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Halfway through the Currie Cup – The numbers


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 24 Aug 2010 at 11:20
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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.



33 Comments

  • :cool: Now compare it with other teams and players :wink:

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.08.10 11:42:31 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 1) :

    Hahaha!! you know how much work that is?!

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.08.10 12:15:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : I suspect he does :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.08.10 12:24:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rich – how have you worked out the “most rucks per game” stat?

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.08.10 12:25:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : I know accountants have a lot of time on their hands to do nothing. My sister is currently doing her articles :smile:

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.08.10 12:28:14 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : What NRL pool are you in? I wanna join.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.08.10 12:30:02 by Jarson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Rob, your win Sharks tickets questions are becoming to easy :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.08.10 12:32:25 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 6) : Nevermind, I cant join anymore pools :oops:

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.08.10 12:45:45 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 7) : except that anyone who doesn’t read Sharkworld every day wouldn’t have a clue how to answer that. As far as I know, it hasn’t been reported anywhere else.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.08.10 12:51:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I did read about 1 of them in the Beeld last week, but I guess your right. :smile:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.08.10 12:59:07 by Jarson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Rob, I took the rucks attended and divided it by the games played.

    Games played was calculated as minutes on the field divided by 80 to get “full” games.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.08.10 12:59:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 5) :

    Where is she doing her articles?

    I completing mine in January..

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.08.10 13:00:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 6) :

    I will check it out.. its one of those pools you autmatically enter into.. I will search for you..

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.08.10 13:01:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Point being that you have to read ALL the articles posted on here.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.08.10 13:03:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 6) :

    Seems we cant join pools anymore..

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.08.10 13:09:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Rob where are the player ratings? Weve been waiting since saturday!

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.08.10 13:11:40 by Fido Reply

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  • Rich

    Most Rucks per game – Eugene van Staden with 39 rucks per game

    …that can’t be right can it.

    Just as a point of interest i think there is a big difference between offensive and defensive rucks.

    I think there is a higher porportion of players that hit offensive rucks.

    Great work Rich :cool:

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.08.10 13:19:29 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 17) :

    Eugene van Staden hit 85 rucks in 174 minutes of play..

    Thats 85 divided by 2.18 games = 38.9 rucks per game.

    As I said in the article, shorter periods of time on the park do tend to throw out the averages. He was lucky to have played more than 160 minutes.

    If you guys don’t think it is fair, then we will take that out and put Botes in..

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.08.10 13:28:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) : In Vereeniging, little place called Jordaan Botha en Venote :cool: She was born in ’85, she should also be completing it next year, I think.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.08.10 13:29:05 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 17) :

    And there is a big difference between attacking and defensive rucks.. shall I split the stats up a bit and see what I get?

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.08.10 13:29:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 19) :

    I was also born 85.. just look at that..

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.08.10 13:29:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 21) : I saw that on SB, thought I’d mention it :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.08.10 13:34:50 by Jarson Reply
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  • Fido, I didn’t see the whole game, so thought player ratings would be unfair

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.08.10 13:36:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    Maybe instead of team of the week, each of the guys who saw the game can send me their ratings?

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.08.10 13:37:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good idea

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.08.10 13:51:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m just interested in which team has:

    Scored the most tries,
    Scored the most try BPs,
    The greatest Try Difference,
    Scored the most points.

    Let me go and do some research. :razz:

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.08.10 16:51:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) :

    oh look at that!!!!!!! :shock: :shock:

    The answer to ALL of the above is THE SHARKS!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.08.10 16:52:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : are you sure :?: can that be the sharks we know :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.08.10 17:29:51 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • wonder whether this line breaks is a real improvement or sadly CC being less intensive competition than S14.

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.08.10 17:38:28 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • @rekinek (back to rugby) (Comment 29) : we’ll know in a few months time. :razz:

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.08.10 17:45:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • So Skeate is out for a week or so with a groin injury

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.08.10 19:29:58 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 31) : :?:

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.08.10 19:59:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) : I saw it on twitter, did himself a groin injury in the gym.

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.08.10 20:05:01 by lostfish Reply
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