Let’s have our regular look at the Sharks player statistics after their good win against WP this past weekend. These are, as usual, courtesy of www.ruggastats.com and Verusco.
The Sharks again impressed when it came to ball retention and we are regularly seeing the tackle numbers for the entire team go down as a result. The team only had to make 121 tackles this week and with only 8 missed, the tackle completion statistic is a remarkable 94%, a good few points up on what it was against the Leopards. Province made 187 tackles, but missed 22, leaving them on 89%. Best tackler for the Sharks was none other than power prop Beast Mtawarira, credited with 15 stops and 3 assists, without any misses. Next best was captain Stef Terblanche, with 10 tackles and 2 assists, again with no misses. The worst tackler on the night was, surprisingly, number 8 Ryan Kankowksi, who missed three of seven attempted tackles, for an effectiveness rating of only 57%.
Moving on to ball carries, nobody came close to hooker Bismarck du Plessis in terms of work rate, as he carried the ball up a staggering 20 times. Willem Alberts (15) and Keegan Daniel (12) also played their part ans encouragingly, du Plessis and Alberts made four offloads apiece. Kankowski was the man who made the most actual progress, though, with 149 metres gained. Next best was Pat Lambie with 106. Bismarck also bosses the handling stats, with nobody other than halfbacks Charl McLeod (72) and Lambie (38) getting their hands on the ball more often. The fiery hooker touched the ball 29 times, with Alberts and Kankowski just behind on 23 and 22 respectively. You need to go quite far down the list to find another backline player in the list of top handlers (Riaan Swanepoel comes in at 7 with 15 handles) which may be potentially concerning – then again, the forward-based game got the points on the day, so who’s really complaining?
Beast was again head-and-shoulders above the rest when it came to the donkey work upfront, with an impressive 40 ruck hits (37 on attack and 3 on defence). Three other players, Alistair Hargreaves, Alberts and du Plessis weighed in 32 hits each, while Steven Sykes was one back on 31. Keegan Daniel was perhaps a little disappointing in this phase, with his 26 attendances quite a bit lower than what we’ve come to expect from Jacques Botes in the number 6 jersey. Daniel also showed that he needs to fine-tine his game a little bit more in the open-side flank role, as he was the top penalty culprit, conceding three. Ryan Kankowski, despite scoring the match-winning try, was also the player who committed the most overall errors, with 3 handling errors and 3 other mistakes on the night. Charl McLeod’s handling was impressive, with only 2 errors out of a handle count of 72, an error rate of less than 3 percent.Tweet