Sharks v Lions: by the numbers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 2 Oct 2013 at 12:04
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Herewith the statistics from the Sharks’ Ellis Park win over the Lions

Most tackles: Tera Mtembu (18), Justin Downey (15)
Best tackle %: Justin Downey (100% of 15), Monde Hadebe (100% of 7)
Most missed tackles: Fred Zeilinga (5), Heimar Williams (5), Tim Whitehead (5)
Worst tackle %: Tim Whitehead (37.5%), Charl McLeod (42.9%)
Highest tackle rate: Monde Hadebe (29.1), Justin Downey (24.6)
Lowest tackle rate: SP Marais (2), Lwazi Mvovo (3), Tim Whitehead (3)

Most passes (ecxl halfbacks): Tim Whitehead (8), Tera Mtembu (5)
Most offloads: Tim Whitehead (2)
Most runs: SP Marais (12), Charl McLeod (10), Fred Zeilinga (10)
Most metres: SP Marais (139), Fred Zeilinga (94)
Most metres per run: Lwazi Mvovo (19.5), Cobus Reinach (16)
Most tackle busts: Lwazi Mvovo (5), Dale Chadwick (4), Tera Mtembu (4)
Most advantage line crosses: Dale Chadwick (4), Fred Zeilinga (3)
Most line breaks: Charl McLeod (2), Fred Zeilinga (2)
Most half-breaks: Keegan Daniel (2), Tim Whitehead (2)

Most rucks: Tera Mtembu (13), Stephan Lewies (12), Justin Downey (12), Heimar Williams (12)
Best ruck attendance rate: Brynard Stander (23.1), Justin Downey (19.7)
Lowest ruck attendance rate (forwards): Dale Chadwick (6), Keegan Daniel (8)
Most general play involvements (attack): Stephan Lewies (11), Keegan Daniel (8), Tera Mtembu (8)
Most general play involvements (defence): Peet Marais (21), Justin Downey (16), Keegan Daniel (16)
Most turnovers forced: Kyle Cooper (4), Cobus Reinach (4), Stephan Lewies (3)

Most turnovers conceded: Charl McLeod (3)
Most penalties conceded: Keegan Daniel (2)

Best forward: Tera Mtembu
Best back: Shared by SP Marais and Fred Zeilinga


  • Fred, Heimar and Tim needs to work on their defence.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.10.13 12:11:25 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 1) : the stats I get are very harsh when it comes to counting “missed tackles”. I wouldn’t take these numbers too seriously.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.10.13 12:23:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : “Downey has those numbers pinned to his wall this week…” When you said this about Marcells stats you weren’t kidding. 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.10.13 12:31:50 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 3) : how did he do?

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.10.13 13:11:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 3) : interesting. While Justin came very close to Marcell in terms of tackles and rucks (well, he exceeded the tackle rate and was just behind on ruck attendance rate), the real difference is that Marcell turned in a set of ball-in-hand numbers that would have made any blindside proud – in the same game!

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.10.13 13:14:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Marcell also pilfered a number of breakdowns. But yeah I wasn’t expecting Justin to come this close to Marcell. I can’t fault his work rate and effort. I’m not sure any current player, other than perhaps a fit Schalk, is going to get stats like Marcells last game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.10.13 13:35:50 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : The stats can be harsh on what counts as “missed”. Some missed tackles are at best half chance attempts and need to be seen in the context of the players defensive channel and the circumstances.
    That said the midfield stats look poor. 12 and 13 should be making a lot more tackles than missing them.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.10.13 17:11:59 by steve Reply


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