16 Sep

Game Stats: All Blacks v Springboks, Dunedin, 15 Sept 2012
by Tracey Nelson
16 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, Andrew Hore, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Richie McCaw, Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Tamati Ellison

Subs: Aaron Smith for Weepu at 41 min, Mealamu for Hore and Retallick for Romano at 49 min, and Faumuina for Franks at 69 min.

Points Scored NZ SA
Tries 2 1  
Conversions 1 0
Penalties 3 from 5 2 from 8
TOTAL 21 11

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 0
SA 14 2
TOTAL 25 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player C Smith, Savea, Dagg 3
Tackler not rolling Romano, Read 2
Tackling player in air Jane 1
Ruck hands Woodcock 1
Lineout Woodcock, Romano 2
Scrum Woodcock 1
Obstruction C Smith 1
TOTAL   11

SA Penalty Offences
Tackled player 4
Tackler not rolling 2
Ruck off feet 2
Ruck hands 3
Offside from knock on 1
Scrum 1
Foul play + YC 1
TOTAL 14

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Savea, Cruden, Messam 3
Spilled pass Weepu 1
Forward pass Dagg 1
Tackle Read, Messam 2
Ruck spill   2
Lineout   2
Miss touch from penalty Cruden 1
Maul Messam 1
TOTAL   13

Turnovers Conceded by SA
Knock-ons 5
Pass into touch 1
Spilled ball 2
Ruck spill 1
Lineout 5
Scrum 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 28 14+14
Woodcock 27 14+13
Whitelock 27 14+13
Hore 20 17+3
O Franks 19 12+7
Romano 16 14+2
Messam 16 9+7
Nonu 16 8+8
Read 14 9+5
Mealamu* 10  
Retallick* 9  
Savea 7 2+5
Faumuina* 6  
Jane 5 4+1
Dagg 3 1+2
C Smith 2 1+1
Weepu 1  

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
McCaw 8 41
Messam 7 22
Read 5 30
Hore 4 15
Mealamu*3 5
Romano 3 8
O Franks 2 4
Whitelock 2 10
Woodcock 1 3
Retallick* 1 5

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 12 (5+7) 2 (2+0)
Read 10 (8+2) 0
O Franks 8 (5+3) 1 (0+1)
Whitelock 8 (3+5) 1 (1+0)
Nonu 7 (2+5) 0
Woodcock 6 (3+3) 2 (0+2)
Messam 6 (3+3) 1 (1+0)
Cruden 5 (2+3) 3 (1+2)
Retallick* 4 0
Romano 4 (2+2) 4 (1+3)
A Smith* 3 0
Hore 3 (2+1) 0
Jane 3 (0+3) 0
Faumuina* 2 1
Mealamu* 1 0
C Smith 1 (1+0) 0
Savea 1 (1+0) 0
TOTAL 84 16

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
Cruden 2
C Smith 2
O Franks 1
Messam 1
Retallick* 1
Weepu 1
A Smith* 1
TOTAL 9

Set pieces in opposition 22 Number Scoring
All Blacks 0 0
SA 0 0

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 7 7
Second half 4 6
TOTAL 11 13

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 2 2
Romano 2 2
Read 2 2
Retallick 2 2
Messam 1 1
McCaw 1 1
Quick 1 1
Overthrown   1
Not straight   1
TOTAL 11 13

SA Line-outs Won From
First half 4 6
Second half 9 12
TOTAL 13 18

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 6 6

SA Scrums Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 1 2
TOTAL 4 6

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