Top 5: Tacklers
With the 2017 season done, take a look back at the Club’s top performers in each of the game’s key statistics.
Up today is tackles made.
Danny Levi – 771 tackles
Averaging 32 tackles per game, Levi was one of only two Knights to play in every game in 2017.
He was no slouch with his accuracy either, at 93 per cent.
It was the young hooker’s first full NRL season uninterrupted by injury, and he’ll be hoping to make New Zealand’s World Cup squad on the back of his solid defence and lightning dummy-half runs.
Mitch Barnett – 763 tackles
The Danny Buderus Medal winner for 2017, Barnett missed two games through injury and was still only eight tackles behind leader Levi.
He averaged 35 tackles per game, with 93 per cent accuracy.
Sione Mata’utia – 577 tackles
The youngest Mata’utia brother found a home in the back row in 2017, and as a result his number of tackles went through the roof as he improved on his 2016 amount by 259.
Paired with a damaging offensive game, Mata’utia was always one of the first names on the team sheet in 2017.
Jamie Buhrer – 557 tackles
Considering he missed eight game this year, Buhrer’s fourth place is a big achievement.
Splitting his time in the back row and at dummy-half, he averaged 35 tackles per game.
On top of that his technique was almost flawless, as he finished the year with 95 per cent accuracy.
Daniel Saifiti – 514 tackles
Also featuring near the top of the metres made category for the Club, Saifiti made more tackles than any other prop in red and blue this year.
He averaged 22 per game, with an accuracy of 92 per cent.