10 Jun

Game Stats: All Blacks v Ireland, Wellington
by Tracey Nelson
10 Jun 2008

Back by popular demand, the numbers on the All Blacks – including First 3 to the Breakdown where we find out just who is getting around the paddock and securing ruck ball at the tackle. Read on to find out who did what in the All Blacks’ opening test for 2008.

Here is 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 carrier gets away. Most importantly, I do NOT call a slipped tackle a tackle, it gets noted as a missed tackle. Either you’re nailing the ball carrier or you’ve stuffed it up!

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, Tuitavake, Smith, Sivivatu, Nonu, Carter, Ellis, Kaino, McCaw (c), So’oialo, Williams, Thorn, Afoa, Hore, Tialata

Reserves: MacDonald, Donald, Cowan, Thomson, Boric, Schwalger, Mealamu

Points Scored NZ Ireland
Tries 2 1
Conversions 1 0
Penalties 3 2
Total 21 11

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 9 2
Ire 8 0
Total 17 2

NZ Penalty Offences Player
Tackle Hore, Tialata 2
Ruck Thorn, Hore, McCaw/So’oialo 4
Maul Tialata(2), Thomson 2
Total   5

Ireland Penalty Offences
Tackle 2
Ruck 4
Maul 1
Foul play 1
Total 8

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons 3
Kicks out on full 2
Missing touch from penalty 1
In the tackle 1
At the ruck 1
Total 8

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Thorn 34 17+17
McCaw 25 11+14
Kaino 20 8+12
Williams 19 7+12
Hore 18 13+5
Tialata 16 9+7
Schwalger 14 2+12
So’oialo 11 6+5
Afoa 8  
Mealamu 7  
Carter 5 3+2
Smith 5 2+3
Muliaina 4 2+2
Nonu 3 1+2
Sivivatu 3 2+1
Thomson 1 0+1
Ellis 1 1+0
Tuitavake 1 1+0

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 9 (3+6) 1 (1+0)
Kaino 9 (1+8) 1 (1+0)
Thorn 8 (1+7 3 (0+3)
Williams 7 (1+6) 2 (2+0)
So’oialo 7 (0+7) 1 (1+0)
Ellis 7 (2+5) 0
Schwalger* 6 (1+5) 0
Mealamu* 5 1
Thomson* 4 (0+4) 1 (0+1)
Hore 4 (0+4) 1 (1+0)
Nonu 3 (1+2) 0
Muliaina 2 (1+1) 0
Simth 2 (0+2) 0
Tuitavake 1 (1+0) 1 (1+0)
Carter 1 (0+1) 1 (1+0)
Tialata 1 (0+1) 0
Afoa 1 0
Total 77 13

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 2
Tialata 2
Mealamu* 2
Williams 1
Sivivatu 1
Tuitavake 1
Total 9

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 8
Second half 5 5
Total 11 13

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
So’oialo 5 5
Thorn 4 4
Williams 2 3

Ireland Line-outs Won From
First half 4 7
Second half 7 10
Total 11 17

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 6 6
Total 11 11

Ireland Scrums Won From
First half 2 3
Second half 3 3
Total 5 6

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