19 Aug

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

Points Scored NZ SA
Tries 3 Smith, Carter, Mealamu 0
Conversions 2 0
Penalties 0 0
Total 19 0

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 4 7
SA 10 8
Total 14 15

NZ Penalty Offences
Taking player without ball McCaw 1
Shoulder charge Cowan 1
Obstruction Thorn 1
Taking opposition arm in lineout Williams 1
Total   4

NZ Free Kick Offences
Tackle 6
Ruck 1
Total 7

SA Penalty Offences
Offside 4
Obstruction 1
Going off feet in tackle 3
Playing ball on ground 1
Scrum 1
Total 10

SA Free Kick Offences
Tackle 7
Lineout 1
Total 8

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons 5
Breakdown 3
Total 8

Turnovers Conceded by SA
Knock-ons 9
Forward pass 1
Spilled 3
Breakdown 5
Total 18

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Thorn 37 20+17
McCaw 32 14+18
Hore 28 20+8
Williams 28 11+17
So’oialo 22 11+11
Somerville 19 13+6
Woodcock 17 6+11
Muliaina 16 4+12
Kaino 13 5+8
Nonu 13 6+7
Carter 12 4+8
Kahui 10 5+5
Afoa* 9  
Toeava* 8 2+6
Smith 7 5+2
Mealamu* 4  
Cowan 3 3+0
Sivivatu 3  
Boric* 2  
Thomson* 2  
Weepu 1  

Ball Carries
So’oialo 10
Kaino 9
McCaw 7
Woodcock 7
Afoa* 4
Thorn 4
Williams 3
Hore 3
Mealamu* 2
Somerville 1
Thomson 1
Total 51

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)
Kahui 8 (6+2) 0
Thorn 6 (5+1) 0
Kaino 6 (4+2) 3 (1+2)
Woodcock 5 (4+1) 2 (1+1)
Somerville 4 (3+1) 0
Nonu 4 (2+3) 0
Williams 3 (2+1) 0
Cowan 3 (2+1) 0
Toeava* 3 (1+2) 1 (0+1)
Hore 2 (1+1) 1 (0+1)
Muliaina 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
Sivivatu 1 0
Mealamu* 1 0
Boric* 1 0
Weepu* 1 0
Total 92 14

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Somerville 2
Thorn 2
Woodcock 1
Williams 1
So’oialo 1
Cowan 1
Nonu 1
Sivivatu 1
Muliaina 1
Kahui 1
Afoa* 1
Total 13

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 4 5
Total 7 9

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
McCaw 3 3
Williams 2 3
Kaino 2 2
Thorn 0 1

SA Line-outs Won From
First half 4 5
Second half 4 5
Total 8 10

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 9 9
Second half 6 6
Total 15 15

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

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