Sharks v Cheetahs – by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 27 Feb 2013 at 09:11
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Let’s look at a few of the statistics to come out of the weekend win over the Cheetahs, courtesy of

We’ll need to change the way we do this, this year, since it seems Verusco no longer has their stats on-line. The thing to bear in mind with any statistics, though, is that they are always very subjective, depending on the means used to collate them. These numbers are probably, then, more interesting in a relative, than in an absolute sense.

Looking at defence, as we usually do first up, the Sharks’ best defender was Anton Bresler, who made 10 tackles and missed none (100% effectiveness). Marcell Coetzee also made 10 (77% with 3 other misses), while Franco van der Merwe (67%), Ryan Kankowski (89%) and Frans Steyn (89%) each made 8 tackles. The most missed tackles belonged to Beast Mtawarira, with 4 from 10 attempts, while Cobus Reinach had the lowest overall effectiveness core (25%), with only 1 of his 4 tackle attempts deemed to have done what it set out to do.

Marcell Coetzee made the most runs (11), followed by Lwazi Mvovo (9), but it was Mvovo who made the most metres, with 100. Next best were Paul Jordaan (61m) and Steyn (60m). Mvovo, Jordaan and JP Pietersen each made 1 line break, while Steyn (3) and Coetsee (2) bossed the offload stats.

Coetzee and Mvovo hit the most rucks (8 each), followed by van der Merwe (5).

Jacques Botes gave away 2 penalties, which was the most, while Odwa Ndungane (3) conceded the most turnovers. In terms of total errors, it was Botes and Ndungane who shared the highest total error score, with 5 each. That’s made up by combining the number of penalties, turnovers and missed tackles conceded by a player..

Based on these numbers, the Sharks’ statistical Most Valuable Player on the day is none other than Marcell Coetzee, with an honourable second for Lwazi Mvovo.


  • I really rate Anton Bresler ,but its time we see him carry the ball a bit more.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.13 09:17:52 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 1) :

    Anton works hard in defence and rucks but he does struggle to get over the advantage line at times.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.13 09:31:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : It seems to be a problem for all our tight forwards – not being able to really make the yards to put the opposition on the backfoot. We have become over-reliant on especially Alberts and to a lesser extent Coetzee.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.13 09:41:44 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : i think most of the problem stems with how they get the ball, if they are running onto the ball then they are destructive but our boys dont always do that.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.13 09:57:05 by Dunx Reply

  • Its unlike Coetzee to miss so many tackles. But he had a very good game overall. Well done.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.13 10:48:23 by Viking Reply
  • I agree, these stats are a true reflection of the game.
    I watched the game again and without the emotion and I saw our boys working really hard.
    The beast was not good in defence together with Jannie mainly because they found themselves on the end of the backline, defending faster opposition, when they should be defending closer to the rucks. This left Owda defending 2-3 players on the wing. But Beast killed in the scrums!
    Cobus was off the beat in a couple of situations, but then at times he had great snipes. I would rather use him off the bench to inject urgency.
    Our lineouts were not good – in the sense that we win the ball with a tap down that lands nowhere near Cobus, but then in so doing the rugby god (rugabus) smiled on Mvovo.!?

    But as this god does, it switched sides in the last fifteen minutes and EVERYTHING went the Freestate way; from knocking the ball and then tapping it back in the same move, the kick-off into Danillers hands and then PSdT stepping on the line, not getting penalised in the ruck and also after being punished in a scrum, EVERYTHING.

    Our boys put the last pressure on the cheetahs in the last 5 minutes so we were not that unfit(except maybe for the backline, who opted to kick rather than attack on 2 occasions!)

    For me the most alarming fact is that we did not pass the ball more to players in better position. Our loosies tried to many bash-it-ups where we turned the ball over and it put pressure on us when Marcell was robbed in our 25.

    We do not play as a team as yet, but we were not as bad as I first perceived.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.13 10:56:31 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • The ruck stats on this aussie site seems a little fishy to me…don’t know how accurate they are.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.02.13 11:32:22 by JJR Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : True. Bresler should not be worrying about ball carrying…he should just keep doing what he is doing…The Sharks have many great ball carriers to call upon. Bresler is actually very key in giving them good ball to run with.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.02.13 11:35:05 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 7) : also not sold, mate, but they’re the best ones we have available at the moment…

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.02.13 11:35:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : Beast did pretty well on the weekend…and PSDT will definitely be a great option if Plum is looking for more ball carriers in the pack…Juandre Marais is also a lock that carries very well. The two locks we have currently starting do the hard yards very well…old school locks.

    Going to be great to get Bissie back!

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.02.13 11:40:00 by JJR Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : At least it’s something, as you say 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.02.13 11:43:11 by JJR Reply

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