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Sharks v Bulls – by the numbers


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Oct 2012 at 11:00
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Let’s have a look at the match stats coming out of the Sharks’ Friday-night gala, I mean rugby match – against the Blue Bulls. All numbers, as always, are from Verusco.

When we look at the overall numbers, we see that the Sharks really did very well to win this game. They were in control of the ball for only 32 minute against the Bulls 48 and were forced to make an astonishing 187 tackles against just 81 by the visitors. The Sharks’ tackle effectiveness was much better, though, at 93% compared to just 84% from the Bulls. Most other numbers were comparable, with high handling errors (29 to the Sharks, 23 to the Bulls) as you’d expect, but overall good discipline on either side (6 penalties conceded by the Sharks, 5 by the Bulls).

Let’s have a look at those individual tackle numbers, then. Both Dale Chadwick (20 from 21) and Jacques Botes (20 from 23) topped the individual chart for most successful tackles made, with Anton Bresler (19 from 19) just behind them. Bresler’s perfect score was emulated by Jean Deysel (12), Keegan Daniel (15) and Julian Redelinghuys (7), while Paul Jordaan, Meyer Bosman, Odwa Ndungane, Louis Ludik and Kyle Cooper also missed none, but each of a far smaller number of attempts.

When looking at tackle rate, it’s Redelinghuys (one good tackle every 1.43 minutes) and Jandre Marais (1.46 minutes) who really stand out, with Cooper (2.5 minutes) coming in third. Marais really does deserve a very special mention here for making 15 tackles in just 22 minutes on the field. To put that into perspective, that’s more than twice as many tackles as the man he replaced (Steven Sykes) managed in 58 minutes on the field. Redelinghuys’s return of 7 tackles (with none missed) in just 10 minutes is also astounding.

Jacques Botes and Wiehahn Herbst missed the most individual tackles, with 3 misses each, but no other payer missed more than 1 attempt. Riaan Viljoen and Tim Whitehead each returned 75% (3 from 4) which was the lowest statistical return. Herbst, with 77%, was the only other player to deliver less than 80% effectiveness. All in all, a great night on defence for the Sharks.

There was a lot of kicking, of course, which translates to a lot of opportunities to win possession by catching those kicks. Cobus Reinach and Odwa Ndungane each won possession 9 times, with Louis Ludik third on 6. Riaan Viljoen made the most distance with ball in hand (81m) ahead of Keegan Daniel (71m) and Ludik (61m). Ludik was credited with 2 line breaks, with the only other one going to Reinach. Under the circumstances, offloads were never going to feature much, with Reinach, Viljoen, Bosman and Whitehead each making only 1.

There were very few passes too, with Reinach (36, or one every 2.22 minutes) obviously way ahead of anyone else. Jean Deysel and Jacques Botes each passed the ball 6 times, with Daniel and Viljoen each managing 5.

Jacques Botes hit the most rucks over all (20), followed by Pieter Dixon (16) and Keegan Daniel (14). Louis Ludik was the best backline rucker (10). Julian Redelinghuys again stood out as the most active ruck attender, hitting one for every 2.5 minutes he spent on the field, with Botes (1 every 4 minutes) and Dixon (4.4) and Marais (4.4) in joint third.

Looking at errors, Jean Deysel lost the most possession (3 times) while Steven Sykes (2) was the only man to concede more than 1 penalty. It was, unfortunately, Jacques Botes who topped the total error score, with 5 from 3 missed tackles, 1 lost possession and 1 penalty.

Our MVP for the match is none of than Louis Ludik, although it must be said that had Botes committed just an error or two less, he would have got it. Other very honourable mentions go to Keegan Daniel, Cobus Reinach and Julian Redelinghuys this week.

In closing, though, I’d like to right a previous wrong. Had I been aware of Dale Chadwick’s tackle count at the time I wrote my player ratings article, I would have awarded him a 7, rather than a 6. I can now see that his contribution on defence on Friday night was massive and I apologise for not picking that up when watching the game life.


12 Comments

  • Maybe Viljoen should pass more and run less πŸ™„

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.10.12 11:34:30 by JarsonX Reply
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  • In closing, though, I’d like to right a previous wrong. Had I been aware of Dale Chadwick’s tackle count at the time I wrote my player ratings article, I would have awarded him a 7, rather than a 6. I can now see that his contribution on defence on Friday night was massive and I apologise for not picking that up when watching the game life.

    Will you do the same for Andries Bekker??

    He made the most tackles against AUS – 19 in total.

    I await your response with great anticipation. 😈 πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.10.12 11:39:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.10.12 11:44:53 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Dale finally got out of the first-receiver / second-receiver / third-receiver / wing /center /fullback / physio / water boy positions and realised that he’s rubbish on attack. :mrgreen:

    Sadly that still leaves us with one less attacking option and basically with two tight heads on the field.

    So the 6 was still justified, face it – he is an average lh and will probably never move beyond being an average cc player.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.10.12 12:00:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @wpw (Comment 2) : haha πŸ˜€

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.10.12 12:01:54 by Dunx Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) :

    Now if only Brok Harris can do the same.

    I for one hope he fades into obscurity once Cilliers joins us.

    We’ll then have Malherbe and Pat as out tight head options. 😎

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.10.12 12:18:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : dammit. I knew someone was going to bring that up

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.10.12 12:21:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : We’ve got absolutely nothing to replace Dale with – NOTHING! 😑

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.10.12 12:25:21 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Thats how I feel about De Kock Steenkamp, the only positive I can come up with for our Rhodes purchase. De Kock is incredibly average bordering useless.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.10.12 12:52:59 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 9) : I see you’ve opted to keep the avatar in spite of Duane’s impressive performances in the Bok jersey πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.10.12 13:49:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • How about some love for Chadwick. Guy only ever gets grief here.

    @wpw (Comment 2) :
    LMAO!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.10.12 15:01:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : What does it matter? The players don’t read what we say on here…

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.10.12 00:04:03 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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