Main Photo: Lions first five Jackson Garden-Bachop has scored 98 points so far this season. PHOTO: Getty Sport
Wellington v Northland by the numbers
25 – How many times Wellington has played Northland in the National Provincial Championship (NPC) competition. The Lions record is won 25 (80.6%), lost six.
53 – How many tries Wellington has scored this season. The Lions 371 points have also been made up of 41 conversions and eight penalties.
2008 – The only other year a Wellington Lions team has scored more tries in a season than the 2017 team. The 2008 Lions scored 62 tries in 13 matches.
98 – How many points Lions first five Jackson Garden-Bachop has scored this season through two tries, 35 conversions and six penalties.
6 – Prop Alex Fidow (above) and wing Ben Lam are equal leading try scorers for the Lions in 2017 with six each.
38 – How many players the Lions have utilized through the first nine matches of the season. Sixteen of them have made their Lions debut in 2017.
32 – That’s how many of the Lions 53 tries have been scored by the backs, meaning 21 have gone to the forwards.
77.4 – Jackson Garden-Bachop’s success rate from the kicking tee this year. He has succeeded with 41 of his 53 attempts at goal.
2000 – The year of Northland’s last win in Wellington. The Taniwha became the first NPC side to beat Wellington in a match at Westpac Stadium.
2 – That’s how many times Wellington has lost to Northland in Wellington. Those losses came in 1990 and 2000. The Lions have won 14 of 16 matches against the Taniwha in the capital.
1994 – The year North Auckland changed its name to Northland.
11 - Wellington’s record for most tries in a NPC match against Northland was achieved in Wellington in 1984.
3 - The record for most tries scored in a NPC match by a Wellington player against Northland is shared by prop Brian McGrattan, at Wellington in 1984, midfielder Ma’a Nonu (pictured), at Whangarei in 2005, and by hooker Asafo Aumua, at Whangarei in 2016.
8 - The record for most tries scored by a Wellington player in all NPC matches against Northland is held by wing Bernie Fraser.
5 - The record for most penalties kicked by a Wellington player in a NPC match against Northland is held by fullback John Gallagher, at Wellington in 1986.
7 - The record for most conversions kicked in a NPC match by a Wellington player against Northland is held by fullback Allan Hewson, at Wellington in 1984.
28 - The most points scored by a Wellington player in a NPC match against Northland is held by fullback John Gallagher, at Wellington in 1988.