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Head to head: Sharks v Blues


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 May 2014 at 15:17
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The Sharks have been battling it out against the Blues since the competition started in 1996, when it was known as Super 12.

Natal and the Auckland Blues, as they were known in ’96, also played in the first Super 12 final, which Auckland won 45 – 21.

In 1998 the Coastal Sharks (as they were known then) beat the Blues for the first time in Durban, 24 – 8.

In 2001 the Sharks had another big year, as they beat the Blues at Eden Park, for the first time in New Zealand, 41 – 27. The Sharks went on to qualify for the final for the second time, this time going down 6 – 36 against the ACT Brumbies in Australia.

The Sharks ended a three year losing streak between 2003 and 2005 when they beat the Blues in Durban by 21 points, which is also the biggest winning margin for the Sharks, 32 – 15. A year prior the Sharks suffered a big defeat in New Zealand, 13 – 36, which is also the last time they have lost to the Blues.

Since 2006 the Sharks have been unbeaten against the Blues having won 9 from 9 games.

In 2014 the Blues have the best goal-kicking success rate (85%) in the competition. The Sharks have had the upper hand against their opponents in the scrums (73%) and rucks (90%).

The Sharks have kicked more out of hand (31.2) then any other team this season, but have also been on the receiving end of the most kicks from hand (31.6) per game.

The Sharks have still conceded the least tries (16), but they have also scored the 3rd least tries (21) with only the Lions (17) and the Bulls (18) scoring fewer.

A danger man for the Blues is Ma’a Nonu who has assisted in 5 tries in 6 appearances, with Frans Steyn for the Sharks easily slotting anything from 60 meters out.

The Sharks have made on average the least amount of tackles per game with only 75.8 compared to the Blues’ 111. The Sharks miss 14.1 tackles per game compared to 15 for the Blues. The Blues prefer to keep ball in hand as they average 113.3 carries compared to the Sharks’ 98.5 per game.

The Blues are also more successful in beating their opponents with 18.5 per game compared to 17.6 from the Sharks. The Blues also manages more line breaks, 6.6, compared to the Sharks’ 5.2 per game.

The Sharks have conceded 11.5 penalties per game with Jannie du Plessis being the main culprit, with 1.1 per game, compared to the 10.7 from the Blues.

The Sharks have a 90.8% line-out success rate to the 82.7 of the Blues, with Stephan Lewies being the go to man. Lewies and Ryan Kankowski have also stolen 5 line-outs apiece.

Francios Steyn is the top points scorer for the Sharks on 99 followed by Pat Lambie on 52.

George M’oala is the top try scorer for the Blues with 6 from 10 games, with Cobus Reinach and Willem Alberts scoring 3 apiece for the Sharks.

Charles Piutau beat on average 3.3 defenders per game with Lwazi Mvovo beating 2.2.

Mvovo has also gained the most meters, 792, followed by SP Marais on 544. Mvovo is also the leading ball carrier with 100 and has also beaten the most defenders, 26.

The Sharks have scored 5 of their 21 tries in the first 20 minutes and 9 in the last 20. They have conceded 9 of their 16 tries in the last 20. The Blues are at their most dangerous just after half time, scoring 11 in the first 20 after the break. They also concede most of their tries just after half time, with 12 tries in the first 20 minutes after half time.

The Sharks are scoring most of their tries from between the halfway and their opponents 22, with the Blues conceding most tries inside their own 22.

Both teams concede most of their penalties around the scrum, being offsides and not releasing the ball in the tackle situation.

Previous results:
1996 23 – 30 Blues 45 – 21 Blues
1997 39 – 17 Blues
1998 24 – 8 Sharks
1999 6 – 12 Blues
2000 19 – 30 Blues
2001 27 – 41 Sharks
2002 20 – 13 Sharks
2003 25 – 16 Blues
2004 26 – 37 Blues
2005 36 – 13 Blues
2006 32 – 15 Sharks
2007 25 – 32 Sharks 34 – 18 Sharks
2008 22 – 17 Sharks
2009 31 – 35 Sharks
2010 23 – 10 Sharks
2011 26 – 12 Sharks
2012 23 – 29 Sharks
2013 22 – 20 Sharks



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