12 Jan

Haka Gets a Face-lift
by Paul Waite
12 Jan 2015

As regular visitors might discern, the Haka site has undergone a bit of a revamp, and not before time I hear you say!

The ‘machinerNew Haka machineryy’ behind it all is WordPress, the excellent Open Source blogging tool, and aside from a bunch of improvements all over the shop, this also allows you to respond to articles with your own comments, if you feel moved to do so.

You can also follow us on twitter and/or facebook if you’ve into that, which will let you know when someone posts something on the site.

Apart from the face-lift, basically the site remains the same in essence – an alternative to mainstream media rugby content.

Anyway we hope you enjoy the new look.

All the best from The Haka Team

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22 Nov

Wales v All Blacks, Cardiff
by Tracey Nelson
22 Nov 2014

McCawA momentous game with Richie McCaw becoming the first international player to captain his side in 100 test matches. The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

Some notes on these stats:

First Three to the Breakdown stats are looking for those players who are getting to the tackle/breakdown quickly and are also being useful by either cleaning out opposition players or setting up ruck ball.  Anyone arriving and just leaning on the ruck isn’t included, so there are times when I will only tally one or two players. Likewise, if four players arrive simultaneously and perform a clean-out and setting up of a ruck, I will include all four in the stat.

Completed Tackles means that player actually brought the ball carrier to ground (ie. as the Laws of the Game actually described the tackler), not assists in the tackle situation which are tallied separately.

Missed tackles also includes slipped tackles where the ball runner gets away. Most importantly, I do NOT included slipped tackles in the Tackles Made stats, it gets noted as a missed tackle. Either you’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

Numbers in brackets are the first half/second half breakdown for each TOTAL. An asterisk denotes a player that came on as a substitute.  This week:

Team: Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea, Sonny Bill Williams, Conrad Smith, Charles Piuatau, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Joe Moody, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipolotu, Liam Messam, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Ryan Crotty

Points scored NZ Wales
Tries 5 3
Conversions 1 1
Penalties 1/2 3/3
TOTAL 34 16

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Barrett 1/2 1/2
Slade* 0 2/3
Halfpenny 3/3 1/1

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 9 1
Wales 8 0
TOTAL 17 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Retallick, A Smith 2
Tackler Whitelock, Barrett 2
Ruck off feet McCaw, Read 2
Ruck hands McCaw 1
Ruck offside A Smith 1
Scrum Crocket 1
TOTAL 9

Wales Penalty Offences
Tackled player 1
Tackler 2
Ruck entry 1
Offside 1
Scrum 3
TOTAL 8

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Williams(2), Piutau, A smith, Crockett, Slade*, Kaino, Moody*, Faumuina*, Mealamu* 9
Spilled Williams 1
Pass to opposition Barrett 1
Forward pass Kaino 1
Tackle Retallick, A Smith, Williams 3
Ruck 2
Maul 1
Lineout 1
Kick out on full  Barrett, C Smith, Slade* 3
Accidental offside  Whitelock 1
TOTAL 24

Turnovers Conceded by Wales
Knock-ons 9
Pass to opposition 1
Forward pass 1
Tackle 3
Ruck 2
Scrum 3
TOTAL 24

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Read, Crockett, C Smith 3
Ruck McCaw, Read, Retallick 3
TOTAL 6

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 43 27+16
Whitelock 30 19+11
Retallick 23 18+5
Read 20 11+9
Crockett 17 0
O Franks 17 13+4
Kaino 15 8+7
Moody* 13 0
Coles 12 4+8
C Smith 10 8+2
Williams 10 8+2
Mealamu* 9 0
B smith 9 6+3
Faumuina* 8 0
Tuipolotu* 5 0
Messam* 4 0
Barrett 4 1+3
Piatau 4 2+2
A Smith 2
Savea 2 1+1
Slade* 1 0

Forward ball carries Carries
MCaw 10
Retallick 10
Read 7
Crockett 3
O Franks 3
Kaino 3
Coles 2
Whitelock 2
Messam 2
TOTAL 42

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Retallick 12 (7+5) 0
Read 10 (4+6) 0
McCaw 8 (5+3) 2 (2+0)
Williams 7 (6+1 4 (2+2)
Whitelock 7 (4+3) 2 (0+2)
Barrett 6 (4+2) 1 (1+0)
Crockett 6 0
A Smith 5 (2+3) 3 (1+2)
Moody* 4 2
Kaino 4 (2+2) 1 (0+1)
Faumuina* 3 1
Tuipolotu* 3 0
O Franks 3 (3+0) 3 (2+1)
C Smith 3 (1+2) 1 (0+1)
Coles 2 (2+0) 1 (0+1)
Mealamau* 2 0
Piutau 2 (1+1) 1 (1+0)
B Smith 2 (0+2) 0
Crotty* 1 0
Savea 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 91 22

Missed and Slipped Tackles
O Franks 2
Kaino 2
Whitelock 1
Read 1
Barrett 1
Williams 1
C Smith 1
Piutau 1
Faumuina* 1
TOTAL 11

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 4 5
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 6 7

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 4 4
Retallick 2 2
Whitelock 0 1

Wales Line-outs Won From
First half 7 9
Second half 4 8
TOTAL 11 17

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 8 8

Wales Scrums Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 7 8

15 Nov

Scotland v All Blacks, Edinburgh
by Tracey Nelson
15 Nov 2014

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

Some notes on these stats:

First Three to the Breakdown stats are looking for those players who are getting to the tackle/breakdown quickly and are also being useful by either cleaning out opposition players or setting up ruck ball. Anyone arriving and just leaning on the ruck isn’t included, so there are times when I will only tally one or two players. Likewise, if four players arrive simultaneously and perform a clean-out and setting up of a ruck, I will include all four in the stat.

Completed Tackles means that player actually brought the ball carrier to ground (ie. as the Laws of the Game actually described the tackler), not assists in the tackle situation which are tallied separately.

Missed tackles also includes slipped tackles where the ball runner gets away. Most importantly, I do NOT included slipped tackles in the Tackles Made stats, it gets noted as a missed tackle. Either you’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

Numbers in brackets are the first half/second half breakdown for each TOTAL. An asterisk denotes a player that came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Joe Moody, James Parsons, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy Thrush, Dominic Bird, Sam Cane, Richie McCaw (c) Victor Vito,TJ Perenara, Dan Carter, Charles Piutau, Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa, Colin Slade, Ben Smith
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Liam Messam, Augustine Pulu, Sonny Bill Williams, Julian Savea

Points Scored NZ Scotland
Tries 2 1
Conversions 1 1
Penalties 4/5 3/4
TOTAL 24 16

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 7 0
Scotland 9 1
TOTAL 16 1

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Carter 3/4 0/1
Slade* 1/1 1/1
Laidlaw (Scot) 3/4 1/1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Cane 1
Ruck off feet Cane, Crockett* 2
Ruck entry Thrush 1
Offside Fekitoa, Crockett* 2
Scrum Faumuina 1
TOTAL   7

Scotland Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Offside 5
Scrum 2
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Bird(3), Parsons, Carter, Vito, McCaw, Perenara, B Smith 9
Pass to opposition McCaw 1
Forward pass Romano* 1
Tackle Savea, B Smith, Cane 3
Ruck   2
Maul   1
Lineout   4
TOTAL   20

Turnovers Conceded by Scotland
Knock-ons 6
Spilled ball 3
Forward pass 1
Pass to opposition 1
Tackle 4
Ruck 1
Maul 2
Scrum 3
TOTAL 21

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Carter, McCaw, Parsons, Cane 4
TOTAL   4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Cane 42 19+23
McCaw 31 13+18
Thrush 22 11+11
Moody 17 10+7
Crotty 17 6+11
Faumuina 15 12+3
Fekitoa 15 11+4
Parsons 12 10+2
Romano* 11  
Bird 11 8+3
Piutau 10 5+5
Crockett* 10  
B Franks* 9  
Coles* 8  
Slade 7 4+3
B Smith 7 5+2
Vito 6  
Carter 6 6+0
Perenara 5 1+4
Messam* 4  
Williams 3  

Forward ball carries Number of carries
Bird 11
MCaw 10
Thrush 7
Cane 7
Faumuina 7
Parsons 5
Coles* 3
Messam* 3
Moody 3
Crockett* 2
Vito 2
Romano* 1
B Franks* 1
TOTAL 62

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Thrush 9 (2+7) 3 (0+3)
McCaw 9 (4+5) 2 (1+1)
Messam* 7 (1+6) 1 (0+1)
Romano* 6 1
Cane 6 (3+3) 1 (0+1)
Coles* 6 0
Bird 6 (5+1) 0
Crockett* 6 0
Moody 6 (5+1) 0
Williams* 5 2
Faumuina 5 (4+1) 0
Carter 5 (3+2) 0
B Franks* 4 1
Perenara 4 (2+2) 0
Vito 4 0
Slade 4 (1+3) 0
Savea* 3 0
Fekitoa 3 (1+2) 0
Crotty 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
B Smith 2 (2+0) 0
Pulu* 1 0
Piutau 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 98 12

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 2
Moody 1
Parsons 1
Faumuina 1
Crotty 1
Fekitoa 1
Coles* 1
Romano* 1
Williams* 1
TOTAL 10

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 8
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 9 13

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Messam 4 4
Thrush 1 2
Vito 1 2
McCaw 1 3
Quick throw 1 1
No footage 0 1

Scotland Line-outs Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 7 7

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 7 7

Scotland Scrums Won From
First half 1 4
Second half 2 3
TOTAL 3 7

8 Nov

England v All Blacks, London
by Tracey Nelson
8 Nov 2014

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

Some notes on these stats:

First Three to the Breakdown stats are looking for those players who are getting to the tackle/breakdown quickly and are also being useful by either cleaning out opposition players or setting up ruck ball. Anyone arriving and just leaning on the ruck isn’t included, so there are times when I will only tally one or two players. Likewise, if four players arrive simultaneously and perform a clean-out and setting up of a ruck, I will include all four in the stat.

Completed Tackles means that player actually brought the ball carrier to ground (ie. as the Laws of the Game actually described the tackler), not assists in the tackle situation which are tallied separately.

Missed tackles also includes slipped tackles where the ball runner gets away. Most importantly, I do NOT included slipped tackles in the Tackles Made stats, it gets noted as a missed tackle. Either you’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

Numbers in brackets are the first half/second half breakdown for each TOTAL. An asterisk denotes a player that came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Sonny Bill Williams, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipolotu, Liam Messam, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 3 2
Conversions 0 1
Penalties 3/5 3/3
TOTAL 24 21

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Cruden 2/3 0/2
Barrett* 1/2 0/1
Farrell (Eng) 3/3 1/2

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 13 0
England 11 0
TOTAL 24 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Ruck going off feet McCaw, Coles, B Franks 3
Ruck not supporting weight Read 1
Offside from knock on Retallick 1
Offside general Team 1
Maul Read, Tuipolotu 2
Not giving ball at penalty Retallick 1
Scrum Front row(2), Wheeling 3
Foul play Coles YC 1
TOTAL   13

England Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Tackler 3
Ruck going off feet 2
Ruck entry 1
Offisde 2
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-on A Smith, Kaino(2), Coles, Whitelock(2), McCaw, Tuipolotu, Savea, Perenara 10
Spilled Crockett 1
Forward pass Williams 1
Ruck   1
Tackle Savea 1
Lineout   3
TOTAL   17

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 6
Tackle 5
Miss touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 12

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Williams, McCaw(2) 3
TOTAL   3

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 44 23+21
Whitelock 27 11+16
Crockett 17 10+7
O Franks 16 14+2
Read 15 7+8
Dagg 13 5+8
Mealamu* 12  
B Smith 12 8+4
Faumuina* 10  
Williams 10 7+3
Crotty* 9  
B Franks* 8  
C Smith 8 6+2
Kainot 8 3+5
Retallick 8  
Tuipolotu* 7  
Savea 7 3+4
Messam* 6  
Cruden 6 6+0
Coles 5 3+2
A Smith 2 0+2
Barrett* 1  

Forward ball carries No of carries
Read 13
McCaw 7
Kaino 7
Whitelock 7
Tuipolotu* 6
Faumuina* 3
O Franks 2
Retallick 2
Coles 1
Messam* 1
Mealamu* 1
TOTAL 50

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
C Smith 12 (11+2) 0
McCaw 11 (6+5) 4 (2+2)
Whitelock 11 (7+4) 1 (1+0)
O Franks 10 (7+3) 1 (1+0)
Williams 8 (5+3) 2 (1+1)
Kaino 8 (7+1) 1 (0+1)
Crockett 7 (5+2) 1 (1+0)
Read 7 (4+3) 1 (0+1)
Savea 7(3+4) 1 (1+0)
Cruden 5 (4+1) 1 (1+0)
A Smith 4 (3+1) 0
Crotty* 3 2
B Smith 3 (1+2) 2 (1+1)
Coles 3 (2+1) 0
Dagg 3 (2+1) 0
Tuipolotu* 2 1
Retallick 2 0
Mealamu* 1 0
B Franks* 1 0
Faumuina* 1 0
TOTAL 109 18

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 2
Dagg 2
Retallick 1
A Smith 1
C Smith 1
B Smith 1
Tuipolotu 1
TOTAL 9

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 5 7
TOTAL 11 14

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 4 5
Kaino 1 3
Retallick 1 1
Whitelock 1 1
Tuipolotu 1 1
Messam 1 1
Quick throw 1 1
No camera view 1 1

England Line-outs Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 7 7
TOTAL 11 11

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 1 1
Second half 1 1
TOTAL 2 2

England Scrums Won From
First half 1 1
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 5 5

1 Nov

USA v All Blacks, Chicago
by Tracey Nelson
1 Nov 2014

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

Some notes on these stats:

First Three to the Breakdown stats are looking for those players who are getting to the tackle/breakdown quickly and are also being useful by either cleaning out opposition players or setting up ruck ball. Anyone arriving and just leaning on the ruck isn’t included, so there are times when I will only tally one or two players. Likewise, if four players arrive simultaneously and perform a clean-out and setting up of a ruck, I will include all four in the stat.

Completed Tackles means that player actually brought the ball carrier to ground (ie. as the Laws of the Game actually described the tackler), not assists in the tackle situation which are tallied separately.

Missed tackles also includes slipped tackles where the ball runner gets away. Most importantly, I do NOT included slipped tackles in the Tackles Made stats, it gets noted as a missed tackle. Either you’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

Numbers in brackets are the first half/second half breakdown for each TOTAL. An asterisk denotes a player that came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Joe Moody, Nathan Harris, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy Thrush, Patrick Tuipolotu, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (c), TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Charles Piutau, Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam, Augustine Pulu, Daniel Carter, Julian Savea

Points Scored NZ USA
Tries 12 0
Conversions 7 0
Penalties 0/0 2/2
TOTAL 74 6

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 8 0
USA 11 0
TOTAL 19 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackler Moody, Vito, Crotty 3
Ruck off feet Perenara, Pulu 2
Offside from knock on Cane 1
Obstruction B Franks, Messam 2
TOTAL   8

USA Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Tackler 3
Maul 1
Scrum 4
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Jane, Mealamu, Perenara, Dagg, Thrush, Vito, Faumuina 7
Spilled Vito, Crotty, Savea 3
Forward pass Savea, Williams, Carter 3
Tackle Tuipolotu 1
Lineout Overthrown (Mealamu) 1
TOTAL   15

Turnovers Conceded by USA
Knock-ons 4
Tackle 5
Lineout 2
Scrum 4
Miss touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 16

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Mealamu, Vito, Crotty, Carter 4
TOTAL   4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Cane 21 5+16
Thrush 16 6+10
Moody 12 9+3
Mealamu* 12 5+7
Faumuina 12 7+5
Vito 12 6+6
Tuipolotu 11 5+6
Read 10 8+2
Messam* 6  
B Franks* 6  
Piutau 6 3+3
Perenara 6 2+4
Crotty 5 1+4
Dagg 5 3+2
Carter* 4  
Williams 4 0+4
Savea* 3 0+3
Jane 3  
Cruden 2 2+0
Harris 2  
O Franks* 1

Forward ball carries Number of carries
Vito 9
Mealamu* 7
Tuipoltu 7
Cane 6
Thrush 6
Faumiuna 4
Read 4
Moody 2
Harris 1
B Franks* 1
TOTAL 47

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Cane 16 (11+5) 3 (3+0)
Read 14 (12+2) 1 (0+1)
Vito 13 (7+6) 2 (2+0)
Crotty 13 (9+4) 1 (1+0)
Tuipolotu 12 (11+1) 3 (3+0)
Thrush 9 (9+0) 3 (3+0)
Moody 9 (9+0) 2 (2+0)
Piutau 9 (6+3) 1 (0+1)
Faumuina 8 (7+1) 0
Mealamu* 6 (6+0) 0
Cruden 6 (5+1) 0
Williams 4 (4+0) 2 (1+1)
Perenara 4 (3+1) 1 (1+0)
Dagg 3 (1+2) 0
Pulu* 2 0
B Franks* 1 0
Carter* 1 0
Messam* 1 0
Retallick* 1 0
Jane 1 0
Harris 1 0
TOTAL 123 19

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Williams 2
Faumiuna 1
Cane 1
Perenara 1
Mealamu* 1
O Franks* 1
TOTAL 7

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 11 12

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 5 5
Thrush 2 2
Vito 2 2
Tuipolotu 1 1
Quick throw 1 1

USA Line-outs Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 3 5
TOTAL 12 13

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 0 0
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 5 5

USA Scrums Won From
First half 0 1
Second half 3 6
TOTAL 3 7

19 Oct

Wallabies v All Blacks, Brisbane
by Tracey Nelson
19 Oct 2014

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

Some notes on these stats:

First Three to the Breakdown stats are looking for those players who are getting to the tackle/breakdown quickly and are also being useful by either cleaning out opposition players or setting up ruck ball. Anyone arriving and just leaning on the ruck isn’t included, so there are times when I will only tally one or two players. Likewise, if four players arrive simultaneously and perform a clean-out and setting up of a ruck, I will include all four in the stat.

Completed Tackles means that player actually brought the ball carrier to ground (ie. as the Laws of the Game actually described the tackler), not assists in the tackle situation which are tallied separately.

Missed tackles also includes slipped tackles where the ball runner gets away. Most importantly, I do NOT included slipped tackles in the Tackles Made stats, it gets noted as a missed tackle. Either you’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

Numbers in brackets are the first half/second half breakdown for each TOTAL. An asterisk denotes a player that came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Charles Piutau

Points Scored NZ Australia
Tries 4 3
Conversions 3 2
Penalties 1/1 3/3
TOTAL 29 28

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 0
Australia 8 0
TOTAL 19 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Messam(2), O Franks, Read, Fekitoa 5
Tackler O Franks, McCaw(2) 3
Tackle offside Barrett 1
Slapping ball down Read 1
Taking player in air Tuipulotu* 1 YC
TOTAL   11

Australia Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Tackler 1
Ruck entry 2
Scrum bind 2
TOTAL 8

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Jane, Fekitoa, Savea, O Franks, Crockett, Barrett, A Smith 7
Spilled   1
Pass to opposition Barrett 1
Tackle Barrett, Messam(2), O Franks(2), Read, Fekitoa(2) 8
Ruck   2
Stripped of ball MCaw 1
Miss touch from penalty Slade 1
TOTAL   21

Turnovers Conceded by Australia
Knock-ons 7
Spilled 2
Forward Pass 2
Tackle 4
Maul 1
Ruck 3
Lineout 2
Scrum 1
TOTAL 22

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle McCaw, Read, Fekitoa, Cane 4
Ruck McCaw(2), Counter ruck(2) 4
Maul   1
TOTAL   9

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 27 14+13
Crockett 22 18+4
Retallick 20 6+12
Read 20 13+7
O Franks 12 11+1
C Smith 12 3+9
Whitelock 11 9+2
Mealamu* 10  
B Franks 10  
Dagg 10 6+4
Fekitoa 10 4+6
Faumuina* 9  
Coles 7 6+1
Cane* 6  
Messam 6 6+0
Jane 6  
Piutau* 5  
Savea 5 0+5
Perenara* 1  
Slade* 1  
Barrett 1 0+1
Tuipulotu* 1  

Forward ball carries Number of carries
Retallick 8
Messam 8
Read 6
Cane 6
Whitelock 4
O Franks 3
McCaw 2
Mealamu* 2
Faumuina* 2
Tuipulotu* 1
TOTAL 42

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 19 (9+10) 7 (5+2)
Retallick 19 (11+8) 2 (2+0)
Whitelock 13 (8+5) 3 (2+1)
Crockett 13 (8+5) 2 (2+0)
Read 13 (5+8) 2 (0+2)
O Franks 13 (11+2) 1 (1+0)
C Smith 12 (6+6) 3 (2+1)
Fekitoa 11 (5+6) 4 (2+2)
Messam 11 (8+3) 2 (1+1)
Mealamu* 8 2
Barrett 8 (5+3) 0
A Smith 8 (4+4) 0
Coles 8 (8+0) 0
Faumuina* 6 1
Tuipulotu* 5 0
Jane 4 1
Slade* 4 0
Cane* 4 0
Savea 4 (3+1) 0
Dagg 4 (2+2) 0
Piutau* 1 1
B Franks* 1 0
TOTAL 189 31

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 3
O Franks 2
Read 2
A Smith 2
Pituau* 2
Fekitoa 2
Crockett 1
Retallick 1
Messam 1
Jane 1
TOTAL 17

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 7 7
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 11 11

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 7 7
Whitelock 2 2
Retallick 2 2
McCaw 1 1

Australia Line-outs Won From
First half 7 7
Second half 5 6
TOTAL 12 13

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 7 7

Australia Scrums Won From
First half 0 1
Second half 1 1
TOTAL 1 2

5 Oct

Extra notes – Springboks v All Blacks, Ellis Park
by Tracey Nelson
5 Oct 2014

Given this was the All Blacks’ first loss in 22 matches I thought it was worth giving a few extra notes additional to the usual stats tables, so read on.

When it came to making tackles in this test match, the All Blacks made a total of 137 plus 18 assists. Splitting it into halves, they made 77 in the first half and 35 of those first half tackles had to be made in their own 22. So how many tackles did they miss in that first half? Twelve, which is significant because there were only two missed tackles in the second half. Of those first half missed tackles, five were missed in their own 22.

The number of penalties conceded by each team contrasted in each half – in the first forty minutes the All Blacks conceded 4 and the Springboks 7, while in the second half it switched with the All Blacks conceding 7 and the Springboks 5.

Despite spending large chunks of this test on defence, the All Blacks only conceded two penalties inside their own 22 (Ben Smith going off his feet as he came through a ruck, and a deliberate knock-down of a pass by Jerome Kaino). The All Blacks conceded all their remaining penalties in the game on the Springboks’ side of halfway.

The Springboks conceded two penalties in their own 22, five between their 22 and halfway, and the remaining five in the All Blacks’ half. They conceded two penalties while on attack in the All Blacks’ 22.

The Springboks marginally won the breakdown battle, cleanly winning three ruck and three tackle turnovers while awarded four penalties for All Blacks not releasing the ball in the tackle. The All Blacks cleanly won two ruck and three tackle turnovers, and were awarded three penalties for Springboks not releasing the ball.

The All Blacks’ set piece may have been under pressure at times but they never turned over possession from set peice, unlike the Springboks who lost three lineout throws to the All Blacks (two steals by Sam Whitelock and one by Steven Luatua).

There was a lot less kicking than in most of the 2014 internationals this year, with a combined total of 33 kicks from hand. The Springboks only made five kicks in the first half, two of which were clearing kicks from within their own 22, so this is indicative of the open style of rugby they brought to this test. The All Blacks made a total of 18 kicks from hand, split evenly with 9 per half. In the first half they made 4 clearing kicks from their 22 and in the second half that increased to 6.

And yes, New Zealand’s most capped All Black once again was their hardest working player topping the breakdown arrivals and tackle stats. McCaw was also instrumental in three of the breakdown turnovers the All Blacks won.

4 Oct

Springboks v All Blacks, Johannesburg
by Tracey Nelson
4 Oct 2014

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

Some notes on these stats:

First Three to the Breakdown stats are looking for those players who are getting to the tackle/breakdown quickly and are also being useful by either cleaning out opposition players or setting up ruck ball. Anyone arriving and just leaning on the ruck isn’t included, so there are times when I will only tally one or two players. Likewise, if four players arrive simultaneously and perform a clean-out and setting up of a ruck, I will include all four in the stat.

Completed Tackles means that player actually brought the ball carrier to ground (ie. as the Laws of the Game actually described the tackler), not assists in the tackle situation which are tallied separately.

Missed tackles also includes slipped tackles where the ball runner gets away. Most importantly, I do NOT included slipped tackles in the Tackles Made stats, it gets noted as a missed tackle. Either you’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

Numbers in brackets are the first half/second half breakdown for each TOTAL. An asterisk denotes a player that came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Joe Moody, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Dane Coles, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Steven Luatua, Liam Messam, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Colin Slade, Ryan Crotty

Points Scored NZ Springboks
Tries 3 3
Conversions 2 3
Penalties 2/2 2/3
Dropgoals 0 0/1
TOTAL 25 27

Kicks from hand Own 22 Rest of field
NZ 10 8
Springboks 6 9
TOTAL 16 17

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 0
Springboks 12 0
TOTAL 23 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Kaino, C Smith, Faumuina(2) 4
Tackler Read(3), C Smith 4
Ruck off feet B Smith 1
Maul Mealamu 1
Deliberate knock down Kaino 1
TOTAL   11

Springboks Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Tackler 2
Ruck entry 2
Ruck hands 1
Offside general 1
Offside kick 1
Deliberate knock down 2
TOTAL 12

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Moody, O Franks, Kaino, Savea, Read, Fekiota 6
Pass to opposition C Smith 1
Spilled C Smith 1
Ruck   2
Tackle B Smith, Barrett, Savea, Kano, C Smith, Fauminuia(s) 7
TOTAL   17

Turnovers Conceded by Springboks
Knock-ons 7
Spilled 1
Ruck 2
Tackle 5
Lineout 3
TOTAL 17

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Mealamu, Fekitoa, Read, McCaw(2) 6
Ruck   1
TOTAL   7

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 30 14+16
Read 24 9+15
Whitelock 22 8+14
O Franks 17 9+8
B Franks* 16  
Thrush 15 13+2
C Smith 14 5+9
Mealamu 11 7+4
Fekitoa 9 3+6
Faumuina* 8  
Moody 7  
Messam* 6  
Kaino 6 4+2
Luatua* 5  
Coles* 5  
Dagg 5 2+3
B Smith 5 2+3
Savea 5 1+4
Crotty* 3  
Slade* 1  
A Smith 1 1+0
Barrett 1 0+1

Forward ball carries No of carries
Luatua* 6
Faumuina* 4
Read 4
McCaw 4
Messam 4
Mealamu 3
Kaino 3
O Franks 3
Coles* 2
Moody 2
Thrush 1
Whitelock 1
TOTAL 37

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 15 (7+8) 1 (1+0)
Read 12 (5+7) 2 (1+1)
Whitelock 12 (7+5) 0
Moody 9 0
Mealamu 9 (9+0) 2 (1+1)
Kaino 8 (7+1) 3 (2+1)
A Smith 8 (7+1) 0
C Smith 8 (6+2) 0
O Franks 7 (6+1) 1 (1+0)
Thrush 7 (6+1) 1 (1+0)
Fekitoa 7 (6+1) 0
B Franks* 5 1
Messam* 4 2
Coles* 4 1
Luatua* 4 0
Barrett 4 (3+1) 0
Faumuina* 3 0
Savea 3 (1+2) 0
B Smith 3 (1+2) 1 (1+0)
Crotty* 2 1
Slade* 1 1
Dagg 1 (0+1) 1 (1+0)
Kerr-Barlow* 1 0
TOTAL 137 19

Missed and Slipped Tackles
O Franks 4
Dagg 2
Moody 1
Whitelock 1
Kaino 1
McCaw 1
A Smith 1
Barrett 1
C Smith 1
Messam* 1
  TOTAL 15

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 7 7
Second half 7 7
TOTAL 14 14

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 5 5
Messam 3 3
Whitelock 2 2
Quick throw 2 2
Thrush 1 1
Unseen 1 1

Springboks Line-outs Won From
First half 7 8
Second half 5 7
TOTAL 12 15

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 5 5

Springboks Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 1 1
TOTAL 3 3

28 Sep

Argentina v All Blacks, La Plata
by Tracey Nelson
28 Sep 2014

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

Some notes on these stats:

First Three to the Breakdown stats are looking for those players who are getting to the tackle/breakdown quickly and are also being useful by either cleaning out opposition players or setting up ruck ball. Anyone arriving and just leaning on the ruck isn’t included, so there are times when I will only tally one or two players. Likewise, if four players arrive simultaneously and perform a clean-out and setting up of a ruck, I will include all four in the stat.

Completed Tackles means that player actually brought the ball carrier to ground (ie. as the Laws of the Game actually described the tackler), not assists in the tackle situation which are tallied separately.

Missed tackles also includes slipped tackles where the ball runner gets away. Most importantly, I do NOT included slipped tackles in the Tackles Made stats, it gets noted as a missed tackle. Either you’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

Numbers in brackets are the first half/second half breakdown for each TOTAL. An asterisk denotes a player that came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Wyatt Crockett, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Argentinam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Julian Argentinavea, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Nathan Harris, Joe Moody, Ben Franks, Jeremy Thrush, Argentinam Cane, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Cory Jane

Points Scored NZ Argentina
Tries 4 1
Conversions 4 1
Penalties 2/2 2/3
TOTAL 34 13

Kicks from hand Own 22 Rest of field
NZ 5 23
Argentina 1 7
TOTAL 6 30

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 0
Argentina 11 0
TOTAL 21 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Fekitoa 1
Tackler Kaino, Read, Moody 3
Ruck hands Kaino 1
Ruck hinging McCaw 1
Offside kick Savea 2
Scrum Front row, O Franks 2
Late charge Dagg 1
TOTAL   11

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackler 3
Ruck off feet 1
Ruck hands 1
Ruck hinging 1
Ruck taking halfback 1
Scrum 2
Taking man in air 1
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons McCaw(2), Perenara(2), Dagg, Barrett, Kaino, Fekitoa 8
Pass to opposition Kaino 1
Forward pass Barrett, Perenara 2
Tackle C Smith, Fekitoa, Savea, Read 3
Lineout   1
Scrum   1
TOTAL   17

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 9
Spilled 1
Pass to opposition 1
Forward pass 2
Maul 3
Tackle 6
Lineout 3
Scrum 1
TOTAL 26

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Mealamu(2), Fekitoa(2), McCaw, ? 6
Maul   2
TOTAL   8

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 33 24+9
Retallick 15 12+3
Read 15 11+4
C Smith 15 11+4
Whitelock 15 6+9
Moody 14 5+9
O Franks 13 10+3
Mealamu 13 8+5
Crockett 12 10+2
Fekitoa 8 6+2
Kaino 7 4+3
Cane* 6  
Dagg 6 3+3
B Franks* 5  
Thrush*5  
B Smith 4 2+2
Slade* 2  
Barrett 2 0+2
Perenara* 1  

Forward ball carries No of carries
Kaino 7
Read 7
Whitelock 5
Mealamu 5
Retallick 4
Crockett 3
Thrush* 3
Cane* 3
O Franks 2
McCaw 2
Harris* 1
TOTAL 42

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Whitelock 17 (10+7) 3 (1+2)
Kaino 16 (11+5) 1 (0+1)
Read 11 (5+6) 1 (1+0)
Crockett 10 (8+2) 4 (3+1)
McCaw 10 (6+4) 1 (1+0)
Barrett 9 (4+5) 1 (1+0)
Mealamu 9 (8+1) 0
Fekiota 9 (3+6) 0
O Franks 8 (4+4) 1 (1+0)
Thrush* 5 0
A Smith 5 (3+2) 0
Retallick 4 (4+0) 2 (0+2)
Moody 4 (0+4) 0
Cane* 4 0
Savea 4 (1+3) 0
Harris* 3 0
C Smith 3 (0+3) 1 (0+1)
Dagg 2 (0+2) 1 (0+1)
Perenara* 1 0
B Smith 1 (0+1) 1 (0+1)
TOTAL 135 17

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Retallick 2
Savea 2
Perenara* 2
Mealamu 1
O Franks 1
Whitelock 1
Kaino 1
Read 1
A Smith 1
Barrett 1
Dagg 1
B Franks* 1
Slade* 1
  TOTAL 16

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 8 9

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 3 3
Retallick 2 2
Kaino 2 2
Quick throw 1 1

Argentina Line-outs Won From
First half 7 8
Second half 4 6
TOTAL 11 14

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 7 8
TOTAL 9 10

Argentina Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 4 4

13 Sep

All Blacks v Springboks, Wellington
by Tracey Nelson
13 Sep 2014

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

Some notes on these stats:

First Three to the Breakdown stats are looking for those players who are getting to the tackle/breakdown quickly and are also being useful by either cleaning out opposition players or setting up ruck ball. Anyone arriving and just leaning on the ruck isn’t included, so there are times when I will only tally one or two players. Likewise, if four players arrive simultaneously and perform a clean-out and setting up of a ruck, I will include all four in the stat.

Completed Tackles means that player actually brought the ball carrier to ground (ie. as the Laws of the Game actually described the tackler), not assists in the tackle situation which are tallied separately.

Missed tackles also includes slipped tackles where the ball runner gets away. Most importantly, I do NOT included slipped tackles in the Tackles Made stats, it gets noted as a missed tackle. Either you’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

Numbers in brackets are the first half/second half breakdown for each TOTAL. An asterisk denotes a player that came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Jeremy Thrush, Steven Luatua, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Joe Moody, Sam Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Cory Jane

Points Scored NZ SA
Tries 1 1
Conversions 0 1
Penalties 3/4 0/1
Drop goals 0 1/1
TOTAL 14 10

Kicks from hand Own 22 Rest of field
NZ 4 23
SA 9 15
TOTAL 13 38

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 9 1
SA 10 0
TOTAL 19 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Thrush, C Smith, B smith, Read 4
Ruck entry O Franks 1
Offside A Smith 1
Maul Read, Mealamu 2
Scrum Front row collapsing 1
TOTAL   9

SA Penalty Offences
Tackler 5
Ruck sealing off 1
Ruck off feet 1
Ruck entry 1
Scrum 2
TOTAL 10

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons A Smith(2), Read, Luatua, Savea(2), Crockett, Coles, Thrush, Jane 10
Spilled Barrett 1
Ruck - 4
Tackle Savea, Thrush, C Smith, B Smith, Read, B Franks 6
Lineout   3
Scrum   1
Maul   1
Miss touch from penalty Cruden 1
TOTAL   26

Turnovers Conceded by SA
Knock-ons 12
Pass to ground 1
Forward pass 2
Ruck 1
Tackle 2
Lineout 4
Scrum 2
TOTAL 24

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Read, Cane 2
TOTAL   2

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 38 22+16
Retallick 24 13+11
Read 23 17+6
Crockett 22 16+6
Thrush 22 11+11
O Franks 21 17+4
Luatua 11 10+11
Coles 11 7+4
Cane* 8  
Nonu 8  
Dagg 7 1+6
B Smith 6 4+2
Savea 6 4+2
Moody* 5
Jane* 5  
B Franks* 4  
Cruden 4 3+1

Forward ball carries No of carries
Read 10
McCaw 8
Thrush 8
Crocket 7
Coles 6
Retallick 6
Luatua 4
B Franks* 3
MOody* 2
O Franks 2
Cane* 1
TOTAL 57

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 11 (7+4) 0
Read 8 (4+4) 2 (1+1)
Thrush 8 (5+3) 0
Cane* 5 0
Retallick 5 (1+4) 1 (0+1)
Luatua 4 (4+0) 1 (1+0)
Barrett* 4 0
Crockett 4 (2+2) 0
O Franks 4 (3+1) 0
Coles 3 (3+0) 0
A Smith 3 (1+2) 0
B Smith 3 (1+2) 0
B Franks* 2 0
Mealamu* 2 0
Cruden 2 (2+0) 0
Dagg 2 (1+0) 0
Moody* 1 1
Jane* 1 0
Nonu 1 1
Savea 1 (0+1) 0
C Smith 1 (1+0) 0
TOTAL 75 6

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 1
Cruden 1
Savea 1
B Smith 1
Cane* 1
  TOTAL 5

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 8
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 10 13

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 4 4
Luatua 2 3
Retallick 1 1
Thrush 1 1
McCaw 1 1
Quick throw 1 1

SA Line-outs Won From
First half 8 9
Second half 5 8
TOTAL 13 17

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 3 4
TOTAL 7 8

SA Scrums Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 5 7
TOTAL 9 11