MATTER OF STATS: The BRL's 300th try in leanest round
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The BRL's eighth round was highlighted by the competition's 300th try of the season in a weekend dominated by defence.
Only two teams - Wallaroos (38) and Hervey Bay (34) - passed the 30-point mark in what was the leanest weekend since Round 17, 2016.
The eight teams combined for 174 points, courtesy of 31 tries, less than the season's previous lowest mark of 180 points (Round 1).
It is the lowest since Round 17 last year when clubs combined for just 126 points. On that weekend, one club was kept scoreless and two others were restricted to 10 points each.
Both Wallaroos and Hervey Bay passed the 250-point mark in their wins.
It was second-placed Hervey Bay's best defensive performance since their second round shut-out of Maryborough Brothers, when they held the bottom-ranked side scoreless.
For third-placed Wallaroos, it was the second consecutive week their attack produced more than 30 points.
It was also the club's best defensive effort since their fourth-round 56-16 win over Wests Panthers.
Maryborough Brothers might have lost to their cross-town rivals, but it was their best attacking performance since the third round.
The club became the last to pass the 100-point mark (112 total, 14 per game), but the first to concede more than 300 points this season.
It was the first time in six weeks Maryborough Brothers' points for the game did not end in a six.
Isis Devils conceded their 200th point of the season in the loss to Hervey Bay.
The seventh-placed Devils boast the second-worst defence in the competition (230 points, 28.75 per game), and have conceded more than 100 points in the last three weeks alone.
Past Brothers maintained top spot courtesy of its 24-12 win over Waves Tigers.
The club has scored more points than any other with 278 points from its eight games, and remain the only club with more than 50 tries (54).
Easts Magpies' 20-14 loss to Wests Panthers means the club has scored as many points as it conceded this year.
The Magpies' points differential is zero: the Bundaberg club has scored 170 points (21.25 per game) and conceded 170 points (21.25 per game).
Wests meanwhile will crash through the 200-point barrier barring a miracle. The fourth-placed club has scored 199 points (24.875 per game)