Richard Ferguson

Lady luck shines on the Stormers

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 1 Jun 2011 at 09:00
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The Stormers overcame the Brumbies this weekend, scoring one try and a few penalties to the single penalty of the Brumbies, but one would have thought a team so high up the log and just coming off a fantastic victory over the Blues to have done a bit better. Well, the stats tell the true story behind this victory.

To start, I would like to explain that a rugby game might be 80 minutes long, but the amount of contestable time is far less. This is when the ball is actually in play and not whilst waiting at a scrum or for a lineout. Most games average around 30-35 minutes contestable time out of the 80 minute game. In this game, the contestable time was rather high with almost 41 minutes of play.

The reason I bring this up is to bring to your attention just how much time the Brumbies spent on the attack in this match. Of this 40 minutes contestable time, the Brumbies were inside the Stormers 22m for almost 10 minutes, and one has to wonder how exactly they managed to only score three points?! In comparison, the Stormers had a mere four and a half minutes inside the Brumbies 22m, meaning that they did make the most of their time there.

This is pretty much in line with the territory figures, which show the Brumbies had a massive 64% of the territory, which just adds to the mystery as to what exactly they were doing with the ball.

Where it fell apart for the Brumbies was the fact that they lost possession 26 times during the game, with 12 handling errors stopping any progress. This might be a high number, but the Stormers had exactly the same amount of handling errors, which would have aggrieved their coaches immensely. The trouble was that the Brumbies lost 15 of their 26 inside the Stormers 22m, adding to the already well known fact that the Stormers defence is incredible.

On the topic of defense, the Stormers’ missed tackles stat did surprise me a little, with 14 tackles in total missed. If you do the math though, they only missed one in every 11 attempts, which indicates that they made around 150 tackles, and only missing 14 is forgivable. The trouble with the 14 misses is that 5 of those were inside their own 22m and could have lead to tries had the Brumbies not been so crap. In comparison, the Stormers only broke one tackle inside the Brumbies 22m.

I am not Stormer bashing here, I am merely putting forward the facts, and my conclusion is that the Stormers had an off game and can thank their lucky stars that their opposition was not any better.


  • Indeed.The issue I have is that they cannot depend on luck and comebacks all campaign, they need to dominate.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.06.11 09:20:06 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • You forgot to add the FACT that the weather was not great for rugby.

    Well for attacking rugby that is. 😉

    Thanks for the stats Rich. It makes for interesting reading!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.06.11 09:28:10 by wpw Reply
  • Give credit to the Stormers. Best defense in SA without a doubt.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.06.11 09:31:29 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : Best defense and worst attack.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.06.11 09:57:43 by King Shark - Kanko at 12! Reply
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  • @King Shark – Kanko at 12! (Comment 4) : Worst attack of the contenders for play off positions anyway.
    8th on the points for table, and 14th on tries for table.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.06.11 10:06:21 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 5) : And its their inability to score tries and pick up the bonus point that could cost them a top 2 finish. Their style of play will however suite plaoff and finals rugby quite well.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.06.11 10:10:17 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 6) : Yep, only two bonus points for four tries. Puts them down there with the likes of the Lions, and brumbies. crusaders and reds, five each. sharks and blues, six each.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.06.11 10:15:35 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 7) : Lets hope they can still overtake the Blues on the overall log. It would be great if the SA conference can have a home semi. The games against the Bulls and the Cheetahs will test everything they have.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.06.11 10:19:59 by Viking Reply
  • @Greg (Comment 7) : Its much easier getting the “losing-within-7” bonus point than the 4 tries one. And sadly… we’re winning regularly so we don’t even have the first option. 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.06.11 10:29:10 by molly Reply
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  • is it true that Joe Peterson is back in the Cape?? i heard a rumour that he is already training in Cape Town?

    if indeed true, it should help the stormers ALOT, he should be able to slot in at flyhalf…

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.06.11 10:58:49 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 10) : If memory serves me right, he has played there before for the WP/Stormers. At least he will be better than Rose…

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.06.11 11:05:19 by Viking Reply
  • Bonus points shmonus points. 🙄

    Check the win column. That’s the important one. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.06.11 11:24:05 by McLovin Reply

  • When a team plays crap and still win, don’t people normally say ‘just shows you how good they are’. 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.06.11 11:27:09 by McLovin Reply

  • Admittedly the Brumbies are not at their best, but how many of those handling errors, especially in the 22, were because of good defence/pressure from the Stormers?

    It’s not like the Stormers concede plenty tries every week. About one per match average at the moment. 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.06.11 11:30:49 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 13) :

    You shouldn’t ask that question on this forum.

    Sharks supporters wouldnt know what you’re talking about!! 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.06.11 11:37:49 by wpw Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : Not really, check that number next to the blues, then re-check the one next to the stormers, and then check to see which team is higher on the log.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.06.11 14:08:24 by Greg Reply


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