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Leeds Rhinos defensive stats are best in Super League history

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There was once a time when the Leeds Rhinos were one of the leakiest defences in Super League.

Even during the glory years of the late noughties, which included three straight league titles, that defence would buckle time and time again on its own line.

Whereas reigning Super League and Challenge Cup holders Wigan Warriors are known for their epic goal-line stands, the Rhinos are not.

That is until this season.

This season the Rhinos are a new breed. Intense on both defence and a attack. It's like a different outfit all together, and one of the main reasons they're dominating Super League.

You only just have to take a look at their points conceded. It's ridiculously low. After 14 games of the season Leeds are only allowing teams just over ten points a game.

When you factor in that they have an awesome attack, logic only tells you that they're going to be flying high.

In fact, these defensive stats for Leeds could well go down as the best in the history of the Super League.

Only one team has ever conceded less than 400 points during a Super League regular season, and that was Wigan in 1998.

They conceded an average of 9.6 points per game as they went on to top the league table, before winning the inaugural Grand Final.

That was in the days of playing 23 games during the normal season, meaning Leeds will struggle to concede less than the Warriors record of 222 points.

However, they are on course to become the best defensive team based on the all important points per game conceded.

This great Leeds side have only let in 9.4 ppg, something which would go down as one of their greatest achievements amongst all their trophies of the last decade.

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