Sharks v WP: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Aug 2011 at 09:00
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The Sharks bounced back in fine style to win against both Western Province and woeful rookie ref Louwrens van der Merwe, in the pouring rain at Newlands on Friday night. Let’s have a look at the match statistics, kindly provided by

Set piece retention, on the whole, was down yet again (84.6%), with the lineout stat of of 77.8% one that needs work. Then again, given the atrocious conditions and a referee who was awarding penalties at random at the scrum, perhaps we should read too much into the numbers here. Far more impressive was the overall defensive efforts, which saw only 10 missed tackles in 138 attempts, for a season-best effectiveness of 93%. That’s a whole 7% better than last week and a truly magnificent return. The penalty count was again much better, with 8 conceded rather than the 14 last week, but overall errors (49 handling and other errors) can only partially be blamed on the wet weather.

Marcell Coetzee emerged as the best tackler, with 16 hits and no misses. Ross Skeate (14 hits, 1 miss) and Dale Chadwick (12 hits, no misses) came in second and third respectively, while Pat Lambie was the best of the backs (11 hit, 1 miss) with Stefan Terblanche (10 hits, none missed) and Fred Michalak (10 hits, 1 iss) also doing themselves proud. Very few players missed more than one tackle, with Anton Bresler, Odwa Ndungane and Wiehahn Herbst credited with 2 misses apiece. Herbst was, statistically, the worst tackler, with a 50% success rate (2 hits, 2 misses) with Ndungane also not coming out above the team average as his 2 misses from 9 attempts gave him 78%.

On a night when far more kicking was done than running, Coetzee emerged (for the second week running) as the most active ball carrier, with 10 carries. Skeate, Lambie and Ndungane were all some way further back, with 6 carries each. Coetzee also made the most ground, with 56 metres, followed by Louis Ludik’s 47 from only 5 carries. Skeate again featured prominently with 46 metres gained and along with Eugene van Staden, he was responsible for one of only two line breaks.

Pat Lambie handled the ball most often (apart from the halfbacks) with 19 touches, just ahead of Ryan Kankowski (16) and that man Coetzee (14). Keegan Daniel made the most passes, letting the ball move on 7 times in the 14 that he got his mitts on it.

Ross Skeate was the boss of the breakdowns, hitting a total of 32 rucks, which was just one ahead of Daniel, who showed he’s not one to shirk when wearing the opensider’s jersey. Third place went to prop Dale Chadwick, with 29 hits, while Lambie deserves an honourable mention for clearing out 20 times from the inside centre position.

The error rate, as mentioned, was huge, with Eugene van Staden responsible for 4 of the 8 total penalties, even though a few were dubious. Lambie, Kankowski and Daniel weighed in with 3 handling errors each, but even combined, their total is just slightly ahead of the 8 fumbles attributed to Charl McLeod. We tend to give scrummies a bit of leeway, since they handle the ball so much more than other players, but McLeod’s handling error rate of 14% is too high, although the horrible conditions clearly offered some mitigation. Alas, with five other errors, a penalty and a missed tackle, it is the unlucky McLeod who tops the “combined screw-up score” for this week with a count of 15, far higher than anyone else on the day.

Our statistical man of the match is, of course, none other than Marcell Coetzee. Nobody else came close.


  • :???: Dawie Therom sure did not like Marcell Coetzee hey the dude even made the overrated siya kolisi look average.
    Marcell is similar to Arno Botha he is built like a modern day loose forward.He is a machine.

    He is fast..strong..powerful and dynamic he will be a bok soon that is why the bulls were after his signature.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.08.11 09:28:41 by Muzi Reply
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  • Gerrit Jan Van Velze was supposed to be like marcell but tjo the guy now looks like a division 1 player our bulls youngsters are not stepping up :cry: and it hurts.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.08.11 09:31:02 by Muzi Reply
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  • i was impressed with Stef’s defensive efforts. Sadie was going nowhere :razz:

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.08.11 09:44:10 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 3) : i agree

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.08.11 09:45:56 by Ice Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 3) : I heard some Bull’s fans complaining this weekend that Sadie looks like another Wynand Olivier. It seems they failed to notice the defensive pressure our midfield put on him :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.08.11 10:03:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : Nah, Sadie is class, Wynand is arse…

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.08.11 10:05:36 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 1) : If CJ Stander doesn’t perform, I see no harm in promoting Arno. I think he’s been super so far this year and is another one of these guys who seems to get better with every game.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.08.11 10:12:59 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 7) : hi Beet . which one of the Natal schools has the best rugby team in your opinion?

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.08.11 10:15:34 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) :

    Sadie had a poor game on Friday. He doesn’t freakin pass. :roll:

    He will fit in well at the Bulls then! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.08.11 10:34:19 by wpw Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 3) : Sadie made it easier to defend against him, I dont think he passed the ball once, he wanted to do it all on his own.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.08.11 10:36:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : snap, except mine is only 2 minutes after yours.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.08.11 10:38:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Hey Rob, you do realise that certain position will automaticaly make more tackles or carries, because that’s basically in their job description. The stats I like the most are effectiveness stats. Based on that Marcell did not only have a great workrate, but also great efectiveness.

    It’s also always nice to see your team compared to the other team. Rather compare the guys with their direct competitors. I don’t know, it just makes the whole stats thing more interesting to me, especially in a game as close as this weekends. Then we can see exactly where we outplayed the other team.

    I think you guys sometimes do an article like that to.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.08.11 10:41:00 by Letgo Reply
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  • It’s called ‘refresh’ :twisted:

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.08.11 10:42:32 by wpw Reply
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  • “Lambie deserves an honourable mention for clearing out 20 times from the inside centre position”

    I love seeing this, this was a very tight match, mostly due to the conditions. Both Lambie and Oom Stef, understanding this, put in a super effort defensively, and based on the information above, Lambie made himself useful on attack by hitting rucks to help retain the ball. If you know you are not going to touch much ball, it shows great maturity on Lambie’s part to up all the other aspects of his game. Perhaps these other attributes are overlooked because of his more obvious attributes, but this kid is a world class defender and is also very effective doing the donkey work required of an inside centre. As good as Lambie has been over the past year and a half, this match really showed that he is already mature and world class, a meteoric rise in anyone’s eyes. Oh, and he will be going to the RWC this year, no question.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.08.11 16:22:43 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Hoffman touched the ball six times, four times he kicked it directly into the hands of WP, and twice he passed the ball. Now granted he is very short on game time, but his long pass looked almost as weak as Kockett. He seems to through a high looping pass to his 10. McLeod has a much better pass from the base than Hoffman. Plum has proven to be astute in this manner, pointing out that Ruan’s long pass was much better than Kockett. I hope Hoffman is able to improve this aspect of his game.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.08.11 16:26:47 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Dale chadwick is a live-wire prop.hope he can sort out the scrummaging.thought he was hard done by vs griquas(except for one where tv replay clearly showed him at fault).dunno much bout the pens conceded against weepee,but anyway,he was hope the sharks scrum ghuru (who might that be?) Is working with him on it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.08.11 16:40:20 by bergshark Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 8) : Hands down, it is once again Glenwood this year. Significantly they beat all their nearest rivals incl Kearsney 20-16 at Kearsney and College 31-30 on Goldstones.
    2nd place is where the real debate lies. Within the borders of the province, Kearsney, Westville and College all have strong cases but if you take national results (read games against non-KZN teams into account) then Kearsney is comfortably the 2nd best team.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.08.11 17:09:52 by beet Reply
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  • Maritzburg college needs to step-up.make pmb proud again.and the they looking for next season?

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.08.11 17:18:14 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 18) : I think their biggest need is a flyhalf for next year.

    It will be hard to stop Glenwood next year tho.

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.08.11 17:23:09 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 19) : Next years flyhalves are the real deal…..queens college joshua stander is already making a name for himself…Pollard is another who looks sooooo cool under pressure…..grey college 10 jordaan is not bad either…Limpopo blue bulls have a real gem at 10 i heard he was making waves in the grant khomo week.

    Oh yes lets not forget st stithians radebe who will be in grade 11.

    And i like the look of gary loest dude from EP and Grey high but only at 10 not full back.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.08.11 17:28:57 by Muzi Reply

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  • Thanks for the info there,beet.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.08.11 17:29:03 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Muzi: do you know of any good flyhalves to look out for in wc ?

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.08.11 17:42:08 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 20) : Muzi, I think Jaco vd Watt, our current SA Schools flyhalf is also only in Gr.11.

    The KES player Engelbrecht like Radebe is in Gr.10 as well.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.08.11 18:17:01 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 17) : Thanx :-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.08.11 21:43:56 by rekinek Reply
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