta Pro underlines that danger, with Evans heading up the list for metres made across the season.

His impressive total of 1299 metres across 18 Guinness PRO14 games this season works out at an average of 72 metres made per game. His efforts at Principality Stadium on Saturday saw him exceed that average by some margin, making 103 metres on the day in total.

As well as topping the metres made, Evans features high up in a number of other charts for the campaign.

His 195 carries is the fourth highest in the competition (Olly Cracknell also features in the top 10 with 182), while his 62 defenders beaten is also the fourth best figure. Meanwhile, with 22 clean breaks put him joint fifth in that particular chart.

Evans has touched down eight times in the recent four game winning streak, including hat tricks against the Dragons and the Kings, and his 10 tries to date with the Champions Cup play-off clash with the Scarlets to come, means that he is set to finish top try scorer at the Ospreys for a second consecutive season.

Other Ospreys feature across the stats lists, with Cracknell and James King particularly prominent. As well as his placing on the carries list, Cracknell has the third biggest tackle total, 259. For his part, King is eighth on the same list with 224 and he sits just outside the top 10 for carries on 174.

With the Ospreys collectively enjoying the best figures in the Championship for lineout steals, it’s no surprise to see three familiar faces in the top eight. King is there again, in joint second with seven, and he is joined on the same number by Alun Wyn Jones, whose presence on the chart is all the more impressive given he has made just nine Championship appearances this season. The third Osprey on the list is skipper, Justin Tipuric, one behind on six.

Probably the most surprising Ospreys entry on the Opta charts is in the turnovers won list, with centre Owen Watkin claiming an impressive 20 across 12 games, putting him third overall and the highest places back, ahead of Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey who came in eighth.

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