Sharks v Griquas: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 8 Aug 2011 at 08:30
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Let’s have a look at the statistics emerging from the Sharks disappointing 43-22 loss in Kimberley on Friday night. The article is, as usual, based on the numbers we found at

Set piece effectiveness was poor this week, with only 80% of lineouts won and only 88% set piece retention overall. The Sharks were forced to do a lot of tackling and, unfortunately, missed a fair few of those. 26 misses in total out of a total of 182 attempts gave an overall effectiveness of just under 86%, which is worse still than last week and nowhere near good enough at this (or any) level. 14 penalties and very nearly 30 other errors on the night contributed to a showing that failed to yield much of anything for the Sharks.

Anton Bresler emerged as the top man on defence, with 22 good tackles and only a single miss. Lock partner Jandre Marais came in second, with 16 hits and no misses, the second time in two weeks he has maintained a perfect defensive record. Best amongst the backs were the trio of Ross Cronje, Mark Richards and Louis Ludik, each of whom pulled off 8 successful stops. Cronje, with only 1 miss in 9 attempts, was the only back to return an effectiveness that was above the team average, with 88%.

Keegan Daniel missed the most tackles, with 3, while the majority of the team was not far behind him with either 1 or two misses. Of the starting fifteen, only Wiehahn Herbst and Marais failed to miss any stops on a night when the visitors were defensively found wanting. The worst tackler, statistically, was Ryan Kankowski, who only managed 50% effectiveness in making 2 tackles and missing 2 others.

Marcell Coetzee once again was the most active ball carrier, with 7 carries to his name, one more than Sbu Sithole and Meyer Bosman, who managed 6 each. Sithole made the most ground, though, with 73 metres, some distance ahead of Louis Ludik and Stefan Terblanhce, who managed 62 and 61 metres respectively. Line breaks were few and far between, with Coetzee, Sithole, Mark Richards and Ludik credited with one each.

Keegan Daniel handled the ball most often (excluding the halfbacks), with his 12 touches just a touch ahead of Craig Burden (10) and centres Bosman and Terblanhce (9 each). Jacques Botes and Daniel made the most passes, with 7 apiece.

Jandre Marais and Jacques Botes were joint leaders in breakdown attendance, with 23 each, quite some distance ahead of Bresler in third place, with 16. Honourable mention must go to Mark Richards, for hitting 12 rucks, which was more than two of the forwards managed!

Errors were not in short supply, with Dale Chadwick leading the penalty count (4 conceded) ahead of Daniel (2). Fred Michalak was again the main culprit in terms of handling errors, with 3 and it is he who, again, wins our unfortunate “total screwup score” prize, with a penalty, 3 handling errors, three “other errors” and two missed tackles adding up to nine points. Daniel was not far behind with 7 and to be honest, should have got more for the yellow card.

Based on these numbers, it wouldn’t be fair to award a statistical man of the match award, because nobody stood out enough to deserve it. Honourable mentions, though, must go to Bresler, Marais, Coetzee and Sithole.


  • Legoete was far from a “Pro” in my opinion!

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.08.11 08:46:56 by s.h.a.r.k.s Reply
  • @s.h.a.r.k.s (Comment 1) : that is true and as I said to you on facebook, he got the scrums horribly wrong at times. Chadwick was penalised quite harshly some of the time, but will probably agree that it wasn’t a dominant performance by any means, regardless of the ref

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.08.11 08:56:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • The fact that all the honourable mentions go to young players supports my argument on another thread that panicking and dropping the youngsters would be completely the wrong approach.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.08.11 09:29:23 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Roberto – I actually think that Bresler does deserve the SMOTM due to his superb defensive performance and ruck attendance.

    As for Semi-Pro, I’m not a fan of blasting officials, but I really think he is a poor ref. His scrum calls especially are a complete lottery, while his policing at the breakdowns is very inconsistent.

    Before this is misinterpreted, let me add that we lost due to not fronting up in the pack, as well as very poor decision-making (especially in terms of kicking possession away) and not because of the officiating.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.08.11 09:35:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • We lost … Move on

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.08.11 09:46:37 by AlterEgo Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : I was very confused at times with Not Pro’s interpretation at scrum time, ruck time and quite often in general play.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.08.11 09:54:06 by lostfish Reply
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  • With regards to my previous comment – The Sharks would have lost regardless of the ref. I cannot believe how often we come unstuck in Kimberly and quite frankly it is embarrassing to lose to that mish mash of a team with all the talent we have at our disposal.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.08.11 09:56:36 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish i agree …we were intimidated and allowed them to get the better of us…that prop kept smiling and even got under my skin watching.lesson learnt next time we will bring an undertaker to sort the voodoo out on that grave yard. Cheer up we cannot win them all at least we beat the bigger teams.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.08.11 10:35:31 by AlterEgo Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : I can go with that call… he certainly did a HUGE amount on D, more so than any other and that was what was needed in the game.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.08.11 10:57:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : I second that motion…..

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.08.11 11:39:00 by Franshark Reply
  • Who was the ref for the Cheetahs – Wee Pee game?

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.08.11 14:59:04 by Villie Reply
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