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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8 Jul

Match Stats: Manu Samoa v All Blacks
by Tracey Nelson
8 Jul 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, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read, Andy Ellis, Dan Carter, Charles Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty,George Moala, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Hika Elliot, Wyatt Crockett, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Matt Todd, Brad Weber, Colin Slade, Charlie Ngatai

Points scored NZ Manu Samoa
Tries 1 1
Conversions 1 1
Penalties 6/7 3/4
TOTAL 25 16

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Carter 6/7 1/1
Pisi 3/4 1/31

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 12 0
Manu Samoa 9 0
TOTAL 21 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Whitelock 1
Tackler McCaw 1
Ruck off feet Whitelock 1
Ruck offside Kaino/Williams, Retallick, Williams 3
Playing ball on ground Dagg 1
Offside general play Williams, Franks, Whitelock/Franks 3
Scrum Franks 1
Obstruction Crotty 1
TOTAL 12

Manu Samoa Penalty Offences
Ruck offside 2
Offside general play 2
Offside from knock on 1
Scrum 3
Backchat 1
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Read(2), Dagg(2), Franks, Williams, Piutau, McCaw,Moala,Retallick* 10
Forward Pass Williams, Elliot 2
Tackle Williams(2), Ellis, Weber 4
Ruck 1
Kick out on full Carter 2
TOTAL 19

Turnovers Conceded by Manu Samoa
Knock-ons 11
Tackle 2
Lineout 1
Maul 1
Scrum 2
Miss touch from penalty 2
TOTAL 19

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle McCaw, Elliot 2
TOTAL 2

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 26 17+9
Mealamu 13 12+1
Woodcock 13 9+4
Franks 12 11+1
Read 11 7+4
Whitelock 10 8+2
Crotty 9 5+4
Romano 9 4+5
Kaino 7 6+1
Williams 6 3+3
Crockett* 5
Moala 5 5+0
Todd* 4
Ellis 4 3+1
Carter 4 2+2
Dagg 4 3+1
Retallick* 3
Slade* 2
Piatau 2 1+1
Weber* 1
Ngatai* 1

Forward ball carries Carries
Kaino 5
Read 4
McCaw 4
Woodcock 4
Whitelock 4
Retallick* 4
Mealamu 3
Franks 2
Todd* 1
Eilliot* 1
Laulala* 1
TOTAL 42

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Romano 10 (5+5) 4 (1+3)
Read 10 (5+5) 1 (1+0)
McCaw 9 (3+6) 4 (2+2)
Crotty 9 (5+4) 0
Ellis 6 (2+4) 2 (2+0)
Mealamu 6 (1+5) 0
Piutau 6 (2+4) 0
Franks 5 (4+1) 4 (1+3)
Kaino 5 (2+3) 1 (0+1)
Todd* 5 1
Carter 4 (1+3) 4 (3+1)
Williams 4 (2+2) 2 (1+1)
Whitelock 4 (3+1) 0
Dagg 3 (3+0) 0
Elliot* 2 0
Crockett* 2 0
Laulala* 2 0
Weber* 2 0
Moala 2 (0+2) 0
Retallick* 1 2
Slade* 1 0
TOTAL 98 23

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Romano 2
McCaw 2
Carter 2
Laulala* 1
Retallick* 1
Weber* 1
TOTAL 9

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 8 8

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 4 4
Whitelock 3 3
Retallick 1 1

Manu Samoa Line-outs Won From
First half 4 6
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 9 11

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

Manu Samoa Scrums Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 5 6
TOTAL 8 10

8 Jul

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 that came on as a substitute.

This week:

Team:

Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Jerome

Kaino, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read, Andy Ellis, Dan Carter, Charles Sonny Bill

Williams, Ryan Crotty,George Moala, Israel Dagg

Reserves:

Hika Elliot, Wyatt Crockett, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Matt Todd, Brad

Weber, Colin Slade, Charlie Ngatai

Points scored NZ Manu Samoa
Tries 1 1
Conversions 1 1
Penalties 6/7 3/4
TOTAL 25 16

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Carter 6/7 1/1
Pisi 3/4 1/31

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 12 0
Manu Samoa 9 0
TOTAL 21 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Whitelock 1
Tackler McCaw 1
Ruck off feet Whitelock 1
Ruck offside Kaino/Williams, Retallick, Williams 3
Playing ball on ground Dagg 1
Offside general play Williams, Franks, Whitelock/Franks 3
Scrum Franks 1
Obstruction Crotty 1
TOTAL 12

Manu Samoa Penalty Offences
Ruck offside 2
Offside general play 2
Offside from knock on 1
Scrum 3
Backchat 1
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons

Read(2), Dagg(2), Franks, Williams, Piutau, McCaw,Moala,

Retallick*

10
Forward Pass Williams, Elliot 2
Tackle Williams(2), Ellis, Weber 4
Ruck 1
Kick out on full Carter 2
TOTAL 19

Turnovers Conceded by Manu Samoa
Knock-ons 11
Tackle 2
Lineout 1
Maul 1
Scrum 2
Miss touch from penalty 2
TOTAL 19

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle McCaw, Elliot 2
TOTAL 2

Elliot*30

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 26 17+9
Mealamu 13 12+1
Woodcock 13 9+4
Read 11 7+4
Whitelock 10 8+2
Crotty 9 5+4
Romano 9 4+5
Kaino 7 6+1
Williams 6 3+3
Crockett* 5
Moala 5 5+0
Todd* 4
Ellis 4 3+1
Carter 4 2+2
Dagg 4 3+1
Retallick* 3
Slade* 2
Piatau 2 1+1
Weber* 1
Ngatai* 1

Forward ball carries Carries
Kaino 5
Read 4
McCaw 4
Woodcock 4
Whitelock 4
Retallick* 4
Mealamu 3
Franks 2
Todd* 1
Eilliot* 1
Laulala* 1
TOTAL 42

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Romano 10 (5+5) 4 (1+3)
Read 10 (5+5) 1 (1+0)
McCaw 9 (3+6) 4 (2+2)
Crotty 9 (5+4) 0
Ellis 6 (2+4) 2 (2+0)
Mealamu 6 (1+5) 0
Piutau 6 (2+4) 0
Franks 5 (4+1) 4 (1+3)
Kaino 5 (2+3) 1 (0+1)
Todd* 5 1
Carter 4 (1+3) 4 (3+1)
Williams 4 (2+2) 2 (1+1)
Whitelock 4 (3+1) 0
Dagg 3 (3+0) 0
Elliot* 2 0
Crockett* 2 0
Laulala* 2 0
Weber* 2 0
Moala 2 (0+2) 0
Retallick* 1 2
Slade* 1 0
TOTAL 98 23

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Romano 2
McCaw 2
Carter 2
Laulala* 1
Retallick* 1
Weber* 1
TOTAL 9

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 8 8

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 4 4
Whitelock 3 3
Retallick 1 1

Manu Samoa Line-outs Won From
First half 4 6
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 9 11

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

Manu Samoa Scrums Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 5 6
TOTAL 8 10

22 Nov

Wales v All Blacks, Cardiff
by Tracey Nelson
22 Nov 2014

McCawA momentous game with Richie McCaw becoming the first international player to captain his side in 100 test matches. 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, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea, Sonny Bill Williams, Conrad Smith, Charles Piuatau, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Joe Moody, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipolotu, Liam Messam, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Ryan Crotty

Points scored NZ Wales
Tries 5 3
Conversions 1 1
Penalties 1/2 3/3
TOTAL 34 16

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Barrett 1/2 1/2
Slade* 0 2/3
Halfpenny 3/3 1/1

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 9 1
Wales 8 0
TOTAL 17 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Retallick, A Smith 2
Tackler Whitelock, Barrett 2
Ruck off feet McCaw, Read 2
Ruck hands McCaw 1
Ruck offside A Smith 1
Scrum Crocket 1
TOTAL 9

Wales Penalty Offences
Tackled player 1
Tackler 2
Ruck entry 1
Offside 1
Scrum 3
TOTAL 8

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Williams(2), Piutau, A smith, Crockett, Slade*, Kaino, Moody*, Faumuina*, Mealamu* 9
Spilled Williams 1
Pass to opposition Barrett 1
Forward pass Kaino 1
Tackle Retallick, A Smith, Williams 3
Ruck 2
Maul 1
Lineout 1
Kick out on full  Barrett, C Smith, Slade* 3
Accidental offside  Whitelock 1
TOTAL 24

Turnovers Conceded by Wales
Knock-ons 9
Pass to opposition 1
Forward pass 1
Tackle 3
Ruck 2
Scrum 3
TOTAL 24

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Read, Crockett, C Smith 3
Ruck McCaw, Read, Retallick 3
TOTAL 6

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 43 27+16
Whitelock 30 19+11
Retallick 23 18+5
Read 20 11+9
Crockett 17 0
O Franks 17 13+4
Kaino 15 8+7
Moody* 13 0
Coles 12 4+8
C Smith 10 8+2
Williams 10 8+2
Mealamu* 9 0
B smith 9 6+3
Faumuina* 8 0
Tuipolotu* 5 0
Messam* 4 0
Barrett 4 1+3
Piatau 4 2+2
A Smith 2
Savea 2 1+1
Slade* 1 0

Forward ball carries Carries
MCaw 10
Retallick 10
Read 7
Crockett 3
O Franks 3
Kaino 3
Coles 2
Whitelock 2
Messam 2
TOTAL 42

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Retallick 12 (7+5) 0
Read 10 (4+6) 0
McCaw 8 (5+3) 2 (2+0)
Williams 7 (6+1 4 (2+2)
Whitelock 7 (4+3) 2 (0+2)
Barrett 6 (4+2) 1 (1+0)
Crockett 6 0
A Smith 5 (2+3) 3 (1+2)
Moody* 4 2
Kaino 4 (2+2) 1 (0+1)
Faumuina* 3 1
Tuipolotu* 3 0
O Franks 3 (3+0) 3 (2+1)
C Smith 3 (1+2) 1 (0+1)
Coles 2 (2+0) 1 (0+1)
Mealamau* 2 0
Piutau 2 (1+1) 1 (1+0)
B Smith 2 (0+2) 0
Crotty* 1 0
Savea 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 91 22

Missed and Slipped Tackles
O Franks 2
Kaino 2
Whitelock 1
Read 1
Barrett 1
Williams 1
C Smith 1
Piutau 1
Faumuina* 1
TOTAL 11

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 4 5
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 6 7

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 4 4
Retallick 2 2
Whitelock 0 1

Wales Line-outs Won From
First half 7 9
Second half 4 8
TOTAL 11 17

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 8 8

Wales Scrums Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 7 8

15 Nov

Scotland v All Blacks, Edinburgh
by Tracey Nelson
15 Nov 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, James Parsons, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy Thrush, Dominic Bird, Sam Cane, Richie McCaw (c) Victor Vito,TJ Perenara, Dan Carter, Charles Piutau, Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa, Colin Slade, Ben Smith
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Liam Messam, Augustine Pulu, Sonny Bill Williams, Julian Savea

Points Scored NZ Scotland
Tries 2 1
Conversions 1 1
Penalties 4/5 3/4
TOTAL 24 16

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 7 0
Scotland 9 1
TOTAL 16 1

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Carter 3/4 0/1
Slade* 1/1 1/1
Laidlaw (Scot) 3/4 1/1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Cane 1
Ruck off feet Cane, Crockett* 2
Ruck entry Thrush 1
Offside Fekitoa, Crockett* 2
Scrum Faumuina 1
TOTAL   7

Scotland Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Offside 5
Scrum 2
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Bird(3), Parsons, Carter, Vito, McCaw, Perenara, B Smith 9
Pass to opposition McCaw 1
Forward pass Romano* 1
Tackle Savea, B Smith, Cane 3
Ruck   2
Maul   1
Lineout   4
TOTAL   20

Turnovers Conceded by Scotland
Knock-ons 6
Spilled ball 3
Forward pass 1
Pass to opposition 1
Tackle 4
Ruck 1
Maul 2
Scrum 3
TOTAL 21

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Carter, McCaw, Parsons, Cane 4
TOTAL   4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Cane 42 19+23
McCaw 31 13+18
Thrush 22 11+11
Moody 17 10+7
Crotty 17 6+11
Faumuina 15 12+3
Fekitoa 15 11+4
Parsons 12 10+2
Romano* 11  
Bird 11 8+3
Piutau 10 5+5
Crockett* 10  
B Franks* 9  
Coles* 8  
Slade 7 4+3
B Smith 7 5+2
Vito 6  
Carter 6 6+0
Perenara 5 1+4
Messam* 4  
Williams 3  

Forward ball carries Number of carries
Bird 11
MCaw 10
Thrush 7
Cane 7
Faumuina 7
Parsons 5
Coles* 3
Messam* 3
Moody 3
Crockett* 2
Vito 2
Romano* 1
B Franks* 1
TOTAL 62

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Thrush 9 (2+7) 3 (0+3)
McCaw 9 (4+5) 2 (1+1)
Messam* 7 (1+6) 1 (0+1)
Romano* 6 1
Cane 6 (3+3) 1 (0+1)
Coles* 6 0
Bird 6 (5+1) 0
Crockett* 6 0
Moody 6 (5+1) 0
Williams* 5 2
Faumuina 5 (4+1) 0
Carter 5 (3+2) 0
B Franks* 4 1
Perenara 4 (2+2) 0
Vito 4 0
Slade 4 (1+3) 0
Savea* 3 0
Fekitoa 3 (1+2) 0
Crotty 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
B Smith 2 (2+0) 0
Pulu* 1 0
Piutau 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 98 12

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 2
Moody 1
Parsons 1
Faumuina 1
Crotty 1
Fekitoa 1
Coles* 1
Romano* 1
Williams* 1
TOTAL 10

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 8
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 9 13

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Messam 4 4
Thrush 1 2
Vito 1 2
McCaw 1 3
Quick throw 1 1
No footage 0 1

Scotland Line-outs Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 7 7

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

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

8 Nov

England v All Blacks, London
by Tracey Nelson
8 Nov 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, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Sonny Bill Williams, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipolotu, Liam Messam, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 3 2
Conversions 0 1
Penalties 3/5 3/3
TOTAL 24 21

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Cruden 2/3 0/2
Barrett* 1/2 0/1
Farrell (Eng) 3/3 1/2

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 13 0
England 11 0
TOTAL 24 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Ruck going off feet McCaw, Coles, B Franks 3
Ruck not supporting weight Read 1
Offside from knock on Retallick 1
Offside general Team 1
Maul Read, Tuipolotu 2
Not giving ball at penalty Retallick 1
Scrum Front row(2), Wheeling 3
Foul play Coles YC 1
TOTAL   13

England Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Tackler 3
Ruck going off feet 2
Ruck entry 1
Offisde 2
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-on A Smith, Kaino(2), Coles, Whitelock(2), McCaw, Tuipolotu, Savea, Perenara 10
Spilled Crockett 1
Forward pass Williams 1
Ruck   1
Tackle Savea 1
Lineout   3
TOTAL   17

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 6
Tackle 5
Miss touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 12

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Williams, McCaw(2) 3
TOTAL   3

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 44 23+21
Whitelock 27 11+16
Crockett 17 10+7
O Franks 16 14+2
Read 15 7+8
Dagg 13 5+8
Mealamu* 12  
B Smith 12 8+4
Faumuina* 10  
Williams 10 7+3
Crotty* 9  
B Franks* 8  
C Smith 8 6+2
Kainot 8 3+5
Retallick 8  
Tuipolotu* 7  
Savea 7 3+4
Messam* 6  
Cruden 6 6+0
Coles 5 3+2
A Smith 2 0+2
Barrett* 1  

Forward ball carries No of carries
Read 13
McCaw 7
Kaino 7
Whitelock 7
Tuipolotu* 6
Faumuina* 3
O Franks 2
Retallick 2
Coles 1
Messam* 1
Mealamu* 1
TOTAL 50

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
C Smith 12 (11+2) 0
McCaw 11 (6+5) 4 (2+2)
Whitelock 11 (7+4) 1 (1+0)
O Franks 10 (7+3) 1 (1+0)
Williams 8 (5+3) 2 (1+1)
Kaino 8 (7+1) 1 (0+1)
Crockett 7 (5+2) 1 (1+0)
Read 7 (4+3) 1 (0+1)
Savea 7(3+4) 1 (1+0)
Cruden 5 (4+1) 1 (1+0)
A Smith 4 (3+1) 0
Crotty* 3 2
B Smith 3 (1+2) 2 (1+1)
Coles 3 (2+1) 0
Dagg 3 (2+1) 0
Tuipolotu* 2 1
Retallick 2 0
Mealamu* 1 0
B Franks* 1 0
Faumuina* 1 0
TOTAL 109 18

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 2
Dagg 2
Retallick 1
A Smith 1
C Smith 1
B Smith 1
Tuipolotu 1
TOTAL 9

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 5 7
TOTAL 11 14

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 4 5
Kaino 1 3
Retallick 1 1
Whitelock 1 1
Tuipolotu 1 1
Messam 1 1
Quick throw 1 1
No camera view 1 1

England Line-outs Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 7 7
TOTAL 11 11

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

England Scrums Won From
First half 1 1
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 5 5

1 Nov

USA v All Blacks, Chicago
by Tracey Nelson
1 Nov 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, Nathan Harris, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy Thrush, Patrick Tuipolotu, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (c), TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Charles Piutau, Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam, Augustine Pulu, Daniel Carter, Julian Savea

Points Scored NZ USA
Tries 12 0
Conversions 7 0
Penalties 0/0 2/2
TOTAL 74 6

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 8 0
USA 11 0
TOTAL 19 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackler Moody, Vito, Crotty 3
Ruck off feet Perenara, Pulu 2
Offside from knock on Cane 1
Obstruction B Franks, Messam 2
TOTAL   8

USA Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Tackler 3
Maul 1
Scrum 4
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Jane, Mealamu, Perenara, Dagg, Thrush, Vito, Faumuina 7
Spilled Vito, Crotty, Savea 3
Forward pass Savea, Williams, Carter 3
Tackle Tuipolotu 1
Lineout Overthrown (Mealamu) 1
TOTAL   15

Turnovers Conceded by USA
Knock-ons 4
Tackle 5
Lineout 2
Scrum 4
Miss touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 16

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Mealamu, Vito, Crotty, Carter 4
TOTAL   4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Cane 21 5+16
Thrush 16 6+10
Moody 12 9+3
Mealamu* 12 5+7
Faumuina 12 7+5
Vito 12 6+6
Tuipolotu 11 5+6
Read 10 8+2
Messam* 6  
B Franks* 6  
Piutau 6 3+3
Perenara 6 2+4
Crotty 5 1+4
Dagg 5 3+2
Carter* 4  
Williams 4 0+4
Savea* 3 0+3
Jane 3  
Cruden 2 2+0
Harris 2  
O Franks* 1

Forward ball carries Number of carries
Vito 9
Mealamu* 7
Tuipoltu 7
Cane 6
Thrush 6
Faumiuna 4
Read 4
Moody 2
Harris 1
B Franks* 1
TOTAL 47

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Cane 16 (11+5) 3 (3+0)
Read 14 (12+2) 1 (0+1)
Vito 13 (7+6) 2 (2+0)
Crotty 13 (9+4) 1 (1+0)
Tuipolotu 12 (11+1) 3 (3+0)
Thrush 9 (9+0) 3 (3+0)
Moody 9 (9+0) 2 (2+0)
Piutau 9 (6+3) 1 (0+1)
Faumuina 8 (7+1) 0
Mealamu* 6 (6+0) 0
Cruden 6 (5+1) 0
Williams 4 (4+0) 2 (1+1)
Perenara 4 (3+1) 1 (1+0)
Dagg 3 (1+2) 0
Pulu* 2 0
B Franks* 1 0
Carter* 1 0
Messam* 1 0
Retallick* 1 0
Jane 1 0
Harris 1 0
TOTAL 123 19

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Williams 2
Faumiuna 1
Cane 1
Perenara 1
Mealamu* 1
O Franks* 1
TOTAL 7

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 11 12

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 5 5
Thrush 2 2
Vito 2 2
Tuipolotu 1 1
Quick throw 1 1

USA Line-outs Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 3 5
TOTAL 12 13

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 0 0
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 5 5

USA Scrums Won From
First half 0 1
Second half 3 6
TOTAL 3 7

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.