Sharks v Stormers: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 2 Aug 2012 at 08:05
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It’s taken a bit of a while for last week’s stats to come out, but here they are, courtesy, as ever, of our friends at Verusco.

The Sharks were again shaded in the possession stakes, spending 38 minutes in control of the ball to 42 from the Stormers. They also made far more tackles, with 235 total attempts against 155 by their hosts. Made tackle percentages were high for both teams, with the Sharks just ahead on 90% to 89%. The Stormers made more handling errors (18 to 12) but conceded only 6 penalties to the Sharks’ 12; that latter number will be a concern ahead of Saturday’s final, with the same referee taking charge.

Looking at the individual defensive numbers, Anton Bresler got through the most work, with 20 tackles from 22 attempts. Marcell Coetzee (19 from 21) and Louis Ludik (18 from 19) were not far behind. A number of players kept a clean slate on defence, among them Beast Mtawarira (13), Willem Alberts (11), Wiehahn Herbst (10) and Ryan Kankowski (11).

In terms of missed tackles, Charl McLeod stands out with 5 misses from 16 attempts, ahead of Bismarck du Plessis, who missed 3 from 10.

Riaan Viljoen stand out in terms of possession won, doing so on 5 occasions, with Kankowski second on 3. Louis Ludik made the most metres with ball in hand (93) ahead of JP Pietersen in second (73) and Fred Michalak with 55 in third. Line breaks were few and far between, with Lwazi Mvovo, Pietersen and Ludik credited with 1 apiece.

Pietersen and Coetzee managed 2 offloads each, while Keegan Daniel and Kankowski each made 7 passes, the most for any player outside the halfbacks. Credit must go to Charl McLeod, for an astounding 70 passes in just 80 minutes!

Looking at ruck contributions, one name stand head and shoulders above the rest – Bismarck hit an amazing 38 rucks in total, with Bresler and Daniel in joint second, some way back on 28 apiece. Ludik was the best of the backs, with 17 rucks hit.

The team was generally good about keeping possession, with Bismarck and Coetzee losing the ball twice each and nobody else more than once. Bad boy Jannie du Plessis conceded 3 penalties, with Bismarck and Viljoen responsible for 2 each. McLeod and Bismarck share the highest total combined error rate this week, with 7 transgressions each.

Our most valuable player this week, for contributions in a huge number of different areas, is none other than Louis Ludik.


  • Well done Louis!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.08.12 08:10:38 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Congrats Louis!

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.08.12 08:18:36 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Man these guys are giving it everything these last few games. Well done to all of them.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.08.12 08:25:36 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I’de be hard pressed to choose most valuable player for the Sharks from the following list of candidates:
    Louis Ludik
    JP Pietersen
    Brok Harris
    Peter Grant

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.12 08:27:12 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 4) : Tough choice.

    *pulls head back under rock*

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.08.12 08:32:41 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 5) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.08.12 08:34:02 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Well done Louis. It had to be close with Bresler having great stats as well.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.08.12 08:40:48 by Viking Reply
  • Wow…I must say that Bissie hitting 38 rucks is amazing. Great to see how so many of the Sharks are in such great form. Its quite possible that the Sharks will take 6 / 8 forward positions for the boks in the upcoming championship.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.08.12 08:43:13 by Viking Reply
  • It`s all a bit foggy, but I remember asking at some stage during the game where Ludik is supposed to play cause despite the huge 14 on his back he seemed to pop up at left wing, centre and fullback all the time! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.08.12 09:02:46 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 8) : SSSSSSSSShhh! Remember we still need to win a CC this year as well!

    That`s why I propose Heyneke allows Frans Steyn to ” find his feet again” in the CC this season . . . 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.08.12 09:04:08 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • credit must go to the guys off the bench for the way they came on and put our intensity of the tackle back into the game just as we were tiring, as well as for plum for identifying and substituting.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.08.12 10:34:05 by Dunx Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) : talking about the currie cup, i see the Bulls signed Paul Willemse from the Lions. Last year they signed ALL the good locks from school teams, now they are buying another one.

    The Ruperts living in Pretoria these days??

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.08.12 13:57:07 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 12) : They seem to have pocktes as deep as kimberly se gat!

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.08.12 14:12:39 by Viking Reply
  • Rob that should say. “Credit must go to Charl McLeod, for an astounding 70 passes in just ’38’ minutes!” 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.08.12 22:00:13 by Ben Reply
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