Richard Ferguson

Much improvement from the Sharks

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 1 Jun 2011 at 08:00
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The Sharks overcame a very poor record against the Waratahs on Saturday night, beating them by 26 – 21, with a score that somewhat flattered the men from Sydney, taking into consideration some of the stats below.

The most surprising thing for me, and I did not notice this whilst watching the game, was that the Sharks were dominant in the game to such an extent that they had 60% of the territory on the night.

The best stat from this game is that the Sharks managed to break 19 tackles on the night (meaning that the Waratahs missed 19) but the best part is that 18 of these tackles were broken inside the Waratahs half. The Sharks missed 14 tackles on the night, which in total translates to one in every sixth attempt, which is not a very good conversion rate if compared to the Stormers.

Another positive from the game was that the Sharks managed to win all their lineouts, which can only mean the team has been working on it, which is good to see. Another facet the team has been working on is at kick off time, where the Sharks generally do not get any ball back from their own kick offs. They managed to reclaim four kick offs against the Waratahs, which puts the team on the front foot immediately after kick off.

In comparison to last week, the Sharks also managed to cut down on their handling errors, which, taking into account some of the things mentioned above, is promising signs for the fans as this means the team is addressing their problems and actively working on it.

With JP Pietersen and Pat Lambie running at defences again, the linebreak stats improved two fold to 12, with nine of these in the second half.

When looking at the Waratahs, their most worrying stat is that they only had 29 seconds of ball in the Sharks 22m in the second half, to add to the mere minute they had in the first half, which leaves them with very little attacking time.

All in all a much improved performance from the Sharks, but there is still room for improvement, especially going into a must win run of games on the road.


  • As I said on the other post, is it any coincidence that our Lineouts were on song with Albert van den Burg in and around the Sharks Tank 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.06.11 08:08:26 by Mocho Reply
  • Great effort from the Sharks last weekend, as your stats show they absolutely dominated territory and JP Pietersen looked dangerous each time he got the ball.

    Good luck this weekend in Bloem, hoping for 5 points to really secure a finals appearance.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.06.11 08:09:20 by Moses Reply
  • GO SHARKS!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.06.11 08:25:15 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • All good, but they still need to improve a lot.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.06.11 08:29:14 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Mocho (Comment 1) : Albert is such a legend. The current crop would do well to take a few pointers.

    It is a concern that we dominated the game yet struggled to win…

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.06.11 08:30:24 by King Shark - Kanko at 12! Reply
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  • I’m glad to see the improvement in some key areas BUT this begs the question……what did we do with all the good ball??

    The 2 tries the Sharks scored were both through individual brilliance and not through well worked set pieces and that is still a huge concern for me.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.06.11 08:46:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Yes, much improvement indeed. However, looking at the stats we are still not able to finish the way we should. The scoreline does not reflect the same as the stats. But had the Tahs not scored that turnover try in the end of the first half it could have looked very different. Well done though biys.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.06.11 09:36:07 by Viking Reply
  • @Moses (Comment 2) : welcome to the site!

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.06.11 09:47:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • To put it in perspective gents, this was the first time this season (yes in week 15) that the Sharks beat a team higher than them on the log. The importance of this win cannot be overstated. With most of the other 4, 5, 6th place contenders due to play each other in the remaining weeks, the Sharks could wrap up a playoff spot with wins over the Cheetahs and Lions leaving Loftus as a practice/position gaining exercise. Time to put the bogey side to the sword and ravage the Lions… not so easy, but then if they cant do it, they have no business being in the playoffs anyway.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.06.11 11:02:01 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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