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Sharks v Leopards: by the numbers


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 5 Oct 2010 at 07:00
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Let’s have a look at the statistics from the Sharks-Leopards game last weekend, brought to us courtesy of www.ruggastats.com.

Once again, the stats really do make me question a number of the gut-feel calls I made in assigning player ratings and in a few cases at least, I probably should have given quite different ratings. I’ll be sure to point these out as we go!

The overall defensive stats for the Sharks were great, although with just a shade under 60% of total possession, they didn’t have to make a whole bunch of tackles. The team only missed 8 tackles out of 109 attempts – 93% effective overall, which is right up there with the best they have achieved all season. The Leopards hovered around the 86% mark, but were forced to make twice as many tackles and slipped 31 of those on the night, leaving plenty of gaps through which the Sharks could barge.

The best individual tackler in the Sharks team was Jacques Botes (12 tackles and 2 assists), although he did miss 1 attempt. Just behind him was Riaan Swanepoel (10 tackles and 2 assists), who didn’t miss any. Captain Keegan Daniel came in third, with 9 tackles and a single assist, again with none missed. Poor Odwa Ngungane was the worst defender statistically, missing 2 out of only 5 attempts for an effectiveness of 60%.

The most active ball carriers on the night were all forwards, with Mike Rhodes topping the stat (11 carries), which is impressive considering he only played the last hour of the game. Daniel, Craig Burden and Steven Sykes were joint second with 10 carries apiece, while Swannie was the most active back with 9 carries (tied with Jannie du Plessis!). Again, the Sharks opted for a very forward-dominated approach on the night, but it seems to be working, so we won’t complain too much. Burden made the most line breaks (4, or 40% of the times he carried the ball up), with Rhodes not far behind on 3. Burden also topped the metres gained stat, with 121 made, just a shade ahead of Swanepoel on 119 and Ndungane on 118. Just in case you’re starting to get concerned, yes – Swanepoel is definitely one player whose rating I got horribly wrong! He certainly contributed a huge amount that I didn’t pick up the first time viewed the game.

Let’s move on to the handling stats and again it’s here that there are a few surprises. Rory Kockott topped the overall statistic, with his 44 touches a good 25% higher than the 33 pulled off by Charl McLeod, who played for longer. Outside of the halfbacks, though, it was again Rhodes who touched the ball most (23 times). Sneaking up very close behind, though, was Steven Sykes, credited with 21 handles and 11 passes – more than any of the backs! Sykes is another player whose contribution, particularly in terms of the sort of continuity play that is usually Alistair Hargreaves’ forte, went unnoticed by many, but was nevertheless impressive.

Botes, as usual, topped the ruck attendance stat by quite some margin, hitting 38 in total (29 on attack and 9 on defence). Sykes came in second, with 30 and Eugene van Staden third (28). Swannie again gets an honourable mention here for hitting 26 rucks and coming in fourth.

Moving on to the errors, the Sharks were very sloppy indeed, committing 31 handling errors, an average of 1 for every ten times the ball was touched. Rhodes was the biggest individual culprit, with 4 knocks, while Kockott, Eugene van Staden, Ndungane and Louis Ludik committed 3 each. Rhodes also made 4 other errors and would be a good bet to take our “total screwup score” first place, where it not for van Staden’s four penalties, pushing his total to 9 (4 penalties, 3 handling and 2 other errors).



21 Comments

  • I was trying to keep an eye on Mvovo the entire game. I might be wrong but I think he only attempted 3 and missed 1. I am concerned about him.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.10.10 07:24:08 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 1) : He made 3 and missed 1. Ludik didnt make, miss or even attempted a single tackle :shock:

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.10.10 07:35:21 by Jarson Reply
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  • This may just be my own paranoia but the Sharks still seem to make too many handling errors this late in the competition. I console myself with the excuse that this will always be the case due to the style of rugby they’re playing. Still can’t help but be slightly worried though. :???:

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.10.10 07:37:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 8 tackles out of 109 attempts – 93% – Not a bad little stat to have that.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.10.10 08:03:33 by rugbypedia Reply

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  • interesting to see that the beast can squat 245kgs….damn…big boy

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.10.10 08:09:09 by shaniboi Reply

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  • Doe anyone know what the GLRU are up too?? Apparantly they have a HUGE announcvement this morning…. :shock:

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.10.10 08:18:30 by Ice Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : You have to remember the humidity factor – it makes handling the ball a little tricky too.

    Hot weather and humidity isn’t conducive to good running rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.10.10 08:20:02 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 6) : I hope it doesn’t have anything to do with JPP

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.10.10 08:20:28 by lostfish Reply
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  • Hey Rob, was the second half shorter than the first? Because Kockett came on directly after the half time break? :mrgreen:

    This would be a good game to do a head to head of the two players. Very much the same actually. Same amount of line-breaks. Play-maker passes, runs, tackles…Rory has a few more errors and went into 4 rucks, something you don’t really want your scrummy to do, but over all the stats shows a pretty even performance, except that Rory got the ball a few more times.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.10.10 08:21:15 by Letgo Reply
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  • Rhodes made a few more errors than I thought he did, but you must admit you were a little harsh with his rating too. He made 92 hard yards and broke the line 3 times. If he could eliminate a few of those errors, that’s a pretty good performance, don’t you think?

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.10.10 08:24:57 by Letgo Reply
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  • Lions no doubt announcing a move to Soweto.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.10.10 08:25:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 10) : I have to say, he’s a little absent on defense though. Would like to see him make a few big hits, maybe he’ll get his chance against WP.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.10.10 08:25:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 9) : I think the only reason why Rory got his hands on the ball 12 times more than Charl, is because Rory keeps the ball close to the ruck, gives the ball to a forward, who makes a yard or two, gives the ball back to another forward who makes another yard… He’s style of play keeps him and the forwards in the game more than Charl does.

    It would have been interesting if we could have split the game stats, first half/second half. Then we would have seen how many times the backs got the ball when Charl was on the field and how Rory compared to that.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.10.10 08:31:07 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : That coupled with JPP’s signing :???:

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.10.10 08:32:50 by Jarson Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 8) :

    Got something to do with and Investmen…JPP IS an investement, but I reckon its more in Robs direction of thinking…I hope at least! :|

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.10.10 08:33:19 by Ice Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 13) :

    Talking to yourself ?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.10.10 08:33:46 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 15) : I hope so too.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.10.10 08:41:10 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 17) : @Ice (Comment 15) : heard the lions got LG as a new sponsor ..wonder how much money that is going to mean for player recruitment and plyer retention ?

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.10.10 08:53:41 by bergshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : and the LG sponsorship ? saw that LG was also on the wp jersey this last game vs bulls ..never saw it before //who are wp sponsors?

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.10.10 08:56:03 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Jarson (Comment 14) : hope not :shock: !!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.10.10 08:57:20 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 16) : :smile: I find myself so interesting, sometimes I have conversations with myself… :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.10.10 09:30:36 by Letgo Reply
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