We have hit the halfway mark in his year’s Currie Cup competition and its time for a little statistical recap for interest sake. Care to join me on a little number crunching adventure?
We will kick of with a look at tackles made and missed. A total of 840 tackles were made in the 7 games, with 83 missed. This averages 120 tackles made per game and just fewer than 12 missed per game. On average, we miss 9% of all the tackles we attempt.
Jacques Botes was the most significant tackler with 63 in the 7 games, of which he only really played 5,5 games. Second and third respectively is Keegan Daniel with 57 and Pat Lambie with 55. In the missed tackles department, Charl McLeod has missed 10, with Keegan Daniel and Pat Lambie sharing 2nd spot with 7 apiece.
The Sharks handling overall has improved quite a bit, getting our hands on 2201 handles in the 7 games thus far, and only dropping 151 of them. That’s not too bad considering the pace at which we are playing the game. The worst offenders are always going to be the scrumhalves, with McLeod topping the table with 25 knock, and Kockott racking up 13. Interestingly enough, Keegan Daniel contributed 12 errors.
If I remember correctly, our linebreak stats for the Super 14 was woeful. This has changed in the Currie Cup so far, with the Sharks breaking the line no less than 81 times. My first thought would be that Mvovo would be the leading line breaker, but alas, Keegan Daniel tops this chart with 12. Mvovo is a close second with 10 of his own. Lambie really continues to surprise as he broke through 8 times, 2 more than line breaking hooker Craig Burden who got 6.
Next up is our ruck attendance stats, with everybody able to guess the winner in this category. Jacques Botes is a machine when it come to joining rucks, hitting 218 rucks in the 5,5 games he played, averaging almost 40 rucks per game. Very impressive! Steven Sykes and Al Hargreaves were neck and neck for second spot, with Sykes getting it with a mere 2 rucks in the end, with the locks hitting 169 and 167 respectively.
With some of these stats favouring the player who have played more, I decided to average the stats per 80 minutes of game time, to get an average per game. Seems only fair right? So here are some averages that might interest you:
Top Tackler by game – Beast Mtawarira with 13 tackles per game
Most Rucks per game – Eugene van Staden with 39 rucks per game
Worst handling by game – Rory Kockott with 7 errors per game
Linebreaks per game – Shared by Keegan Daniel and Andries Strauss with 1,7 per game
Just a note, the above averages can be slighty more/less impressive as it could relate to much less time spent on the park. A minimum of 2 games (160 minutes) was enforced.Tweet