24 Sep

RWC Game stats: All Blacks v Namibia, Olympic Stadium
by Tracey Nelson
24 Sep 2015

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 the 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 who came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: B Franks, Cody Taylor, Charlie Faumuina, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane (c), Victor Vito, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea, Sonny Bill Williams, Malakai Fekitoa, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Colin Slade
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Tony Woodcock, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Ma’a Nonu, Ben Smith

Points scored NZ Namibia
Tries 9 1
Conversions 5 1
Penalties 1/1 3/3
TOTAL 58 14

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Barrett 1/1 4/8
Slade 0 1/1
Kotze 3/3 1/1

Restarts won NZ Namibia
Own kick-off 1/5 1/10
Opposition kick-off 9/10 2/5
TOTAL 10 3

Kicks in play NZ Namibia
Own 22 3 2
Rest of field 6 9
TOTAL 9 11

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 6 1
Namibia 13 1
TOTAL 19 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player B Franks, Barrett 2
Tackler MCane, Kaino 2
Offside general Faumuina 1
Lineout Romano 1
TOTAL 6

Namibia Penalty Offences
Tackled player 1
Tackler 3 (1 YC)
Ruck off feet 2
Scrum 6
TOTAL 12

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Savea(3), Fekitoa, Vito, Perenara, Taylor, Milner-Skudder, Read, B Smith, Crockett 11
Pass Fekitoa, Perenara, Whitelock 3
Forward pass Slade 1
Tackle Cane 1
Accidental offside 1
Lineout Vito 1
Maul 2
TOTAL 20

Turnovers Conceded by Namibia
Knock-ons 6
Tackle 1
Ruck 2
Maul 1
Lineout 1
Maul 1
Scrum 3
TOTAL 15

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Kaino 1
Ruck Cane, Kaino 2
TOTAL 3

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Cane 31 19+12
Romano 28 17+11
Whitelock 21 19+2
Franks 20 9+11
Faumuina 18 12+6
Kaino 17 5+2
Taylor 16 7+9
Vito 10 5+5
Fekitoa 9 4+5
Crockett* 6
Savea 6 3+3
Read* 5
Williams 5 4+1
Kerr-Barlow* 5
McCaw* 4
Perenara 4 2+2
Barrett 3 1+2
Nonu* 2
B Smith* 2
Milner-Skudder 2 0+2
Slade 2 1+1

Forward ball carries Carries
Vito 9
Franks 6
Taylor 4
Romano 4
Read* 3
Faumuina 3
Kaino 3
McCaw* 2
Cane 2
Whitelock 1
Woodcock 1
TOTAL 38

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Cane 6 (4+2) 0
Vito 5 (2+3) 0
Taylor 4 (1+3) 0
Romano 3 (2+1) 1 (0+1)
Kaino 3 (1+2) 0
Perenara 3 (3+0) 0
McCaw* 2 0
Kerr-Barlow* 2 0
Franks 2 (0+2) 2 (0+2)
Williams 2 (1+1) 0
Slade 2 (0+2) 0
Whitelock 1 (0+1) 1 (1+0)
Faumuina 1 (0+1) 2 (1+1)
Nonu* 1 0
Read* 1 0
Milner-Skudder 1 (0+1) 0
Savea 1 (1+0) 0
TOTAL 40 6

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Taylor 1
Romano 1
McCaw* 1
Fekitoa 1
TOTAL 4

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 10 11

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Vito 6 7
Kaino 2 2
Romano 1 1
Read* 1 1

Namibia Line-outs Won From
First half 2 3
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 7 8

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 6 6
TOTAL 11 11

Namibia Scrums Won From
First half 4 5
Second half 5 7
TOTAL 9 12

20 Sep

RWC Game Stats: All Blacks v Argentina, Wembley Stadium
by Tracey Nelson
20 Sep 2015

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 the 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 who came on as a substitute.

This week:

Team: Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams

Points scored NZ Argentina
Tries 2 1
Conversions 2 1
Penalties 4/4 3/3
TOTAL 26 16

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Carter 4/4 2/2
Sanchez 3/3 1/1

Restarts won NZ Argentina
Own kick-off 0 0
Opposition kick-off 5 4
TOTAL 5 4

Kicks in play NZ Argentina
Own 22 7 11
Rest of field 15 13
TOTAL 22 24

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 9 0
Argentina 12 1
TOTAL 21 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Offside general play Franks 1
Offside ruck McCaw 1
Ruck not supporting weight McCaw 1
Ruck hands C Smith (YC) 1
Ruck playing ball on ground Cane* 1
Scrum Front row, Second row 2
Taking player in air C Smith 1
Foot trip McCaw (YC) 1
TOTAL 9

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackled player 1
Tackler 5
Ruck offside 3
Not 10m for penalty 1 (YC)
Ruck off feet 2
Scrum 1
TOTAL 12

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Retallick(2), Read, Milner-Skudder, Franks, Coles, Barrett*(2), Cane*, C Smith 10
Pass Milner-Skudder, Coles, C Smith, Read, Kaino, Perenara* 6
Forward pass Read 1
Tackle Faumuina*, B Smith 1
Lineout Read 1
TOTAL 19

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 8
Tackle 1
Ruck 2
Maul 1
Lineout 1
Touch on full 1
TOTAL 14

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Read, Kaino 2
Ruck McCaw, counter ruck 2
TOTAL 4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 44 15+29
Whitelock 32 12+20
Retallick 26 12+14
Franks 24 18+6
Kaino 18 12+6
Woodcock 16 15+1
Crockett* 16
C Smith 16 8+8
Read 15 6+9
B Smith 13 6+7
Coles 11 7+4
Cane* 10
Mealamu* 8
Carter 7 3+4
Faumuina* 6
Savea 6 4+2
Barrett* 4
Nonu 3 3+0
Milner-Skudder 3 1+2
Vito* 1
Williams* 1

Forward ball carries Carries
Read 13
Retallick 8
Kaino 8
Faumuina* 6
McCaw 6
Whitelock 6
Crockett* 4
Coles 4
Vito* 3
Franks 3
Woodcock 1
Cane* 1
TOTAL 63

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 13 (10+3) 2 (1+1)
Read 13 (8+5) 0
A Smith 10 (7+3) 1 (1+0)
Carter 9 (3+6) 1 (0+1)
Whitelock 7 (6+1) 2 (2+0)
Kaino 7 (5+2) 2 (2+1)
Retallick 5 (3+2) 1 (1+0)
Woodcock 4 (4+0) 6 (6+0)
Franks 4 (3+1) 3 (3+0)
Coles 4 (2+2) 0
Nonu 4 (3+1) 0
B Smith 4 (1+3) 0
Cane* 3 1
C Smith 3 (1+2) 3 (3+0)
Savea 3 (0+3) 0
Williams* 2 1
Vito* 2 1
Crockett* 2 0
Perenara* 2 0
Mealamu* 1 1
Faumuina* 1 1
Milner-Skudder 1 (1+0) 0
Barrett* 0 1
TOTAL 104 27

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Franks 3
McCaw 2
Read 2
Retallick 2
Whitelock 1
Kaino 1
Carter 1
Nonu 1
Coles 1
Milner-Skudder 1
TOTAL 15

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 9 10
Second half 9 9
TOTAL 18 19

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 6 7
Whitelock 4 4
Retallick 2 2
Kaino 2 2
Not shown 1 1
Carter 1 1
McCaw 1 1
Cane* 1 1

Argentina Line-outs Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 5 6
TOTAL 10 11

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 1 1
TOTAL 6 6

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

20 Sep

Commemorative Mugs
by Paul Waite
20 Sep 2015

south_africa_mugsA spokesman for the South African team at the Rugby World Cup has announced a minor change to the team’s promotional merchandising in the aftermath of the recent loss to Japan 34-32.

“In light of recent results we have withdrawn the range of commemorative mugs (shown right) and we will be replacing these with a new set of mugs.”

When pushed to elaborate on what the new set would look like, Hennie van de Merwe scowled for a little under twenty minutes before replying “the original set will be replaced by the starting XV which lost to Japan”.

“Each of them will be put up on eBay for a special price of only 10 rand each. Collect the set and you would have the ideal training opposition for your local school, as long as you don’t copy the way they tackle, or run with the ball.”

Asked whether he felt that the Bok management was over-reacting and being too harsh, Van de Merwe only replied “No.”

So there you have it, what an exciting Rugby World Cup this is looking to be!

Addendum: the above real mugs can still be had direct-from-factory in Japan.

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