Points, punts and the breakdown: key areas to watch in Six Nations crunch | Robert Kitson

Points, punts and the breakdown: key areas to watch in Six Nations crunch | Robert Kitson

The Guardian

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Maximising return on chances has been key to Wales’s success before their decisive trip to Paris, while the Lions coach Warren Gatland will watch the skies in Dublin

Wales are going for a grand slam, potentially their fifth in 16 years, primarily because they are the best team in this Six Nations at maximising the return on their opportunities. The latest figures, from performance analysts working for QBE, show that when Wales reach their opponents’ 22 they have scored an average of 2.51 points per visit in this tournament, compared with France’s 1.58. Seventeen tries in four games is already a healthy return and one more in Paris will ensure Wales’s highest Six Nations try count. With Louis Rees-Zammit, Josh Adams and Liam Williams all lethal poachers, Wales’s opponents are being outflanked. Both Scotland and England scored 24 points against them and still lost.

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