Scrums, damn lies and statistics tell a story in Norths’ win over Souths

By MARK CASHMAN

If you woke up on Sunday morning and looked at the statistics from Northern Suburbs’ game against Southern Districts at North Sydney Oval on Saturday it would be easy to tick the win box for the Rebels.

Possession went a touch over 70 percent to Souths throughout the 80 minutes and the territory numbers were pretty much the same.

But the scoreline told a vastly different story with the Shoremen getting over the line 23-13 in the end with a scrum that was on its last legs and needing some major attention this week.

Norths played the final 10 minutes with only 13 men and injuries and yellow cards and a blue card to German Haeffeli meant that scrums were uncontested in the final stages.