Sharks v Griquas: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 13 Aug 2013 at 12:23
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Let’s continue our statistical analysis of the Sharks’ round 1 Currie Cup match against Griquas, by looking at numbers for the individual players.

Looking at defence, the Sharks made 113 tackles and missed 17, for an overall tackle effectiveness of 86.9%. Those made tackles are further broken down into first-time tackles, of which there were 83 and tackle assists, of which there were 30. Dale Chadwick and Rayno Gerber made the most tackles, with 10 each. Jean Deysel and Marco Wentzel each made 9. Deysel made the most successful first-time tackles (8), followed by Gerber (7). Looking at tackle rate, Gerber was by far the best, given that he was on the field for less time. Dividing his number of good tackles by the amount of game time gives an effective tackles-per-game ratio of 26, which is flipping phenomenal to say the least!

Best tackle effectiveness was shared by a few players, with each of the following achieving a 100% success rate, off varying attempts: Marco Wentzel (9), Craig Burden (8), Edwin Hewitt (6), Peet Marais (6), Jaco van Tonder(4), Cobus Reinach (2), Odwa Ndungane (2), Tera Mtembu (2), Fred Zeilinga (1) and Sizo Maseko (1). The best first-up tackler was Peet Marais, who made 6 without missing, with Chadwick the best at tackle assists, not missing any from 6 attempts.

Jean Deysel and Tim Whitehead missed the most individual tackles, with 3 misses each. The only other player to miss more than 1 tackle was Chadwick, who missed 2. The lowest first-time tackle effectiveness was shared by Lwazi Mvovo and Whitehead (50% each), followed by Chadwick and Wiehahn Herbst (66.7% each). Mvovo’s bacon was saved by a good tackle assist, leaving Whitehead as the player with the lowest overall tackle effectiveness at 50%.

Looking at ball in hand, Jacques Botes made the most passes outside the halfbacks, with 7. Both passes and offloads were in short supply on the day, with only 4 offloads being made all match and no 2 by the same player. Next best after Botes was Bry Stander, with a total of 3 passes and 1 offload. Odwa Ndungane made the most runs (12), followed by Deysel (11), then Chadwick and Louis Ludik (8 each). Ndungane also made the most metres (131), far ahead of Deysel (70) and Jacques Botes (58). Ndungane’s average of 11m per run is also way above the next best, Mvovo (8.5m) and Botes (8.28m).

Jacques Botes broke 5 tackles, ahead of Deysel and Charl McLeod (4 each), while Deysel broke the advantage line the most times (7), followed by Botes (5) and Ludik (4). There were 8 line breaks in total, with no player managing more than 1, while Deysel is credited with 4 half breaks.

Looking at involvements in play, Marco Wentzel hit the most rucks, with 28 (24 on attack, 4 on defence), ahead of 18 for Jacques Botes and 16 for Jean Deysel. Peet Marais and Craig Burden each hit 14 rucks over the course of around 20 minutes, given both an effective rucks-per-game ratio of almost 37. The forwards all shared the maul duties, with Herbst, Stander and Deysel each involved in 9 and the others not far behind. Botes and Wentzel were the most involved in general play (14 each), ahead of Chadwick (13), Ludik and Hewitt (11 each).

Wentzel and McLeod conceded the most turnovers (4 each), while Wentzel, Stander, Deysel and Gerber each conceded 2 penalties.

Out best forward overall is thus Jacques Botes, who edges Wentzel on the basis of the latter’s higher error count. Our best back is, of course, Odwa Ndungane. It wouldn’t be fair to select a best player overall, as both contenders were magnificent in their own right.


  • The stats dont lie, and Botes had a great game indeed, by far the best loose forward on the field for the Sharks, hence my earlier surprise that they would initially leave him out of the 22 all together. Hopefully the new coaching staff took some notice and will get better and figuring out the experience vs new blood balance in the team. Personally I dont know why it has to be more complicated than playing the in form player, whether he is 19 or 35!

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.08.13 12:39:15 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 1) : JB had a shot at redemption after a poor SR campaign and grabbed it with both hands.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.08.13 12:50:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cooper nowhere to be seen 😥 lineouts were pretty good tho,needs to up his game a bit.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.08.13 12:58:07 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 3) : this is actually true… would’ve expected to see him stand out a bit more.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.08.13 13:40:18 by robdylan Reply
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