Top photo: Lions wing Ben Lam has played more minutes than any other Lions player during the 2017 season. PHOTO: Getty Sport
The Mitre 10 Cup Championship Final by the numbers
2000 – The year Wellington last won a national provincial title.
65 – Wellington’s try-count in 2017 is a union record, surpassing the 62 scored in 2008.
41.4 – Wellington’s average score over 11 matches in 2017.
40 – How many of Wellington’s 65 tries in 2017 have been scored by the backs.
9 – How many finals Wellington has appeared in since the finals system was introduced to the national provincial championship in 1992.
2014 – The year the Lions were relegated from the Championship to the Premiership.
3 – How many Lions players have appeared in each of the team’s matches in 2017. Those players are prop Tolu Fahamakioa (pictured), first five Jackson Garden-Bachop and halfback Kemara Hauiti-Parapara.
796 – How many minutes wing Ben Lam has played for the Lions this season out of a possible 880. The next most heavily used players have been first five Jackson Garden-Bachop (757) and wing Julian Savea (720).
16 – How many times Wellington has hosted Bay of Plentyy in the capital. Wellington has won 13, Bay of Plenty two, and there has been one draw.
1976 – The year Bay of Plenty won the first ever national provincial championship.
45 – How many tries Bay of Plenty has scored in 2017.
7 – Front rowers Alex Fidow (pictured) and Aasafo Aumua have been Wellington’s leading try scorers in 2017.
8 - Lalakai Foketi has scored the most tries this season for Bay of Plenty.
31- How many times Wellington and Bay of Plenty have played each other in the National Provincial Championship (NPC). The Lions have won 24 (77.4%), lost five, and drawn two.
5 – Wellington’s current winning streak against Bay of Plenty goes back to 2012. The Steamers won the three matches before that in succession.
76.5 – Lions first five Jackson Garden-Bachop’s (pictured) kicking success rate this season (52 from 68 attempts).
73.5 – Bay of Plenty first five Mike Delany’s kicking success rate this season (36 from 49 attempts)
74 - Wellington’s highest score in a NPC match was set against Bay of Plenty, at Tauranga in 2002.
3 - The record for most tries scored in a NPC match by a Wellington player against Bay of Plenty was set by Paul Quinn at Rotorua in 1977, and by Hosea Gear at Wellington in 2008.
5 - The record for most penalties kicked by a Wellington player in a NPC match against Bay of Plenty is held by Lima Sopoaga, at Mt Maunganui in 2012.
1988 – The year a Wellington player last kicked a drop goal against Bay of Plenty. It was fullback John Gallagher in Rotorua. Allan Hewson kicked two drop goals for Wellington against Bay of Plenty at Tauranga in 1982 and another at Wellington in 1983.
34 - The most points scored by a Wellington player in a NPC match against Bay of Plenty was achieved by David Holwell at Tauranga in 2002.