Top 10 after 6 weeks into Superugby 2012

Written by Iza Loubser (Ice)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 2 Apr 2012 at 19:54
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There is always this little argument about who is best between all of us. Who is the “find of the year” and who the next best thing is since sliced bread? As you all know, I have only recently started looking at stats, as I was a firm believer of “if it looks good on TV, it must be good.” But like a true woman, I am entitled to change my mind….as many times as I want!The Superugby has just gone past six weeks, and thanks to, I can give you a comprehensive Top 10 thus far. So with much further ado, I am gonna let rip!  🙂

It gives me so much pleasure to say that the nr. ONE tackler of the competition so far, is none other than The Sharks own little Huge wunderkind, Marcell Coetzee, clocking in with an astonishing 118 tackles made in six games! Averaging 19.66 tackles per game. The closest South African is Heinrich Brussouw in 7th spot on 86 and Siya Kolisi, just making the cut with 78 tackles.

The Goose is King at “meters gained” with 1002, with Riaan Viljoen in 3rd spot on 686 meters, Willem le Roux of the Cheetahs in 6th spot at 615m and The Lions Jaco Taute in 8th position with 567m.

Moving on to “Line Breaks” the Cheetahs’ Willem le Roux is sharing the spot with Francois Hougaard of the Pinks in  (the SA Conference) with 8 line breaks each, respectively being 3rd and fourth and Riaan Viljoen, close on their heels in 5th spot with seven, and Jaco Taute breaking it 6 times.

Kicking meters once again, goes to Goose with 2555 at top spot, with Morne Steyn and Joe Peterson in the 2nd and 3rd spot with 1893 and 1856 meters, respectively. Sixth, seven and ninth places goes to Riaan Viljoen, Pat Lambie and Dewald Duvenhage with 1109, 1094 and 1050 meters.

Being one of the first 3 players hitting a defensive ruck / breakdown sees The Cheetahs Heinrich Brussouw topping 1st spot with 86, Derick Minnie (5th) with 57, our own Bissie (8th) with 53 en ou Katklap Oosthuizen 9th, also on 53.

The most points for their team go to Johan Goosen on 98, Morne Steyn, 3rd on 73 and Joe Peterson also on 73. Young Pat is 7th on 53 points.

As far as Team rankings goes it would be interesting to note that The Sharks are leading the SA Conference in 4 out of the six Categories!

In the Tackles made category, the Sharks are 3rd (922), Cheetahs (886) in 5th spot, Stormers 9th with 721, Lions at unlucky nr 13 with 588, Pienkes (582) in 14th and last spot.

Most offloads, team wise, once again goes to The Sharks with 88 in second spot. Cheetahs 4th (69), Lions (57) 9th, Stormers 14th (28) and the Bulle taking up last spot with 26.

In the line breaks division the Cheetahs are in 2nd spot with 42, close on their hills are The Sharks in 3rd spot with 39. The Bulls, Lions and Stomers follow in 6th, 13th and 15th spot with 36, 28 and 16 respectively.

Total passes sees the Cheetahs and Sharks at 3rd and 4th spot with the Lions (7th), Stormers (13th) and Bulls (LAST) following.

Whether its a good or a bad thing, you decide, but the Sharks take the lead in total kicks made (2nd on 147), Stormers 4th on 119, Cheetahs 5th on 118, Bulls 11th on 99 and the Lions 14th on 88.

Time spent in the oppositions’ 22 is again topped by the Cheetahs (2nd), then the Lions (5th), The Sharks (7th), Bulls (8th) and the current conference leaders in 10th place.

If this means anything to you, then I am glad. If I look at individual and team stats, the current standing does not reflect that….perhaps I should change back to “if it looks good on TV, it must be good!”  :mrgreen:


  • Tackles made is definitely not really a positive to be high on the standings. Shows ho little we actually have the ball. Impressed with Willie le Roux’s metres gained and line breaks. That lad can side step! :mrgreen:

    Thanks for the stats Ice.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.12 23:02:23 by Ben Reply
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  • And well done to Marcell Coetzee. He deserves all the praise that comes his way.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.12 23:09:39 by Ben Reply
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  • And very impressive from Coenie as well. Seeing that he missed the 1st few games due to “injury”.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.12 23:13:29 by Ben Reply
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  • If I understand correctly, we pass, offload and kick more than the two teams ahead of us, thus we must be attacking more, and yet we tackle much more than them, so by that stat, we are defending more?!?

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.04.12 07:38:52 by Die Kriek Reply

  • ice where are the missed tackles stats?

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.04.12 09:08:53 by Megatron Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 4) : It`s cause we don`t compete at the breakdown, when we lose possession we go through long periods of play not even trying to get the ball, that`s why we have to defend so much.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.04.12 09:15:22 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Megatron (Comment 5) : playing hide and seek, I guess? 😆

    Megs, this is just and informative piece, not doing an analysis or anything – but would like to see that too – I do wonder if this is not a “succesful” tackles mmade stat? Let me try and find out!

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.04.12 09:18:01 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner Ice

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