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Sharks v Brumbies: by the numbers


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Apr 2012 at 08:00
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It has recently come to our attention that a far more reliable source of Super Rugby match statistics is available on the net and as a result, we’re going to rather use those for our weekly statistical analysis of the Sharks going forward. Verusco is the official supplier of statistics to the Sharks and it makes sense for us to base our analysis off the same numbers that the team is using.

We’re using this information with the kind permission of Verusco.

Looking at the team performance over all, the Sharks were pretty tidy in many areas against the Brumbies. They won all 11 of their lineouts and also took all of their own scrums cleanly. Only 7 penalties were conceded in total, the second week in a row that the Sharks have been in single figures, after starting the season pretty badly in this regard. It will be a concern, though, that of the 7 penalties given, 4 were within kickable range and led to points for the home side.

The defensive performance was great, with 90% of all tackles hitting their mark. The Sharks were forced to do a lot of defending, though, putting in a mammoth 256 tackles to the Brumbies’ 183. That translates to far too little time in possession of the ball if you’re a Sharks fan, perhaps caused by just a little too much aimless kicking away of possession.

Dale Chadwick and Marcell Coetzee were the most active tacklers, each pulling off 23 effective hits in the game. Way back in joint third place, Tim Whitehead and Vic Alberts managed 18 stops each, nonetheless very credible. Of the two frontrunners, Chadwick had the slightly higher effectiveness (92%, or 2 misses from 25) while Coetzee missed one more (3 misses from 26, giving him 89%). Top of the pops in terms of percentage made was Steven Sykes, who made 100% of his 15 tackles. A special mention must also go to Wors Herbst for his 11 good tackles (and no misses) in just 28 minutes. The man he replaced, Jannie du Plessis, also had 100%, but only made 7 hits.

Statistically the worst tackler was Charl McLeod, who made 10 hits and missed 4 others for an effectiveness of 71%. Riaan Viljoen was slightly ahead on 75%, but since he only had 4 tackles to make in total (of which 1 was missed) the number hardly seems significant.

Viljoen is well ahead in terms of metres gained with ball in hand though, with his 173m well ahead of second-placed Willem Alberts (98m) and Lwazi Mvovo (96m). Another stat is which Viljoen is ahead is “possession won”, where he has a score of 8, mostly due to receiving opposition kicks. Mvovo is next with 5, followed by Keegan Daniel and Jandre Marais, with 4 each. No single player really stood out in terms of linebreaks, with Viljoen, Mvovo, Sykes, Daniel and and Bismarck du Plessis credited with one each. Marcell Coetzee made the most offloads (4), but it was Daniel who made the most passes (outside of the halfbacks) with an incredible 15. After that came Bismarck, Alberts and JP Pietersen, who each passed 8 times.

Looking at rucks and mauls (the statistic counts how many times a player was amongst the first 3 to arrive), Chadwick was again top of the pops, hitting 22 rucks in total. Next best were Bismarck, Daniel and Sykes, who hit 20 apiece. Best amongst the backs was JP Pietersen, who hit 14.

Bismarck leads the lost possession stat, turning the ball over to the Brumbies 3 times, ahead of Daniel and Odwa Ndungane, who each did so twice. Penalties were evenly spread, with no single player conceding more than 1. It was, unfortunately, Bismarck who topped the overall combined error rate, with 3 missed tackles, 3 turnovers and a penalty giving him a score of 7.

It’s hard to pick an MVP from these numbers, but given the nature of the contest, we’re going to give it to Dale Chadwick this week, with Riaan Viljoen winning a seriously honourable mention for his efforts too.



29 Comments

  • Well done Dale!! :grin:

    Coetzee most offloads! :shock:

    These guys MUST be reading Sharksworld! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.04.12 08:12:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Would it be fair to say that Coetzee might be getting a little fatigued thus might not be getting through so much work. 6 games in a row in a tough competition is a lot to ask of a young body, actually it’s a lot to ask of any player.

    Luckily we’ll be having a bye in 3 games. Hope Bis, Chad, Marcell, Daniel, Mvovo, Viljoen, who has played every game for almost every minute makes it for three more.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.04.12 08:22:14 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : Witness sais that Bissie is doubtfull for this weekend decision on him and Lambie will be made on Thursday.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.04.12 08:49:45 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 3) : Bissie needs a break, we`ll need Lambie for the `Canes though.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.04.12 09:01:37 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : and he is truly putting he’s body on the line with holding the number one spot after 6 weeks in tackles made. Averaging almost 20 per game!

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.04.12 09:11:11 by Ice Reply
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  • :twisted: Mvovo’s carries happend at such blistering speed and torgue he edged up at least 3 time 96m!! He was like a hamster on the wheel!!:twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.04.12 09:26:53 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Great reading such positive stats.

    Marcell is proving to be a real beast, while Chadwick must have eaten some spinach.

    Rob, JP’s attendance at rucks is another sign of the great work he does on defence. Its a real benefit having such a big guy amongst the backs.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.04.12 10:23:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 6) : Nope Odwa was the one like a hamster on a wheel. Legs pumping furiously but not moving forward! :twisted:

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.04.12 12:05:13 by Ben Reply
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  • Rob, any idea whether ball pilfers at the breakdown would also be listed under “possession won”? If it’s the case then Verusco missed at least one.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.04.12 12:38:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 8) : I havent seen the game yet but I see that Rugby365 has Odwa in their team of the week. Reading the comments here on gameday and afterwards one would think that Odwa would be in line to be “got rid of” as opposed to being in the team of the week. :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.04.12 12:40:32 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 8) : and I thought that Odwa did well :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.04.12 12:40:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • what were the possession and territory stats, anybody knows?

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.04.12 12:42:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : have a look, now that you know the score it will not be that stressfull as it was on saturday :lol:

    Odwa did well IMO, the aussie commentators were moaning that he did not have enough speed to get to the tryline because, being sorrounded by 6 Brumbies, he decided to pass to unmarked Viljoen :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.04.12 12:47:10 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 4) : he seemed very quiet on saturday.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.04.12 12:48:22 by rekinek Reply
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  • anybody here – I am not smelling funny :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.04.12 12:49:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 13) : :lol: maybe the problem is not his speed then but that he is not built like Alberts.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.04.12 12:52:11 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 15) : I think that we are in shock of seeing 5 posts of yours on 1 thread.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.04.12 12:53:17 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : i think their problem was that the pass led to the try :twisted:

    @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : and now the 6th!

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.04.12 12:56:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : I see my user statistics still good :cool:

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.04.12 13:00:17 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : @rekinek (Comment 11) : It was a joke.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.04.12 13:02:06 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 20) : and the humour wa sin the bottom layer to which we just did not get ;-)

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.04.12 13:13:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 19) : You can take 9 months off and they will still be good. ;-)

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.04.12 13:24:38 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 20) : Just having some healthy banter.

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.04.12 13:28:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : but of course you guys would not like to miss my insightful and valuable comments for that looong :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.04.12 13:29:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 24) : Dont forget your humour too.

    Meyer Bosman :?:

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.04.12 13:43:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 25) : indeed. I was trying to be modest :mrgreen:

    Quietish in this game. Has improved this season – maybe he’s like Charl. Time on the bench does wonders for his game.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.04.12 15:06:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 11) : :twisted: Odwa did everything right: Took the ball, ran into space, waited for support while drawing 2 defenders and sent Viljoen to the sticks. Great try!
    The 3 blind mice running their mouths about Tim’s ‘stache and other useless crits made the win even more sweet. The Brumbs passed forward, knocked worse than Daniel’s knocked and they held JPP! Sweet game maawwers! :twisted:

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.04.12 15:48:40 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 27) : i know the feeling. :mrgreen: They were really irritating me at times. And nobody saw a forward pass that led to brumbies try – of course.

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.04.12 16:50:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 27) : but nothing tops the discussions from the previous week about Humansdorp. :roll:

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.04.12 16:51:45 by rekinek Reply
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