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As the season closes, who were the top performers?
Posted Jun 03, 2011 by Chris White
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With the 2010/11 season now over, with Saracens taking their first English league title, it's time for that end of year report we all dread - or look forward to, depending on how well you've done!
Saracens clinched the Premiership title with a 22-18 victory against reigning champions Leicester at Twickenham, avenging their defeat at the same stage in the 2009/10 season. Leeds Carnegie were relegated from the Premiership with their place to be taken by Worcester next year, who beat Cornish Pirates in the Championship promotion play off over two legs.
Leicester Tigers finished on top of the league table, with 78 points from their 22 fixtures. It was eventual champions Saracens, however, who claimed the most wins in those games, with 18 out of the 22 results going their way.
Tigers also scored the most points in the season, 594, and accumulated the equal highest number of bonus points, 12, as did Harlequins.
Saracens had the tightest defence, only conceding 318 points in the regular season, but scored the fewest bonus points, making just 4.
Unsurprisingly, it was relegated Leeds Carnegie who lost the most games, 18, and scored the fewest points, just 315, but it was Sale who conceded the most, with their opponents accumulating 618 points.
Newcastle Falcons made the most tackles, hitting the opposition on 2,429 occasions over the course of the season. London Irish made the fewest tackles, with 2,006.
Leicester made the most successful passes, with 3,120, while Newcastle made the fewest, with 2,357.
Newcastle fly half Jimmy Gopperth was the top points scorer in the Premiership this season, racking up 230 points, finishing clear of Nick Evans and Dave Walder, who both managed to break the 200-point mark, scoring 206 each. Gopperth was the top goal kicker, too, scoring from the boot on 78 occasions.
Saracens scrum half Richard Wigglesworth made the most individual appearances in the season, playing in every one of his club's fixtures - 24 times including the Premiership semi final and final.
Alesana Tuilagi of Leicester was the top try scorer in the 2010/11 campaign, crossing the line to touch down on 13 occasions, with Chris Ashton and Topsy Ojo managing 10 tries apiece.