Stat Attack: South Sydney's red-hot left edge most dominant in NRL
With four tries to Robert Jennings in Thursday's night's dismantling of Parramatta, South Sydney's already-dominant left edge has now established itself as clearly the best attacking flank in the NRL.
The return of skipper Greg Inglis at left centre has been massive for the Bunnies and the scintillating form of under-rated playmaker Cody Walker has also generated plenty of attack through that channel with Jennings, in particular, cashing in.
Alex Johnston, Hymel Hunt, Braidon Burns, Walker and Inglis have all crossed out wide on the left for Souths this year.
They have 22 tries on the left flank in 15 games and the next best is Manly with 14 tries in 14 games.
The dominance gets even more stark when you add in the left channel (essentially the area from where the centre defends at two-in through to where the edge back-rower defends at four-in).
Here Souths have another 13 tries, again largely through Inglis, Walker and Johnston but are also profiting by the resurgent form of left-edge back-rower John Sutton.
The best team in this channel is Newcastle, who have 19 tries on the back of a burgeoning combination between fullback Kalyn Ponga and edge forward Lachlan Fitzgibbon, however the Knights have only eight more tries on the left wing.
South Sydney's left-side total of 35 tries in 15 games at 2.3 per game is well clear of Newcastle's 1.9 per game. Penrith have 11 on the left wing and 14 more in the left channel in just 13 games, also at 1.9 per game. The creativity of James Maloney and Tyrone Peachey and powerful edge running of Viliame Kikau have helped the Panthers to be the third-best attacking left edge in the competition.
The Roosters (10 left wing, 15 left channel for a total of 1.8 left side tries per game) are fourth best, just ahead of the Dragons (nine left wing and 14 left channel at just under 1.8 per game).
The Cowboys are last for left side attack with just eight on the left wing and three in the left channel for 0.8 left side tries per match.
The Bunnies' total of 64 tries in 15 games is now 16 tries clear of the next-best attacking team, the Dragons, who have 48 in 13 games.
Their 2.3 tries per game on the left side is also easily better than any team on the right side with the Warriors (10 tries left wing and 14 tries left channel) scoring just over 1.8 tries per game on the right side, ahead of Cronulla (1.8 right side tries per game) and the Storm (1.5). The Rabbitohs are also fifth best on the right side (1.3 tries per game).