15 Jul

All Blacks v Springboks, Christchurch, 14 July 2007
by Tracey Nelson
15 Jul 2007

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

Please note Completed Tackles means that player actually brought the ball carrier to ground (ie. snuffing out the movement), 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 call a slipped tackle a tackle, it gets noted as a missed tackle.

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

Team: Muliaina, Howlett, McAlister, Rokocoko, McAlister, Carter, Weepu, So’oialo, McCaw (c), Thorne, Robinsonj, Jack, Hayman, Mealamu, Woodcock. Res – Evans, Smith, Leonard, Masoe, Collins, Tialata, Hore.

Leonard replaced Weepu after 53 minutes, Collins came on for Robinson after 64 minutes, Evans replaced Howlett, Hore replaced Mealamu and Masoe replaced So’oialo after 73 minutes, Tialata replaced Hayman and Smith replaced Toeava after 77 minutes.

Point Scoring
NZ 33 3 tries, 3 conversions, 3 penalties
SA 6 2 penalties
Penalties/Free Kicks conceded
18 penalties and 3 free kicks in the game
NZ 9 penalties and 1 free kick
SA 9 penalties and 2 free kicks

NZ’s penalty offences:
Tackle (not releasing ball) = 2 (Hayman, Howlett)
Tackle (playing ball off feet) = 1 (McCaw)
Tackle (sealing off) = 1 (McCaw)
Tackle (high) = 1 (Thorne)
Ruck (offside entry) = 1 (Mealamu)
Ruck (pulling down) = 1 (Robinson)
Rucking off the ball = 1 (Hayman)
Offside = 1 (Mealamu)

Free kicks = 1 (early lineout jump)

South Africa’s penalty offences:
Tackle = 4
Ruck = 2 (plus a yellow card – Wannenburg)
Offside = 2
Stomping = 1
Free kicks = 2 (scrum)

Turnovers conceded by NZ
19 (11 knock-ons, 4 spilled balls, 1 tackle, 3 ruck)
First 3 to Breakdown
Thorne 38 (16+22)
McCaw 36 (12+24)
Robinson 32 (21+11)
Hayman 31 (14+17)
Jack 26 (16+10)
So’oialo 20 (13+7)
Mealamu 17 (10+7)
Woodcock 16 (8+8)
Muliaina 14 (1+13)
Rokocoko 13 (1+12)
Howlett 11 (5+6)
Toeava 6 (4+2)
Carter 6 (3+3)
McAlister 6 (3+3)
Collins* 5
Hore* 3
Smith* 3
Leonard* 2
Weepu 2 (0+2)
Masoe* 2
Tialata* 1
Evans* 1
Completed Tackles (79)
and Assists (24)
McCaw 15 (10+5) and 4 (3+1)
So’oialo 10 (3+7) and 1 (0+1)
Thorne 9 (6+3) and 1 (0+1)
Jack 7 (3+4) and 3 (1+2)
McAlister 6 (2+4) and 2 (0+2)
Mealamu 5 (3+2) and 1 (1+0)
Woodcock 4 (3+1) and 2 (1+1)
Robinson 4 (3+1) and 1 (1+0)
Carter 4 (1+3) and 1 (1+0)
Weepu 3 (2+1) and 2 (2+0)
Hayman 3 (1+2) and 1 (0+1)
Rokocoko 3 (2+1) and 0
Muliaina 2 (1+1) and 0
Toeava 1 (1+0) and 1 (0+1)
Howlett 1 (0+1) and 0
Collins* 1 and 1
Leonard* 1 and 1
Missed and slipped tackles (7)
Woodcock 2
McAlister 2
Hayman 1
McCaw 1
Toeava 1
NZ Lineouts
A total of 16 in the game
First half
NZ 5/7
Second half
NZ 6/9

Thorne 3/4 (one overthrown)
Jack = 3/3
Robinson = 3/4 (one take ruled not straight, one early jump)
So’oialo = 2/2
Collins = 0/1
Masoe= 0/1 (overthrown)
Woodcock = 1/1

South Africa had 14 throws to their lineout, won 12 and lost 2. The All Blacks contested 9 of the 14 throws and manged two steals (Robinson).

Scrums
A total of 15 in the game, with 6 resets
First half (9)
NZ 1/1
SA 7/8
Second half (6)
NZ 4/4
SA 2/2
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