I have finally managed to found some statistics from the Springboks v Ireland match over the weekend, this after our regular site has decided not to cover the end of year tours. Thanx to ESPNScrum.com for their stats.
Starting off with the tackling stats, the Springboks made 68 tackles and missed only 3. The tackle heroes of the day are Deon Stegmann and Juan Smith, who each managed 8 tackles. Bismarck comes in with 7 of his own hits. The worst tackler on the day was surprisingly Jean de Villiers, who attempted 5 tackles and missed 2. Interesting stat to come from the game was that Basson and Aplon did not make any tackles on the day, with Aplon attempting one and missing it.
Running with ball in hand was not a big part of the game on Saturday, and this is clear from the running meters gained. Juan Smith wins this category following his break away run, with 72 meters credited to his account. Second best was Aplon with a mere 35 meters, and Spies rounding the top three on 31 meters. The forward possession was evident as Juan Smith again tops the tables, this time with ball carries. He ran the ball up 12 times, but did not pass once. Spies and Bismarck each ran 11 times with the ball, with Spies the only one who passed any of his possession, with 3 passes.
10 penalties in total were conceded, with a few players each conceding 2. Bismarck, Janie and Beast were the main contributors with 5 between them, all of which I suspect are scrum infringements. Matfield and Smith each conceded 2 other penalties, with the last one coming from Steyn.
Lineout time was a dominated stat with Victor Matfield winning 11 lineouts and stealing two from Ireland. In total, the Boks stole 5 lineouts from Ireland.Tweet