Sharks v Pumas: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 25 Jul 2011 at 12:12
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It’s time for our weekly statistical analysis of the Sharks’ performance, thanks to the Versuco statistics supplied by The Sharks played the Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday night and put in a reasonably poor performance, that nevertheless saw them prevail 23-22.

Starting, as always, with defence, the Sharks were forced to attempt 135 tackles in total, just slightly fewer than the Pumas’ 142. Of those 135, the Sharks missed 16, for an accuracy figure of 88%, which is on the low side, given that they managed 93% against the Bulls the week before. Jacques Botes pulled off the most tackles, with 13, but missed 2 others, giving him an effectiveness of 87%. Keegan Daniel, with 11 tackles and no misses, was, on balance, the best defender on the day, though with Dale Chadwick (10 tackles and no misses) coming in just on his heels.

Louis Ludik and Meyer Bosman were the worst offenders on defence, with each missing three tackles. Bosman only made three, though and his three misses gave him an effectiveness of just 50%, which is nowhere near good enough. Mark Richards, with only two attempts and one miss, will also need to pull up his socks to an extent, although the low numbers there tend to skew the percentage.

Bosman does win an award, though, for the most ball carries, with 9, while Ludik, Marcell Coetzee and Craig Burden each managed 8. Line breaks were few and far between, with Bosman, Ludik and Richards managing two each. Richards deserves a mention for two linebreaks from only four carries. Stefan Terbanche made the most ground with ball in hand (106 metres), followed by Fred Michalak (76) and Ludik (73).

Terblanche again stands out as the player who handled the ball most often (excluding the halfbacks) with 23 touches (and no handling errors). Keegan Daniel was not far behind, on 19. Bosman made the most passes (again excluding the halfbacks) with 12, just ahead of Daniel’s 11.

Looking for a minute at the donkey-work upfront, we see that Jacques Botes hit the most rucks (29 in total) with Daniel (26) not far behind. Wiehahn Herbst (25) and Ross Skeate (24) were top of the pops among the tight forwards.

Looking at mistakes made, Dale Chadwick conceded the most penalties, with 2, while Fred Michalak topped the handling error stat, with 5. Our new combined “total screwup score” looks at the combination of handling errors, other errors, penalties conceded and missed tackles, and it’s somewhat surprising to see Michalak emerge as a clear frontrunner with a TSS of 11. Ross Cronje (9) and Keegan Daniel (7) were the other contenders.

This information again highlights the subjective nature of players ratings, as well as the fact that it’s only possible to derive so much from statistics. We chose Michalak as our MVP based on a subjective analysis of the game – a statistical view, based on total positive and negative statistical contributions, shows that Stefan Terblanche was, technically, the best player on the day overall.


  • How many tackles did Bosman make? I need some ammo for my view that he was not as bad as his rating. (its looking positive so far) 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.07.11 12:21:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 1) : made 3, missed 3 others. Sorry dude 🙁

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.07.11 12:33:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Do they give stats on Mark Lawrence? 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.07.11 16:22:44 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 3) : I wish the refs were given bans based on poor performances!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.07.11 20:34:01 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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