Round 12 in the Guinness PRO14 saw Josh van der Flier break the Championship record for tackles made in the win over Connacht on New Year’s Day.

Opta began tracking that statistic in 2010 and van der Flier’s 34 tackles (none missed) broke the previous record held by Cardiff Blues & Wales flanker Josh Navidi (30) and Edinburgh & Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson (30).

It was a productive round for van der Flier’s Leinster teammates, too, with lock Ross Molony (27) and number 8 Max Deegan (26) chalking up 53 tackles between them. Deegan also had had three turnovers won to his name, with the former St Michael’s College man winning a crucial penalty in the 86th-minute to secure the victory.

Josh van der Flier

James Lowe, who made his RDS Arena debut on New Year’s Day, also contributed to an exciting game with seven offloads.

Leinster face Ulster at the RDS this Saturday (KO 5.35pm), and it was the northern province’s Charles Piutau who topped the defenders beaten rankings, along with Bundee Aki, in Round 12 with eight.

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