It’s a little late this week, but our friends at Verusco have finally got the match stats from last weekend’s Currie Cup games up on their website. Let’s look at the Sharks’ 30-14 win over the Lions.
The Sharks’ share of the possession was a bit better this week, spending 39 minutes with the ball against 41 minutes without it. They made 178 tackles to the Lions’ 187, wit the Sharks’ accuracy better (89% of tackles were good, as opposed to 85% for the Lions). The Sharks conceded fewer penalties (7 against 11) but lost a lot more set piece ball, with 3 scums and 3 lineouts going wrong.
Franna Kleinhans made the most good tackles (16 from 18 attempts) with Dale Chadwick (13 from 16) in second place. Next best, with 11 good tackles each, were Wors Herbst, Steven Sykes, Jean Deysel and Meyer Bosman. Steven Sykes was the most accurate tackler, with no misses from 11 attempts, while Jacques Botes (7), Riaan Viljoen (6), Sbu Sithole (8), Odwa Ndungane (8) and Tera Mtembu (7) also maintained perfect records defensively. Mtembu was the busiest defender, making a good tackle for every 3.7 minutes he spent on the park., followed by Jandre Marais (4.25) and Kleinhans (4.99).
Chadwick missed the most individual tackles (3), while Monde Hadebe (2 misses from 3 attempts) came up with the lowest tackle success rate (33%).
Louis Ludik won possession an impressive 8 times, followed by Viljoen (6) and Sithole (5). Viljoen made the most metres with ball in hand (157), just ahead of Ludik (142) and Paul Jordaan (109). Craig Burden was the line-break king (3), ahead of Sithole and Ndungane (2 each). Ludik made a stunning 5 offloads, ahead of Meyer Bosman and Jean Deysel, who each made 3. Most passes outside of the halfbacks were 14 from Bosman, with Botes just behind on 13.
Kleinhans was again busiest in terms of breakdowns, hitting 24 in total, ahead of Anton Bresler (22) and Herbst (20). Bosman was the most active backline rucker, hitting 15. Bresler had the lowest mean time between rucks, hitting a breakdown every 2.86 minutes he was on the field. Hadebe was next (one ruck every 3 minutes) just ahead of Herbst (3.3 minutes).
Lost possession numbers were highest for Burden and Sithole (4 times each), with Kleinhans the main penalty culprit with 2 concessions. The highest combined error score was 5, shared by Burden, Ludik and Bosman.
Without a clear candidate for MVP, we’ve decided to share it three ways this week, with Francois Kleinhans, Louis Ludik and Riaan Viljoen each playing an equally important role in the victory.Tweet