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3N away leg – the numbers

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 2 Aug 2011 at 12:00
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Finally the stats for the last two Tri Nations games have become available, and there are some shocking results which have come through, where one the so-called ‘missing’ players had actually been one of the busier ones. I have put together the stats for both games and will report these as one.

Thanks must go to for the use of their stats to compile this article.

If we start on the tackle stats, you will have your entire thought process reconfigured. Deon Stegmann, the man who copped more criticism in the last few weeks than John Smit in his entire career, was the man who made the most tackles, with a staggering 28 tackles and 11 assists, but unfortunately missed 7 in the process. Pienaar was second on the tackle count, with 20 tackles and 3 assists, and did not miss a single tackle. Rounding out the top three is Hargreaves with 19 tackles, 3 assists but missing 2 in the process.

The worrying stat though is that in two games, the Boks somehow managed to miss 63 tackles, out of an attempted 323, leaving us with a missed tackle count of 1 in every 5 tackles missed. That, unfortunately, is not even good enough at Currie Cup First Division level.

Something of a positive is the fact that we managed a good 16 line breaks in the two games, even though none of them really led to tries, at least we showed some attacking mindedness. Gio Aplon managed 3 in just the one game he played, along with Lwazi Mvovo, Juan de Jongh and Bjorn Basson who all had three over their 2 games.

In the two matches, 18 penalties were conceded, with our forwards making the most mistakes, the front row in particular with John Smit (3), Werner Kruger (3) and Dean Greyling (2) costing us points and possession.

In terms of ball carries, there are a few players that stand out. There were 192 ball carries in total in the two games, with Jean Deysel coming up tops with 21 of these, with second place shared between Danie Rossouw and Juan de Jongh, on 20 each. It is good to see Deysel in there, but even better to see de Jongh getting a bit of ball, even though it might be on the back foot.


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