Sharks v Lions: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Jun 2012 at 10:00
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Thanks to our friends at Verusco, let’s all grit our teeth and plough through the stats coming out of the Sharks’ awful loss to the Lions at the weekend.

Amazingly enough, the Sharks actually had more possession for once, controlling the ball for 45 minutes against the Lions’ 35. They had to make fewer tackles (111 to 155) but their tackle effectiveness stat was woeful (82% against the Lions’ 90%). They made more handling errors (a whopping 19 to the Lions’ 16) but strangely enough, conceded half as many penalties, with 7 against 14 from the Lions.

Anton Bresler made the most tackles (11 from 13 attempts) with Willem Alberts (10 from 12) and Marcell Coetzee (10 from 11) not far behind. Beast Mtawarira (8) and Keegan Daniel (6) were the best of the players not to miss any tackles, while JP Pietersen was the worst offender with 3 misses from 10 attempts.

Odwa Ndungane topped the metres gained stat with 87, followed in short order by Lwazi Mvovo (85) and Pat Lambie (84). Lambie and Mvovo each managed 2 line breaks, with Louis Ludik and Charl McLeod credited with 1 apiece. Ludik, Pietersen and Coetzee each offloaded twice, while Lambie and Meyer Bosman were joint-highest passers of the ball (outside of the halfbacks) with 9 passes each.

Bresler again hit the most rucks with 22, with Mtawarira not far behind on 20. Bosman was the most active back at the breakdown, hitting 18 in total.

Heading the combined error score this week was Bismarck du Plessis, with one penalty, 2 lost possessions and 2 missed tackles adding up to 5. Not, it must be emphasised, that he was much worse than anyone else on the day.

The concept of an MVP in a match where the whole team failed to pitch is a tough one, but based on the numbers alone, it goes to Anton Bresler this week.


  • Meyer Bosman gets taken to task each time he plays in a losing game but based on the stats JPP has to shoulder some of the blame too it seems (for this week at least).

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.06.12 11:18:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Stats…funny things…

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.06.12 12:36:33 by Ice Reply
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  • I wander how many games have been won this year by the team with less possession. It seems very common to me.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.06.12 13:15:11 by Orelando_G Reply

  • @Orelando_G (Comment 3) : To start with…how many games have the Stormers won?

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.06.12 13:41:13 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Its true. Everytime the team win, it is the fantastic front row. But when the team loose, it is always the midfield,especially when Meyer plays. A lot of players miss a tackle. Look at the players stats. When he mis a tackle he must go. Nobody see all the hard work he has done during the game. I really feel for him

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.12 13:47:02 by springbok Reply

  • @Orelando_G (Comment 3) :

    @Salmonoid (Comment 4) :

    Its not how much ball you have, its what you do with it… 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.06.12 13:59:38 by wpw Reply
  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : Not to sound like Megatron here, but JP has been horrible at centre. He possesses none of the defensive abilities needed by an outside centre. He cannot tackle low, he lets the attacker track back on his inside and slings his arms out high every time to try and wrestle the attacker to the ground. Way more comfortable with that guy on the wing.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.06.12 14:01:22 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @springbok (Comment 5) : The midfield was a big problem for the Sharks on Saturday. You could see that Jantjies and Butch James didn’t rate our centres. Look how many grubber kicks they put through. The game plan was to attack our midfield. Look at the Mapoe try. All he did was run in-between JP and Meyer Bosman. JP got caught on the wrong foot and Bosman was so out of position he had to dive to try and tackle him. We really missed Whitehead and Jordaan that day.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.06.12 14:06:05 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Cape Shark (comment 8) You rave about that one try, what about the other. How do you know what would have happen with other centres. Look at Jordaan’s game for the young Bokkies?

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.06.12 14:27:56 by springbok Reply

  • @Orelando_G (Comment 3) : The Boks used to do it quite frequently under White.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.06.12 08:24:34 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 10) : Sharks do as well – in most of our games this year we had less possession than the oppo

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.06.12 08:48:42 by Bokhoring Reply

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