A season by numbers

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 30 Oct 2018 at 16:35
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Hi, Sharks fans

First off, well done to all of the players, coaches and administrators. That was an incredibly tense final for me, especially when we were down at half-time, after having spurned a penalty right under the poles. Safe to say we can also thank Sergeal Petersen for charging Rob Du Preez’s place-kick early as it allowed Rob a second shot and a chance to calm his nerves a bit.

On to the numbers, which made some interesting reading:

Played Won Lost
2017 14 11 3
2018 8 7 1

Points for Points against Average/game for Average/game against
2017 410 289 29.29 20.64
2018 243 169 30.38 21.13

Tries for Tries against Average/game for Average/game against
2017 49 29 3.5 2.07
2018 34 21 4.25 2.63

Yellow Cards Red Cards
2018 1 0

From the above we can see that the Sharks actually remained fairly consistent when it came to points scored per game, increasing the difference on average from 8.65 in 2017 to 9.25 in 2018, but we increased our tries scored per game which is a positive sign, and we also increased it by 0.75 tries per game while only allowing 0.56 more tries against us, for an overall gain. If you take away the league game against WP then we did significantly better in terms of the numbers.

I was quite surprised when I looked up these numbers as I thought we’d scored significantly more points this year than in the last Currie Cup and were playing a more exciting brand of rugby. I guess that’s the result of that extra 0.75 tries every game.

On the whole the team has improved, we’ve blooded the next group of Sharks players and, taking into account the fantastic result achieved by our u19’s against the Blue Bulls u19’s, the future is looking good. The proof will be in the Super Rugby pudding next year.

P.s. I wonder what Curwin Bosch was talking about when he mentioned a format change for the 2019 Super Rugby? We’ll have to wait and see.


  • Well done…nice little article. When it really mattered we were much better in the final this year. Not only did Province not score, they never looked close to it!

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.10.18 06:02:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : Thank you. I’m Just hoping we take our form into Super Rugby. Not that doing well in CC means anything in SR.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.10.18 07:20:55 by StevieS Reply
    StevieSSuper Rugby player
  • In all honesty, the quality inbthe CC has regressed markedly. Cheetahs were playing their SRC and VC players mostly! There were in essence just two teams in it, namely the Sharks and WP. Hopefully next year, the CC won’t overlap with Pro14, and we can really see a competitive tournament.. Sharks were in good form towards the end of the CC. Lets see how it goes in the SR.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.10.18 16:47:29 by KingCheetah Reply

    KingCheetahTeam captain
  • I didn’t hear Curwin Bosch’s comments in relation to any format changes for Super Rugby in 2019, but the fixtures have already been released and they seem like the same format to me

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.10.18 18:41:55 by andredewaal Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter Friend of Sharksworld
    Currie Cup player
  • @andredewaal (Comment 4) : I just heard an interview with him on the radio. I wasn’t aware of any changes, Just hopeful lol

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.11.18 07:24:45 by StevieS Reply
    StevieSSuper Rugby player
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 3) : Supers and world cup are going to mess with CC even if pro 14 doesn’t. But pumas, griekwas might benefit from that maybe even Cheetahs.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.11.18 07:40:12 by coolfusion Reply

    coolfusionTeam captain
  • Encouraging end to season – not so much for the results but the way they were achieved. Guys like Fassi, Koegelenberg, Paul, Ward and Louw – not necessarily first choice SR players at the beginning of the season really impressed me – going to make selection interesting next year. I really like Paul in the back row – would be very interesting to see somebody work with him on his deck skills in the off-season.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.11.18 09:36:29 by JR Reply

    Vodacom Cup player

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.10.19 21:35:11 by deras demendo Reply


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