Sharks v Stormers: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 30 May 2012 at 09:00
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Let’s have a look at the match statistics coming out of the Sharks’ weekend victory over the Stormers. These numbers, as always, courtesy of the online stats portal over at Verusco.

Once again, it was the Stormers who shaded overall possession (44 minutes with the ball against 36), with the Sharks forced to make slightly more tackles in total (150 against 130). Both sides were pretty clinical on defence, with the Sharks making 93% of their hits count as opposed to 92% from their opponents. The Stormers made more handling errors (20 against 15), while the Sharks conceded far more penalties (13 against 6). The visitors lost possession 4 times from set pieces, with the Sharks only doing so twice.

Looking at defence, Meyer Bosman made the most tackles in total, with 16 stops from 18 attempts. Not far behind was Marcell Coetzee (15 from 15), while Anton Bresler (14 from 16) and Willem Alberts (14 from 15) came joint third. A slew of players kept a clean sheet on defence, with Beast Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis (12 each with no misses) joining Coetzee as the best in that category. Bismarck du Plessis (6), Steven Sykes (7), Charl McLeod (5), Fred Michalak (4), Lwazi Mvovo (4) and Pat Lambie (3) all made every tackle they attempted too.

Paul Jordaan, surprisingly, missed the most tackles, with only 6 hits in 9 attempts. Percentage-wise, that’s the same as JP Pietersen, whose 2 from 3 record also gave him 67%. Bresler and Bosman (2 misses each) were the only other players to miss more than a single tackle in the game.

Fred Michalak was the main man with ball in hand, making 110 metres, against the 95 and 62 contributed by Willem Alberts and Marcell Coetzee respectively. Line breaks were few and far between, with Michalak and McLeod credited with 1 apiece. Fred again made the most offloads (3), followed by Keegan Daniel and Bosman (2 each) while it was Daniel again who made the most passes outside of the halfbacks, with 6. Bosman, Alberts and Patrick Lambie each passed the ball 4 times.

Leading from the front, it was Daniel who hit the most rucks, with 24, followed by Jannie du Plessis and Steven Sykes with 20 each. Meyer Bosman, with 19, got through a huge amount of donkey work for a back.

Penalties were fairly evenly spread, with Daniel, both Jannie du Plessis, Alberts and Bresler each conceding two. Alberts and Bismarck du Plessis each lost possession 3 times and with a combined error score of 6, it’s Bresler and Alberts who share the somewhat dubious honour of most errors.

Most Valuable Player is not all that clear-cut this week, but we’re going to give it to our captain Keegan Daniel for showing up well in so many of the areas that count, with Meyer Bosman earning a special mention for the way he got stuck in when it mattered.


  • Interesting how the different stats sites differ, e.g. rugbystats credit Fred (2), Keegan (1) and Mvovo (1) with line breaks

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.05.12 09:15:54 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Nice to see the tackle precentage going up, and Bosman got through a lot of work.

    Our depth has really improved and, even with our Boks away for the RC, and I’m expecting quite a few to be away, we look like we’ll be real contenders for the CC this year.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.05.12 09:16:59 by StevieS Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : I actually meant to say I’d seen Fred credited with 2 linebreaks on the tv.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.05.12 09:17:48 by StevieS Reply
  • Glad to see Jannie getting more involved.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.05.12 09:20:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : Also differs on tackles, e.g. Alberts 11 from 11

    I know they all use different interpretations for e.g. missed tackles, but I did not realize it applies to line breaks and offloads too

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.05.12 09:24:23 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Have to say: Meyer Bosman is turning his game around. Respect!

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.05.12 11:43:42 by CapeShark Reply
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