Sharks v Chiefs: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 Apr 2012 at 09:40
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Let’s have a look at the individual statistics from the Sharks’ loss against the Chiefs, courtesy of our friends at Verusco.

From a team point of view, things looke pretty even, with the Sharks enjoying half of the possession (40 attacking minutes to each team) and needing to make just a few more tackles than the Chiefs (178 to 170). The Chiefs were only slightly better in tackle execution (91% ahead of 88% for the Sharks) , but it was once again the errors made that scuppered the home team’s chances; the Sharks made 29 handling errors to the Chiefs’ 17 but discipline was better this week with only 8 penalties conceded against 14.

Anton Bresler emerged as the best individual tackler, making 16 stops with no misses. Steve Sykes and Jacques Botes also did well, with 15 stops apiece (each with 1 miss) while Louis Ludik (9 from 9) and Charl McLeod (9 from 11) did best amongst the backs. Aside from Bresler and Ludik, Meyer Bosman, Marcell Coetzee, Wiehahn Herbst and Pat Lambie all managed 100% tackle success.

Riaan Viljoen had the lowest tackle percentage, with 2 misses out of 4 attempts giving him just 50%, but it was JP Pietersen who was, statistically, the weak link on the day, with 5 misses out of 11 attempts equating to 55%. Poor old Pieter-Steph du Toit actually came out lower than both, with his single miss from a single attempt giving him 0% – that’s hardly statistically significant, though.

Looking at ball in hand, Viljoen made the most metres (130), just ahead of Lambie (129) and Pietersen (104). No players managed more than a single line break, while Keegan Daniel, as usual, managed the most offloads (5). Daniel also made the most passes other than the halfbacks, with his 21 comfortably double the 9 that Sykes and Time Whitehead managed.

Botes bossed the rucks, hitting a massive 40 in total, with Steven Sykes (23) and Keegan Daniel (22) some distance behind. Credit to Tim Whitehead who hit 18, by far the most of the backs and more than some of the forwards managed.

Looking at errors, Bismarck du Plessis is credited with a massive 6 losses of possession, with wayward lineouts playing a big part there. Keegan Daniel and Pat Lambie each lost possession twice. Bismarck was again the main penalty culprit – conceding 2, the only player to give away more than 1 in the game. That makes the fiery hooker a runaway victor in our combined error score competition, with a score of 9 (including 1 missed tackle).

Picking an MVP from these numbers is hard, but we’ll be consistent with the player ratings we did and give it to Jacques Botes, for 15 tackles, 40 rucks, 7 passes, 1 line break, 1 offload and, amazingly for an open side flank, no penalties conceded.


  • JPP is normally a strong defender 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.04.12 10:04:36 by JarsonX Reply
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  • No Mention of anything being done (good or bad) by Chadwick?

    Was he on the field?

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.04.12 10:10:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : we only pick the guys that stood out as being either very good or very bad.

    Dale didn’t do anything wrong, dude. His tackle stats were pretty good and he hit more than enough rucks.

    You’re starting to come across as having a personal problem with him, which is sad, because as far as I know, you’ve never met the guy?

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.04.12 10:11:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Mooi so Jacques! 😀

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.04.12 10:15:42 by Letgo Reply
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  • Chadwick has been consistently one of the harder workers on the park – second most tackles for Sharks after Coetzee I think

    @JarsonX (Comment 1) : JPP is sharing 8th position in competition for missed tackles with McLeod – 17 each. His defence at 13 has not really been up to scratch

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.04.12 10:17:30 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Bresler had a huge game..

    I am so happy with the progress he is making, hoping he can become a regular starter when all the injured players return..

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.04.12 10:17:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 1) : I think his stats looks bad, because the defence was ask to concentrate more on Sonny Bill and his offloads. So you’ll see JP cutting in on defence and leaving the guy on his outside a bit of space. This worked for the team, but did not look so great for JP, as he had to go and cover his man after he gave him that much space.

    He’ll be back next time when he can concentrate on his man alone.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.04.12 10:19:04 by Letgo Reply
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  • SA teams have 4 in top ten for tackles made, but sadly also 6 for missed tackles (3 being Sharks)

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.04.12 10:20:56 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : I didn’t realise JP missed so many tackles. I have realised that he lets his opposition pass him and then tackles them from behind, a lot. In stead of just lining them up, but I thought his defence has been pretty tight so far.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.04.12 10:20:57 by Letgo Reply
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  • Well done Bresler! How many tackles has he missed this season?

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.04.12 10:21:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Chadwick has stood up of late. I was a big critic – but I will admit that he has hit some higher gears.

    JP did well on attack, and while he was poor on defence, I don’t think we should single him out.

    He can only get better with experience, and the centre combination he was up against is one of the most exciting in world rugby (I’m a big Kahui fan – just been dogged by injury).

    The main issue I noted was that he invariably went high, to wrap the ball up. That’s fine at wing, but at centre, when you have prime ball-carriers coming in at angles and at pace, you sometimes just need to settle for the simple low tackle to bring the man down. I’m show he will curb his ambition a bit next time.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.04.12 10:25:08 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 9) : JP has been an very inconsistent tackler this season = tackle accuracy per game he played: 60 67 93 82 71 86 55

    In my opinion the only blight on his performance at 13

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.04.12 10:27:14 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : I personally feel he needs to adjust his front on tackling technique = too risky

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.04.12 10:29:05 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : single figures, that’s for sure.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.04.12 10:33:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) :
    I agree. There is a time to go high, but he needs to choose better.

    That said, one just needs to compare the running metres and passes he has made to our previous 13’s to note that he’s provided an edge we never had.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.04.12 10:37:02 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 15) : This!

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.04.12 10:47:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • You guys forgive and forget so easily . . .

    Saturday and Sunday we were all spitting mad at their lack of commitment, now it`s ” Mooi So ” this and ” Well done ” that?

    String a couple of convincing wins together is what we should be saying! 👿

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.04.12 11:04:17 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) :

    Nothing wrong with congratulating a player on a good performance even if the team lost..

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.04.12 11:18:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) : You`re right but I get the feeling we`re not putting enough pressure on them.

    Do they even realise how fed up the fans are?
    How long must we put up with these kind of results?

    I say send them a letter which we can all sign, demanding that Mallet and Campese be employed as coaches and certain players be put to pasture.

    Lets put Rob and Morne`s good writing skills to some real good use.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.04.12 11:25:53 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 19) :

    Who are we to demand anything?

    Can you go to Sasol and demand that your sister be employed, because you think she is a great engineer?

    I hear what you are saying, but trying to force the Sharks to do anything, is like farting into a gale force wind.. you ain’t going to get anywhere..

    The players themselves must be disappointed for losing, but they play as they are coached and told to play. You can only blame the players up to a point, and then you have to start questioning other factors..

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.04.12 11:33:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Man in Pretoria stuur sy vrou om inkopies te doen voor die rugby game. Sy kom terug met 3 kaste bier, 2 kaste brandewyn, 1 kas Rum, 1 kas Coke en 2 brode. Hy kyk haar verbaas aan en vra, “kry ons kuiermense?” “Nee” sê sy. “Hoekom?” Hy vra toe: “Nou hoekom koop jy dan so baie brood?!”

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.04.12 11:40:34 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 21) : I know these people 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.04.12 11:47:18 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : True enough.

    It won`t help.

    Us fans can`t really do anything about it except take advantage of the 70% discount prices the sharks replica jerseys should be selling for now. 😈

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.04.12 12:33:41 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : did he steal your lunch money at school or something?

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.04.12 12:51:48 by NoVaseline Reply

  • I think we need to be patient. I’m happy with what Plumtree is doing this year, it’s just the results that has gone against us and I know that’s a big part of it, and maybe if he had made some of these changes earlier (like during the CC) we would not have had to try to get everything together during one of the toughest provincial rugby competitions around, but complaining so soon after the changes has been made is not the right way to go.

    I think Bresler, Marais, Du Toit should have been given more game time sooner. They they were only played when Skeate and Hargreaves were injured.

    Cooper and Burnden should have been rotated during CC to give Cooper some game-time.

    Our loose trio combinations and what their jobs are should have been settled.

    We needed to find a proper replacement for both John Smith and Van Staden, who could play on both sides of the scrum and John even covered hooker opening up a lot of options on the bench. Now we have one guy cover 1 and two specialist covering 3. I see Kyle Cooper sometimes plays at prop for the Sharhs XV, maybe this could elevate him to our bench?

    Lambie should not have been played at 15, but settled at 10, instead of playing Fred their regularly.

    Bosman should have been played at 12, and 10 cover as this is his job now.

    Better scrumhalf cover should have been found. Reinach could have been given some opportunity.

    Some of our young wings could have been given more game-time during CC. Especially since one of our prime wings have been moved to 13. And our covor is less than inspiring and solid, but not very fast or exciting. Jordaan, Sithole and even Mjekevu could have been given a shot at wing and in the mid-field.

    We needed to look for more cover at 15. Viljoen was a good buy, but there’s a reason why he hasn’t started every game for his “smaller” unions. Prinsloo is also a very good player that could have been given game-time.

    Given that Frans Steyn is returning to the Sharks (I think) is it wise to continue using JP at 13. Surely Steyn will move into the inside centre channel with Whitehead outside him. Thus playing Whitehead at 13 now and giving him chance to grow in this position with Bosman, who he has combined well with in JP’s absence is the better option for the future of the team.

    Players like MJ “Oupa 2”, Oupa, Adi, Ludik, and even Odwa, Fred … should not have been used as much in the backs.

    It was a waste of time.

    But now a lot of the right things is being done by Plumtree and we need to support him. At least until the end of this year. If we can’t make a good go at these final 9 weeks (where by the way, we are still in the running for the top 6) and we do not completely dominate the CC, then I will support and sign any letter asking for new coaches.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.04.12 16:31:24 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 25) : Whow, that post came out longer than I thought it would.

    I’m just saying, most of these complaints are in the past, things that has been addressed. Remember how impressed we started of this season. Plumtree is doing the right things, moving in the right direction. We need to give it time.

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.04.12 16:32:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 25) : To be honest I believe Ludik should move back to 15 – at least he would be more solid than Viljoen – who has been disappointingly flaky.

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.04.12 08:22:46 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 27) :
    I’m not going to perpetuate rumours I heard about the source of Viljoen’s inconsistency, despite his undoubted talent. I will however mention that for a long time people have been saying that his problem is not talent or ability, but focusing on rugby.

    Regarding 15, I’m inclined to think that’s dependent on how Meyer wants to play, M Steyn and the Goose are probably gonna have the 10 jersey – maybe Pat needs to consider 15.

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.04.12 08:48:32 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 28) : Who do we use at 10 for the Sharks then – Michalak /Bosman?

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.04.12 09:30:35 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 29) :
    Bosman is a very good 10. In my opinion Pat is by far the best 10 the Sharks have, but the way things are shaping up, his Bok future probably lies at 15.

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.04.12 09:37:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Again a question of what is best for the Sharks vs what is best for the player

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.04.12 09:45:44 by Bokhoring Reply
  • So Ludik is actually making a huge defensive difference in the Sharks team cause he is darn good under the high ball….that guy is either very dumb or has unbelievable guts….he fly’s into every situation and wins it more times than not…that coupled with a high tackle count for a wing and a very good tackles made %

    You now need an attacking wing on the other side….why has plum not tried Sithole or move JPP back to wing since he is way below par on defense at 13….

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.04.12 10:41:42 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 25) :

    Ad Mvovo to that list…
    The wing with the worst defensive record (never seen someone bumped as much as he is), poor under high ball (defensive or attacking) and no where on attack this year…

    Sithole did well in the CC last year…what does Plum have to lose to give him a chance….

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.04.12 10:57:13 by Hmmm Reply


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