30 Sep

Game Stats: Argentina v All Blacks, La Plata, 30 Sept 2012
by Tracey Nelson
30 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, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

Subs: Retallick for Romano at 36 min, Mealamau for Hore at 48 min, B Smith for C Smith at 55 min, Faumuina for Franks, Cane for McCaw, Weepu for A Smith, and Cruden for Carter at 57 min.

Points Scored NZ Argentina
Tries 7 2  
Conversions 1 5
Penalties 3 from 1 1 from 1
TOTAL 54 15

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 12 1
Argentina 9 1
TOTAL 21 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Retallick 1
Tackler not rolling Whitelock 2
Tackle high Faumuina 1
Ruck off feet Nonu/Franks, Nonu/Messam 2
Ruck offside McCaw, Whitelock, Read 3
Offside general play Woodcock/Franks, Messam/Nonu 2
Maul collapsing Mealamu 1
TOTAL   12

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackler not releasing 3
Ruck off feet 1
Ruck hands 2
Offside knock-on 1
Lineout 1
Scrum bind 1
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Read(2), McCaw, Carter, Savea 5
Lineout Mealamu 1
Ruck   1
Scrum early engage   1
TOTAL   8

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 10
Pass 4
Tackle 4
Ruck 1
Maul 1
Scrum 1
Maul 1
Miss touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 23

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 20 16+4
Woodcock 16 8+8
Messam 14 7+7
Nonu 13 9+4
Hore 12 11+1
Whitelock 11 9+2
Retallick* 10  
O Franks 10 8+2
Romano 10  
Savea 8 5+3
Mealamu* 7  
C Smith 7 6+1
Read 7 6+1
Cane* 6  
Dagg 5 3+2
Carter 4 3+1
Faumuina* 3  
Jane 3 2+1
B Smith* 2  
A Smith 1 0+1

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Read 7 15
McCaw 6 12
Whitelock 5 15
Franks 3 14
Retallick* 2 10
Messam 2 12
Cane* 1 1
Faumuina* 1 1
Woodcock 1 1

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
Read 12 (4+8) 1 (0+1)
Retallick* 11 3
Messam 11(4+7) 2 (0+2)
McCaw 10 (3+7) 0
Nonu 7 (1+6 2 (1+1)
Faumuina* 7 1
O Franks 7 (2+5) 1 (0+1)
Whitelock 7 (1+6) 0
Cane* 6 0
B Smith* 5 1
Savea 5 (2+3 0
Mealamu* 4 2
Romano 4 0
A Smith 4 (3+1) 0
Cruden* 3 0
Woodcock 3 (1+2 0
Carter 3 (1+2) 0
C Smith 2 (0+2) 3 (3+0)
Hore 1 (0+1) 1 (0+1)
Jane 1 (0+1) 1 (0+1)
TOTAL 113 17

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
Woodcock 3
Retallick* 2
Franks 1
Romano 1
Whitelock 1
Messam 1
Read 1
A Smith 1
Carter 1
TOTAL 12

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 5 6
TOTAL 11 12

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Retallick 3 3
Whitelock 2 2
Read 2 2
Messam 2 2
Romano 1 1
Quick 1 1
Overthrow   1
TOTAL 11 12

Argentina Line-outs Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 6 6
TOTAL 12 12

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 1 2
TOTAL 54 5

Argentina Scrums Won From
First half 0 0
Second half 1 1
TOTAL 1 1

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