10 Sep

Game Stats: All Blacks v Argentina, Wellington, 8 Sept 2012
by Tracey Nelson
10 Sep 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, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Brodie Retallick, Richie McCaw, Victor Vito, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruedn, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Andrew Hore, Charlie Faumuina, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Piri Weepu, Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith

Subs: Messam for Vito at 43 min, Hore for Mealamu at 49 min, Weepu for A Smith at 61 min, Whitelock for Retallick at 64 min, Faumuina for Franks at 72 min, and Barrett for Cruden and B Smith for C Smith at 75 min.

Points Scored NZ Argentina
Tries 2 1  
Conversions 1 0
Penalties 3 from 5 0 from 1
TOTAL 21 5

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 8 4
Argentina 14 1
TOTAL 22 5

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Savea 1
Tackler not rolling McCaw, C Smith 2
Maul Read, Messam 2
Lineout Hore 1
Scrum bind Vito, McCaw 2
TOTAL   8

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackler not rolling 3
Playing ball on ground 1
Offside from kick 1
Ruck entry 2
Ruck leaving feet 2
Ruck hands 1
Ruck offside 2
Lineout 1
Deliberate knock down 1
TOTAL 14

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Cruden(3),Dagg(2), Nonu, Read, McCaw, Mealamu, C Smith 10
Forward pass Savea 1
Pass error Romano(2), Read 3
Spilled ball A Smith, Nonu, C Smith 3
Tackled into touch Jane, Vito, Read 2
Tackled ball Retallick, A Smith 2
Lineout Mealamu 1
Scrum early engage   3
Scrum crooked feed Weepu 1
TOTAL   25

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 5
Forward pass 1
Tackle 4
Ruck 1
Maul 1
Lineout 5
Scrum 1
Kick out on full 2
TOTAL 20

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 36 18+18
Retallick 32 14+18
Franks 27 9+18
Romano 27 8+19
Woodcock 20 12+8
Read 19 9+10
Mealamu 16 13+3
Hore* 13  
Messam* 13  
C Smith 13 5+8
Vito 11 10+1
Dagg 9 3+6
Whitelock* 8  
Nonu 7 3+4
Jane 4 2+2
Faumuina* 3  
Savea 3 1+2
Weepu* 2  
Cruden 1 1+0

Breakdown turnovers won
McCaw 2
Mealamu 1
Weepu* 1
TOTAL 4

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
McCaw 15 70
Read 12 50
Messam* 10 63
Romano 10 72
Vito 6 45
Franks 6 10
Woodcock 4 10
Whitelock* 3 14
Retallick 3 25
Mealamu 2 3
Hore* 1 2

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 10 (4+6) 0
Retallick 6 (5+1) 0
Cruden 4 (3+1) 1 (0+1)
Romano 4 (2+2) 0
Read 4 (2+2) 0
Mealamu 3 (3+0) 1 (0+1)
Franks 3 (3+0) 1 (0+1)
Savea 3 (1+2) 1 (1+0)
Nonu 3 (1+2) 0
Woodcock 2 (2+0) 2 (1+1)
Messam* 2 0
Vito 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
A Smith 2 (1+1) 0
Hore* 1 0
Faumuina* 1 0
Whitelock* 1 0
C Smith 1 (1+0) 0
Dagg 1 (1+0) 0
Weepu* 0 1
TOTAL 53 7

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
Vito 2
Franks 1
Retallick 1
McCaw 1
TOTAL 5

Set pieces in opposition 22 Number Scoring
All Blacks 5 1 try
Argentina 5 0

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 10 11
Second half 6 6
TOTAL 16 17

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Romano 9 9
Read 7 8
TOTAL 16 17

Argentina Line-outs Won From
First half 9 11
Second half 5 8
TOTAL 14 19

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 3
Second half 3 5
TOTAL 5 8

Argentina Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 5 6
TOTAL 7 8

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