Let’s have one final look at the 2012 Super Rugby campaign, by looking at the aggregate statistics for the entire campaign. These numbers, as always, are based on Verusco’s week-by-week match analyses.
We’ll start by looking at games played and also individual minutes on the field. The top five players in terms of appearances were Anton Bresler, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel, Charl McLeod and Lwazi Mvovo, each of whom played at least some part in each and every one of the Sharks’ 19 Super Rugby games in 2012. Mvovo emerged as the most-played player, with a staggering 1500 minutes on the field out of a possible total of 1520. Next was Daniel (1459), followed by McLeod (1350), JP Pietersen (1307) and Coetzee (also 1307).
Moving on to defence, Marcell Coetzee made the most successful tackles (312), followed by Bresler (260), Daniel (223), Tim Whitehead (186) and Bismarck du Plessis (158). Kyle Cooper managed 100% tackle success in the only game he played all season, but taking him out of the equation, the statistically best tackler was Craig Burden, with 97%. Next best were Louis Ludik (96%), Jandre Marais (93%), Coetzee (92%) and Bresler (also 92%). Looking at mean time between tackles, Coetzee made a tackle, on average, for every 4.18 minutes of playing time. After that came Jean Deysel (4.28), Bresler (4.82), Jacques Botes (4.92) and Willem Alberts (5.30).
Looking at the negative side, Charl McLeod missed the most tackles (39), followed by Alberts (32), Bismarck du Plessis (28), JP Pietersen (27) and Coetzee (also 27). Pieter-Steph du Toit and Odwa Ndungane came in with the joint lowest overall effectiveness (70%), followed by Riaan Viljoen (73%), McLeod (76%) and Ryan Kankowski (77%). Every other player in the squad averaged over 80% across the whole campaign. A special shout-out must go to Louis Ludik – his mean time between missed tackles was a staggering 189 minutes.
Lwazi Mvovo made the most metres over the campaign (1157), followed by Pietersen (1120), Coetzee and Pat Lambie (1108 each) and Keegan Daniel (1087). Mvovo and Daniel each made 15 line breaks, followed by Whitehead (11), Pietersen (9) and Lambie (8). Coetzee made the most offloads (33), then Daniel (28), Pietersen (19), Mvovo (18) and McLeod (16). Excluding the halfbacks, the most passes were made by Daniel (196), Meyer Bosman (98), Steven Sykes (72), Bismarck (72) and Whitehead (71).
Keegan Daniel hit the most rucks over all (357), followed by Jacques Botes (337), Anton Bresler (307), Marcell Coetzee (247) and Steven Sykes (243). Looking at mean time between rucks, Botes hit one ruck for every 2.64 minutes on the field, followed by Marais (2.84), Ross Skeate (3.2), Deysel (3.63) and Dale Chadwick (3.71).
Penalties and lost possession obviously count against players and captain Keegan was no saint, giving away the most total penalties (29). After that came Bismarck (24), Sykes (19), Coetzee (11) and McCleod (10). Bismarck lost the most possession (43), followed by Daniel (26), McLeod (18), Pietersen (18) and Bresler and Mvovo, who were joint fifth with 14 each.
Looking at these numbers, our five joint season MVP’s are: (drum-roll)
with honourable mentions also going to Louis Ludik and Jacques Botes.Tweet