Super Rugby 2016: Round 1 Stats

Written by Seth Aderson (Nostraseth)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 29 Feb 2016 at 14:15
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Hi all. So this will be a weekly article with all the statistics of the weekends rugby. I am not completely sure what format will work best, and what everyone would like to see. So please critique and make suggestions. For now I will use the information from the Vodacom stats sight, If anyone can suggest other stat sources for me to use, please do so.

I’ll work on top/Bottom 3s, unless in the case of a tie.

This weeks article will be short. I am going to make myself a spreadsheet so that it’s easier and I can add more details.
Future information I will look to include:
Best lineout teams
Best scrumaging teams
Worst disciplined teams
Your suggestions.

Also if someone could suggest a decent formula for an unofficial ‘Best team of the weekend’ Please do so.
I was thinking: (Points Difference + Tackle%)/(Penalty Count + Handling Errors)


Biggest Results:
The teams that picked up the biggest wins of the weekend.

Brumbies: They beat out last years finalists, The Hurricanes, with a massive 52-10 drilling at home. The Canes have been known to be up and down, and the New Zealand teams are known for their slow starts, so I wouldn’t rule them out yet.

Sharks: Many suggested that a big result against arguably the weakest side in the tournament, The Kings, was a necessity. The Sharks delivered on that, with a very good 43-8. Let’s keep in mind that this was by far the biggest away win of the weekend.

Stormers: A result that might surprise some, the Stormers put the knife to the Bulls beating them 33-9. The Bulls have struggled in Super Rugby for the last few years, while remaining the most successful South African franchise, their loss of even more big name players has added insult to (literal) injury.


Top Try Scorers
This week sees a 4 way tie for the top spot.

Odwa Ndungane (Sharks)
Ben Smith (Highlanders)
Martin Landajo (Jaguares)
Reece Hodge (Rebels)
All manage to pick two tries.
Special mention to Odwa Ndungane who is 8 years older than the second oldest player on the list this weekend.


Best Defensive Teams
The teams with the best defensive record This round.

Stormers: The Stormers have been known for their defence, and the 2016 season has started off no different.
After 1 game they sit in top spot with a 95.6% successful tackle record.

Sharks: Good news for us fans, the coaching changes that were made in the defence set up seem to have paid dividends with the Sharks managing a 91.8% success record.

Lions: The Lions known for their running rugby and use of width, seem to have also put some work into defence. They sit on a 90.4% success record after their first game.

Good news that the top 3 are all South African teams (with the Bulls in 5th).


Worst Defensive Teams:
This rounds worst defensive teams.

Jaguares: Their first game of Super Rugby was not pretty, with both them and their opponents (Cheetahs) in the bottom 3 this week for defence, they managed 69.9%.

Reds: The Reds have struggled in Super Rugby for a while now, that doesn’t look set to change any time soon, their defence scored a dismal 66.7%.

Cheetahs: As mentioned above, the Cheetahs v Jaguares game was a mess, both sides struggled on defence, the Cheetahs were by far the worst this weekend on defence with a ‘success’ record of 60.5%.


  • Saw etzebeth win 2 bulls line-out-throws.most line-out throws won on opp throw-in?

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.02.16 14:21:34 by 50shadesofshark Reply
  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 1) : Kings with 3

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.02.16 14:23:57 by Seth101 Reply
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  • The fact that both the Jags and Cheetahs feature in the top three worst defences of this round has me scratching my head (again) as so many in social media praised it as a really good game. I personally found large parts of the game to be a sloppy mess. I think a lot of people (especially rugby media) are going to be looking for reasons to praise games involving the Jaguares in order to justify the new Super Rugby format.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.02.16 14:29:17 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I’m not sure how much can be read into a win against the Kings. I think these Kings may lose by 80+ against some of the NZ teams.

    But after last season, it’s nice to see the Sharks topping the right sort of stats.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.02.16 14:29:51 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : the same can be said for the Sunwolves. Almost everything s positive but head over to the NZ Herald for a brave alternative view (predicting a 100 point thrashing at some stage of the season).

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.02.16 14:31:10 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : Look no further than the SS commentators, hearing them drone on and on about the Jags and Kings was mind numbing. Expect it when the Wolves play in SA as well.

    Super Rugby and all it’s faults has no bigger defenders than the SS commentators.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.02.16 14:31:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • By the way Seth, great idea and looking forward to future articles. One suggestion: I’d like to see which team manages the best tries for/tries against ratio throughout the competition.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.02.16 14:31:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : I do have a sense however that once the Jaguars become accustomed to the pace of Super Rugby (their post match comments suggest they were literally blown away by it) and tighten up their discipline they will do just fine. They will be a big step up from the Kings next weekend.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.02.16 14:34:05 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • South African commentators and media are mostly unimaginative, gutless lackeys.

    They make me cringe.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.02.16 14:35:29 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 2) : thanks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.02.16 14:39:15 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • The kind of stats I’d like to see are the stats we should be encouraging all SA teams to start focusing more on.

    Off loads
    Individual metres gained
    Line breaks

    For too long SA teams have worn the defensive badge with pride. If the Sharks can consistently top the above stats we’ll be singing.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.02.16 14:39:37 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 6) : more matches to commentate on means more money for them,i suppose?

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.02.16 14:43:03 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 11) :
    Interestingly enough, Lwazi had the most clean breaks of the weekend.

    Sharks were the No.1 team for try assists. There is no player stat for this.

    Chiefs (Charlie Ngatai) most offloads.

    Individual metres gained, Raymond Rhule (For a losing team)

    So Sharks (an SA team) topped 2 of your 4 :). Over all SA teams picked up 3 of the 4.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.02.16 14:44:57 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 12) : Never considered that

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.02.16 14:45:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 5) : I’ll go see what the Herald has to say, thanks!

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.02.16 14:46:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Most players beaten by a side-step (attacker)?ok,bit more serious: scrum penalties for and against by team?and for/against individual players at scrums?

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.02.16 14:48:06 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 16) : I doubt I can source any stats that break down penalties per different infringement unfortunately.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.02.16 14:51:17 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 13) : Sorry I lie, individual try assists goes to Aaron Smith, Sharks still take it as a team though.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.02.16 14:52:47 by Seth101 Reply
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  • this is the funniest thing I’ve read in 2 weeks, easy!

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.02.16 14:53:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 9) : The commentary team in the Stormers/Bulls game succeeded in doing something I thought was impossible,the turned me into a Bulls supporter.Pearce,Skinstad and Shimange are the most nauseating biased one eyed shit heads in the business.
    The best for me was Shimange’s excuse for a serious loss against the head scrum for the Stormers.He actually said that when the hooker lifted his foot to strike it turned into an unfair 7 against 8 contest.I actually froze the decoder and went back to listen if what I thought I heard was correct and yup this unbiased guy who actually the Stormers under21 coach actually said it.
    I wish my Xhosa was a lot better so I could listen to Kaunda and Makaya Jack.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.02.16 14:53:52 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : I’m in tears. 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.02.16 14:58:36 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 18) : Reinach is at number 3 I think (for try assists)

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.02.16 15:01:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : Yup, Jordaan at 4, Willie at 7.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.02.16 15:02:38 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 20) : Yup, heard that little pearl as well. Just a heads up, steer clear of the sarugbymag site. True to form, they’ve already well on their way with the Stormers fellation.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.02.16 15:04:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • this is about money in the modern game.highest paid rugby player in the world is goromaru.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.02.16 15:09:22 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 1) : He managed to steal 3.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.02.16 15:16:26 by Bokhoring Reply
  • It annoys me no end that the Stormers are the most popular team on Superbru (they only just shade the Sharks by 560 though and the Sharks and Stormers are miles ahead, 7,000 to 8,000, of the next). For a team of such mediocre Super history it is strange that they are so well supported.

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.02.16 15:21:59 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • If anyone cares to help out/add

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.02.16 15:30:47 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 4) : I think the Kings are going to get bigger and bigger scores against them as the competition goes on due to their poor squad and the bleakness of getting beaten week in and week out. I think the Japs could be in the same boat while I think the Argies could actually get stronger as the competition progresses and they start playing their home games. Just speculating because I really have no idea on either the Argies and the Japs squad depths.

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.02.16 16:31:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 20) : I stick with the Afrikaans guys – I cringe every now-and-then….but they don’t leave me in a constant state of cringing.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.02.16 17:51:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 30) : so let me say something I never thought I’d say. I enjoyed listening to Joel Stransky on Saturday and thought he was balanced and fair throughout.

    Robbi Kempson – notwithstanding the fact that he actually works for the kings – was also pretty even-handed and added some decent insight

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.02.16 18:00:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : My wife imposed a ban on Stransky, Brosnian and Mallet – their horse voices annoys the life out of her….so happy wife, happy rugby loving husband’s life.

    Personally I’ve grown tired of the sideline experts….their opinion has as much bearing on the results as ours…

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.02.16 18:21:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 32) : …actually, I’ve grown tired of all the commentators and “experts” still trying to live out their coaching dreams in the comfort of the SS studio.

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.02.16 18:26:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Would like to know how ss decides who the experts are?

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.02.16 18:28:48 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 34) : With a horse voice, you’re a shoe in for the job.

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.02.16 19:07:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 35) : just need to find a way to reign in your enthusiasm…. hard not to be overcome with unbridled joy at the prospect

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.02.16 20:02:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : Slightly off topic… Does anyone get extremely drowsy every time SS crosses to studio? I noticed it started happening to me when Darren Scott left. Even the (now defunct) boobs&balls studio has the feel of a library!

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.02.16 21:38:21 by the ko Reply

  • @the ko (Comment 37) : I actively find something else to do,I literally get nauseous when i hear them.

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.02.16 22:03:34 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Could be worse fellas, the Pollard ad could run on repeat during halftime.

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.02.16 22:18:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Am I the only one that thinks the Stormers play was not all that.

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.02.16 22:20:37 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 39) : That is even worse than sitting through 3 hours of malhead and the Naas giving comments about what should have happened and so on

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.02.16 22:29:10 by Henkb Reply
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 40) : Nope, but I see that Ss has already crowned them Victor’s, and that the Sharks have a lot if work and a lot of questions to answer, so beating the Bulls is all that need to happen for you to win the title?

  • Comment 42, posted at 29.02.16 22:31:28 by Henkb Reply
  • @Seth101 (Comment 38) : I actually want to piss myself everything Haas tries to explain how they should have passed the ball, or what happened wrong in a tackle situation, and the on the other hand Darren they should have setup a line out 5mr out not a mile away

  • Comment 43, posted at 29.02.16 22:34:12 by Henkb Reply
  • @Henkb (Comment 42) : And the Bulls were not that great..yes they had a lot of heart but that was about it. Can wait to meet them in 2 weeks time.

  • Comment 44, posted at 29.02.16 22:35:18 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Imagine a stat on the quickest loose forwards…..that try of Willie’s,Chris Cloete was seriously quick on his heels!

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.03.16 13:05:44 by BarendL Reply
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