Richard Ferguson

Sharks take a statistical beating!

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 6 Jun 2011 at 15:06
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The Sharks managed to scrape victory from the hands of the Cheetahs this weekend in a very uninspiring victory, but all of that has been covered by other articles written after the match. What I want to do is point out where it all went wrong (if we don’t know that already) and where we need to improve on come the Lions match.

The most shocking of all the stats is that the Sharks missed 27 tackles! That is one tackle missed for every five attempted, meaning that 20% of all Cheetahs running at the Sharks got past. Terrible actually. The Cheetahs missed a mere 8 tackles. Worrying is that seven of the tackles missed was inside our own 22m area, which could have had much worse implications than they obviously had.

No matter how much respect I have for John Smit, he really shouldn’t be playing at loosehead, he gave away penalties at almost every scrum, and this is evident from the fact that the Sharks only won one scrum cleanly, with the other three resulting in infringements and lost possession. It has been said already, but we can be very lucky that Coenie Oosthuizen gave us back possession at a few scrums.

The Sharks did manage to lower the amount of handling errors to only six, but in the bigger scheme of things, they really should have improved their lineouts, where they lost two or something like the tackling mentioned above.

Penalties have been a problem all season, and this match was no different as seven penalties were conceded at ruck time, which seems to be a recurring theme every weekend, and should be on the to-do-list of things to be addressed. Other areas that were penalised was at scrum time and once for being offside.

All factor point in one direction, and that is that the Sharks should have lost this game. The territory and possession stakes were heavily in favour of the Cheetahs (Cheetahs having 62% of the possession and a massive 20% inside our 22m) and their fans can feel hard done by by this result. The Sharks were lucky to win this game, and even though they showed great heart in coming from behind, the Lions and even worse, the Bulls, will not be as forgiving.


  • lucky the statistics and the scoreboard don’t always correspond πŸ™‚

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.06.11 15:22:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • 27 missed tackles. Well, I’m speechless. πŸ™
    Please name the offenders.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.06.11 15:25:34 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Worst offender was Lwazi Mvovo (6)
    Followed by Hoff, Keegan and Alberts (4 each)
    Bosman missed 3, but made 27!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.06.11 15:28:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • where is Ross Skeate??

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.06.11 15:28:48 by pete69 Reply

  • @pete69 (Comment 4) : he’s on twitter, usually… πŸ™‚

    Question: why do we care?

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.06.11 15:32:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I had a funny feeling Lwazi was up there. Keegan will be up there but it’s all good cos he attempts 3 times as many as anyone else. Disappointed in Hoff and Alberts though. Not up to scratch. Both were sold by a really simple jinx by the Cheetahs fullback. Alberts looking pooped.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.06.11 15:34:13 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @pete69 (Comment 4) : Look it’s not too bad when a wing misses a few first-time tackles as most of the play has been shepherded towards the touchline, but I find it unacceptable that our loosies are failing at their job.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.06.11 15:36:19 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Loosies ,that is a huge concern.
    Despite the facts and statistics I feel more positive about this win than almost any win we have had this season.

    No doubt we need to improve but the heart was there which I am happy about.Alberts needs a serious rest! Hof has been poor all season but he is a fan favourite so never gets the blame ,meyer bosman in my opinion was good ,he must now draw the line in the sand and never cross it. I feel plumtree must stick with this side now and let them build momentum .

    One thing to note ,adi jacobs is his most dangerous from the bench .

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.06.11 15:41:54 by Talent Reply
  • How many tackles did lambi make?

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.06.11 15:45:11 by franshark Reply
  • For me the real villains this season are the coaching staff.
    1) No sanctioning of off-form players
    2) No rewarding the in-form players
    3) No strategy to try and bring our 2 dangerous wings into play more.
    So much for backline consultants, I could coach that backline!

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.06.11 15:45:30 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 8) : Oi!! Are you trying to drive me to an early grave!?

    “One thing to note ,adi jacobs is his most dangerous from the bench.”

    I gave up my lunch time to type one seriously long-ass post on the “Taking Stock” thread as to why Adi cannot be omitted from the starting lineup. Sheesh! πŸ™„

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.06.11 15:47:01 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Lol…what’s wrong Rob? Have you also had enough with the mediocrity at the Sharks. Was thinking last night that the we could be more effective if JPP was moved to fullback and. Sbu got promoted to 14, Alberts moved to 5 (playing like a lock nowadays) and play Deysel at 7 (not this weekend). Pity Adonga has’t come around soon enough.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.06.11 15:51:25 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Where’s Adi ? He can’t tackle…. 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.06.11 15:52:06 by Charlie Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 11) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.06.11 15:52:44 by Charlie Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 12) : it hasn’t got that bad yet… butI’m not quite desperate enough to think that Ross Skeate is the guy to solve all our problems πŸ™‚

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.06.11 15:53:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 13) : 3 tackles, no misses πŸ™‚

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.06.11 15:53:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Mr. John Plumtree PLEASE select the following backline…

    9. Michalak
    10. Lambie
    11. MvoVo
    12. Bosman
    13. ADI JACOBS
    14. JPP
    15. Terblanche

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.06.11 15:54:35 by Charlie Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 11) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.06.11 15:57:26 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : HALLELUJAH !!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.06.11 15:57:47 by Charlie Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 10) : Mate, I also think I can do a better job than our current backline consultants. When was the last time our backline actually implemented a backline move on the field?? Unless aimless kicking is now a backline move. Deon Kayser should be promoted to Sharks backline coach. We also need a Director of Rugby.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.06.11 15:57:53 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 11) : Maybe we can work-out some reward for you in exchange πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.06.11 15:59:10 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 17) : Give the man a hand! And a job as selector too!

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.06.11 16:07:58 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 22) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.06.11 16:36:46 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 17) : That backline has the potential to be a serious threat on attack. Got some interesting line-ups this weekend. Butch v Bosman, Lambie v Jantjies.

    We underestimate the Lions at our peril.

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.06.11 17:39:03 by Mole Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 17) : question for you (the only one).

    Why Terblanche ahead of Ludik at 15?

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.06.11 17:48:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 17) : I would try lambie at 12 michilak at 10 …
    I wish that bosman and lambie would interchange more often.

    I just think that we lack creativity, it has all become rather redundant.It would be nice to see Keegan Daniel directing the forward play . He has the ability to distribute well enough , we should line him up flat and make the other forwards run pods of him.

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.06.11 17:56:34 by Talent Reply
  • What I find interesting right now is Plum’s continued backing of Smit at prop.

    PDV tried that, it did not work out, he admitted his mistake and moved on.

    Surely Plum should not only learn from the mistake PDV made, but the evidence so far in the Super 15?

    Smit is a capable back up in case of crises in all three positions in the front-row, but he is not used as such.

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.06.11 18:02:50 by MornΓ© Reply
  • Hi everyone,I’m new here,I’m a very proud shark supporter and I’m looking forward to share my comments with you people,firstly I would like to mention what plum said a week ago,he would rather win a game badly,than playing well and lose the game,and that’s what I think happend this weekend against the cheethas.

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.06.11 19:57:19 by duality Reply

  • @duality (Comment 28) :

    Hi Duality

    Welcome to the site.. Have you been a shadow reader or just recently found the site?

    Looking forward to seeing your name pop up in the comments more often!

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.06.11 19:59:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @ Rob (Comment 25): Plum does not seem to have any interest in dropping Terblanche, so why even bother to ask for it…

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.06.11 21:19:30 by Charlie Reply

  • Hi richard,yes I was a shadow reader,and wanted to share my comments,now I can,I would like to ask one question wich is on debate by the losing cheethas supporters,that bosman made a forward pass to jp wich commited in a try,although the ref didn’t blow it or it was even appeald by the cheethas players at hand?was it forward pass though?to me it looked legal,and I think the angle of the camera played part of it as the “forward pass”

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.06.11 21:37:42 by duality Reply

  • @MornΓ© (Comment 27) : 2 different mechanics can work on a car at different times and you find that one is an impostor and another is a genius and zeros in on the problem and if it breaks again, sure as bob u’ll send it to the genius πŸ˜€

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.06.11 22:13:19 by Megatron Reply

  • well it was not the best games ever but we did give to much away

    and i think its by time the Captain and some others to go on their own way after the WC 2011 he has done his bit its time to get our sharks team in order for the CC and next year S15

    don’t get me wrong he is the best captain till date for our team but with all those P he gave away in the scrum just doesn’t work anymore or he must start backing his game and not his name

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.06.11 06:06:14 by chaz Reply

  • I don’t think the Sharks were lucky. They worked hard for this win. They worked hard because of their own errors, but still, if it wasn’t for that we would not have won.

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.06.11 07:47:17 by Letgo Reply
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  • @duality (Comment 31) : I can’t remember the pass. It’s always easier to spot forward passes when they’re made against you. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.06.11 07:48:49 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 35) : Hehehehe – that’s true! I was like “what are they on about” last night on Supersport! πŸ˜†

    Ashwin Sarks Willemse actually made me think about what he said about the Sharks – although not “winning statistically (with loads of mistakes etc) they still manage to grind out a win and that makes them such a great team..” And I have never thought about it like that…

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.06.11 07:59:40 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 36) : Ashwin is a numnut.

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.06.11 08:03:42 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 37) : Los vir Ashwin – ek like hom! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.06.11 08:04:47 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 37) : he might be a numnut, but can still make a good comment πŸ™‚ sometimes I think some folk call me a numnut too but I can make a good comment too… I think πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.06.11 08:09:05 by franshark Reply
  • @franshark (Comment 39) : Haha yes sure he can make a good comment, problem is he makes 10 stupid comments as well and then he nods his head 20 times! πŸ™„

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.06.11 08:13:26 by Ben Reply
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  • Richard, how many times was Smit penalised?

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.06.11 08:21:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Sorry Richard, your stats are wrong. John Smit was only penalised once. Oosthuizen was penalised 3 times. Re-watch the game. John Smit was one of two Sharks players not to miss tackles. So your facts seem a little off. Don’t throw petrol on the John Smit hate fire, with mis-information.

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.06.11 08:25:35 by waje Reply

  • These stats are a bunch of Bull! SS showed the Sharks missing 31 tackles before the game was over. So who do we believe, seems everyone has got other stats.

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.06.11 08:30:06 by Ben Reply
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  • Where the heck were we penalised at almost every scrum? You missed a good game dude!

  • Comment 44, posted at 07.06.11 08:33:37 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 44) : @Ben (Comment 43) : @waje (Comment 42) : Article should be now changed to “Fergie taking a statistical Beating!” πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 45, posted at 07.06.11 08:39:43 by waje Reply

  • @waje (Comment 42) : Thats what I thought thus my question.

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.06.11 08:45:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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