It’s taken a bit of a while for last week’s stats to come out, but here they are, courtesy, as ever, of our friends at Verusco.
The Sharks were again shaded in the possession stakes, spending 38 minutes in control of the ball to 42 from the Stormers. They also made far more tackles, with 235 total attempts against 155 by their hosts. Made tackle percentages were high for both teams, with the Sharks just ahead on 90% to 89%. The Stormers made more handling errors (18 to 12) but conceded only 6 penalties to the Sharks’ 12; that latter number will be a concern ahead of Saturday’s final, with the same referee taking charge.
Looking at the individual defensive numbers, Anton Bresler got through the most work, with 20 tackles from 22 attempts. Marcell Coetzee (19 from 21) and Louis Ludik (18 from 19) were not far behind. A number of players kept a clean slate on defence, among them Beast Mtawarira (13), Willem Alberts (11), Wiehahn Herbst (10) and Ryan Kankowski (11).
In terms of missed tackles, Charl McLeod stands out with 5 misses from 16 attempts, ahead of Bismarck du Plessis, who missed 3 from 10.
Riaan Viljoen stand out in terms of possession won, doing so on 5 occasions, with Kankowski second on 3. Louis Ludik made the most metres with ball in hand (93) ahead of JP Pietersen in second (73) and Fred Michalak with 55 in third. Line breaks were few and far between, with Lwazi Mvovo, Pietersen and Ludik credited with 1 apiece.
Pietersen and Coetzee managed 2 offloads each, while Keegan Daniel and Kankowski each made 7 passes, the most for any player outside the halfbacks. Credit must go to Charl McLeod, for an astounding 70 passes in just 80 minutes!
Looking at ruck contributions, one name stand head and shoulders above the rest – Bismarck hit an amazing 38 rucks in total, with Bresler and Daniel in joint second, some way back on 28 apiece. Ludik was the best of the backs, with 17 rucks hit.
The team was generally good about keeping possession, with Bismarck and Coetzee losing the ball twice each and nobody else more than once. Bad boy Jannie du Plessis conceded 3 penalties, with Bismarck and Viljoen responsible for 2 each. McLeod and Bismarck share the highest total combined error rate this week, with 7 transgressions each.
Our most valuable player this week, for contributions in a huge number of different areas, is none other than Louis Ludik.Tweet