Let’s have a really quick look at the statistics from the Sharks’ most recent Currie Cup game against the Cheetahs and hand out some bouquets and brickbats.
First up is the old corker of most tackles and this week the award is shared between forwards Craig Burden and Steven Sykes, who managed 13 completed tackles each. Each player missed a single attempt and Burden nudges just slightly ahead of the second-rower by virtue of the fact that he also assisted to make 4 other tackles. Sykes managed 3 assists.
Worst tackling stats belonged to Keegan Daniel, who missed 3 of the 12 total tackles attempted, giving him a tackle efficiency of only 75%. Jacques Botes and Stefan Terblanche were also n the low side, both missing 2 of the 10 they attempted.
Ryan Kankowski was the most frequent ball carrier, with 13, just one ahead of Burden on 12. The number 8 also tops the metres gained statistic, with 138 metres made, ahead of JP Pietersen on 112 and Pat Lambie on 102. Ross Skeate was the least effective ball carrier, managing a net gain of only 1 metres despite carrying the ball 5 times. I guess those Province tendencies die hard!
Outside of scrumhalf Charl McLeod,Lambie was the guy who got his hands on the ball most, handling it 27 times. Pietersen was next best with 19 handles, one ahead of both Kankowski and Daniel.
Steven Sykes was head-and-shoulders above any other forward when it came to breakdown participation, hitting a total of 35 rucks (31 on attack and 4 on defence). Next best was Ross Skeate (28) and Jacques Botes (25).
Burden was the worst offender when it came to conceding penalties, with three given against him (all at scrum time). Skeate and Lwazi Mvovo conceded two each. The most handling errors, somewhat unsurprisingly, belonged to the two players who touched the ball most often, Charl McLeod and Lambie, who transgressed 5 times each.
Thank to www.ruggastats.com for these figures.Tweet