Sharks v Griquas: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 12 Sep 2012 at 09:13
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Let’s have a look at the match stats from the Sharks’ Currie Cup match against Griquas last weekend. These numbers, as always, brought to you by Verusco.

For the second week running, the Sharks had more of the ball (holding it for 44 minutes against Griquas’ 36) and with Griquas asked to make far more tackles (201 against 141) it was quite surprising that the only try of the game was actually scored against the team in black and white. Griquas were more effective, with 91% of their tackles sticking against just 86 for the Sharks. The other team numbers were pretty even, with Griquas slightly ahead in both handling errors (22 to 20) and penalties conceded (16 to 14).

Meyer Bosman made the most tackles with 14 (from 16 attempts), with Jean Deysel (10 from 14) and Keegan Daniel (9 from 11) second and third. Only 5 players managed a perfect record on defence off a decent number of tackles – they were Monde Hadebe (6), Jacques Botes (8), Riaan Viljoen (6), Odwa Ndungane (5) and Louis Ludik (7). Bosman was also the busiest on defence, making a good tackle for every 5.68 minutes on the field, ahead of Botes (6) and Wiehahn Herbst (7.25).

Deysel missed the most individual tackles (4) and was the only player to miss more than 2 in total, while Pieter Dixon and Peet Marais shared the lowest statistical percentage – 2 from 3 each, or 67%.

Deysel and Ndungane each won possession 4 times, ahead of Viljoen with 3. It was Ludik who made by far the most running metres (155), ahead of Sbu Sithole (93) and Deysel (77). Linebreaks were not really a feature, with only 4 all game (one apiece to Daniel, Sithole, Ludik and Paul Jordaan) while Charl McLeod and Odwa Ndungane each effected 3 offloads.

There weren’t all that many passes made, with Bosman the busiest outside the halfbacks (17), although as usual, his half hour at flyhalf will skew that number. Ludik was next best with 9, ahead of Daniel and Anton Bresler (8 each). Special mention must go to Cobus Reinach for 41 passes in just 30 minutes, which is 4 more than McLeod pulled off in 50.

Anton Bresler hit an impressive 31 rucks in total, way ahead of Wiehahn Herbst (22) and Keegan Daniel (21). Best amongst the backs wqere Sithole and Bosman, who hit 13 each. Julian Redelinghuys was the busiest rucker, though, hitting a breakdown for every 1.69 minutes on the field. Next best was Peet Marais (2.13) and Piet Dixon (2.23).

Sithole lost possession the most times (3) with Redelinghuys giving away the most penalties (3). Redelinghuys had the highest combined error score (5), just ahead of Dale Chadwick, Deysel, Daniel, Sithole, Bosman and Ludik, with 4 errors each.

In a pretty obvious decision, we’re giving Meyer Bosman the most valuable player award this week, ahead of Louis Ludik and Odwa Ndungane.


  • Remember seasons past when Bosman was referred to as a turnstile? So glad to see him stepping up this season!

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.09.12 09:42:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : i concur!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.09.12 10:17:08 by Ice Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : To bad we won’t see him at 10, at least not until Jordaan is back from injury. I think he has been great at 10 and 12, but Viljoen has struggled so I think we needed that shift.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.09.12 10:21:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • So Viljoen has struggled a bit in the last 2 games, Cheetahs and Griquas. He has played for both so they probably know him better and thus tried to neutralize him from the start.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.09.12 10:52:43 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 4) : came up with specific plans, yes.

    I know there was a call between Cheetahs and Griquas coaching staff specifically about him during the week

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.09.12 12:31:58 by robdylan Reply
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