Sharks v Leopards: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 22 Aug 2011 at 11:00
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Friday’s win over the Leopards was a lacklustre one from the Sharks, where a tendency to lose focus and resort to individualism, coupled with impatience on attack, saw many try-scoring opportunities go a-begging. Let’s have a look at the match statistics, courtesy of

Set-piece ball retention was up from the previous week, where the conditions at Newlands made matter difficult. That said, an overall set piece effectiveness of 91% was somewhat spoiled by the way-below-par lineout win rate of 71%. A number of key attacking lineouts were lost as part of that statistic too, limiting the team’s scoring opportunities. Defence was poor, with 24 tackles missed out of 154 attempts, resulting in an effectiveness of only 84%, a full 9% lower than against Province. Add to that the 10 penalties conceded and 40 errors and you start to see why the Sharks failed to score a bonus point.

Marcell Coetzee was the best defender, for the second week in a row, both in terms of tackle rate and effectiveness. The young flanker made 13 stops, missing none, while Ross Skeate also made 13 tackles, but missed 3 other attempts. Top tackler, numerically, amongst the back was Fred Michalak with 9 tackles, although his high missed-tackle rate saw Sbura Sithole emerge as statistically the best tackler in the line, with 6 hits and no misses.

Michalak missed the most tackles, with 5, giving him an effectiveness of only 64%. That’s better than Conrad Hoffmann, though, who only attempted a single tackle, and missed it, giving him 0%. Other big offenders were Ryan Kankowski, who missed 5 out of 13 attempts (62%), Skeate with his 3 from 16 attempts (81%) and Meyer Bosman, who missed 2 from 9 attempts (78%).

Coetzee was, again, the best player with ball in hand as well, with his 20 ball carries nearly double the next-best, which was 11 from Craig Burden. Among the backs, Odwa Ndungane and Louis Ludik managed 10 carrier apiece. Ludik topped the metres gained stat, with 184 this week, coming in ahead of Coetzee’s 131. Meyer Bosman (120) and Ndungane (113) were third and fourth respectively. Coetzee also topped the line break numbers, with 2 – a number also achieved by Ndungane and Marius Joubert.

Looking at handling – and ignoring the halfbacks as always – that man Coetzee stands out again, having touched the ball 23 times. Ludik and Bosman are in joint second place, on 20 touches each, while Bosman topped the passing stat, with 13.

Jacques Botes was the most industrious player at the breakdown, with the skipper hitting a total of 37 rucks. Ross Skeate (32) and Wiehahn Herbst (29) were not far behind, while Bosman did the most clearing amongst the backs, with 13.

Penalties were fairly evenly distributed, with Botes and Sbu Sithole the only players to concede more than 1. Handing errors saw Ryan Kankowski come to the fore, with 5 knocks a fair bit higher than the 3 managed by both Conrad Hoffmann and Marius Joubert. Kankowski’s 5 handling errors, 1 other error and 5 missed tackles see him walk away a clear winner in this week’s “total screwup score” challenge, with a score of 11, a fair bit higher than the 7 managed by both Hoffmann and Michalak.

Statistical man of the match is, of course, none other than Marcell Coetzee. Again! Buy that man a beer (not you, Ice!)


  • 3.grant10 said:
    22 Aug 2011, 09:57 am
    any truth in the rumoours that F Louw and Kolisi will be in Bok squad Keo?

    eff this kind of thing irritates me ,Kolisi not any better than daniels ,coetzee or for that matter a host of other loose forwards in this country -derrick minnie ,josh strauss.

    This kind of wp bias makes me dislike them bunch great deals, why my second team will be the bulle

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.08.11 12:28:56 by Talent Reply
  • Statistical man of the match is, of course, none other than Marcell Coetzee. Again! Buy that man a beer (not you, Ice!) Hahaha! Can I buy him a Cream Soda then?

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.08.11 12:35:26 by Ice Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 1) : DANIEL FFS!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.08.11 12:37:25 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 3) :


  • Comment 4, posted at 22.08.11 13:15:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Talent:jip,I agree with you.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.08.11 14:20:48 by bergshark Reply

  • Can’t throw a youngster like kolisi at the samoans and fijians in wc yet.crazeeee …!

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.08.11 14:22:49 by bergshark Reply

  • It’s strange to me that people aren’t getting more excited about Marcell.

    If you take experience and reputations etc out of the equation, I say he’s right up there as a contender for the C/C player of the season.

    He is truly an amazing player and he’s bound to cause that pleasant kind of headache for the coach next season when a choice has to be made between him, Alberts and Deysel. Factoring in the rate of improvement witnessed every week, he will in all likelihood at some point pass both senior players on the value board next season. Just my opinion.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.08.11 15:14:03 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 7) : Isn’t Marcell actually a no. 8? If so, play him ahead of Ryan Kankowski, and rotate Deysel and Alberts at 7. So, problem solved! I shall now tackle the grand unified theory of relativity for a proper problem solving challenge :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.08.11 15:36:31 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 7) : Dont get me started on Marcell! I was banned from singing his praises one more time! πŸ˜†

    Nah – the bloke is one for the future! And I even went to as far as to say that I see him as a future Bok Captain – he seems to have those qualities. But when I told him that, he said “ahh, wow! I am not so sure about that though”.. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.08.11 16:01:01 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 9) : Just think of it this way, when his fan club hits the million mark, you’ll be able to describe yourself as a pioneer fan.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.08.11 16:39:54 by beet Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 8) : Good point. I think this should be of concern to Kanko. Like you’ve probably seen with so many pro rugby players (pro sportsman for that matter) in the past, pace was always destined to part ways with the player at some point, forcing him to rely on other skills to get by. In Kanko’s case it’s been a bit weird, coz he hasn’t had a major injury or put on weight or given any kind of physical signs in the last 12 months to suggest that his days of using raw speed to make a linebreak were a thing of the past. I can’t say for certain that this is the case but judging by Friday nights performance, there were more strong suggestions that the magic is gone.
    Maybe it’s time for Kanko to put on an extra 10kgs and reinvent himself as a hardworker on the park, coz without that x-factor speed he has a tendency to look very ordinary. Sad coz I really like him πŸ™

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.08.11 16:47:36 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 11) : Couldn’t agree with you more Beet. That illusive running from Kanko is what I miss most. At the moment Marcell is a far better player.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.08.11 18:04:52 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 3) : I know the feeling! There’s a LudiCk running around here somewhere too! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.08.11 18:11:51 by Ben Reply
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