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Sharks v WP: by the numbers


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 24 Aug 2010 at 08:16
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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.



26 Comments

  • Lambie with 106 meter gained shows how much he takes the ball to the advantage time, I Steyn has been standing still the whole tri nations, reminds me of when we had Braam v straaten playing for Boks and Butch just starting at the Sharks…only a matter of time till Steyn’s time is up me thinks

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.08.10 08:23:58 by Tintin Reply
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  • Biz and Beast deserved their spots in the starting line-up. Sorry for doubting :oops:

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.08.10 08:28:18 by Jarson Reply
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  • Yeah, good to see they both hungry and play some good footie as well, even if we lose them for the next two weekends we’ll have Burden and Herst as back up..got to say, im really excited for the CC this year

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.08.10 08:32:34 by Tintin Reply

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  • 37 + 3 = 41 :?:

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.08.10 08:37:33 by Letgo Reply
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  • :grin:

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.08.10 08:37:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • Thanks for the article Rob…I do enjoy my stats. :smile:

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.08.10 08:38:19 by Letgo Reply
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  • I really don’t think you can play Kanko and Keegan in the same starting line-up, and I say that with the great try they created in mind.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.08.10 08:39:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) :

    Well spotted Letgo! :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.08.10 08:41:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 7) : I tend to agree, but who do you drop when everyone is playing so damn well.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.08.10 08:49:27 by Jarson Reply
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  • Impressive all-round team performance to put the top rated team away in style!

    Thank you Sharks for giving us something to shout about after being robbed earlier on Sat!

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.08.10 08:50:23 by Mole Reply

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  • @Mole (Comment 10) : did you notice the faces in the crowd in durbs before the start of the game? everyone looked shocked and disappointed with the Bok result

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.08.10 08:53:23 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 11) : haha, yeah the walk over the Stadium everyone was bitching and moaning… good to see people getting upset at the loss – to me it shows that they still care – even if they talk trash sometimes ;-) ;-) :smile:

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.08.10 08:58:14 by Mole Reply

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  • @Mole (Comment 12) : I looked at the faces on TV and thought that must be what I looked like coz thats how I felt, I even turned down malva pudding :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.08.10 09:02:19 by war1 Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) : I have no idea what you’re on about :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.08.10 09:11:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 9) : It has to be one of Kanko or Keegan… that’s a tough call to make. I’d actually prefer it if we play with 16 and just add Botes to the team :mrgreen:

    Actually, I think Keegan is a damn good player, but more effective coming of the bench than Botes is. After about 40/50 min of the game you’ll know who to replace and bring Keegan on.

    If the other team is more disruptive at the breakdown, you’d probably take Kanko or Alberts of for Keegan…if the game is a little loose and the other team not so competitive at the breakdown then you’ll know to take Botes of.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.08.10 09:16:31 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Sure you don’t…I was just displaying my poor math skills right? :cool:

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.08.10 09:26:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • Man I wish EA wants to bring out another rugby game. I loved playing the league/coach part, making trades, rotating squads etc :razz:

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.08.10 09:35:20 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 17) : Dude, you read my mind, was playing 08 last night (thrashed the AB’s BTW :lol: ) and wondering when the new one was/is coming out… The old one is getting a little tired…

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.08.10 09:41:44 by Mole Reply

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  • Rugby 2008 is hopeless!

    Paulse is the quickest player, Januarie is better than FDP, Floors better than Smith, and Russel better than Frans and TWG13!

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.08.10 09:48:03 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 17) : rugby 2012 is due next year@Big Fish (Comment 19) : you can update the squads, even get new faces and team kits at http://www.therugbyforum.com but you need to register before you can go into the gaming section

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.08.10 09:50:54 by war1 Reply
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  • @Mole (Comment 18) : have you tried playing online> i cant remember if there is a online feature for 08?!?

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.08.10 12:34:49 by richzed Reply

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  • @richzed (Comment 21) : there is not

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.08.10 12:42:03 by war1 Reply
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  • I’m playing on my PS2: no connectivity on my antique. :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.08.10 12:47:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Bismarcks and Kanko’s stats make intesresting reading when you compare them with Smit and Spies efforts on Saturday !

    No Brainer ! ;-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.08.10 13:12:20 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Ok, I’m changing my mind :oops: . Charl had a great game. I watched him closely, and I was impressed. Much better than the previous games (or maybe I was over-critical). Rory was rubbish when he came on! Took forever to feed the ball to the backline!

    Was a fantastic game! So much for WP’s supposedly best defense in the tournament! Amazing to see how much the Sharks have improved from the S14 where they couldn’t attack to save their lives, till now, where they’re playing such exciting attacking rugby. Loving it!

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.08.10 17:13:24 by jackal Reply

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  • Well, it’s always good to see when someone can admit they were wrong. I actually thought Rory did a pretty decent job when he came on though, not that you can really rate the player in 10 min.

    It’s nice to agree with you about Charl though. :smile:

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.08.10 22:38:05 by Letgo Reply
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