Stats alert: Proof that the Warriors right edge is the NRL's most destructive combination

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The Warriors' right-edge of Shaun Johnson, Peta Hiku and David Fusitu'a is the most destructive in the league, laying on almost two tries per game through the channel.

David Fusitu'a scores a try during the New Zealand Warriors and North Queensland Cowboys NRL game at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on April 7th 2018. 

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David Fusitu'a scores a try during the New Zealand Warriors and North Queensland Cowboys NRL game at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

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The New Zealand side has had one of their best starts to the season in the NRL and sit third in the competition ladder, two points behind leaders St George Illawarra Dragons.

Despite being thrashed last week 50-10 in their ANZAC Day clash against the Storm in Melbourne, it has been the New Zealand club's defence that has helped win them six crucial matches.

They welcome back their star half Johnson this week who has been out for two weeks due to injury.

Shaun Johnson.
NRL Premiership. Vodafone Warriors v Gold Coast Titans. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. March 17 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Shaun Johnson ran the ball more and certainly had the crowd on its feet.

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Tohu Harris, Solomone Kata and James Gavet return from injury to bolster the Warriors' outfit also.

They take on the Wests Tigers this Saturday at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland.

Issac Luke was initially expected to be sidelined for a month with a knee injury which he received early in his side’s loss against the Storm last week, but he has been named to start.

THE KEY STAT FOR EACH SIDE IN THE TOP EIGHT THAT HAS HELPED - OR HURT THEM SO FAR THIS SEASON

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA (1st)

The Dragons lead just about every key statistical category this year, including points scored, points conceded, metres made, metres conceded, tackle busts, tackles missed and linebreaks conceded. Just as crucially, they've done it all using a league-low 19 players

PENRITH (2nd)

The Panthers are still the NRL's second-half kings, where they have an aggregate score of 116-40. They've also only conceded a combined 14 points in the last 20 minutes of games.

WARRIORS (3rd)

The Warriors' right-edge of Shaun Johnson, Peta Hiku and David Fusitua' is the most destructive in the league, laying on almost two tries per game through the channel.

MELBOURNE (4th)

Melbourne's middle remain the most reliable in the competition. The Storm have conceded the least tries through the centre of the field this year, while none of their forwards have missed more than two tackles per match. Only the Dragons and Storm have such a record.

WESTS TIGERS (5th)

The Tigers are conceding almost half the amount of tries they did last year to have the best defensive line in the competition, while they're making almost three less errors per game to have the NRL's best completion rate at 80 per cent.

NEWCASTLE (6th)

For all their success, Newcastle are still short in the middle. They concede the most metres per game (1468) and run the least (1212). They also give just 3.6 offloads per game and concede 10.1. Still up on almost every key category on last year.

SOUTH SYDNEY (7th)

Have one of the most dangerous attacks in the NRL, with the most linebreaks and second-most tries and tackle busts. Last year they ranked 10th, 10th and 15th in those categories respectively.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (8th)

The Roosters' all-star attack still remains clunky, as they average the most errors (13.6) and incomplete sets within their own half (3.9) per game.

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