ON FIRE: Wallaroos centre Shaun Collins has scored at least one try in eight of his nine games this year. He scored a double in each of his last four games.
ON FIRE: Wallaroos centre Shaun Collins has scored at least one try in eight of his nine games this year. He scored a double in each of his last four games. Alistair Brightman

MATTER OF STATS: Gulls, Roos lead stat brackets

MATTER of Stats is back for another season of Bundaberg Rugby League.

The weekly column looks at the numbers that make up the BRL after each week: try and point scorers, attacking and defensive milestones, and other random stats.

All four winning teams scored more than 30 points in round nine.

All four winning teams scored more than 30 points in round nine.

Hervey Bay Seagulls reclaimed its place atop both the competition table and as the BRL's best-attacking side.

The Seagulls passed the 50-try mark for the season in their 38-22 win over Maryborough Brothers, which pushed the club to 298 points for the season (33.1 points per game).

The competition's leading point-scorer, Seagulls fullback Logona Vetemotu, reached 88 points for the season after his personal haul of 18 points (two tries, five goals).

The BRL's next-best attackers are Past Brothers (294, 32.6 points per game) and Wallaroos (290, 32.2 points per game).

Past Brothers produced its worst attacking performance so far in its 34-16 loss to Easts Magpies.

The competition's leading try-scoring team (57), Past Brothers' defence leaked almost twice as much as they had in the previous fortnight combined (34 in Rd 9, 18 in Rds 7-8).

Wallaroos is the third-best attacking team in the competition. The Maryborough club has won its last three games, their best winning run since Rds 11-14 last year (32-18 v Wests in Rd 11, Bye in Rd 12, 42-18 v Waves in Rd 13 , and 38-24 v Easts in Rd 14).

More impressively, it's the first time in Peter Waters' tenure the club has scored more than 30 points in three consecutive weeks (two seasons).

Veteran Wallaroos centre and the BRL's leading tryscorer Shaun Collins (15) is in an unstoppable run.

Collins has scored at least one try in all but one game this season (Rd 1's 24-14 loss to Easts). He has scored in each of the past eight games - and remarkably has a double in each of the last four games.

The club's defence (5th best in the comp, 24.8 points per game) recorded its best performance of the year in its 36-10 win over Isis Devils.

It's the least they've conceded since Rd 17 last year, which was also against Isis (42-10 win for Wallaroos). It was the third time Isis scored 10 points in a game this year (Rd 4, Rd 8 and Rd 9).

The Devils have used more goalkickers than any other team in the competition, but boast the worst conversion rate (54.05% - 20 goals from 37 attempts) in the comp.

Wests Panthers passed the 200-point mark in its 36-22 loss to Waves Tigers, who also passed the mark.



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