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Sharks v Lions: by the numbers


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Mar 2012 at 09:00
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It’s time to once again look at a statistical analysis of the Sharks most recent game, against the Lions, courtesy of the Super Rugby match statistics made available by Rugbystats.com.au.

Please remember that there are always lots of different ways to compile and analyse statistics and that we are constrained here by what’s available on the net. Don’t take these numbers as cast in stone because they do seem to count things quite differently to the way the guys at Verusco do. The numbers, however, are still quite instructive.

Let’s look at the Lions match.

We’ll start with some team statistics – these are useful measure that we can track form match to match.

The Sharks got the better of the Lions in terms of rucks and mauls (81 to 75) and offloads (13 to 9), while each side managed only two line breaks. The Lions edged ahead in the set pieces, winning 7 scrums to the Sharks’ 6 and 19 line outs to the Sharks’ 13. The Lions won 4 lineouts against the throw, with the Sharks picking up 3.

The Lions made more tackles (126 to 114) than the Sharks did, but the Sharks missed a higher percentage (23% against 18%). We’ve come to realise, though, that the way missed tackles in particular are counted does seem a little off; I find it quite hard to believe that the Sharks could have missed almost one in every four tackles on Saturday… perhaps I’m wrong though.

Marcell Coetzee (14) and JP Pietersen (11) made the most tackles in total, with Coetzee managing a credible 93% effectiveness to go with the high total number of stops. Keegan Daniel, Anton Bresler and Meyer Bosman all managed to keep clean sheets with no tackles missed and a special mention must go to Bresler, who has missed no tackles in his last three games. Willem Alberts, in a stat you won’t see repeated, stands out as the worst tackler on the day, missing 5 of his 9 total tackle attempts.

In terms of work with the ball, it was Bismarck du Plessis who made the most runs (11) making 32m in the process. Pietersen (64m) made the most progress with ball in hand, followed by Alberts (52m) and Riaan Viljoen (42m). Coetzee and Bismarck attended the most rucks and mauls, with 11 each. Keegan Daniel deserves a mention for his 5 offloads, far more than anyone else in the match.

The Sharks again conceded too many penalties, 12 against the Lions 10, but that, at least, was 2 down on the 14 given away against the Stormers. Wiehahn Herbst gets the blame for 3 of those, with Bismarck and Steven Sykes each conceding 2. Lost possession sees Bismarck (blamed for 3 lineout losses) joined by Keegan Daniel and Alberts, each of whom coughed up the ball on 3 occasions in open play. Together with the missed tackles, we have no choice but to admit that it was the usually-dependable Alberts who had the highest combined error rate, although we’re sure that a bit of rustiness is the reason behind it.

We’re going to give the Most Valuable Player award to JP Pietersen this week, ahead of Coetzee and Bismarck du Plessis, who were also strong contenders. JP managed 11 tackles, 2 offloads and 7 runs, while also hitting 4 rucks and making 24m from 1 kick. He is also credited with a line break and a try assist.



31 Comments

  • I don’t like Aussie stats! (Actually I don’t like Aussies.!) But good to see some numbers turning in our favour.

    An interesting stat, after 3 rounds
    Most Offloads
    1. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 7
    2. Jaco Taute (Lions) 6
    2. JP Pietersen (Sharks) 6

    and another
    Most Penalties Conceded
    1. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 8
    3. Dean Greyling (Bulls) 7
    3. WP Nel (Cheetahs) 7
    6. Derick Minnie (Lions) 6
    9. Werner Kruger (Bulls) 5
    9. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 5

    Those are S.A. players in the top 20 after 3 rounds. Keegan is on top with offloads, and not even on the list for penalties, why all the criticism then?

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.03.12 09:56:30 by Die Kriek Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : Numbers are definitely a little off.

    I would have expected to see Marcel Coetzee mentioned in the lost possession stats. If I recall correctly, he coughed up the ball at least three times in this game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.03.12 10:13:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • :twisted: The guys realy worked hard on Saturday. As the saying goes: “You cannot defend a penalty” proved true. When we avoid these incidents where we are pushed back (or allow the opposition to score points) we would have a lot more energy and momentum.
    I am not happy with Herbst at all. This is the second game in a row he displayed ill discipline. Bisi took heed and corrected his.
    The line-out calls were made by Daniel, especially the risky ones which went to ground. Coetzee played hard, sorry for the spills.
    Bresler wants the shirt! He shows real intent.
    Viljoen is solid at the back and attacks well. I would rather like to see Bosman comming into centre and JPP go to wing when the usual 60min changes are rung. Viljoen might be needed as a last-minute-long-range-kick-game-winner. :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.03.12 10:48:21 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : he gave away crucial penalties not necessarily the most!

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.03.12 10:51:38 by Megatron Reply

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  • Great stuff JPP.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.03.12 10:52:18 by Ben Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : Bismarck has nothing to worry about Dood**** Oosthuizen is back on the field and started off well by giving away 2 PKs. He’ll be past Bismarck in no time. :razz:

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.03.12 11:00:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : :mrgreen: 2PKs = 2 penalty kicks. This is an english blog! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.03.12 11:04:19 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 7) : :grin:

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.03.12 11:08:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 7) : Wie vertel dit vir jou? jy kan enige taal praat. :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.03.12 11:11:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I thought they all pulled their socks up and did well. JPP is growing and growing in that centre position, he really is becoming an exciting player.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.03.12 11:14:10 by Caratacus Reply

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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 7) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Jy moet net geen aantuigings maak van ‘n persoon se Hollandse afkoms nie. :grin:

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.03.12 11:17:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : :lol: Jammer Greitjie! :grin:

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.03.12 12:05:29 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 12) : Dis Tannie Greitjie Appelmoes vir jou! :twisted:

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.03.12 12:13:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : klink of KSA na hul katjie verwys! :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.03.12 13:59:47 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 14) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.03.12 14:44:56 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 14) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.03.12 15:58:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • glad to see you all got such great value out of this article… :roll:

    Don’t worry, didn’t take me long to write it at all…

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.03.12 16:15:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob how many tackles have Bresler made so far in the 1st 3 games?

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.03.12 16:35:30 by Ben Reply

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  • We need to cut out these silly penalties once and for all. Its understandable for Bissie to concede a few because he always looks to steal the ball. What I’m talking about is the penalties Wiehahn gives away. Just runs to the ruck and goes straight of his feet to seal the ball off. Smack the lad on the back of his head and tell him to wake up. Sorry just using him as the example.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.03.12 16:39:27 by Ben Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : its Tuesday, Rugby recovery day, tomorrow it will warm up again?

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.03.12 16:56:36 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 20) : ha ha – fair enough.

    I’ll get serious again tomorrow!

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.03.12 17:02:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : I like the Ratings articles better! :twisted:

    You know I am not big on stats..but ja, at least when I read this, i get confirmation everytime that Marcell is awsome! :grin:

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.03.12 18:32:07 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 22) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.03.12 18:33:16 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 22) : Sharon/Pat… Ice/Marcell… Hey Rob, time to start thinking about changing the domain name to Cougarworld… :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.03.12 19:14:22 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : Not long before someone claims PSdT/Jordaan. Scary times ahead

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.03.12 20:31:13 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 25) :
    Where’s JJR? :twisted:

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.03.12 21:00:27 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 26) : LOL… But it had to be said :)

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.03.12 21:18:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 26) : Excuse my ignorance/stupidity, but I don’t see how JJR connects to this. Before my time perhaps?

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.03.12 22:11:36 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 28) : JJR loves Paul Jordaan. Can’t stop talking him up.

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.03.12 23:11:49 by Ben Reply

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  • OK, today is wednesday, we talk serious rugby today, looking forward to a team announcement late tonight… Can Plum keep it up and again on a wednesday announce the team… :)

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.03.12 06:57:45 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : Hey! I cannot help if I have an eye for talent! It’s not cougarism at all! I am not wining and dining MY young talent! :twisted:

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.03.12 08:00:53 by Ice Reply
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