The Boks stumbled to win over the Welsh on Saturday thanks largely to some awesome individual performances on attack, but mostly on defence.
Starting off with the tackling stats, the Springboks made 182 tackles and missed 9, giving them an effective rate of 95%. The tackle heroes of the day were Juan Smith (18), Beast Mtawarira (17) and Victor Matfield (15). The centres were particularly busy on the day, with a massive 12 hits each, and only two slips in the midfield. The worst tackler on the day was Pierre Spies, who attempted 12 tackles and missed 3. A honorable mention to Willem Alberts who played less than half a game and yet still managed 11 hits.
Running with ball in hand was not a big part of the game on Saturday, and this is clear from the running meters gained. A mere 267 meters was gained on the day, with it split quite evenly amongst all the players. Aplon did have the largest amount of meters gained with 56 meters. Looking at the Kick/Pass/Run stats, it is rather surprising to see the number of times the ball was run. Outside of the halfbacks, Spies and Bismarck each had the ball 13 times, each running it 11 times and passing only twice.
7 penalties in total were conceded, with nobody really standing out with seven individual errors. There were very few lineouts on the day, compared to the previous game where Matfield won 11 balls, this time around he only got 3.Tweet