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

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