Sharks v Blue Bulls: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 28 Aug 2012 at 11:08
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There were a few encouraging signs for the Sharks at Loftus on Saturday, even though the result didn’t go their way. Let’s have a look at the match stats, courtesy of Verusco.

The Sharks narrowly shaded possession, coming away with 42 attacking minutes against 39 (for the second week in a row). They attempted fewer tackles (127 to 186) at a higher percentage (91% to 87%) yet will of course rue the positions in which those few tackles were missed, since a number led directly to Bulls tries. Penalties, amazingly enough, were even at 11 each, although the Sharks tended to concede more kickable ones. They committed an atrocious 32 handling errors against 18 and also lost 4 lineouts, to the Bulls’ none.

Anton Bresler made the most tackles, with 13 from 14 attempts, followed by Dale Chadwick (11 from 11) and Jacques Botes (10 from 12). A number of players returned 100% records of significant numbers of attempts, including Monde Hadebe (6), Sbura Sithole (6), Marius Joubert (7) and Louis Ludik. Bresler was the most active tackler, making a good stop for every 6.14 minutes on the field, followed by Julian Redelinghuys (6.25) and Cobus Reinach (6.67).

No player missed more than 2 tackles, with Francois Kleinhans, Jacques Botes and Charl McLeod each missing that number. Gouws Prinsloo missed the only tackle he attempted, giving him a percentage of 0… other than that, Kleinhans (78%) was the only other player to achieve below 80%.

Odwa Ndungane won possession an impressive 7 times, ahead of Charl McLeod, Riaan Viljoen and Louis Ludik (4 apiece). Riaan Viljoen again made the most running metres (127), ahead of Ludik (107) and Paul Jordaan (75). Ndungane stood out with 2 line breaks, while the most offloads (3) were shared by Steven Sykes, Riaan Viljoen and Louis Ludik.

Most passes outside of the halfbacks went to skipper Jean Deysel (11), followed by Botes and Ludik, who made 10 each.

Moving to the rucks, it was Bresler who hit the most in total (22), followed closely by Botes and Chadwick, with 19 each. Sbura Sithole and Paul Jordaan were the best of the backs, each hitting 8 rucks. The most active rucker was Julian Redelinghuys, who hit an amazing 12 rucks in only 25 minutes for a return of one ruck every 2.08 minutes on the field. Next best was Bry Stander (2.86) and Kleinhans (3.33).

There was plenty of lost possession, but Monde Hadebe’s 4 missed line outs stand out, with plenty of other players losing the ball twice. Dale Chadwick conceded 2 penalties in an otherwise faultless display, with nobody else infringing more than once. The highest combined error score is again a three-way tie, with Hadebe, Kleinhans and McLeod each guilty of 5 total errors.

Our MVP this week is Anton Bresler, for his work rate on defence and at the breakdown. Odwa Ndungane came second, with Riaan Viljoen and Louis Ludik deserving honourable mentions. I’d also like to give Julian Redelinghuys a fair bit of credit for a massive amount of work during his 25 minutes on the field, something which I didn’t pick up when doing the player ratings.


  • Decent stats..

    The guys can feel proud for the way they performed against the Bulls.

    We should be able to improve on key areas ahead of the Cheetahs clash..

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.08.12 11:14:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : I reckon if we’d managed to halve the handling errors, we’d have smashed them, regardless of how many penalties mini-Naas put over

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.08.12 11:16:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Chadwick seems to be stepping up.

    Maybe this weekend I watch some CC again. I haven’t watched a single CC match yet this year.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.08.12 11:18:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :


    They never looked completely out of the game, and I have seen us win games where we have looked worse..

    Maybe the loss is a good thing, to get the whole ‘unbeaten’ tag off their backs, and they can focus on just winning now..

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.08.12 11:21:45 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : agree with you. And as we’ve been saying all along, this Currie Cup is going to be really tight. I’m just pleased that the Sharks are so well in contention at this stage…. then again, there are always going to be those fans who insist on a 100% win record in every competition.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.08.12 11:51:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • I recall some criticism levelled against Sbura Sithole’s defence in this game (honestly can’t remember by who but that’s not the point anyway). Any opinions on this? Did Verusco get the stats wrong or are gang tackles perhaps not taken into account?

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.08.12 12:16:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    As can be seen with every team having lost at least one game, the new Currie Cup is very close, and the team that carries momentum and form into the playoffs, which the Sharks generally do, will win.

    The Sharks are in a healthy position considering injuries and depth, bar the hooker slot. Sharks to compete well in the second half of the competition, considering we already had WP and Bulls away..

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.08.12 12:18:45 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • let lambie play forgoodnesssake 😆

    A number of the All Blacks squad have been made available for this week’s ITM Cup matches.

    The All Blacks squad disassembled in Auckland today following last night’s 22-0 Bledisloe Cup victory over the Wallabies at Eden Park and will reassemble in Wellington next weekend to prepare for the Investec Rugby Championship Test against Argentina at Westpac Stadium on Saturday 8 September.

    Ten All Blacks will be available to play for their respective ITM Cup provincial teams this week, as follows:

    Tuesday 28 August
    Wellington (Julian Savea and Victor Vito) v Hawke’s Bay, Wellington

    Wednesday 29 August
    Auckland (Charlie Faumuina and Piri Weepu) v Canterbury, Christchurch

    Thursday 30 August
    Bay of Plenty (Sam Cane and Brodie Retallick) v Otago (Tamati Ellison and Adam Thomson), Rotorua

    Saturday 1 September
    Canterbury (Wyatt Crockett) v North Harbour, Christchurch
    Taranaki (Andrew Hore) v Tasman, New Plymouth

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.08.12 12:19:03 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 8) :

    The only starting player in there is Wyatt Crockett..

    They seem to be a step ahead of the Boks, where we still wait patiently for info…

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.08.12 12:20:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) :
    “They seem to be a step ahead of the Boks”

    😆 😥 😆 😥 😆

    I’d say they’re more than just one step ahead of the Boks

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.08.12 12:51:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Well Rob, it seems we were both right regarding MJ. Did nothing wrong (still a huge improvement for him) but not much right either

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.08.12 13:44:25 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : You may be right, but the difference with this game is that they played well, they certainly didn’t give the game away as they did at the begining of 2012 season! I hate losing but you cannot ask more of a player that to go there and do his best.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.08.12 14:08:59 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • lambie vs goosen 😀 come on heyneke release lambieghini! 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.08.12 14:27:27 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 13) : Agreed! That would make for a mouth-watering match-up (granted that Lambie plays fly-half)

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.08.12 14:36:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 13) : Yes please! And with 2 of the best attacking backlines in the country we may just open HM’s eyes

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.08.12 14:45:31 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 15) : 3 stars! WHOOOOP :mrgreen: 😆 😛

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.08.12 14:46:23 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 12) : You can ask them to make fewer handling errors and other errors in turning over possession, that’s just shooting yourself in the foot.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.08.12 15:19:35 by Letgo Reply
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  • They should make an “errors at critical times” or a “critical erros” stat. Of course I have no idea how one would measure that but it would be an interesting stat to view.

    The Sharks, as I have been excessively pointing out, did not play all that badly. And Grant Bashford can rightfully say their are positives to take out of the game.

    2 from 3 (2 of the games being tough away fixtures) is a better Currie Cup start than the 1 from 3 we had in Super Rugby.

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.08.12 16:25:18 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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