Time for our statistical analysis of the Sharks’ round 2 Currie Cup match against the Lions, looking at numbers for the individual players.
Looking at defence, the Sharks made 93 tackles and missed 31, for an overall tackle effectiveness of 69.3%. Considering that the team went from the best tackle completion stat in the tournament last week (over 86%) to almost the worst in just a week, there’s clearly a big issue to work on! Those made tackles are further broken down into first-time tackles, of which there were 70 and tackle assists, of which there were 23. Dale Chadwick made the most tackles with 10, followed by Bry Stander (9) and Marco Wentsel and Heimar Williams (8 each). Chadwick and Louis Ludik made the most successful first-time tackles (7 each), followed by Wentzel, Stander and Charl McLeod (6 each). Looking at tackle rate, Cobus Reinach and Tera Mtembu came out slightly ahead of Chadwick – if they’d maintained the same rate of tackling for an entire match, hey’d have made 12 and 11 tackles respectively over 80 minutes.
Kyle Cooper was the only man in the starting lineup to maintain a 100% tackle effectiveness, but since he only made 1 tackle that hardly counts! Craig Burden, Rayno Gerber, Peet Marais, Tera Mtembu and Charl McLeod all kept a clean sheet off the bench as well, with Mtembu and Reinach probably the best, each making 3 good tackles and missing none. Bry Stander missed the most individual tackles (6), ahead of Butch James (4) and McLeod and Odwa Ndungane (3 each). Looking at individual tackle effectiveness is a bit of a nightmare too, with several players having a night to forget. Fred Zeilinga (0% from 2 misses) is only statistically worse than Ndungane (40%), Wiehahn Herbst (50%), James (56%) and Edwin Hewitt (60%).
Looking at ball in hand, Jean Deysel made the most passes outside the halfbacks, with 8, followed by Heimar Williams with 6. The Sharks increased the number of offloads by 50%, making 6 this week, with 4 of those going to Deysel! Deysel also made the most runs (14), followed by Louis Ludik and Ndungane (9 each). Deysel also made the most metres (68), ahead of Ndungane (58) and SP Marais (57). Ndungane’s average of 11m per run is also way above the next best, Mvovo (8.5m) and Botes (8.28m). Fred Zeilinga made the most metres per run on average (10), ahead of SP Marais (9.5). Williams, Ludik, James and McLeod also did well in this area.
Jean Deysel broke 9 tackles, ahead of Williams (6) and Stander and James (4 each), while Williams broke the advantage line the most times (6), followed by Deysel, McLeod and Ludik (4 each). There were only 2 line breaks in total, with no player managing more than 1, while Williams is credited with 5 half breaks.
Deysel (this is getting predictable) also hit the most rucks – 15 in total, with 3 turnovers forced – ahead of Hewitt (13) and Stander (12). Botes and Chadwick each participated in the most mauls, with 10.
Penalties were lower this week, with only 10 conceded in total while possession was turned over 15 times. Lwazi Mvovo conceded the most turnovers (3), while Deysel and Chadwick each conceded 2 penalties.
It’s pretty clear based on this that Jean Deysel was the best forward, and also best overall player. Heimar Williams was the best back, for creating the most opportunities and also doing the best defensively.Tweet