Tuesday 19 February 2019

The stats don't lie for Roux

 

Quinn Roux of Ireland in action. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images
Quinn Roux of Ireland in action. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

The phrase 'unseen work' is bandied about a lot, and quite often it isn't used with much substance to back it up.

Against Scotland, however, Quinn Roux personified it with an industrious display that should silence some of the doubters for now.

There is a reason why Joe Schmidt regularly picks the Connacht lock and while he didn't make Ireland's initial Six Nations squad, he paid back the faith shown in him in spades.

Taking on the calling of the lineout was a huge responsibility and while Roux contributed heavily to a 100pc success rate from the set-piece, his work at the breakdown may have went unnoticed.

The 28-year old had 54 own ruck arrivals (more than any other player), was one of the first three Irish players to arrive at 46 of their rucks (more than any other player), had 25 cleanouts (more than any other player) and made 12 tackles without missing one.

Roux may not be the flashiest Irish lock, but on this occasion the stats don't lie about how effective he was at Murrayfield.

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