Let’s take one last look at the Super Rugby Final (although I’m sure most of us would rather forget it as quickly as possible!). These match stats, as always, brought to us by Verusco.
The bulk of the possession went the Chiefs way, as we could all tell from watching the game, with them enjoying 47 attacking minutes to the Sharks’ 34. The Sharks were asked to make 221 tackles in total, far more than the 118 required of their hosts. The Chiefs really made their tackles count, with 92% of them successful, against just 86% from the Sharks. Handling errors (28 Chiefs, 27 Sharks) and penalties (7 against Chiefs, 6 against Sharks) were both quite even.
Marcell Coetzee was the Sharks main man on defence, with 23 stops and no misses. The next best (some way back) was Louis Ludik, with 18 from 20, while Anton Bresler (16 from 18) was third. Honourable mentions go to Keegan Daniel (15) and Tendai Mtawarira (9), who missed no tackles (and made more than 5 attempts). The highest number of individual missed tackles was 3, with Charl McLeod (5 from 8), Fred Michalak (7 from 10), Bismarck du Plessis (9 from 12), JP Pietersen (11 from 14) and Willem Alberts (12 from 15) all sharing that dubious honour.
Pat Lambie won the most possession (7 times), followed by Bismarck (5) and Bresler and Pietersen (4 each). Lambie also made the most yards on attack (61 meters), just ahead of Paul Jordaan (60 meters) while Ludik was some way back on just 35. Slim pickings indeed! Jordaan made the Sharks’ only line break, while Daniel made the most offloads (2). Daniel made the most passes outside of the halfbacks (9), followed by Lambie and Ludik (6 each).
There wasn’t a whole lot of rucking going on either – Bresler hit the most (17), followed by Daniel (16) and Mtawarira (14). Ludik and Mvovo did best amongst the backs, hitting 10 rucks each.
There was plenty of possession lost as well, with Bresler, Bismarck, Lambie and Jordaan each couching up the pill on 3 occasions. Penalties were evenly distributed, with no player conceding more than 1. Lambie and Bismarck shared the highest combined error score, with 6 each.
We’re giving Marcell Coetzee the MVP award, because we shudder to think how much higher the score would have been had it not been for him and his 23 tackles. Louis Ludik gets an honourable mention, along with Keegan Daniel and Paul Jordaan. All-in-all, though, not a great day for the Sharks.Tweet