Sharks v Lions: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 20 Aug 2013 at 10:58
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Time for our statistical analysis of the Sharks’ round 2 Currie Cup match against the Lions, looking at numbers for the individual players.

Looking at defence, the Sharks made 93 tackles and missed 31, for an overall tackle effectiveness of 69.3%. Considering that the team went from the best tackle completion stat in the tournament last week (over 86%) to almost the worst in just a week, there’s clearly a big issue to work on! Those made tackles are further broken down into first-time tackles, of which there were 70 and tackle assists, of which there were 23. Dale Chadwick made the most tackles with 10, followed by Bry Stander (9) and Marco Wentsel and Heimar Williams (8 each). Chadwick and Louis Ludik made the most successful first-time tackles (7 each), followed by Wentzel, Stander and Charl McLeod (6 each). Looking at tackle rate, Cobus Reinach and Tera Mtembu came out slightly ahead of Chadwick – if they’d maintained the same rate of tackling for an entire match, hey’d have made 12 and 11 tackles respectively over 80 minutes.

Kyle Cooper was the only man in the starting lineup to maintain a 100% tackle effectiveness, but since he only made 1 tackle that hardly counts! Craig Burden, Rayno Gerber, Peet Marais, Tera Mtembu and Charl McLeod all kept a clean sheet off the bench as well, with Mtembu and Reinach probably the best, each making 3 good tackles and missing none. Bry Stander missed the most individual tackles (6), ahead of Butch James (4) and McLeod and Odwa Ndungane (3 each). Looking at individual tackle effectiveness is a bit of a nightmare too, with several players having a night to forget. Fred Zeilinga (0% from 2 misses) is only statistically worse than Ndungane (40%), Wiehahn Herbst (50%), James (56%) and Edwin Hewitt (60%).

Looking at ball in hand, Jean Deysel made the most passes outside the halfbacks, with 8, followed by Heimar Williams with 6. The Sharks increased the number of offloads by 50%, making 6 this week, with 4 of those going to Deysel! Deysel also made the most runs (14), followed by Louis Ludik and Ndungane (9 each). Deysel also made the most metres (68), ahead of Ndungane (58) and SP Marais (57). Ndungane’s average of 11m per run is also way above the next best, Mvovo (8.5m) and Botes (8.28m). Fred Zeilinga made the most metres per run on average (10), ahead of SP Marais (9.5). Williams, Ludik, James and McLeod also did well in this area.

Jean Deysel broke 9 tackles, ahead of Williams (6) and Stander and James (4 each), while Williams broke the advantage line the most times (6), followed by Deysel, McLeod and Ludik (4 each). There were only 2 line breaks in total, with no player managing more than 1, while Williams is credited with 5 half breaks.

Deysel (this is getting predictable) also hit the most rucks – 15 in total, with 3 turnovers forced – ahead of Hewitt (13) and Stander (12). Botes and Chadwick each participated in the most mauls, with 10.

Penalties were lower this week, with only 10 conceded in total while possession was turned over 15 times. Lwazi Mvovo conceded the most turnovers (3), while Deysel and Chadwick each conceded 2 penalties.

It’s pretty clear based on this that Jean Deysel was the best forward, and also best overall player. Heimar Williams was the best back, for creating the most opportunities and also doing the best defensively.


  • The victory was sweet in that they came back from a big deficit to win by a decent margin. However it was laboured and your stats above show exactly why. Tighten up on the defence/tackle area and we will move forward to a winning side quickly.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.08.13 11:03:26 by Caratacus Reply
  • Thanks Rob! Good to Heimar stepping up!

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.08.13 11:21:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Cooper was in a position to only make 1 tackle. I suppose the positive is that it was successful.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.08.13 11:31:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I’m worried about this team of ours. I’m not expecting to see the new structure so soon but I’m expecting the intensity and accuracy to be there and it’s not. I’m not seeing the will and desire to give 100%. Mvovo needs to get more ball.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.08.13 11:37:40 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 4) : While I agree the accuracy isn’t there and the intensity has lacked esp at the start of our games. I think the fact that we’ve fought back from a large deficits shows that the will and desire is indeed there. I don’t recall seeing anyone in the side looking dejected when we were behind.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.08.13 11:59:06 by gregkaos Reply
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  • How the fuck does a hooker only make one tackle in a game,he is a fourth loose forward,spoke about this last week,

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.08.13 12:20:00 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • Kyle Cooper doesn’t strike me as a lazy player, but how did he only make 1 tackle?

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.08.13 12:37:01 by Ludz Reply

  • Deysel is such a pleasure to watch, when he’s on form, not many blindside flankers better than him in SA. It’s a real pity about his injuries, he’d have a lot more Test caps

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.08.13 12:40:18 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 7) : next game just watch him closely,i am a big fan of his but he needs to get back in the dog fight

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.08.13 12:47:40 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • I’ve just checked a different set of stats. They disagree in a number of areas, but not on Coops’ tackle count.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.08.13 12:50:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • a bit like my middle son,he can go throw a whole game without making one tackle or touching the ball once 😳

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.08.13 12:58:29 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • I have always rated Cooper, but he will have to seriously pull finger if this is the case

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.08.13 14:51:18 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @bobby 26 (Comment 11) : 😆 not a chance, Grant’s got a good workrate, there’s no way he’d go a whole game without making a single tackle

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.08.13 19:26:44 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 13) : you have always been way to kind to my kids,

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.08.13 10:36:59 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 14) : Ludz is kind to everyone… makes him one of my all-time favourite posters. Wish I could emulate that!

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.08.13 10:41:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : you are getting more tolerant in your old age,surprisingly patient with that flippie oke

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.08.13 11:53:31 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 16) : haha…. so you say the day after I banned him 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.08.13 11:54:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : WA???? no more flippie??? So who’s gonna piss us off now?

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.08.13 12:24:14 by R Hayward Reply

  • @bobby 26 (Comment 14) : hahaha 😆 well let me just say, I can’t recall watching Grant in a match where he didn’t make a tackle or carry the ball up, and I’ve watched quite a lot of Grant over the past 3 years. Is that Scott Kriel lad in matric or grade 11?

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.08.13 15:33:07 by Ludz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : hahaha, after a while you learn to take the good with the bad. That Dizzzy gent pushed me though 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.08.13 15:43:13 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 20) : now that the school rugga is over i will be flying up to Durbs this weekend to watch puppy take on Robbie Harris and Jacques Taylor on Saturday.Going early on Friday so that i can see the u19s and u21s in action against the Bulls.Kriel is in grade 12

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.08.13 16:38:13 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 20) : that was his sole aim!

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.08.13 17:35:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 21) : Alright, strong chances of Grant running out for Taylor’s side at the Fortress next in that case. Tell Warrick I said all the best for the game, he must give Jacques and Harris a tough time :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.08.13 17:43:23 by Ludz Reply


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