26 Aug

Game Stats: All Blacks v Wallabies, Eden Park, 25 August 2012
by Tracey Nelson
26 Aug 2012

The usual analysis of the All Blacks’ game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, ball carries, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums. Some notes on these stats follow throughout the article.

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, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Richie McCaw, Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Hosea Gear, Sonny Bill Williams, Ma’a Nonu, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

Subs: Hore for Mealamu and Retallick for Romano at 46 min, Ben Franks for Crockett and Ben Smith for Nonu at 55 min, Vito for Messam and Weepu for Aaron Smith at 64 min, and Cruden for Dagg at 70 min.

Points Scored NZ Australia
Tries 1 0  
Conversions 1 0
Penalties 5 from 6 0
TOTAL 22 0

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 7 0
Australia 11 1
TOTAL 18 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Carter 1
Tackler Hore, McCaw(2) 3
Ruck hinging McCaw 1
Scrum Crockett, Hore 2
TOTAL   7

Australia Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Tackler not rolling 2
Tackle – high 1
Playing ball on ground 2
Offside general 1
Offside from kick 1
Ruck leaving feet 1
Ruck offside 1
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Dagg(3), Romano(2), McCaw(2), Read(2), SBW, Nonu, Weepu 12
Forward pass Romano, Nonu 2
Pass error Romano, A Smith, Carter 3
Spilled ball SBW 1
Tackle Messam, Jane 2
Lineout Romano, Messam 2
Scrum Hore 1
TOTAL   23

Turnovers Conceded by Australia
Knock-ons 5
Pass 1
Tackle 2
Ruck 2
Maul 2
Lineout 3
Scrum 1
Miss touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 17

Clean Linebreaks
SBW 2
B Smith 2
Jane 1
Carter 1
A Smith 1
Dagg 1
Cruden 1
TOTAL 9

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 pointlessly on the side of a ruck isn’t included in these numbers.

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 33 16+17
Whitelock 27 9+18
O Franks 26 12+14
Read 23 14+9
Crockett 22 16+6
Retallick* 16  
Mealamu 14 8+6
Messam 14 7+7
Hore* 12  
Jane 12 5+7
B Franks* 8  
Romano 8 5+3
Vito* 7  
Carter 7 3+4
SBW 7 3+4
B Smith* 6  
Nonu 6 5+1
Gear 5 2+3
Weepu* 3  
A Smith 3 1+2
Dagg 2 1+1
Cruden*1  

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
SB Williams 12 65
Read 12 32
McCaw 11 48
O Franks 9 12
Messam 7 42
Retallick* 6 27
Whitelock 6 20
Mealamu 6 15
Hore* 5 15
Vito* 4 22
B Franks* 4 10
Romano 3 8
Crockett 1 5

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.

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 13 (5+8) 2 (1+2)
O Franks 8 (3+5) 1 (1+0)
A Smith 8 (6+2) 0
Messam 7 (4+3) 2 (2+0)
Whitelock 7 (4+3) 2 )2+0)
Vito* 6 0
Romano 6 (6+0) 0
Carter 6 (2+4) 0
Read 5 (3+2) 1 (0+1)
Crockett 4 (3+1) 2 (2+0)
SBW 4 (3+1) 0
Nonu 3 (2+1) 0
B Franks* 2 0
Retallick* 2 0
Mealamu 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
Gear 2 (2+0) 0
Cruden* 1 0
B Smith* 1 0
Jane 1 (0+1) 1 (1+0)
TOTAL 88 12

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.

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Carter 2
Crockett 1
Mealamu 1
Whitelock 1
Messam 1
Read 1
Jane 1
TOTAL 8

Set pieces in opposition 22 Number Scoring
All Blacks 5 0
Australia 3 0

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 3 5
Second half 9 9
TOTAL 12 14

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 4 4
Retallick 2 2
Read 2 2
Romano 1 2
Messam 1 2
Quick throw 1 1
Not thrown FK awarded  
TOTAL 12 14

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

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 8 9

Australia Scrums Won From
First half 5 6
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 8 9

19 Aug

Game Stats: All Blacks v Wallabies, Sydney, 18 August 2012
by Tracey Nelson
19 Aug 2012

The usual analysis of the All Blacks’ game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, ball carries, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums. Some notes on these
stats follow throughout the article.

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: Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Richie McCaw, Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Hosea Gear, Sonny Bill Williams, Ma’a Nonu, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

Subs: Retallick for Romano at 52 min, Ben Franks for Woodcock at 66 min, Hore for Mealamu at 77 min and Weepu for Smith at 79 min.

Points Scored NZ Australia
Tries 2 1  
Conversions 1 1
Penalties 5 from 6 4 from 4
TOTAL 24 19

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 15 0
Australia 11 0
TOTAL 26 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Ruck entry Nonu 1
Ruck leaving feet /Messam, Whitelock/Messam 2
Ruck offside Nonu,McCaw 2
Offside general O Franks, B Franks 2
Obstruction Nonu 1
Scrum Front row, Woodcock 3
Lineout Read 2
Throwing ball away Smith 1
Taking player off ball Romano 1
TOTAL   15

Australia Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Tackler not rolling 1
Ruck leaving feet 1
Ruck hands 2
Scrum 4
Lineout 1
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons McCaw, Read, Jane, Gear 4
Forward pass SB Williams, Messam(2) 3
Pass error Read, SB Williams, Dagg 3
Spilled ball McCaw 1
Ruck – foot O Franks 1
Ran into own player Smith 1
Miss touch from penalty Carter 1
TOTAL   14

Turnovers Conceded by Australia
Knock-ons 11
Tackle 4
Ruck 2
Maul 2
Lineout 1
Scrum 1
TOTAL 21

Clean Linebreaks
Dagg 2
Whitelock 1
Smith 1
Messam 1
TOTAL 5

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 pointlessly on the side of a ruck isn’t included in these numbers.

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 25 12+13
Messam 16 9+7
Woodcock 15 9+6
O Franks 13 8+5
Read 12 6+6
Romano 11 9+2
Nonu 10 4+6
Mealamu 9 3+6
Retallick* 8  
SB Williams 7 4+3
Whitelock 6 4+2
Jane 6 3+3
B Franks* 3  
Smith 3 0+3
Dagg 2 1+1
Gear 2 0+2
Hore* 1  
Carter 1 1+0

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
SB Williams 7 44
Messam 6 53
Read 6 19
McCaw 4 48
Whitelock 3 22
Romano 3 21
Mealamu 3 10
Retallick* 2 10
O Franks 2 3
Woodcock 1 2
B Franks* 1 2

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.

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 12 (3+9) 3 (1+2)
Carter 12 (6+6) 3 (1+2)
Nonu 11 (5+6) 2 (1+1)
O Franks 9 (3+6) 5 (1+4)
Whitelock 9 (1+8) 0
Messam 8 (4+4) 0
Read 7 (5+2) 3 (1+2)
Retallick* 7 0
Romano 7 (6+1) 0
Mealamu 5 (4+1) 4 (1+3)
Woodcock 4 (2+2) 2 (2+0)
Gear 4 (2+2) 0
Smith 3 (2+1) 1 (1+0)
SB Williams 3 (2+1) 0
Jane 3 (2+1) 0
Dagg 3 (2+1) 0
Hore* 1 0
B Franks* 0 2
TOTAL 108 25

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.

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Nonu 4
Whitelock 2
Jane 2
O Franks 1
Dagg 1
TOTAL 10

Set pieces in opposition 22 Number Scoring
All Blacks 6 1 try
Australia 2 1 penalty

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 8 8
McCaw 3 3
Retallick 2 2
Romano 1 1
TOTAL 14 14

Australia Line-outs Won From
First half 7 8
Second half 6 6
TOTAL 13 14

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 10 10

Australia Scrums Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 7 8

17 Jul

Super 15: Round 21 Stats
by Tracey Nelson
17 Jul 2012

Stats for the New Zealand sides from the final round of Super 15 2012.

Goal Kicking % Success Total attempts
Tom Taylor 100% 2
MichaelHobbs 100% 1
Dan Carter 83% 6
Piri Weepu 83% 6
Aaron Cruden 57% 7
Beauden Barrett 56% 8

Penalties conceded Total At breakdown
Blues 11 8
Chiefs 11 8
Canes 9 5
Crusaders 18 10

Total Penalties to date
Blues 127
Chiefs 171
Hurricanes 159
Crusaders 152
Highlanders 152

Breakdown turnovers Won Lost
Blues 6 1
Chiefs 1 6
Canes 6 1
Crusaders 9 1

Handling Errors
Blues 8
Chiefs 12
Canes 10
Crusaders 8

Top ten tacklers
Todd 25
Messam 19
Clarke 17
Donnelly 16
C Smith 16
Levave 15
Latimer 15
Lowrey 14
McCaw 13
G Whitelock 13

Top Linebreakers
Piutau 4
Carter 3
F Saili 3

Lineout percentages This week Overall
Blues 63 73
Chiefs 82 83
Hurricanes 83 74
Crusaders 78 83
Highlanders Bye 80

14 Jul

Super 15: Last Round Preview
by WAJ
14 Jul 2012

Hurricanes v Chiefs – Easily the game of the round. Great potential for an excellent game. The Chiefs, for all their struggles at set piece, nearly won last week and their confidence will remain high they are on the right track. Lots of changes means a stronger looking team and with a focus on set piece up front and better use of the outside backs should see them home comfortably. The Hurricanes have to win, almostcertainly with a bonus point, and then hope at least two other results go their way – a big ask. But they are nothing if resilient and the Chiefs will have to ensure their defence is on guard all game, a sniff and Smith and co are gone-burger, 55 tries (that of the Force and Lions combined believe it or not) says relax at your peril. I think the Chiefs will win the battle up front and that will get them home.
Chiefs 1 – 12

Brumbies v Blues – should be a comfortable home win. The Blues showed signs in the second half last week that they have potential – unfortunately a roadblock in the halves will stymie that for the time being, though a competitive forward pack could cause some trouble for the Brumbies. And only 16 out this week I see.The Brumbies will hope to carry on their merry way – efficiency their mantra. They keep it simple and move the ball quickly when there is a chance to use the pace they have out wide. Possibly vulnerable at 1 5/8, but do the Blues have the weapons to test this out??? McCabe v Nonu an interesting match up.
Brumbies 1 – 12

Crusaders v Force – The interest here is only in how much the Crusaders win by.Plenty of changes for the Force in what will be the most capped playerin Soopa rugby, Nathan Sharp’slast runat this level. But there are a lot ofbig names missing and it looks to be more a trial for next year than anything else for the Force. The Crusaders will need to stick to their aims and get things into shape for the playoffs. The outs don’t really help them here but the likes of Fred, DC, DonnersandMaitland can all do with a run to improve further. Interesting Whitelock at centre, presume Fruean is rested, but it will be interesting to see what comes of this change.
Crusaders 1000+

Reds v Waratahs – Thank goodness! No more woeful Waratahs to cruel our rugby vision until next February. They really are the great underachievers of Soopa rugby – with the talent they have had over the years it is almost criminal that they have so underachieved. Internal politics throughout the whole organisation would seem to have played a great part – I mean who sacks a coach when he gets them to a grand final?? Would love to see what the likes of Jake White could do with this team. Foley has them again next year but on this years performance he is pushing the proverbial up a very steep hill. But they play the old enemy tomorrow so will be up for it, but will again fail to take advantage of any good ball and you can guarantee good Wallabies will become bad Waratahs. The Reds have left their run too late, and after a disappointing effort last week have left themselves with too much to do tomake the play-offs. They will know where they stand before they play, and an upset in Canberra is what they will be praying for. A Brumbies win or bonus point loss could see the Reds really have a go and stick it to their great rivals.
Reds 13+

Stormers v Rebels – The last game foranother ofSoopa rugby’s real warhorses in Stirling Mortlock. Unfortunately it is unlikely he will go out on a winning note. Given that the Stormers defence will hold out a limited Rebels, and that the Stormers struggle to score tries themselves (whilst 2nd on the ladder they have scored the third least amount of points and not once have they got four tries, even with the Flash on board – extraordinary) this could be a game only the true believers will be watching.
Stormers 13+

Sharks v Cheetahs – The Cheetahs were brave last week in atrocious conditions to push the Stormers, without really looking like winning. They have tailed off a bit. The Sharks look to be peaking for a real go at the finals and will be far too strong at home, though they have each won two at the Shark Tank. And Bismark is the best forward in world rugby at the moment – a phenomenal player.
Sharks 13+

Bulls v Lions – The Lions were OK last week, but the Bulls at home, smarting from last weeks belting -wouldn’t be mortgaging the house to back the Pussies any time soon.
Bulls 13+

Regards Waj

9 Jul

Super 15: Round 20 Stats
by Tracey Nelson
9 Jul 2012

Stats on the NZ teams from Round 20.

Goal Kicking % Success Total attempts
Lachie Munro 71% 7
Aaron Cruden 67% 6
Dan Carter 57% 7
Mike Delany 33% 3
Noakes 0 1

Penalties conceded Total At breakdown
Blues 11 9
Chiefs 6 4
Crusaders 12 9
Highlanders 8 5

Total Penalties to date
Blues 116
Chiefs 160
Hurricanes 150
Crusaders 134
Highlanders 152

Top ten tacklers
Cane 23
G Whitelock 18
Haskell 17
McCaw 16
Romano 16
O Franks 16
Retallick 16
L Braid 13
Carter 12
Thomson 12

Lineout percentages This week Overall
Blues 75 74
Chiefs 50 83
Hurricanes - 79
Crusaders 88 84
Highlanders 83 80

6 Jul

Super 15: Round 20 Preview
by WAJ
6 Jul 2012

So how is any self respecting sports fanatic supposed to get through the next 5 or so weeks without 1) life threatening sleep deprivation, 2) loss of job, 3) divorce!! Wimbledon, Tour de France, Olympics, cricket (yeah I know we are crap but still it is on and – OK fair enough we could miss that)- and then there are the oval ball codes…. It is enough to drive anyone to upgrade their plasma to a bigger size!!!

Some great games this weekend – well the first 3 are, then it pretty much turns to crap – so enjoy tonight then watch replays of Federer v Djokovic (probably the match of the weekend between guys who aren’t overly fond of each other).

Chiefs v Crusaders – Oh the hype for this game, hope it lives up to it. Should be a beauty. Lots of great match ups, the need for points from both sides and their earlier encounter all bring a great edge to this. The keys for me – will the Chiefs scrum hold up this time, the midfield defences of both teams and the form of Dan Carter. The Crusaders will no doubt attack the Chiefs scrum, and with the Crusaders scrum wanting to prove a point but more importantly gain an edge in this game it is crucial the Chiefs hold up. I thought the Crusaders failed to use their scrum advantage as much as they could have last week and need to get that right, Read will of course help that as McCaw seemed to struggle at times with his timing last week. Then the Crusaders need to hold SBW, but equally the debutante centre in Horrell will be tested by Fruean and Fred – tackle drop offs here could well mean points. The match up of Carter and Cruden is of course critical to edge sides fortunes. Cruden is playing great rugby, consistent, inventive and accurate, he has arguably been the player of the year so far for the Chiefs. Carter will need to be at his best for the Crusaders to get a win here – the Chiefs defence is up there with the best and there is none better that Carter at breaching defences, whether by hand or foot. And I’m just looking forward to seeing the front rows square off, Romano v Retallick, Cane v McCAw, TKB v Ellis, Carter v Cruden and on it goes. Weather looks good – can’t wait. And I just think the little extra class will come through in the end.
Crusaders 1 – 12

Reds v Highlanders – What a great follow up. So two teams here that are hanging on to play off hopes by the skin of their teeth and really need a bonus point win to stay in the hunt. This brings a different pressure to bearof course and I wonder if the Highlanders have it in them to score those 4 tries, especially away and having Ellison out also a handicap. Still they will give it their all as usual and cause problems with their disruptive game plan. But the Reds are looking batter and better and turned in some quality play last week to have the Rebels done and dusted quite early on. Diggers is a big out, but they still have plenty of speed out wide and with the Burglar geting more match fit each week they will ask plenty of questions.Expect the forwards to break even with the more stable and creativeaxis of the Reds to steer them to a win.
Reds 13+

Sharks v Bulls – And then we get this beauty. The Bulls were fantastic last week. They switched off late, but prior to that were almost scoring at will, including an absolute cracker from Basson (arguably the individual try of the season). On that form they will be very very hard to beat. The Sharks had a bye last week and whilst that will freshen up their test players nicely, the changes they have made may well offset that in terms of stable combinations. The bus that is Frans Steyn is a great in for the Sharks,but his combination with Freddie is uncertain, and a new 8, 9, 10 in itself could be problematic though they are all experienced players. I think the more settled Bulls team in great form will shade this one.
Bulls 1 – 12

Blues v Force – hard to get enthused about this. Crowd numbers could be a worry. The Blues should get up. The Force have been as horrible as the Blues and with some key players missing will struggle. The Blues have a good blend of youth and experience and should have too many options for the Force.
Blues 13+

Waratahs v Brumbies – this is an intriguing game. The Waratahs have been horrible this year, shocking tactics, woeful execution and just plain dumb. So what do they now the season has gone, pull a selection rabbit out of the hat and go with a new halfback ( Grayson Hart no less) and a rookie 1 5/8. The rest of the back-line are all tried and tested Wallabies, some in good form and they will be up for this. Apart from Queensland this is the game they really set themselves for. The Brumbies need to keep winning to ensure themseleves a play off spot, any slip ups and the Reds could well take that one spot that seems likely for the Australian conference. There consistency has beenthe key, but they looked a little shaky last week and will need to tighten their defence.
Waratahs 1 – 12

Cheetahs v Stormers – The Cheetahs were horrible last week, the Stormers weren’t that flash themselves though they have that defence. And how does a side with that much talent in the backline score so few tries?
Stormers 13+

Lions v Rebels – Mmmmm. The mighty Rebels have too many outs for me.
Lions 13+

Regards
Waj

29 Jun

Super 15: Round 16 Preview
by WAJ
29 Jun 2012

So all local derbies, with a few injuries affecting some teams. Makes it interesting for the NZ sides anyway, Aus and SA should be more straight forward.

Highlanders v Chiefs – Some interesting selections strategies here, especially from the Highlanders where you would think 2 test class forwards must start ahead of 2 provincial journeyman in this must win game for them. YesHore and Haskell may be a bit jaded but if the Highlanders lose that is basically it for them – big call JJ. But even putting aside player selection, and surelythere isa question mark over Cruden as well, the Chiefs have the form on the board to win this. Their forwards have been great all year in all aspects, the direction from Cruden spot on, and the weapons available to him, whether it be SBW with his wide range of skills, or those further out where speed and timing have played a big part. The Hurricanes are all about intensity and pressure. They are a good team but a player or two short of being a real contender. Theyremain a little vulnerable at scrum time, an opportunity good opposition can exploit to get possession and territory, and look a little weak in the inside backs, where a fair bit of SBW traffic will be heading I would think. The only weakness the Chiefs have shown this year is just wide of the breakdown andto me the Highlanders lack the weapons to exploit this, if indeed the Chiefs still have thatproblem, I am sure it has been worked on. So while tough at home i think the more all round game of the Chiefs will see them home.
Chiefs 1 – 12

Rebels v Reds – Arguably the strongest Rebelsteam named thisseason, the backs especially look very dangerous. But again the Reds have a much stronger all round look and should be too strong. The Reds must win with a bonus point to keep their play offchances alive. This could be a problem as they will be chasing points. They won’t want to leave any/many counter attackopportunities for the likes of JOC and Kurtley!! The Reds to win in a high scoring contest.
Reds 1 – 12

Crusaders v Hurricanes – More injuries here. I wonder how the Soopa coaches really feel about thelast 3 weeks – resigned to it or pissed off. (it is funny how different codes have different priorities – Union is Tests 1st, Soopa next, then theITM Cup. League is State of Origin 1st, and thenprobably club and internationals about the same, AFL is all about the clubs, with interstate games stopped in the late 90′s due to club concerns about injuries to key players. Soccer I reckon is all about clubs, but they have to allow their players to play for their countries). Slackbladder must be pissed with 3 key players out injured. Fortunately the Crusaders do have great back up but any team losing the likes of Carter and Read is less effective. So the Hurricanes probably have a bitmore of a hope. The big question, and those injuries will play a part here, is whether the Crusaders cancontinue woth the form they were showing before the test break ( I tell you Blackadder won’t be happy). If that form comes to the fore the Hurricanes have no chance. And they have a couple of big injuries themselves. So where will the game be decided – scrums will be huge, goalkicking thus comes into it. And the weather of course, Tracey a nice tropical evening in the mid teens is it? I expect a close game with the Crusaders in the ascendency through their forwards as both teams get to grips with Soopa rugby again
Crusaders 1 – 12

Force v Brumbies – On paper the Force should be all over this. But of course they have been amongst the biggest underachievers so far. The complete contrast to the ever impressive Brumbies who have battled injury all season to be this years surprise package. Their all round game will be too strong against a Force team with as many duds as champions and thus always vulnerable.
Brumbies 1 – 12

Stormers v Lions – All about Mitch – yawn. Will it galvanise thepussies, I would doubt.
Stormers 13+

Bulls v Cheetahs – The Cheetahs will have spent the last 3 weeks planning for this game. Basically unaffected by the tests they have had a good chance to train for this game specifically and thus could be very dangerous. They play an all action game which can be hard to stop. The Bulls will need to be on the job and with 10 or so having returned from test duty they will need all their concentration. Home advantage is a blessing.
Bulls 1 – 12

Regards Waj

24 Jun

Game Stats: All Blacks v Ireland, Hamilton, 23 June 2012
by Tracey Nelson
24 Jun 2012

The usual analysis of the All Blacks’ game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, ball carries, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums. Some notes on these stats follow throughout the article.

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: Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Hosea Gear, Sonny Bill Williams, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealmau, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Adam Whitelock, Piri Weepu, Beauden Barrett, Tamati Ellison

Subs: Barrett for Cruden at 24 min, Mealamu for Hore at 40 min, Retallick for Whitelock at 57 min, Weepu for A Smith and Ellison for C Smith at 61 min, Thomson for Cane at 70 min, and B Franks for Woodcock at 75 min.

Points Scored NZ Ireland
Tries 9 0  
Conversions 6 0
Penalties 1 0
TOTAL 60 0

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 7 0
Ireland 8 0
TOTAL 15 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Romano 1
Tackler not releasing O Franks 1
Ruck hands McCaw 1
Ruck leaving feet McCaw 1
Ruck offside A Smith 1
Obstruction Cane 1
Scrum O Franks 1
TOTAL   7

Ireland Penalty Offences
Tackler 2
Tackled player 1
Ruck leaving feet 1
Ruck hands 1
Ruck offside 1
Lineout 1
Obstruction 1
TOTAL 8

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons A Smith(2), McCaw(2), Cane, Dagg, Messam, C Smith, Romano, B Smith 10
Spilled ball Cane 1
Pass to opp Retallick 1
Fwd pass McCaw 1
Tackle 2
Ruck 1
Maul 1
TOTAL   17

Turnovers Conceded by Ireland
Knock-ons 8
Spilled ball 1
Tackle 4
Ruck 4
Lineout 2
Scrum 1
TOTAL 20

Clean Linebreaks
SB Williams 2
Messam 2
Cane 1
Gear 1
B Smith 1
Thomson 1
TOTAL 8

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 pointlessly on the side of a ruck isn’t included in these numbers.

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 31 19+12
Cane 24 12+12
O Franks 21 9+12
Romano 19 14+5
Woodcock 19 11+8
Messam 18 11+7
Retallick* 11  
Hore 11  
Whitelock 11 8+3
B Smith 11 5+6
Mealamu* 10
SB Williams 9 5+4
C Smith 7 6+1
Dagg 7 4+3
Thomson* 4  
Gear 4 3+1
B Franks* 3
Barrett 3 0+3
Crudn 2  
Ellison* 2  
Weepu* 2  

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Romano 9 42
McCaw 9 30
SB Williams 8 85
Messam 6 39
Cane 6 35
Whitelock 4 10
O Franks 4 8
Hore 3 8
Mealamu* 2 14
Woodcock 2 12
Thomson 1 12
B Franks 1 3

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.

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Cane 16 (11+5) 2 (0+2)
McCaw 15 (6+9) 11 (6+5)
Messam 13 (5+8) 4 (3+1)
Whitelock 9 (5+4) 6 (5+1)
C Smith 9 (5+4) 0
Romano 8 (4+4) 8 (3+1)
Barrett* 7 (4+3) 0
O Franks 7 (5+2) 6 (2+4)
Thomson* 6 0
A Smith 6 (5+1) 0
SB Williams 6 (2+4) 1 (1+0)
Woodcock 6 (4+2) 0
Retallick* 5 0
Hore 4 3
Ellison* 4 0
B Smith 4 (1+3) 0
Cruden 3 0
Dagg 3 (2+1) 0
Gear 2 (0+2) 1 (0+1)
B Franks* 1 3
Weepu* 0 1
TOTAL 134 42

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.

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Cane 2
Woodcock 1
Hore 1
Cruden 1
SB Wiliams 1
B Franks 1
Retallick 1
TOTAL 8

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 9 9
TOTAL 14 14

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Romano 4 4
McCaw 4 4
Whitelock 3 3
Messam 2 2
Retallick 1 1
TOTAL 14 14

Ireland Line-outs Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 7 8
TOTAL 13 15

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

Ireland Scrums Won From
First half 5 6
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 7 8

18 Jun

Game Stats: All Blacks v Ireland, Christchurch, 16 June 2012
by Tracey Nelson
18 Jun 2012

The usual analysis of the All Blacks’ game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, ball carries, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums. Some notes on these stats follow throughout the article.

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: Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Adam Thomson, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Sonny Bill Williams, Conrad Smith, Zac Guildford, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Hika Elliot, Ben Franks, Ali Williams, Sam Cane, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

Subs: Sam Cane for Kieran Read at 40 min, Ben Franks for Owen Franks at 57 min, Ali Williams for Brodie Retallick and Piri Weepu for Aaron Smith at 66 min, Retallick for Thomson at 70 min, Ben Smith for Julian Savea at 73 min.

Points Scored NZ Ireland
Tries 1 1  
Conversions Carter 1 Sexton 1
Penalties Carter 4/4 Sexton 4/4
Drop goals Carter 1/3 Sexton 0  
TOTAL 22 19

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 0
Ireland 9 3
TOTAL 20 3

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player McCaw, Whitelock 2
Tackler not rolling Thomson 1
Tackler dangerous McCaw 1
Ruck hands Woodcock 1
Ruck offside O Franks, A Williams 2
Ruck leaving feet/sealing O Franks 1
Scrum releasing bind Cane 1
Scrum collapsing B Franks 1
Foul play Dagg 1
TOTAL   11

Ireland Penalty Offences
Tackled player 1
Tackler not releasing 2
Ruck leaving feet 2
Ruck entry 2
Scrum 1
Lineout obstruction 1
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons McCaw (4), Savea (2), SB Williams, Dagg 8
Spilled ball Thomson 1  
Pass Dagg 1
Tackle McCaw, Whitelock 2
Ruck spill Read 1
Miss touch from penalty Carter 1
TOTAL   14

Turnovers Conceded by Ireland
Knock-ons 6
Tackle 3
Scrum 2
Lineout 3
TOTAL 14

Clean Linebreaksin match
Dagg 1
C Smith 1
A Williams 1
Sexton 1
TOTAL 4

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 pointlessly on the side of a ruck isn’t included in these numbers.

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Hore 39 21+18
McCaw 38 22+16
Retallick 35 24+11
Thomson 32 18+14
Woodcock 32 18+14
Whitelock 28 15+13
O Franks 24 16+8
Cane* 15  
Read 11  
SB Williams 10 7+3
Guildford 10 5+5
Dagg 9 4+5
B Franks* 8  
C Smith 8 5+3
Savea 6 3+3
Carter 6 1+5
A Williams* 5  
A Smith 2 0+2
B Smith* 1  

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
McCaw 17 72
Thomson 10 45
Read 8 30
Hore 8 20
Cane* 7 21
Whitelock 7 16
SB Williams 7 51
Woodcock 6 17
B Franks 3* 15
O Franks 3 9
A Williams 2 29

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.

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Thomson 11 (3+8) 1 (0+1)
Cane* 7 3
McCaw 7 (1+6) 1 (0+1)
Retallick 7 (4+3+ 1 (0+1)
Whitelock 7 (3+4) 1 (1+0)
Carter 6 (1+5) 1 (0+1)
C Smith 5 (3+2 0
Woodcock 5 (2+3) 0
O Franks 4 (2+3) 3 (1+2)
Hore 4 (1+3) 2 (1+1)
SB Williams 4 (1+3) 0
A Smith 2 (2+0) 1 (0+1)
Dagg 2 (1+1) 0
Read 1 4
B Franks* 1 1
Savea 1 (1+0) 0
A Williams* 1 0
B Smith* 1 0
TOTAL 80 29

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.

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Woodcock 4
Hore 1
O Franks 1
SB Wiliams 1
TOTAL   8

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 3 3
Retallick 3 3
Read 1 1
Thomson 1 1
Williams* 1 1
TOTAL 9 9

Ireland Line-outs Won From
First half 8 10
Second half 5 6
TOTAL 13 16

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

Ireland Scrums Won From
First half 0 2
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 3 5

10 Jun

All Blacks v Ireland: Eden Park, Auckland, 9 June 2012
by Tracey Nelson
10 Jun 2012

The usual analysis of the All Blacks’ game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, ball carries, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums. Some notes on these stats follow throughout the article.

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: Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Victor Vito, Richie McCaw, Victor Vito, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Sonny Bill Williams, Conrad Smith, Zac Guildford, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Hika Elliot, Ben Franks, Ali Williams, Adam Whitelock, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

Subs: Thomson for Vito at 46 min, Ali Williams for Retallick and Ben Smith for Guildford at 53 min, Weepu for Aaron Smith at 57 min, Elliot for Hore and Ben Franks for Owen Franks at 61 min, Cruden for Savea at 64 min.

NZ points: Tries to Savea (3), Thomson, C. Smith. Conversions (4) and Penalties (3) to Carter.
Ireland points: Try to McFadden. Conversion and penalty to Sexton.

Points Scored NZ Ireland
Tries 5 1
Conversions 4 1
Penalties 3/3 1/1
TOTAL 42 10

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 10 1
Ireland 10 2
TOTAL 20 3

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Retallick, McCaw 2
Tackler not rolling Whitelock 1
Tackler slowing ball Retallick 1
Ruck entry Read, A Williams 2
Ruck leaving feet/sealing A Smith 2
Ruck offside A Williams 1
Scrum front row 1
TOTAL   10

Ireland Penalty Offences
Tackler (high) 1
Ruck leaving feet 2
Ruck hands 1
Offside 3
Holding player back 2
Scrum 1
TOTAL 10

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Read (3), McCaw (2), SB Williams (2), Savea, Dagg, B Smith 10
Intercept Cruden 1
Maul   1
Tackle SB Williams, Retallick, McCaw, O Franks, Dagg 5
TOTAL   17

Turnovers Conceded by Ireland
Knock-ons 5
Spilled ball 4
Pass 1
Ruck 1
Lineout 1
Scrum 1
Missed touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 14

Clean Linebreaks
Dagg 2
Savea 2
Guildford 1
Kieran Read 1
C Smith 1
B Smith* 1
SB Williams 1
TOTAL 7

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 pointlessly on the side of a ruck isn’t included in these numbers.

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 34 20+14
Whitelock 30 18+11
Retallick 27 24+3
Hore 25 21+4
Vito 21 18+3
O Franks 21 19+2
Woodcock 21 13+8
Read 19 9+10
A Williams* 9  
Thomson* 9  
C Smith 8 6+2
Dagg 8 3+5
SB Williams 7 6+1
B Franks* 6  
Carter 6 3+3
Elliot* 5  
Guildford 4 3+1
Savea 4 2+2
B Smith* 3  
Cruden* 1  
Weepu* 1  

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Vito 9 35
McCaw 8 31
Read 7 70
Whitelock 6 15
O Franks 5 14
Hore 4 11
Woodock 4 10
A Williams* 3 10
Elliot* 3 12
B Franks* 3 18
Retallick 2 7
Thomson* 1 5

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.

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 9 (3+6) 4 (1+3)
Carter 9 (6+5) 2 (1+1)
SB Williams 8 (4+4) 2 (1+1)
Thomson* 7 0
C Smith 7 (3+4) 4 (1+3)
Vito 5 (4+1) 2 (2+0)
O Franks 5 (2+3) 0
Read 5 (2+3) 1 (0+1)
Retallick 4 (3+1) 2 (1+1)
B Franks* 3 1
Guildford 3 (3+0) 0
Savea 3 (2+1) 0
Woodcock 3 (2+1) 4 (2+2)
Whitelock 3 (3+0) 4 (1+3)
Elliot* 2 1
Hore 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
A Williams* 1 0
Dagg 1 (1+0) 0
TOTAL 80 29

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.

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Woodcock 1
Read 1
SB Williams 1
TOTAL 3

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 6 6
Read 3 3
Retallick 1 1
Vito 1 1
Williams* 1 1
Thomson* 1 1
TOTAL 13 13

Ireland Line-outs Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 9 10

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 1 1
Second half 9 10
TOTAL 10 11

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