Let’s have a look at the match statistics coming out of the Sharks’ narrow weekend loss against the Lions. These numbers, as always, courtesy of Verusco.
The Sharks actually had more of the ball, overall, being in possession for 43 minutes against the Lions’ 37. The Lions made considerably more tackles (173 against 130), but were also more effective in those tackles, with 90% sticking, as opposed to 87% from the Sharks. Handling errors were even at 17 apiece, but the Sharks conceded far more penalties, at 12 against the Lions’ 7.
Anton Bresler made the most tackles for the Sharks (13 from 16), ahead of Meyer Bosman (12 from 12) and Tim Whitehead (11 from 12). Bosman’s perfect record stands out, though as few other player managed a similar feat. The only others to miss no tackles were Keegan Daniel (5), Cobus Reinach (5), Lwazi Mvovo (7), Louis Ludik (3), Julian Redelinghuys (2) and Jandre Marais (1), with the latter two hardly significant. Whitehead had the best tackle rate, making a good tackle for every 4.62 minutes he was on the field. Brelser was second on 4.86, followed by Bosman with 6.67.
Bresler and Odwa Ndungane each missed 3 tackles individually (the highest), while Craig Burden (50%), Steven Sykes (71%) and Ndungane (73%) statistically performed worse. Burden’s tackle rate was appallingly low, though, making 1 good tackle for every 68 minutes on the field!
Louis Ludik won possession on 6 occasions, ahead of Riaan Viljoen (4). Ludik was also the main man with ball in hand, making 165 metres, although Keegan Daniel was only a nose behind with 163. Riaan Viljoen was third on 104 and it’s promising to see quite so many players getting over that magical 100m mark in one game. Daniel (4) was just ahead of Ludik (3) when it came to line-breaks, with Cobus Reinach weighing in third with 2. Burden, Jean Deysel, Reinach and Viljoen each made 2 offloads.
Looking at passes, Cobus Reinach (32) and Charl McLeod (28) obviously made the most, ahead of Riaan Viljoen (18), Bosman (8) and Jacques Botes (7). It’s intersting to note that McLeod made almost as many passes in 19 minutes as Reinach did in 61, with McLeod making a pass for every 0.68 minutes he spent on the field, ahead of Reinach’s 1.9 minutes. Next best was Viljoen, with one pass every 4.44 minutes.
Jacques Botes hit the most rucks, with 36, a long way ahead of both Dale Chadwick and (amazingly) Meyer Bosman, who managed 21 each. Fourth was Steven Sykes with 20. The best ruck attender, by time spent on the field, was again Julian Redelinghuys, who hit a ruck every 1.46 minutes on average (13 in 19 minutes), with Bry Stander not far behind on 1.5 (8 rucks in 12 minutes). Thirds was Botes, who hit a ruck every 2.22 minutes (36 in 80).
Keegan Daniel lost the most possession (3), ahead of Chadwick, Mvovo and Bosman (2 each). Botes gave away 3 penalties, with Chadwick and Viljoen just behind on 2 each. The highest combined error score of 5 is thus shared between Dale Chadwick and Jacques Botes, while Viljoen was third with 4.
Our MVP award goes to the player, then, who did the most right and the least (in fact, almost nothing) wrong and we take great pleasure in awarding it to Louis Ludik, with both Keegan Daniel and Meyer Bosman very close runners up.Tweet