Let’s have a look at the statistics emerging from the Sharks disappointing 43-22 loss in Kimberley on Friday night. The article is, as usual, based on the numbers we found at www.ruggastats.com.
Set piece effectiveness was poor this week, with only 80% of lineouts won and only 88% set piece retention overall. The Sharks were forced to do a lot of tackling and, unfortunately, missed a fair few of those. 26 misses in total out of a total of 182 attempts gave an overall effectiveness of just under 86%, which is worse still than last week and nowhere near good enough at this (or any) level. 14 penalties and very nearly 30 other errors on the night contributed to a showing that failed to yield much of anything for the Sharks.
Anton Bresler emerged as the top man on defence, with 22 good tackles and only a single miss. Lock partner Jandre Marais came in second, with 16 hits and no misses, the second time in two weeks he has maintained a perfect defensive record. Best amongst the backs were the trio of Ross Cronje, Mark Richards and Louis Ludik, each of whom pulled off 8 successful stops. Cronje, with only 1 miss in 9 attempts, was the only back to return an effectiveness that was above the team average, with 88%.
Keegan Daniel missed the most tackles, with 3, while the majority of the team was not far behind him with either 1 or two misses. Of the starting fifteen, only Wiehahn Herbst and Marais failed to miss any stops on a night when the visitors were defensively found wanting. The worst tackler, statistically, was Ryan Kankowski, who only managed 50% effectiveness in making 2 tackles and missing 2 others.
Marcell Coetzee once again was the most active ball carrier, with 7 carries to his name, one more than Sbu Sithole and Meyer Bosman, who managed 6 each. Sithole made the most ground, though, with 73 metres, some distance ahead of Louis Ludik and Stefan Terblanhce, who managed 62 and 61 metres respectively. Line breaks were few and far between, with Coetzee, Sithole, Mark Richards and Ludik credited with one each.
Keegan Daniel handled the ball most often (excluding the halfbacks), with his 12 touches just a touch ahead of Craig Burden (10) and centres Bosman and Terblanhce (9 each). Jacques Botes and Daniel made the most passes, with 7 apiece.
Jandre Marais and Jacques Botes were joint leaders in breakdown attendance, with 23 each, quite some distance ahead of Bresler in third place, with 16. Honourable mention must go to Mark Richards, for hitting 12 rucks, which was more than two of the forwards managed!
Errors were not in short supply, with Dale Chadwick leading the penalty count (4 conceded) ahead of Daniel (2). Fred Michalak was again the main culprit in terms of handling errors, with 3 and it is he who, again, wins our unfortunate “total screwup score” prize, with a penalty, 3 handling errors, three “other errors” and two missed tackles adding up to nine points. Daniel was not far behind with 7 and to be honest, should have got more for the yellow card.
Based on these numbers, it wouldn’t be fair to award a statistical man of the match award, because nobody stood out enough to deserve it. Honourable mentions, though, must go to Bresler, Marais, Coetzee and Sithole.Tweet