Richard Ferguson

Sharks v Force: The statistics


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Mar 2011 at 12:30
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After a resounding win over the Western Force on Saturday, we can now look at what the stats from the game tell us.

The Sharks’ much vaunted defence is not as mighty as it could be. We may not have leaked a try in the first three games yet, but that does not take away from the missed tackle stats. The Sharks had to make the majority of the tackles on Saturday (182 vs the 148 of the Force) and of those 16 were missed. The aim should always be to miss no tackles at all, but to be 92% effective is still pretty good. The Force ended up missing 17% of their tackles.

The worst of the defenders were Jannie du Plessis (three), Charl McLeod, JP Pietersen and Ryan Kankowski (two each). Patrick Lambie is proving to be an absolute machine on defence with 19 attempted tackles and not one single miss.

The handle counts between the two teams were very close, with the Sharks handling the oval ball 270 times compared to that of the 275 of the Force. Both teams knocked on 29 times, seems this game was closer on paper than the scoreboard shows. As is always the case, Charl McLeod is the worst offender when it comes to handling errors, with Willem Alberts spilling the ball four times.

The Sharks gained 906 meters on the day, compared to the 731 of the Force, with Ludik accounting for a rather large chunk of that with 149m. JP Pietersen came in second with 110 of his own meters. Linebreaks were up quite substantially from previous weekends, with a grand 12 against the Force. Lwazi Mvovo had a massive 4 on the night, with JP Pietersen adding 3 of his own. It’s good to see our wings coming to the party in this regard.

That is it for this week, we can only hope that we can dissect similar stats after our game against the Rebels on Friday morning.


18 Comments

  • I think the missed tackle stats are offset by our scramble defense, so that even if a player breaks the line, he should still be stopped.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.03.11 13:09:23 by war1 Reply
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  • although 16 missed is a lot, it is a good sign that no tries were scored. it does show a lot about the team mentality of the team. they back eachother.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.03.11 13:14:07 by try time Reply

     
  • 19 tackles can’t be easy on the body. 😯 .. Lambie is a warrior… it might be difficult for him to last the whole season.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.03.11 14:06:39 by mikey Reply

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  • This game was very hard physically even though the scoreboard doesn’t reflect it. I think a lot of the guys have sore bodies. Lambie lying down after the final whistle was indicative of how hard the game really was.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.03.11 14:23:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @mikey (Comment 3) : good point, maybe giving lambie a break this weekend would be good.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.03.11 14:24:18 by try time Reply

     
  • @mikey (Comment 3) : @try time (Comment 5) : Hmmm. Must say I was a tad concerned at the pounding he was taking and wondering myself if it is sustainable, given the “leaks” in other parts of the defence. Not sure if he should be rested just yet, but I do think his team-mates need to step up to the plate, take a few leaves out of his book and take the pressure off a bit.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.03.11 16:30:21 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • “The Force ended up missing 83% of their tackles.” 😯 😯

    geez, and we only won by 39 – 12? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.03.11 16:46:16 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 7) :

    Sorry, got my numbers wrong way around there..

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.03.11 16:51:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : What were O Connor’s kicking stats, Rich? The match build-up was so focused on him going head to head with SuperPat, it would be nice to know exactly how much he fell short!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.03.11 17:28:26 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • 92% effectiveness tackling is a very good number. If the Sharks are able to remain in the 90s throughout the season, they will do very well. There was a lot of tackling done by both teams, but the 9% difference in the tackling percentage led to a comprehensive win.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.03.11 17:30:42 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 9) : he fell short….’nuff said πŸ˜‰

    Howzit Shaz, nice to see you around. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.03.11 17:32:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : Hey DB! How’re you doing?

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.03.11 17:32:52 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 11) : Am fine and dandy thanks. πŸ˜› He fell short indeed! 😈 And was found severely wanting!!! 😎

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.03.11 17:34:34 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 13) : Doing well, back from warm sunny Florida, but it is starting to warm up here. Hope all is well with you.

    I was honestly not impressed with a single Force player on Saturday, not impressed with their playing nor with their attitude toward the match. I was sickened by the poor sportsmanship shown by Sidey by not even bothering to check on the condition of the person he might have hurt seriously, but rather interested in arguing with the ref about the red card. I just hope he came to his senses and called Odders afterward to check on his condition and apologize.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.03.11 17:40:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 14) : They were a bit of a dirty bunch, all round, weren’t they? Complete lack of sportsmanship and manners.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.03.11 17:42:57 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 15) : I’m all about good hard rugby, and I understand that mistakes are made, both mental and physical, but when a player is down, the first thought for everyone on the pitch should be the well being of that player. Sidey would have looked like a true sportman if he had simply done what Cummins did after hitting Ludik late. Just go by the player check on them, apologize and make sure they are OK.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.03.11 17:46:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • The spear tackle was bad enough, but if he had checked on Odders afterward instead of arguing with the ref, a lot of people would have forgiven his transgression, even with how bad it was.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.03.11 17:48:16 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I remember once, a team mate of mine, a very large lock, hit the opposing scrumhalf, cleanly but very hard, knocked him out cold. He would not leave the opposing scrumhalf’s side until he was awake again, he was literally kneeling by him just begging him to wake up. Not saying everyone should go this far, but it does show true sportsmanship. And this guy was one of the hardest, toughest people I have ever played with.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.03.11 17:51:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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