Time for our statistical analysis of the Sharks’ round 3 Currie Cup match against the Cheetahs, looking at numbers for the individual players.
The Sharks made 141 tackles against the Cheetahs, missing 30, for a team effectiveness of 82.5% – this was the best in the competition in round 3 and a huge improvement on the week before, which dipped below 70%. Keegan Daniel made the most tackles with 15, ahead of Fred Zeilinga and Louis Ludik (13 each). Other honourable mentionees are Marco Wentzel, Jacques Botes and Heimar Williams, each of whom made 11 stops. Those 141 tackles are further broken down into 104 first-time tackles and 37 assists; Ludik stands out as the man with the most first-time tackles, making 11. Wentzel and Daniel made 6 assists each. Peet Marais made 8 tackles in just 32 minutes; had he been on the field the entire match and maintained the same rate, he would have been top tackler with almost 20 stops.
Three players stand out with the best individual effectiveness; Wiehahn Herbst (5 from 5), Ryno Gerber (4 from 4) and Peet Marais (8 from 8). Others not to miss tackles were SP Marais, Butch James and Jaco van Tonder, however, each only made a single attempt.
A slightly surprising statistic sees man-of-the match Jean Deysel emerge with the most missed tackles (4), ahead of Daniel and Botes, with 3 each. Deysel, in fact, only made 3 good tackles according to the stats we have, giving him the lowest overall effectiveness of just 42.9%. Next worst were Kyle Cooper and Edwin Hewitt, with 60% apiece.
Jacques Botes made the most passes outside the halfbacks, with 7, ahead of Williams and Ludik (6 each). Deysel made 3 offloads, which was the most. There were 9 offloads made in total this week, which is a 50% improvement on the week before and 100% better than week 1. Deysel made the most runs (11), followed by Dale Chadwick, Jacques Botes, Louis Ludik and Cobus Reinach, who each made 8. Williams made the most metres (73), ahead of Craig Burden (63) and Deysel (61). Burden made the most metres per run (15.8), ahead of Sizo Maseko (11.5), Daniel (11) and Williams (10.4). Maseko broke the most tackles (6), ahead of Deysel (5) and Daniel (3). Kyle Cooper crossed the advantage line the most times (5), while Cobus Reinach was the only player to make more than one line break. Charl McLeod is credited with 4 half-breaks, and Chadwick 2.
Jean Deysel hit an astonishing 23 rucks (12 on attack and 11 on defence), ahead of Keegan Daniel (18) and Jacques Botes (17). Credit must go to Sizo Maseko (14) and Heimar Williams (13), who were the busiest backline ruckers. Dale Chadwick participated in the most mauls, with 10.
Penalties continued to go down, with only 6 conceded in total this week; Chadwick and Ludik, though, were responsible for 2 apiece. Possession was turned over 21 times, which is considerably worse than last week; Wentzel, Ludik and Reinach were the worst here, each conceding the ball 3 times.
These numbers make it very hard to decide on an individual MVP, so we’re going to award it to the loose trio as a combination this week, with Jean Deysel, Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes sharing the award. Heimar Williams continues to stand out as probably the best back overall, slightly edging Ludik and Maseko, while Zeilinga’s defensive effort also warrants praise.Tweet