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