Sharks v Cheetahs: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 4 Sep 2012 at 08:10
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Let’s have a look at the match statistics from the Sharks’ Currie Cup triumph over the Cheetahs this weekend, courtesy of our friends at Verusco.

For the first time this season so far, the men in black and white dominated possession, enjoying 50 minutes with the ball against 30 without it. The Cheetahs were forced to make a stupid number of tackles (257) against just 107 for the Sharks. The home side’s tackles effectiveness was also the highest it’s been all season, at 95%, while the Cheetahs were not quite as good with 89%. Penalties were even, at 12 each, but it was once again handling errors that almost scuppered the Sharks; they dropped the ball on a staggering 28 occasions, against 18 by the Cheetahs.

Dale Chadwick made the most tackles (13 from 13), ahead of Jacques Botes (11 from 12) and Riaan Viljoen (10 from 10). There were only 5 tackles missed in total, with Jean Deysel (2 misses from 6 attempts) the only player to miss more than 1 hit. Botes, Sbu Sithole and Meyer Bosman each missed 1 tackle; apart from those four players, everyone else maintained a 100% tackle record. Looking at tackle rate, two replacements who came onto the field late did best, but since Francois Kleinhans and Cobus Reinach each only made a single tackle in 3 and 4 minutes respectively, we’ll discount those numbers this week. With that in mind, the busiest defender was Viljoen, who made a good tackle every 5.4 minutes he was on the field. Next best was Jandre Marais (6) and then Chadwick (6.15).

Louis Ludik won the most possession for the team (7), followed by Odwa Ndungane and Keegan Daniel (4 each). Ndungane also made by far the most metres with ball in hand (129), followed by Viljoen (94) and Jean Deysel (93). Keegan Daniel was the line break king, with 3, followed by Ndungane and Bosman, who made 2 each. Hats off again to skipper Deysel for 7 offloads, with Viljoen (5) and Bosman (4) following up. The most passes outside the halfbacks belonged to Meyer Bosman (18), with that number perhaps a little misleading because he played the last half hour at flyhalf. Other than that, it was the loose forwards who did the bulk of the passing, with Deysel (12), Botes (12) and Daniel (10) standing out.

Jacques Botes hit the most rucks (36 in total), followed by Wiehahn Herbst (32), Anton Bresler (27) and Monde Hadebe (also 27). Best among the backs was Bosman, who hit 15. The most active rucker was Botes, with one ruck for every 2.2 minutes on the field, followed by Jandre Marais and Herbst, who each hit a ruck for every 2.5 minutes of play.

Looking at lost possession, two players stand out; Riaan Viljoen coughed the ball up 4 times, and Jacques Botes 3. Anton Bresler gave away 3 penalties and Keegan Daniel 2; no other player conceded more than once. Adding up the total errors, it was Jacques Botes who made the most, with 5, ahead of Bresler and Viljoen who committed 4 each.

In a closely-contested field, we’re giving the statistical MVP award to Jean Deysel, with honourable mentions going to Odwa Ndungane (runner up), Meyer Bosman, Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes.


  • Another special mention to Dale Chadwick, for making more than 10% of the tackles on the night, and not missing any!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.09.12 08:15:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good point Rich

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.09.12 08:53:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    I think he has improved substantially over the last few weeks..

    He is doing the hard work at the moment, and seems to have worked on his loose play as well, with little or no dropped balls..

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.09.12 09:05:57 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I recall he was much maligned for his socks and attitude, but at some point in the first half of the S15 he was the second most Sharks prolific tackler behind Marcel.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.09.12 09:06:02 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I think your ratings was spot on Rob! 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.09.12 11:42:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • botes gets special mention. he has been solid pity bout the soft try. he always bounces back

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.09.12 12:07:15 by Dunx Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : thanks 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.09.12 12:48:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks. The stats mproved so much in the 2nd half that we destroyed them. We should have had a lot more tries though. I am a bit worried about Sykes shoulder dives into the rucks. We need him on his feet, contesting not Bakkies into the ruckys!

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.09.12 19:40:29 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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