Sharks v Reds: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 24 Jul 2012 at 10:01
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Brace yourselves, fans… we’re going to see some very interesting and also unexpected statistics coming out of the Sharks’ qualifying-round win over the Reds on Saturday. Numbers, as always, courtesy of Verusco.

It’s the overall match statistics that I find the most surprising – with the Sharks only controlling the ball for 28 minutes to the Reds’ 53. That coupled with an astonishing 266 tackles against just 104 from the Reds shows the extent to which defence won this game for the Sharks. 88% of the visitors’ tackles stuck, with their opponents managing just 81%. The Reds made more handling errors (28 to the Sharks’ 22) but had far fewer penalties against them (6 to the Sharks’ 13). Both sides lost 2 of their own lineouts, but held all of their own scrum ball.

On to the individual numbers and captain Keegan Daniel pulled off an astonishing 24 tackles this week, with none missed at all. Next best was Anton Bresler, with 20 from 23 attempts and Tim Whitehead, with 18 from 21. Aside from the skipper, others to maintain 100% off a significant number of attempts were Marcell Coetzee (16) , Louis Ludik (15) and Meyer Bosman (12). An honourable mention goes to Craig Burden, for 6 successful tackles in just 6 minutes on the field!

Paul Jordaan ended up with the lowest tackle percentage (2 misses from just 4 attempts giving him 50%), with Ryan Kankowski (70%), Charl McLeod (73%) and Fred Michalak (75%) all below the 80% mark. Michalak stood out with the most individual misses, though, with 5 misses in 20 attempts. McLeod missed 4, and Kankowski, Bismarck du Plessis, Whitehead and Bresler 3 each.

Ryan Kankowski won possession the most times (12), followed by McLeod (6) and Pietersen and Ludik (3 each). Coetzee made the most metres (70) ahead of McLeod (63) and Jordaan (59). Pietersen and Willem Alberts made the most line breaks, with 2 each, while Coetzee (5) and Daniel (3) made the most offloads.

Daniel and Coetzee also made the most passes outside the halfbacks (9 each) with Kankowski and Bismarck just behind on 8 each.

The ruck attendance numbers were low, with the Sharks opting not to commit on to defensive rucks, but rather fan out to await the next tackle. Offensive rucks, based on the low possession and propensity to off-load rather than go to ground, were also not common. Bismarck hit 15 in total, with Tim Whitehead hitting 14 and Daniel managing 11.

Bismarck and Ryan Kankowski each lost possession 3 times, and McLeod on 2 occasions. Daniel conceded 4 penalties, with McLeod and Lwazi Mvovo giving up 2 each. Charl McLeod was the player with the highest combined error rate (4 missed tackles, 2 lost possession, 2 penalties).

We’re going to do something a little unusual this week and award the MVP gong to the loose trio of Keegan Daniel, Marcell Coetzee and Ryan Kankowski. With each player standing out in different categories (while none of the three dominated the other two) this really was a case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.


  • I`m gonna say it! :

    Well Done MB on your tackle count. :mrgreen:

    If only I could erase that spectacular fail in front of the open try-line!

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.07.12 10:24:49 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • MC must be the player of the tournament.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.07.12 10:36:17 by Uli Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 1) :

    Bosman actually made 13 from 13 with that try saving tackle….on himself! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.07.12 10:37:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : lol, I dont think he realised he was that fast, therefore te speed wobble… haha

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.07.12 10:40:28 by Uli Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) :

    Comment of the week!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.07.12 10:42:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Wow…Ludik making 5 tackles is imoressive for a fullback

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.07.12 10:47:47 by Viking Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) :

    Luckily we can laugh at it now, but if it was a close game we wouldn’t have been happy.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.07.12 10:48:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I had a look at the first vs second half stats on rugbystats. It is scary to note that we made 133 tackles in the second half vs the 22 by the reds.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.07.12 10:51:26 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 6) : 15, not 5…

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.07.12 10:54:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 8) : So we played like the Saders in the first half, and like the Streamers in the second – best of the best then :grin:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.07.12 11:00:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 8) : What it tells us is that we played a Stormer defense and instead of kicking the ball away like the Stormers we counter attacked with flair and precision

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.07.12 11:10:28 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Who knows why Gills try wasn’t awarded. I know why I wouldn’t have awarded it, but not for the same reason as the Ref and TV ref, inconclusive. I saw the ball grounded and was about 98% sure Gill was by then about half a meter over the line.

    My problem with the try was that Gill had picked the ball up from inside the ruck, while other players was bound to him, making him part of the ruck and not allowed to play the ball with his hands. I felt like the Sharks should have been awarded a penalty there.

    I was happy that the try was not awarded, but not with the way it was done.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.07.12 11:27:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • The Sharks put in a really committed performance. It would have helped if we could have gotten the ball out of our 22 with one of the scrums we got in that 15min period of defence. First Kanko getting isolated then Charl throwing that shocker of a pass, but I’m glad it work out and showed the guys’ commitment. Defending like that against a top attacking team, must give you plenty of confidence for the next game.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.07.12 11:44:45 by Letgo Reply
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  • I think Meyer Bosman was ankle tapped by a ninja!! That is the only logical explanation as to why he fell…

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.07.12 12:09:50 by fouriedr Reply

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  • @fouriedr (Comment 14) : love it :)

    Welcome to the site

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.07.12 12:42:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @fouriedr (Comment 14) : It has been confirmed that there was a sniper in the crowd ;-)

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.07.12 14:36:48 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Thanks!

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.07.12 15:05:19 by fouriedr Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Haha!! What can I say, I am a silent observer!

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.07.12 15:06:21 by fouriedr Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Hopefully he won’t tackle himself against the Stormers, i think it will be a closer game and we can’t afford his special abilities to come out again! ;-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.07.12 15:55:01 by CapeShark Reply
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