There’s no doubting that the northern hemisphere is awash with quality out-halves at the moment, but none of the top international 10s have had the same strike rate off the kicking tee as Bath’s Rhys Priestland.
Priestland, who has 50 caps for Wales, has been metronomic with the boot in the Gallagher Premiership this season and broke the record for number of successful kicks in a row against Northampton at Franklins Gardens.
Not content with simply breaking the record, shared by Jonny Wilkinson and Mark van Gisbergen (28), Priestland continued to extend it and has now kicked a staggering 36 consecutive goals.
It’s a strike rate similar to that of former Scotland winger/full-back Chris Paterson, who also recorded 36 consecutive kicks between 2007 and 2008 (at international level), including a 100% performance at the Rugby World Cup.
Priestland is clearly a valuable asset to Bath and his impressive kicking record has come in handy on numerous occasions already this season in the Premiership.
Bath currently sit eighth in the Premiership, with seven victories and are just five points away from Northampton in fifth place.