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“In light of recent results we have withdrawn the range of commemorative mugs (shown right) and we will be replacing these with a new set of mugs.”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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15 Aug

Match stats: All Blacks v Wallabies, Auckland, 15 August 2015
by Tracey Nelson
15 Aug 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, Victor Vito, 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, Nepo Laulala, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Malakai Fekitoa

Points scored NZ Wallabies
Tries 5 1
Conversions 5 1
Penalties 2/3 2/2
TOTAL 41 13

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions Drop goals
Carter 2/3 5/5 0/1
Q Cooper 2/2 0/0 0
White 0/0 1/1 0

Restarts won NZ Wallabies
Own kick-off 1 0
Opposition kick-off 10 3
TOTAL 11 3

Kicks in play NZ Wallabies
Own 22 7 9
Rest of field 21 9
TOTAL 28 18

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 11 0
Wallabies 9 0
TOTAL 20 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Vito, Laulala* 2
Tackler Woodcock, Laulala* 2
Ruck entry McCaw 1
Leaving feet McCaw(2) 2
Scrum O Franks 1
Lineout Retallick 1
Maul Retallick 1
Taking player in air C Smith 1
TOTAL 11

Wallabies Penalty Offences
Tackler 2 (1 yellow card)
Tackled player 1
Early tackle 1
Ruck entry 1
Ruck hands 1
Scrum 2
Crawling 1
TOTAL 10

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Retallick, Milner-Skudder, B Smith, Savea, C Smith, Fekitoa 6
Pass – general Read, Savea 2
Forward pass A Smith, Nonu 2
Ruck 1
Tackle Vito, Carter, Laulala(2), Mealamu 5
Kick out on full A Smith 1
TOTAL 17

Turnovers Conceded by Wallabies
Knock-ons 10
Spillled 1
Poor pass 2
Forward pass 1
Tackle 3
Ruck 1
Lineout 3
Maul 2
TOTAL 23

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Nonu, McCaw 2
Ruck Whitelock 1
TOTAL 3

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 38 25+13
Whitelock 31 18+13
O Franks 23 18+5
Retallick 21 9+12
Vito 16 8+8
Woodcock 15 9+6
Read 15 7+8
Coles 11 8+3
Crockett* 10
Carter 9 6+3
C Smith 9 6+3
Mealamu* 6
Canes* 6
Milner-Skudder 6 4+2
Nonu 5 3+2
Kaino* 4
Savea 4 4+0
B Smith 4 3+1
Slade* 2
Laulala* 1
Perenara* 1
Fekitoa* 1

Forward ball carries Carries
Read 10
Retallick 8
Vito 8
McCaw 6
Coles 5
Whitelock 3
Kaino* 2
O Franks 2
Woodcock 2
Laulala* 1
Cane* 1
Mealamu 1
TOTAL 49

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Whitelock 13 (5+8) 2 (1+1)
Read 11 (6+5) 1 (1+0)
Retallick 10 (3+7) 0
McCaw 9 (7+3) 0
O Franks 9 (7+2) 3 (2+1)
Carter 6 (4+2) 1 (1+0)
C Smith 6 (3+3) 0
Coles 65 (4+1) 2 (0+2)
Vito 5 (3+2) 1 (1+0)
Nonu 3 (1+2) 1 (1+1)
Milner-Skudder 3 (3+0) 1 (1+0)
Slade* 3 0
Laulala* 3 0
B Smith 3 (1+2) 0
Woodcock 2 (2+0) 1 (0+1)
Crockett* 2 1
Cane* 2 1
Mealamu* 2 1
A Smith 2 (1+1) 0
Savea 2 (1+1) 0
Fekitoa* 1 1
Perenara* 1 0

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Nonu 2
Woodcock 1
O Franks 1
Retallick 1
Read 2
Perenara* 1

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 3 4
TOTAL 8 9

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 4 5
Whitelock 2 2
Vito 1 1
McCaw 1 1

Wallabies Line-outs Won From
First half 5 6
Second half 5 7
TOTAL 10 13

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

Wallabies Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 4 4

9 Aug

Match Stats: Wallabies v All Blacks, Sydney, 8 August 2015
by Tracey Nelson
9 Aug 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 that came on as a substitute.

This week:

Team: Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Brodie Retallick, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu,Conrad Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ben Smith
Reserves: Cody Taylor,Ben Franks, Nepo Laulala, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa

Points scored NZ Wallabies
Tries 2 3
Conversions 0 3
Penalties 3/3 2/3
TOTAL 19 27

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Carter 3/3 0/2
Giteau 1/2 2/2
White 1/1 1/1

Restarts won NZ Wallabies
Own kick-off 0 0
Opposition kick-off 5 6
TOTAL 5 6

Kicks in play NZ Wallabies
Own 22 10 8
Rest of field 11 9
TOTAL 21 17

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 8 0
Wallabies 10 0
TOTAL 18 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player C Smith 1
Tackler O Franks, A Smith (yellow card), Kaino 3
Ruck shoulder Laulala* 1
Going off feet A Smith 1
Scrum Wheeling, O Franks 2
TOTAL 8

Wallabies Penalty Offences
Tackler 3 (1 yellow card)
Ruck off-side 2
Ruck hands 1
Ruck entry 1
Offside general play 1 (yellow card)
Obstruction 1
Foul Play 1
TOTAL 10

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Retallick, Coles, Kaino, Retallick, C Smith, Perenara 6
Spilled O Franks, Carter, Woodcock, A Smith(2) 5
Poor pass Retallick 1
Forward pass Savea 1
Tackle O Franks, Milner-Skudder, C Smith, Retallick 4
Miss touch from penalty Carter 1
Re-start not 10m Carter 2
TOTAL 20

Turnovers Conceded by Wallabies
Knock-ons 8
Spillled 1
Poor pass 1
Tackle 3
Ruck 1
Lineout 2
TOTAL 16

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Kaino, A Smith, Savea 3
Ruck McCaw 1
TOTAL 4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 34 17+17
Woodcock 21 14+7
Retallick 20 14+6
Romano 19 13+6
Read 17 9+8
O Franks 10 9+1
Kaino 10 7+3
Carter 10 7+3
C Smith 10 4+6
Laulala* 9
Whitelock* 9
Coles 8 4+4
B Franks* 5
Cane* 5
Milner-Skudder 5 3+2
Taylor* 4
Barrett* 2
Fekitoa* 2
Savea 2 1+1
Williams 1 1+0

Forward ball carries Carries
McCaw 7
Retallick 7
Romano 4
Kaino 4
Read 4
O Franks 3
Taylor* 2
Coles 2
Cane* 1
Laulala* 1
O Franks* 1
Woodcock 1
TOTAL 37

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 14 (10+4) 4 (1+3)
Kaino 14 (1+13) 3 (1+2)
Read 13 (8+5) 6 (2+4)
C Smith 10 (5+5) 0
Woodcock 9 (6+3) 4 (1+3)
Retallick 9 (4+5) 3 (0+3)
Romano 9 (4+5) 1 (1+0)
Whitelock* 7 3
Coles 7 (3+4) 5 (1+4)
Laulala* 6 4
Carter 6 (2+4) 2 (0+2)
Williams 6 (4+2) 2 (2+0)
Fekitoa* 5 0
O Franks 5 (5+0) 1 (1+0)
B Smith 5 (4+1) 0
Milner-Skudder 3 (2+1) 1 (1+0)
Savea 3 (1+2) 1 (1+0)
A Smith 3 (2+1) 1 (0+1)
Taylor* 1 3
B Franks* 1 1
Barrett 1 0
TOTAL 115 44

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Carter 3
Woodcock 2
Romano 2
Read 2
Savea 2
Coles 1
O Franks 1
Retallick 1
McCaw 1
Milner-Skudder 1
Laulala* 1
Fekitoa 1
TOTAL 18

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
Kaino 3 3
Quick throw 1 1

Wallabies Line-outs Won From
First half 3 5
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 7 10

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 8 8

Wallabies Scrums Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 6 6

26 Jul

Match Stats: Springboks v All Blacks, Ellis Park, 25 July 2015
by Tracey Nelson
26 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, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, James Broadhurst, Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Lima Sopoaga, Charles Piutau, Ma’a Nonu,Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Cody Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Sam Whitelock, Victor Vito, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa

Points scored NZ Springboks
Tries 3 2
Conversions 3 2
Penalties 2/4 2/3
TOTAL 27 20

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Sopoaga 2/4 3/3
Pollard 2/3 2/2

Restarts won NZ Springboks
Own kick-off 1 2
Opposition kick-off 4 6
TOTAL 5 8

Kicks in play NZ Springboks
Own 22 7 4
Rest of field 10 16
TOTAL 17 20

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 13 0
Springboks 9 2
TOTAL 22 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Nonu 1
Tackler Woodcock, Retallick, McCaw(2), Whitelock* 5
Ruck shoulder B Franks* 1
Ruck off-side Read 1
Offside general play Messam 1
Collapsing maul Whitelock* 1
Scrum Front row, O Franks 2
Offside from kick Nonu 1
TOTAL 13

Springboks Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Tackler 2
Ruck going off feet 1
Ruck entry 1
Ruck not supporting weight 1
Ruck offside 2
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons C Smith, Dagg, Coles, Read, Vito* 5
Pass A Smith, Sopoaga, Piutau, McCaw 4
Tackle C Smith, Woodcock, Nonu, Retallick, Read 5
Ruck 1
Maul Broadhurst 1
TOTAL 16

Turnovers Conceded by Springboks
Knock-ons 10
Pass 1
Forward pass 1
Tackle (stripped) 5
Maul 1
Lineout 3
TOTAL 21

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Read, A Smith, Piutau 3
Ruck McCaw 1
TOTAL 4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 32 17+15
Retallick 17 9+8
O Franks 16 11+5
Woodcock 14 11+3
B Franks* 13
Whitelock* 11
Read 11 7+6
Messam 9 6+3
C Smith 8 5+3
Coles 7 6+1
Vito* 6
Taylor* 6
Nonu 6 4+2
Broadhurst 5
B Smith 5 3+2
Dagg 5 5+0
Crockett* 4
Barrett* 4
Piutau 4 2+2
Sopoaga 4 3+1
Fekitoa* 3
Perenara* 1

Forward ball carries Carries
McCaw 7
Read 7
Broadhurst 5
Retallick 5
Messam 4
Whitelock* 3
Crockett*k 3
Vito* 2
Taylor* 2
Woodcock 2
Coles 1
TOTAL 41

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Read 15 (8+7) 1 (1+0)
McCaw 13 (5+8) 5 (3+2)
Coles 13 (6+7) 3 (3+0)
Retallick 13 (5+8) 3 (3+0)
Messam 9 (7+2) 2 (1+1)
O Franks 8 (6+2) 1 (1+0)
C Smith 8 (3+5) 1 (1+0)
Sopoaga 7 (5+2) 0
Broadhurst 6 2
A Smith 5 (3+2) 1 (1+0)
Piutau 5 (5+0) 0
Crockett* 4 0
Nonu 4 (4+0) 0
Vito* 3 0
Woodcock 3 (3+0) 2 (1+1)
Dagg 3 (3+0) 0
Whitelock* 2 3
B Franks* 2 1
B Smith 2 (1+1) 2 (1+1)
B Franks* 2 1
Fekitoa* 2 0
TOTAL 98 26

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Sopoaga 5
McCaw 5
Nonu 4
A Smith 4
Fekitoa* 2
Read 2
Woodcock 1
O Franks 1
Messam 1
C Smith 1
Dagg 1
B Franks* 1
TOTAL 28

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 7 7
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 10 10

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 3 3
Messam 1 1
Retallick 1 1
McCaw 1 1
Quick throw 4 4

Springboks Line-outs Won From
First half 5 6
Second half 7 9
TOTAL 12 15

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 6 6
TOTAL 10 10

Springboks Scrums Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 7 7

18 Jul

Match Stats: All Blacks v Argentina, Christchurch, 17 July 2015
by Tracey Nelson
18 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, Brodie Retallick, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read, TJ Perenara, Dan Carter, Charles Piutau,

Sonny Bill Williams, Ma’a Nonu,Waisake Naholo, Israel Dagg

Reserves: Cody Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Nepo Laulala, Jeremy Thrush, Liam Messam, Andy Ellis, Colin Slade, Ryan Crotty

Points scored NZ Argentina
Tries 5 2
Conversions 4 1
Penalties 2/4 2/3
TOTAL 39 18

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Carter 2/4 4/5
Sanchez 2/3 1/2

Restarts won NZ Argentina
Own kick-off 4 1
Opposition kick-off 5 3
TOTAL 9 4

Kicks in play NZ Argentina
Own 22 4 6
Rest of field 7 9
TOTAL 11 15

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 11 0
Argentina 9 1
TOTAL 21 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Naholo 1
Tackler McCaw, Red, Kaino, Retallick 4
Ruck entry Franks 1
Ruck hands McCaw 1
Playing ball on ground McCaw 1
Collapsing maul Retallick/Franks 1
Scrum McCaw 1
Taking player in air Read 1
TOTAL 11

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Ruck off feet 2
Ruck offside 2
Playing ball on ground 1
Scrum 1
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Naholo(3), Williams(2), Nonu, Perenara, Thrush*, McCaw, Crotty* 10
Pass Read, McCaw, Slade* 3
Scrum Through 90 deg 1
TOTAL 14

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 1
Spilled 1
Forward pass 1
Tackle (stripped) 1
Scrum 2
TOTAL 6

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle McCaw, Kaino, Perenara 3
TOTAL 3

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 42 24+18
Retallick 26 14+12
Kaino 21 12+9
Woodcock 17 13+4
Mealamu 17 10+7
O Franks 16 14+2
Read 16 11+5
Romano 14 11+3
Piutau 10 6+4
Thrush* 7
Carter 6 4+2
Dagg 6 5+1
Taylor* 5
Crockett* 5
Perenara 3 1+2
Nonu 3 3+0
Laulala* 3
Messam* 2
Williams 2 1+1
Naholo 2 2+0
Ellis* 1
Crotty* 1

Forward ball carries Carries
Read 8
Romano 7
McCaw 3
Mealamu 3
Franks 3
Retallick 3
Kaino 3
Taylor* 2
Woodcock 2
Crockett* 1
TOTAL 35

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Retallick 12 (5+7) 1 (1+0)
Read 11 (4+7) 3 (2+1)
McCaw 10 (6+4) 3 (0+3)
Williams 10 (2+8) 1 (0+1)
Romano 10 (3+7) 0
Kaino 8 (4+4) 1 (1+0)
Franks 7 (4+3) 2 (1+1)
Perenara 6 (3+3) 0
Mealamu 4 (2+2) 5 (3+2)
Woodcock 3 (2+1) 5 (2+3)
Carter 3 (1+2) 1 (1+0)
Slade* 3 0
Taylor* 2 2
Laulala* 2 0
Messam* 2 0
Piutau 2 (0+2) 0
Thrush* 1 0
Nonu 1 (1+0) 1 (0+1)
Dagg 1 (1+0)
TOTAL 98 26

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Franks 2
Naholo 2
Woockcok 1
Mealamu 1
McCaw 1
Ellis* 1
TOTAL 8

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 1 1
TOTAL 4 4

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 1 1
Kaino 1 1
Retallick 1 1
Quick throw 1 1

Argentina Line-outs Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 9 9
TOTAL 13 13

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 2 3
TOTAL 6 7

Argentina Scrums Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 3 5
TOTAL 6 8