It’s time for our weekly statistical analysis of the Sharks, courtesy of the numbers we get from Verusco. This week, we look at the recent 34-20 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
Looking at the overall numbers, the Sharks once again had less of the ball overall (38 minutes against 42 minutes) and also had to make more tackles (225 against 212). These numbers are moving in the right direction, though, although the made tackle percentage dropped this week (87%) but will still higher than that of the Cheetahs (81%). The Sharks came out tops in handling errors too (17 against 15) and also conceded far too many penalties (13 against 8). They also lost 2 lineouts and 1 scrum… yet still won very convincingly!
Looking at the individuals, on defence it was Anton Bresler who made the most tackles, with 21 from 22 attempts. Next best was Paul Jordaan, with an amazing 20 tackles and no misses. Tim Whitehead (17 from 19) and Marcell Coetzee (17 from 18) share joint third position. There were few players to keep a perfect record on defence, with Jordaan joined by Meyer Bosman (7), Willem Alberts (5), Riaan Viljoen (3) and Ryan Kankowsi(1) as the 100% tacklers. Jannie du Plessis had the lowest tackle effectiveness (57%) but it was Steven Sykes who missed the most individual tackles, with 4.
In a rather amazing statistic, Bismarck du Plessis emerged as the player to make most metres with the ball (102m) followed closely by Fred Michalak (101) and Jordaan (90). Lwazi Mvovo made the most line breaks (3) with Jordaan again second (2). Bismarck, Marcell Coetzee and Keegan Daniel each made 2 offloads, while it was Jacques Botes (9) who made the most passes outside the halfbacks.
Botes hit by far the most rucks (33) with Bresler next on 24. Daniel and Jannie du Plessis shared third spot (22) with Tim Whitehead (15) the best among the backs.
Keegan Daniel was the main culprit in terms of lost possession (2) although that presumably included the time when he was forced to throw into the lineout and got it wrong. Daniel also conceded 2 penalties, as did Steven Sykes and Bismarck du Plessis. With Sykes conceding those penalties, coupled with the 4 missed tackles and a single lost possession from a missed lineout, he tops the total combined error score with 7, just ahead of Daniel.
Looking at the Most Valuable Player, I think we’ll be forgiven for singling out Paul Jordaan this week, for some great numbers in a strong field. Honourable mentions go to Anton Bresler and Jacques Botes once again for their massive donkey-work contributions up front.Tweet