Super Rugby stats: Sharks

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 Apr 2014 at 10:23
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Leading up to tonight’s fixture against the Highlanders, let’s take a few minutes and look at some of the Sharks’ stats after 10 rounds.

The Sharks have conceded fewer points (121) and tries (9) than any other side thus far in the competition.

On average, their opponents have won fewer carries, defenders beaten, offloads and passes than when facing any other team.

Their opponents have won just 69% of their own scrums, which is promising seeing that it is the Springbok front row.

The Sharks have averaged fewer tackles (73) per game.

The Sharks are the only team not to concede a try in the first half of their games.

The Sharks have picked up 2 try bonus points for scoring four tries against the Bulls and the Lions, and a losing bonus point in their return match against the Bulls.

Marcell Coetzee has played the most minutes, 636, followed by Francios Steyn on 632, Lwazi Mvovo on 631, Bismarck Du Plessis on 596, Willem Alberts on 554, Tendai Mtawarira on 534 and Ryan Kankowski on 528.

Francios Steyn is the leading points scorer after 8 games with 63, which includes 17 penalties and 6 conversions. Pat Lambie is second on 52 from his 4 games.

Willem Alberts is the leading try scorer with 3, followed by Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach, Lwazi Mvovo, Marcell Coetzee and Odwa Ndungane on 2 each.

Lwazi Mvovo has made the most running meters with 563, followed by SP Marais on 454 and Ryan Kankowski on 240.

Marcell Coetzee has had the most carries with 75, followed by SP Marais on 65 and Lwazi Mvovo on 64.

Lwazi Mvovo has beaten 20 defenders, followed by Cobus Reinach and SP Marais both on 14.

The Sharks have scored 17 tries, conceding the least amount with only 9. They have scored 4 tries in the first quarter of their games, 3 in the 2nd and 3rd quarter and 7 in the last quarter. They have conceded their 9 tries in the 3rd quarter and 6 in the last quarter of the game.

Statistics courtesy SANZAR.

They have scored 8 of their tries from between the half way and the opponents 22, and 7 within the opponents 22.

Sharks problem areas are around the scrum where they have been penalised 16 times. They have also been penalised 16 times for being offsides and 10 times for holding onto the ball when tackled.

As much as it is interesting looking at stats, and you can get a pretty good idea of problem areas, one should just remember games are not always won by the team who has the best stats.


  • Good stats, better then most people would have us believe.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.04.14 10:56:17 by Seth101 Reply
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  • I must complement the Sharks on their defense to date. If you look at it in terms of tries conceded vs. tackles made, the Sharks are really getting a good bang for their defensive buck.

    I hope we can keep it up in the away games against the better attacking teams.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.04.14 11:08:03 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I still believe the Sharks are not as bad on attack as some of the fans think!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.04.14 11:19:34 by JD Reply
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  • Nice perspective PM!

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.04.14 11:25:53 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Rob any line-out stats, we really are on the up and with key players out its really scary to think how better it could have been

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.04.14 11:38:05 by Chippa Reply

  • Nogal nie bad stats vir ‘n ou (SP) wat die laaste paar games op die bank spandeer het nie…..

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.04.14 11:38:20 by Coco Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : thanks uncle 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.04.14 11:39:54 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @Chippa (Comment 5) : Sharks’ lineout success rate is 88.99%

    That’s fourth-highest in the comp behind Brumbies 93.81, Bulls 92.97 and Rebels 90%

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.04.14 11:43:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • I agree the Sharks Attack has taken some criticism. There is an answer to that, but many would see it more as an excuse rather than in answer. The Sharks was scoring a hell of allot more tries at the start of the season, when we had all our players intact. The Decline in tries came when, Lambie & Reinach got injured against the Bulls, that ultimately also cost us an unbeaten record to date. But with regular injuries in back line and reshuffling taking place, it is hard for them to fire and gel.

    I am sure we will still see that performance we all have been waiting for, where the Sharks smash the opposition, scoring tries from all over the park, with the Mvovos and JPs scoring those long range tries. It may not happen tonight, but i am sure the Sharks have to really click some time, and when that happens, i feel sorry for whoever stands in their way…Peaking at the perfect time is crucial, leave the best for the play offs i say!

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.04.14 11:45:00 by Sharkzy10 Reply

  • Lineout wins

    Stephan Lewies 28
    Ryan Kankowski 18
    Pieter-Steph du Toit 16
    Willem Alberts 9
    Anton Bresler 7
    Keegan Daniel 4
    Ettienne Oosthuizen 4

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.04.14 11:47:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharkzy10 (Comment 9) : thank you sir I agree 100% with you!!!!!!!! Way better for them to click after the June break than now.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.04.14 11:48:10 by JD Reply
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  • Look, some of those stats are impressive, but means nothing at the end of the day, every game is a new challenge, creating new stats. The important thing for the Sharks at this stage is to just keep winning games, especially tonight. Look i do not want to be negative, but they will drop the ball in at least a couple of their tour games, that is fair to say as no SA team has won down under yet! But if we can bring home 2 wins from four, id say job well done. Come back and win the reaming home derbies and home games, and they should finish in poll position, easier said than done, but the Sharks are in their best position ever, to claim their home semi, and possible final.Exciting Road ahead!

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.04.14 11:54:55 by Sharkzy10 Reply

  • Stats for the most kicks and meters kicked? Sharks must surely lead that by a country mile. That is why they have so few tackles per match, because its more a game of dryfings!

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.04.14 13:14:49 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 13) : strangely, the Aussies running stats for SANZAR don’t track metres kicked 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.04.14 13:16:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Which begs the question – what is SP Marais doing wasted on the bench? The stats tell us he and Mvovo are amongst the most effective, therefore logic dictates that SP should be at 15 and Mvovo on the wing where he belongs

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.04.14 13:37:27 by Saffex Reply

  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : “Most people”….you mean Mallet? 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.04.14 13:44:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 16) : Indeed.

    @KingCheetah (Comment 13) : Good to see you got that chip off you’re shoulder. Always good to see your none biased none trolling comments!

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.04.14 14:18:50 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 15) : Kicking might not necessarily be the first choice game plan. You need a fly half to play running rugby, compare the first few games of good running rugby to now. The difference is we started of with a good fly half who played every game, but fly half has been a mess since we lost him.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.04.14 14:23:48 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 15) : would be interesting to see from where Mvovo made the most metres? I have a sneaky suspicion it might just be from 15?!?!?!?!

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.04.14 14:36:00 by JD Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 17) : leave the poor guy alone he’s had a bad enough year. Only good thing he can write about the Cheetahs is Willie le Roux.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.04.14 14:41:43 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : Good for him let him go cry on his own teams form is there is such a thing. Willie has had a lot of ball but done very little with it.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.04.14 14:59:03 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 21) : the sad thing about this is that this forum is the closest Kingcheetah will come to a winning culture.

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.04.14 15:03:27 by DBOY Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 13) : Sharks are second just behind the bulls but most surprisingly the next team less than 5 kicks behind is the “running” Cheethas

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.04.14 15:06:07 by BR Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 19) : Either way, it tells me both should be in the starting 15……I don’t see Mvovo as a fullback at all……he does not have the software for 15

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.04.14 15:13:17 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 24) : yes agree with you but don’t see JW changing his mind soon.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.04.14 15:39:53 by JD Reply
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  • Well both the Cheetahs and Brumbies showed that the only way to beat the Chiefs is by attacking them with ball in hand.

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.04.14 16:29:33 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 24) : I’m curious; you’ve previously stated that Sithole does not have the software for 13, nor Mvovo for 15. Both players have been lauded by their coaches in these positions, garnered critical acclaim in the media, won over hordes of sceptical fans (yourself excluded, obviously), and scooped some MOTM awards to boot. So what software is it they are lacking, exactly? Just asking.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.04.14 16:54:18 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 27) : The Saffex logic 😛

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.04.14 16:57:23 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 28) : I’ve figured it out; they have not accepted his friend requests, so he assumes they do not have the Facebook software… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.04.14 17:11:11 by Culling Song Reply
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  • There is one extra stat they showed before the game last night – the highest number of turnovers conceded per team – 18 on average per game. Pretty much also explained what went wrong against the Highlanders along with the defense unfortunately.

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.04.14 11:58:38 by Bokhoring Reply
  • does not help to be able to steel ball but also allow that much to be stolen from you

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.04.14 12:18:32 by Gerhardt Reply


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