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South Africa v England: Third test by the numbers


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 27 Jun 2012 at 08:00
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Let’s have a look at the statistics coming out of the Boks’ unfortunate 14-all draw with the English in last weekend’s third test. Theses number, as always, are courtesy of the amazing Verusco Stats Portal.

The Boks again shaded possession in the game, holding the ball for 42 minutes to England’s 38. They forced England to make more tackles (206 to 167), but both sides’ tackle effectiveness was lower than they’d like, with SA on 87% and England just ahead on 88%. An astounding 21 handling errors from the Boks, against 10 from England, added to their undoing, while penalties were reasonably even (Boks 13, England 10). The Boks lost 3 of their own line outs, against 2 from England, but no scrums went against the put-in for either side.

Looking at tackles, it was once again that man Marcell Coetzee who emerged head an shoulders above all others, with 19 tackles and none missed. Next best, but some way back, were Wynand Olivier (13 from 13), Beast Mtawarira and Juandre Kruger (both 13 from 14). There weren’t a lot of other 100-percenters in the side, with only Gio Aplon (7), Eben Etzebeth (4), Jean de Villiers (3) and Bismarck du Plessis (2) joining Coetzee and Olivier in missing no tackle attempts.

Morne Steyn (8 from 11) and Flip van der Merwe (9 from 12) were the main missed-tackle offenders, missing 3 apiece, whilst Ruan Pienaar (4 from 6), Ryan Kankowski (6 from 8), Adriaan Strauss (6 from 8) and Pierre Spies (11 from 13) missed 2 tackles each.

Looking at antics with ball in hand, Steyn redeemed himself somewhat as the man to make the most total metres, with 120. Coetzee came in second with 98, while JP Pietersen managed 95. Line breaks were few and far between with centres Olivier and de Villiers credited with just 1 each. Coetzee made the most offloads (3), while it was Juandre Kruger (11) and Coetzee (6) who made the most passes outside the halfbacks.

There were some decent numbers when it came to forwards hitting rucks, with Beast and Pierre Spies sharing the spoils (30 each). Second was Kruger (28), with Coetzee and Jannie du Plessis (27 each) joint third. Gio Aplon was the best of the backs, hitting 18 rucks.

Penalties were evenly distributed, for the most part, with JP Pietersen conceding 2 and a fair few others 1 apiece. Bimsarck du Plessis lost possession 3 times (those line outs!) and Coetzee twice. Nobody really stood out from a combined error rate point of view, with Steyn, Bismarck du Plessis and JP Pietersen making 4 total errors each.

Our Most Valuable Player for the week is none other than Marcell Coetzee, with his name mentioned more often than any other in the stats that matter.



17 Comments

  • Thanks Rob.

    I was convinced though that the English conceded more penalties than the Boks.

    ‘Let’s have a look at the statistics coming out of the Boks’ unfortunate 14-all draw with the English…’

    That should rather read ‘fortunate draw’ I reckon the Boks were very fortunate to come away with a draw in this game despite Morné’s kicking.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.06.12 08:12:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • So Bismarck only made 2 tackles?? :roll:

    That’s really poor. :???:

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.06.12 08:16:28 by wpw Reply
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  • The Shark players have really stepped up to the challenge, guys like Coetzee, JP and even Kankowski in this last test. Let’s hope they can rub off on the rest of the team. Going to be a tough weekend without any Sharks rugby.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.06.12 08:16:28 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • Coetzee is a legend in the making. He also made the most tackles without slipping one in the second test. If we can get some stringer runners on his shoulders, then those offloads can become much more valuable than they have been thus far.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.06.12 08:35:11 by Viking Reply
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  • Again a huge discrepancy between rugbystats (58m) and Verusco (120m) over Morne’s meters gained with ball in hand

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.06.12 08:48:30 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : I seriously doubt the information from Rugbystats. I have seen to many times in the past where they have missed things. Example, when Zane Krischner got stepped in the first step it was a clear miss tackle and Rugbystats showed that Zane did not miss one tackle.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.06.12 08:53:02 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 6) : I know they confused Spies and Coetzee in the first test, but usually their stats are close (not exact) to Verusco. They do provide more detailed breakdowns of the stats – which is nice

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.06.12 08:57:30 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : Agree with you, their stats are more comprehensive. Its only the accuracy that is lacking. I suppose that is the trade off for them.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.06.12 09:04:00 by Viking Reply
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  • I’m not Wynand’s biggest fan by any stretch of the imagination but I’ll give credit where it’s due – he did okay in this test :grin: . Still don’t believe he’s should even be considered as backup at 12 but as a stop-gap he was reliable.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.06.12 10:28:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Coetzee is an awesome young talent. Reminds me lot of a young Schalk.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.06.12 11:36:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : Etzebeth only 4? :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.06.12 12:58:38 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 11) :

    But twice as much as Bismarck! :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.06.12 13:07:26 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) : How many turnovers did Etzebeth make? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.06.12 13:08:47 by Ben Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 12) : @Ben (Comment 13) : No good can come of this. How about we agree that they both have the potential to be great players?

    Yes, I realise I’m white-knighting here :D

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.06.12 14:04:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) :

    Since when are you a peacemaker? :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.06.12 14:05:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) :

    He started it!! :roll: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.06.12 14:08:29 by wpw Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) : Potential to be great players?

    Bismarck is the best hooker in the World! :twisted:

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.06.12 14:21:35 by Ben Reply

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