On Thursday 23rd February, the Inline Framing Sharks have topped the John Smith’s Super IV’s League this season, with 33 points from their 6 wins and a draw from 9 matches.
It’s been a tight fought competition with the Sovereign Scorpions commanding the lead for much of the season. The DHL Stormers took over for a couple of weeks in January but the Inline Framing Sharks have always been in the reckoning and closed out the season on the last night of the regular season. As an indication of just how tight this season has been, it came down to the last kick of the last game, with a Inline Framing Sharks penalty sealing their victory over the Ibex Buccaneers by only two points. Had that penalty been missed, then the DHL Stormers would have taken the League title courtesy of their narrow victory over the Scorpions in the first game of the evening.
As to the overall individual points scorers, this was just as tight as the League itself, with a Shark topping the table, closely followed by a Stormer; Jonny Reyes regained top spot, with his 3 penalties giving him a points tally of 58 against Simon Adamson who kicked 3 conversions, giving him a total of 56 points. Matt Isola, takes third place on 50 points.
Simon and Jonny share the try scoring count on 8 a piece. On the kicking front 46% of all tries were converted, with Jack Milton successfully slotting 17, making him the top kicker.
Throughout the John Smith’s Super IV’s season a total of 840 points were scored, through 140 tries, 65 conversions and 8 penalties. The Inline Framing Sharks have scored the most points (261) with only their successful penalty count (kicking 6 of the 8 in total) edging them ahead of the DHL Stormers (249). Perhaps, not surprisingly, the Inline Framing Sharks have also conceded fewer points (157) than any other team, although the Sovereign Scorpions defence has been pretty solid, only conceding (163).
There is still more silverware to be decided with the John Smith’s Super IV’s Rock Cup Semi-Finals played on 9th March and the Final to be played on 23rd March.