NA4 by the numbers
August 4, 2006

inaugural North America Four series is in the books and what a competition it was, bringing players from around the continent to test them in competitive environments, and push the level of the game higher in the United States and Canada.

Some players excelled in this environment, providing great displays on the pitch in a variety of ways, but the scoring table has always proved an interesting barometer of how a player has done amongst his peers. Looking at the stats after six games, it is important to note that not all players took part in both legs of the event, but still contributed mightily on the score sheet.

One player who will surely have the conspiracy theorists buzzing and all members of the back brigade gnashing their teeth, was the try scoring of Canada East second row Stu Ault. The Ottawa native, who had never had a three try game in his career, did the trick against Canada West in Columbus, scored one in the first leg in British Columbia, and promptly touched down for a brace against the Hawks in the consolation final to lead all participants in the try scoring race with six.

Nicknamed the franchise by his East mates, the smiling Ault was matter of fact about his efforts, noting "I was in the right place at the right time for a few of those." Indeed, he will not be credited for any eighty metre romps during his scoring rampage, but he had a nice intercept try against the West, and had to work hard through some driving mauls for his other efforts.

A bunch of players came in tied for second with four tries to their name: Eric Wilson - Canada West, Brian Barnard - US Falcons, Garth Cook - Canada West, Adam Kleeberger - West, Justin Mensah-Coker - Canada West, Jason Pye - US Falcons.

The top scorer for the competition was Derek Daypuck, who had a total of 78 points, comprised of two tries, twelve penalties, thirteen conversions, and two dropped-goals. Next closest was Ed Fairhurst, with 50 points, including sixteen conversions and six penalties. Jason Kelly of the Hawks was third with 34, while East's try scoring sensation, Ault, was fourth with his six tries.

Top team in the tournament for scoring and tries scored was Canada West, with thirty five-pointers, and 249 points through six games. Second place in this category went to the Falcons with 21 tries and 163 pts.


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