Game Stats: All Blacks v Springboks, Capetown, 16 August 2008
by Tracey Nelson
19 Aug 2008
This test match against South Africa and New Zealand marked Percy Montgomery’s 100th test appearance for the Springboks, making him the only player to do so for his country and just the ninth player overall in world rugby. It was the first time an All Black side has ever kept the Springboks scoreless in a test match played in South Africa.
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’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. This week: Toeava for Sivivatu (injury) at 24 min,Afoafor Somerville at 48 min, Weepu for Cowan at 52 min, Mealamu for Hore at 60min, Boric for Thorn at 75 min, Donald for Carter at 78 min and Thomson for Kaino at 78 min.
|Team:||Muliaina, Sivivatu, Smith Nonu, Kahui,, Carter, Cowan, So’oialo, Kaino, McCaw (c), Williams, Thorn, Somerville, Hore, Woodcock|
|Reserves:||Toeava, Donald, Weepu, Thomson, Boric, Afoa, Mealam|
|Tries||3 Smith, Carter, Mealamu||0|
|Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded||Pen||FKs|
|NZ Penalty Offences|
|Taking player without ball||McCaw||1|
|Taking opposition arm in lineout||Williams||1|
|NZ Free Kick Offences|
|SA Penalty Offences|
|Going off feet in tackle||3|
|Playing ball on ground||1|
|SA Free Kick Offences|
|Turnovers Conceded by NZ|
|Turnovers Conceded by SA|
|First 3 to Breakdown||Total||Per half|
|Completed Tackles and Assists||Tackles||Assists|
|McCaw||14 (10+4)||3 (1+2)|
|Carter||11 (6+5)||1 (0+1)|
|So’oialo||9 (6+3)||1 (1+0)|
|Smith||8 (7+1)||1 (0+1)|
|Kaino||6 (4+2)||3 (1+2)|
|Woodcock||5 (4+1)||2 (1+1)|
|Toeava*||3 (1+2)||1 (0+1)|
|Hore||2 (1+1)||1 (0+1)|
|Muliaina||2 (2+0)||1 (1+0)|
|Missed and Slipped Tackles|
|NZ Line-out Jumpers||Won||From|