Thanks to our friends at Verusco, let’s all grit our teeth and plough through the stats coming out of the Sharks’ awful loss to the Lions at the weekend.
Amazingly enough, the Sharks actually had more possession for once, controlling the ball for 45 minutes against the Lions’ 35. They had to make fewer tackles (111 to 155) but their tackle effectiveness stat was woeful (82% against the Lions’ 90%). They made more handling errors (a whopping 19 to the Lions’ 16) but strangely enough, conceded half as many penalties, with 7 against 14 from the Lions.
Anton Bresler made the most tackles (11 from 13 attempts) with Willem Alberts (10 from 12) and Marcell Coetzee (10 from 11) not far behind. Beast Mtawarira (8) and Keegan Daniel (6) were the best of the players not to miss any tackles, while JP Pietersen was the worst offender with 3 misses from 10 attempts.
Odwa Ndungane topped the metres gained stat with 87, followed in short order by Lwazi Mvovo (85) and Pat Lambie (84). Lambie and Mvovo each managed 2 line breaks, with Louis Ludik and Charl McLeod credited with 1 apiece. Ludik, Pietersen and Coetzee each offloaded twice, while Lambie and Meyer Bosman were joint-highest passers of the ball (outside of the halfbacks) with 9 passes each.
Bresler again hit the most rucks with 22, with Mtawarira not far behind on 20. Bosman was the most active back at the breakdown, hitting 18 in total.
Heading the combined error score this week was Bismarck du Plessis, with one penalty, 2 lost possessions and 2 missed tackles adding up to 5. Not, it must be emphasised, that he was much worse than anyone else on the day.
The concept of an MVP in a match where the whole team failed to pitch is a tough one, but based on the numbers alone, it goes to Anton Bresler this week.Tweet