4 Aug

Game Stats: All Blacks v Wallabies, Auckland, 2 August, 2008
by Tracey Nelson
4 Aug 2008

Despite a tendency for games under the ELVs to have more scrums than lineouts, this test match saw only 11 scrums set versus a staggering 35 lineout throws (11 to the All Blacks and 24 to the Wallabies) although one lineout never had the ball thrown in to it due to an awarding of a free kick to the All Blacks. Also of note was that both sides contested every lineout.

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: Mealamu for Hore at 56min, Aofa for Somerville at 58 min, Tuitavake for Smith at 68 min, Weepu for Cowan at 73 min, Thomson for Kaino and Donald for Kahui at 74 min, and Boric for Thorn at 78 min.

Team: Muliaina, Sivivatu, Smith Nonu, Kahui,, Carter, Cowan, So’oialo, Kaino, McCaw (c), Williams, Thorn, Somerville, Hore, Woodcock
Reserves: Tuitavake, Smith, Weepu, Thomson, Boric, Afoa, Mealam

Points Scored NZ Aus
Tries 4 1
Conversions 2 1
Penalties 5 1
Total 39 10

Overall NZ Aus
Possession 52% 48%
Territory 59% 41%

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 6 6
Aus 8 5
Total 14 11

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackle Williams, Kahui 2
Ruck offside So’oialo 2
Scrum wheel Woodcock 1
Tackle without ball Kaino 1
Total   6

NZ Free Kick Offences
Tackle 5
Lineout 1
Total 6

Aus Penalty Offences
Ruck offside 2
Tackle (high) 2
Tackle 1
Sealing off 1
Playing ball on ground 1
Total 8

Aus Free Kick Offences
Tackle 3
Ruck 2
Lineout 2
Total 7

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons 6
Breakdown 6
Spilled 2
Other 3
Total 17

Turnovers Conceded by Aus
Knock-ons 5
Breakdown 13
Lineouts 10
Total 28

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 43 19+24
Hore 29 17+12
Thorn 24 14+10
So’oialo 22 9+13
Somerville 21 14+7
Woodcock 16 11+5
Kaino 15 7+8
Williams 13 7+6
Smith 10 3+7
Nonu 9 5+4
Carter 6 3+3
Afoa* 5  
Muliaina 5 2+3
Sivivatu 5 2+3
Kahui 4 3+1
Mealamu* 3  
Tuitavake* 2  
Boric* 2  
Thomson* 2  
Cowan* 2 (1+1)

Ball Carries
Williams 11
Woodcock 5
Thorn 5
So’oialo 5
Hore 4
McCaw 4
Kaino 1
Somerville 1
Afoa* 1
Mealamu* 1
Total 39

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 13 (5+8) 3 (2+1)
Thorn 10 (3+7) 5 (3+2)
Carter 9 (3+7) 3 (2+1)
So’oialo 8 (2+6) 5 (3+2)
Williams 8 (0+8) 0
Smith 8 (3+5) 0
Woodcock 7 (5+2) 3 (1+2)
Kaino 7 (3+4) 2 (2+0)
Nonu 6 (3+3) 2 (1+1)
Mealamu* 5 0
Hore 4 (3+1) 2 (1+1)
Somerville 4 (2+2) 1 (0+1)
Thomson* 3 1
Tuitavake* 3 1
Cowan 3 (2+1) 0
Afoa* 2 0
Sivivatu 2 (1+1) 0
Kahui 1 (0+1) 0
Muliaina 1 (0+1) 0
Weepu* 1 0
Total 105 29

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Kaino 2
So’oialo 2
Carter 2
Nonu 2
Sivivatu 2
Woodcock 1
Hore 1
Somerville 1
Thorn 1
Williams 1
Cowan 1
Smith 1
Total 17

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 8 8
Second half 2 3
Total 10 11

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Williams 4 4
Thorn 2 2
Kaino 1 1
So’oialo 1 1
Cowan 1 1

Aus Line-outs Won From
First half 5 8
Second half 9 16
Total 14 24

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 5 5
Total 9 9

Aus Scrums Won From
First half 0 0
Second half 2 2
Total 2 2

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