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Sharks v Hurricanes: by the numbers


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Apr 2012 at 08:45
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Time to have a look at the match stats from the Sharks game against the Hurricanes on Friday; as always, these numbers are courtesy of Verusco.

Looking at the team statistics, it’s quite baffling to understand exactly how the Sharks conspired to lose by such a large margin. They had more time with attacking ball (44 minutes as opposed to 36), were forced to make fewer tackles (179 against 212) and fared only slightly worse in terms of tackle effectiveness (83% to 86%). They conceded far too many penalties (17) but that was again only one more than their opponents. Set piece losses were also even, with the sides each losing 2 line outs and the Sharks 1 scrum to the Canes’ 2.

Moving on to the individuals, there were few to stand out on defence. Willem Alberts completed the most tackles (14), but also missed the most (6). Dale Chadwick was second, with 11 good tackles from 13 attempts. Keegan Daniel and Anton Bresler emerged as the best tacklers on the day, each boasting 100% success and 10 tackles made, with Jandre Marais a little further back on 8 from 8. Louis Ludik and Time Whitehead were the best of the backs, with 9/9 and 7/7 respectively. Percentage-wise, Meyer Bosman did worst, with only 56%, or 5 from 9. Riaan Viljoen’s 57% (4 from 7) was only slightly better.

Looking at work with ball in hand, JP Pietersen gained the most metres (111) with Marcell Coetzee in second place on 88, just ahead of Daniel with 84. Tim Whitehead made the most line breaks (3) just ahead of Daniel (2). Steven Sykes managed the most offloads (3), and also made the most passes outside of the half backs, with 13.

It was Jannie du Plessis – a player often berated for low work-rate – who hit the most breakdowns, with 32 (29 on attack and 3 on defence). Alberts was slightly behind (31) with Daniel in third place (25). Tim Whitehead was the busiest rucker amongst the backs, with 18.

Craig Burden tops the lost possession stat, couching up the ball 3 times (presumably mostly due to line out throws going wrong), while Lwazi Mvovo and Ludik each losing possession twice. Looking at penalties conceded, Jannie stands out like a sore thumb, having been pinged no fewer than 5 times, with Alberts, Sykes and Dale Chadwick each responsible for 2. You’d think that Jannie would thus be a shoo-in for the dubious honour of highest total error rate, but he’s in fact pipped to the post by his mate Big Vic. Jannie’s 5 penalties, coupled with a lost possession and a missed tackle give him a score of 7, while Alberts’ 2 penalties and 6 missed tackles add up to 8.

It’s hard to pick an MVP based on this performance, but based on his name cropping up towards the top of most of the important columns, we’ll give it to Keegan Daniel this week. Others to come close were Steven Sykes and Tim Whitehead.


36 Comments

  • Doc, if you reading this
    “Trek daai sokkies op, sbl”

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.04.12 09:09:42 by Franshark Reply
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  • So basically…
    When Willem Alberts is on-form he’s devastating, when he’s off form he’s a disaster… 🙄
    5 penalties from Jannie WTF?? Drop him now please.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.04.12 10:40:43 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Just goes to show that stats never paint the full picture – some of the stats seem almost bizarre when viewed in light of the scoreline.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.04.12 12:36:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 2) : To be fair – two penalties were dubious. We had their number at scrumtime yet he was blown when the front rows went down. A third penalty was when he did not bind when he packed down on the openside. Amateur mistake but understandable given his relative unfamiliarity with the position.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.04.12 12:41:24 by King Shark Reply
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  • Interesting to see Sykes up there for offloads and passes. Huge problem with forwards camping in the backline. Sykes and Whiteheads stats for passing and rucking should be swapped around.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.04.12 13:28:06 by Orelando_G Reply

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  • @Orelando_G (Comment 5) :

    Welcome to the site!

    Agree with you 100%, Sykes has the build to ruck it up, Whitehead is going to injure himself in there

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.04.12 13:30:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Interesting that Coetzee with his usual high tackle count (overall 2nd in S15) does not feature in this match in the tackle stats

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.04.12 14:18:40 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) :

    He still made 12 tackles in the 51 minutes he was on the park..

    Two factors to take into consideration, not playing the full game and he must be so tired after making 128 tackles in seven weeks.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.04.12 14:22:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • How is this for a stat –

    Anton Bresler on the park for 29 minutes made 10 tackles, missing none!

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.04.12 14:23:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : But then he should be mentioned in this write-up?

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.04.12 14:30:56 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : BTW I think Coetzee urgently needs a rest – he is going to break down at this rate. Does an awful lot of the physical stuff

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.04.12 14:32:32 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) :

    It must have been a slight oversight.. Apologies..

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.04.12 14:37:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : According to the stats I used, Marcell attempted 12 tackles, but only made 10.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.04.12 14:41:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • No problem 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.04.12 14:42:27 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 4) : Even 3 penalties is too much for one player to incur, that’s a potential 9 points to the opposition. I do understand, however, that props usually cop the most penalties because of the complete shambles of officiating the front row.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.04.12 14:45:13 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 15) : I recall most of those were at the breakdown / off-side plus one for bitch slapping

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.04.12 14:47:06 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : Stats only tell half the story. Look at Dale Chadwick. Went off his feet and incurred a penalty right on the Canes tryline. Then missed a regulation tackle around the fringes on the opposing tight forward which allowed the Canes to punch up for a try. Basically he reversed 7 points. 😳

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.04.12 15:10:50 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 17) : that penalty was bullsh&t IMO. He went down on one knee – never sealing off the ball

    Very next ruck of the Canes, 3 Canes laying on the tackled player – making contact with chest – sealing off the ball – no penalty

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.04.12 15:15:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : @robdylan (Comment 13) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) :

    something nobody has picked up on and i believe also made a difference in the sharks defence or lack thereof against the canes is the bismarck DEFENSIVE factor. in the past 6 rounds bissie has averaged 12.3 tackles per match:

    week 1 = 10
    week 2 = 9
    week 3 = 8
    week 4 = 20
    week 5 = 11
    week 6 = 16

    not to mention how destructive & disruptive he is at the tackle point. this is not slight on burden who has been on the sidelines for eons but defence is about attitude and application more than “strategy/defensive plan, burden made 4 tackles in the 61 minutes he was on the field while bissie made 3 tackles in the 19 minutes he was on the field and ball steal to go with it.

    so, as much as burden looks good running with ball-in-hand, which he coughed up 3 times, he might be a tad off in his defensive alignment or even following the team strategy but that can be attributed to having been on the sidelines for too long.

    #justsomethingtothinkabout.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.04.12 15:29:07 by Megatron Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 17) : No, that wasn’t the point I was trying to make at all. I’m definitely not a passenger on the “let’s criticize Dale” bandwagon. 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.04.12 15:30:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 17) : same as marcel coetzee, he went off his feet on the canes 5m line, next up him and alberts missed andre taylor less than a minute later and bang, try time canes!

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.04.12 15:33:59 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 19) : Seriously Megatron – write an article already!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.04.12 15:36:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 21) : Missing Andre Taylor can be half forgiven – that guy is as slippery as an eel

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.04.12 15:37:55 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : he says he has no time, but he post “article lenght” comments! 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.04.12 15:43:47 by Ice Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 23) : not when you’re the openside flank and expected to cover the wide open channel with mcloed & michalak 😀

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.04.12 15:47:12 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 24) : so you reckon if i’d emailed what i just posted as a comment to robdylan it would suffice as an “article”?

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.04.12 15:49:05 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 26) : Nope…I am saying if u have time to post such lenghty comments, I am sure u have time to write an article.

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.04.12 15:51:34 by Ice Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 26) : Less talk, more writing! There’s a bunch of us psyched for your Sharksworld authorial debut!

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.04.12 15:52:41 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 28) : heheheheh yeah right :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.04.12 15:57:37 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 27) : to me an article is something i’d have to put my mind to, gather facts, arrange them properly etc…what i post here are just random thoughts and observations i have over the weekend.

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.04.12 16:00:10 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 29) : Seriaaaas! And here’s why:

    1) You may piss a lot of people off here, but your arguments generally appear to bebased on observation and analysis. I may not always agree with your conclusions, but at least it’s not emotive, shoot-from-the-hip stuff
    2) You come across as knowledgeable and passionate about rugby
    3) You’ve played sport at national level and coached some as well, if memory serves. Not rugby, but still a team sport, so you’ll have some insights into people management, motivation, etc.
    4) You’re not a Sharks supporter, but you have a relative within the Sharks setup

    So all in all, I think you are uniquely positioned to give some interesting and debate-worthy insights.

    OK, now I’ve kissed your dusky ass enough. Go put pen to paper! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.04.12 16:04:57 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 30) : then you seriously has loads of random thought over weekends! :mrgreen:

    Come megsie, we are waiting!

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.04.12 16:05:35 by Ice Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 31) : @Ice (Comment 32) : it won’t be today though i’m well out of random thoughts 😉

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.04.12 16:27:34 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 33) :
    What’s this I hear about you playing netball for South Africa? 😆

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.04.12 18:18:44 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 34) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.04.12 08:45:44 by Ice Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 34) : someone had to replace Iren van Wyk 😯 😆

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.04.12 09:11:34 by Megatron Reply

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