The best thing one can do after such a demoralizing defeat is to look at what went wrong and to make sure it never happens again. Let’s have a look see at where it went wrong, and where it went right (Who would have though?).
The Boks had to make 92 tackles on the day and I was quite surprised to learn that they only missed one single tackle, Bakkies Botha being the man responsible for that blip. Considering how little ball the Boks had, I am gobsmacked that the tackle made does not read into the 150’s. The Sharks definitely have the best defenders around with Lwazi Mvovo and Bismarck each nailing 11 Scots. Well done boys! The man at the back Kirchner making one single tackle all day.
The running with ball in hand had improved greatly from the previous game considering the Boks gained 261m compared to the 177m of the Scots. It does raise the question as to what exactly we ended up doing with the ball. Kirchner was the main contributor of meters gained with 70m. The kick/pass/run stats of our halfbacks on the day are shocking with 14 kicks/ 53 passes/ 10 runs. That’s 14 times that we had the possession and decided to kick with little or no chance of getting the ball back.
Positives from a match like this is of very little consolation but is worth mentioning anyway:
The Boks had a 100% success rate in our own scrums as well as taking three of the Scottish scrums.
Other negatives to raise are:
The best lineout pair in world rugby somehow managed to lose 3 lineouts on the day.
We conceded 14 turnovers on the day.
And to top it off, we conceded 13 penalties. That’s one every 6 minutes.
In conclusion, we attacked better than the Scots, we defended better than the Scots, we just screwed up everything else.Tweet