Let’s have a look at the individual statistics from the Sharks’ loss against the Chiefs, courtesy of our friends at Verusco.
From a team point of view, things looke pretty even, with the Sharks enjoying half of the possession (40 attacking minutes to each team) and needing to make just a few more tackles than the Chiefs (178 to 170). The Chiefs were only slightly better in tackle execution (91% ahead of 88% for the Sharks) , but it was once again the errors made that scuppered the home team’s chances; the Sharks made 29 handling errors to the Chiefs’ 17 but discipline was better this week with only 8 penalties conceded against 14.
Anton Bresler emerged as the best individual tackler, making 16 stops with no misses. Steve Sykes and Jacques Botes also did well, with 15 stops apiece (each with 1 miss) while Louis Ludik (9 from 9) and Charl McLeod (9 from 11) did best amongst the backs. Aside from Bresler and Ludik, Meyer Bosman, Marcell Coetzee, Wiehahn Herbst and Pat Lambie all managed 100% tackle success.
Riaan Viljoen had the lowest tackle percentage, with 2 misses out of 4 attempts giving him just 50%, but it was JP Pietersen who was, statistically, the weak link on the day, with 5 misses out of 11 attempts equating to 55%. Poor old Pieter-Steph du Toit actually came out lower than both, with his single miss from a single attempt giving him 0% – that’s hardly statistically significant, though.
Looking at ball in hand, Viljoen made the most metres (130), just ahead of Lambie (129) and Pietersen (104). No players managed more than a single line break, while Keegan Daniel, as usual, managed the most offloads (5). Daniel also made the most passes other than the halfbacks, with his 21 comfortably double the 9 that Sykes and Time Whitehead managed.
Botes bossed the rucks, hitting a massive 40 in total, with Steven Sykes (23) and Keegan Daniel (22) some distance behind. Credit to Tim Whitehead who hit 18, by far the most of the backs and more than some of the forwards managed.
Looking at errors, Bismarck du Plessis is credited with a massive 6 losses of possession, with wayward lineouts playing a big part there. Keegan Daniel and Pat Lambie each lost possession twice. Bismarck was again the main penalty culprit – conceding 2, the only player to give away more than 1 in the game. That makes the fiery hooker a runaway victor in our combined error score competition, with a score of 9 (including 1 missed tackle).
Picking an MVP from these numbers is hard, but we’ll be consistent with the player ratings we did and give it to Jacques Botes, for 15 tackles, 40 rucks, 7 passes, 1 line break, 1 offload and, amazingly for an open side flank, no penalties conceded.Tweet