It has been well publicised that Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 has already been a record-breaking event, and that’s only the pool stages.
Four-time world champions New Zealand have failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time with hosts France, England, Canada and Ireland instead filling the coveted spots.
With the semi-finals tasking place on Wednesday at the Stade Jean Bouin, the home of Stade Français, we take a look at some of the statistics from the pool stages.
- France are the only side not to concede a try in the pool stages
- The top try scorers in the pool stages were New Zealand with 20 in their three matches.
- The Black Ferns also scored the most points with 127. By contrast South Africa scored just nine - a penalty in each match - and are the only team not to have scored a try
- The semi-finalists have scored 387 points and 54 tries between them in the pool stages
- England centre Emily Scarratt is the top point scorer after the pool stages with 43. This is only five fewer than Black Ferns fly half Kelly Brazier topped the charts with at WRWC 2010
- The only drop goal at WRWC 2014 was kicked by Wales’ Elinor Snowsill in their victory over South Africa – their first pool stage victory since 1998
- New Zealand are the only team to have more than one player who has scored three tries in the tournament so far.
- Eight players currently top the try scoring charts with three tries after the pool stages. The top try scorer at the last two World Cups has crossed the line seven times.
- Emily Scarratt has converted the most tries at 13, the same as her captain Katy McLean managed at WRWC 2010
- A total of 765 points have been scored at WRWC 2014. A total of 1,193 points were clocked up in 2010 with New Zealand the top scorers with 186
- A total of 107 tries were scored in the WRWC 2014 pool stages. Will the 182 scored four years ago be bettered by the time the champions are crowned?
- Australia kicked the most penalties in the pool stages with six, all of them by full back Ashleigh Hewson. Kazakhstan are the only team not to have kicked a penalty
- Nineteen yellow cards and one red were brandished by referees in the 18 pool matches.
Tickets are very limited for the semi-finals at Stade Jean Bouin, information is available here.