1 Dec

Game Stats: England v All Blacks, London, 29 November 2008
by Tracey Nelson
1 Dec 2008

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums. This win over England completed the Grand Slam for the 2008 All Blacks and was the seventh consecutive win against England since 2004. During this Grand Slam the All Blacks have not conceded a try in any of the four test matches and the most points scored against them was 9 (v Ireland). Despite having an ordinary day at the office with his goal kicking (60%), Daniel Carter brought up 203 test points for 2008.

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: Aofa for Tialata and Read for Kaino at 55 min, Boric for Thorn and Toeava for Smith at 68 min, and Weepu for Cowan at 70 min.

Team: Muliaina, Rokocoko, Smith, Nonu, Sivivatu,, Carter, Cowan, So’oialo, Kaino, McCaw (c), Williams, Thorn, Tialata, Mealamu, Woodcock
Reserves: Toeava, Donald, Weepu, Read, Boric, Afoa, Elliot

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 3 (Muliaina (2), Nonu) 0
Conversions 1 0
Penalties 5 2
Total 32 6

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 8 2
England 16 2
Total 18 6

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackle So’oialo, Williams, McCaw 3
Ruck Thorn, Tialata 2
Scrum McCaw, Woodcock, Tialata 3
Total   8

NZ Free Kick Offences
Scrum 1
Lineout 1
Total 2

England Penalty Offences
Tackle 7
Ruck 6 (+ 2 yellow cards)
Scrum 1
Foul Play 2 (+ 2 yellow cards)
Total 16

England Free Kick Offences
Scrum 1
Lineout 1
Total 2

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons 11
Forward pass 2
Pass to opposition 2
Tackle 1
Lineout 2
Total 18

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 2
Tackle 5
Ruck 1
Spilled pass 1
Scrum 1
Man infront of kick off 1
Missed touch from penalty 1
Lineout 1
Total 13

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 26 12+14
So’oialo 21 13+9
Woodcock 20 12+8
Thorn 19 10+9
Williams 17 11+6
Mealamu 17 8+9
Tialata 14 9+5
Kaino 12 9+3
Muliaina 10 5+5
Rokocoko 10 4+6
Nonu 8 4+4
Read* 7  
Carter 7 5+2
Afoa* 6  
Smith 5 2+3
Sivivatu 3 2+1
Cowan 2 (0+2)
Toeava* 1  

Ball Carries
Williams 7
Woodcock 4
Mealamu 3
Thorn 3
Kaino 3
McCaw 2
Tialata 2
Read* 2
So’oialo 0
Afoa* 0
Total 26

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 15 (5+10) 7 (4+3)
So’oialo 10 (5+5) 3 (1+2)
Kaino 8 (7+1) 3 (1+2)
Thorn 7 (4+3) 3 (2+1)
Tialata 7(4+3) 1 (1+0)
Carter 6 (4+2) 2 (0+2)
Williams 6 (2+4) 2 (0+2)
Smith 6 (5+1)1 (1+0)
Mealamu 6 (4+2) 0
Nonu 5 (3+2) 3 (2+1)
Read* 4 0
Cowan 3 (2+1) 0
Muliaina 3 (0+3) 0
Woodcock 2 (0+2) 2 (2+0)
Rokocoko 2 (1+1) 0
Sivivatu 2 (0+2) 0
Boric* 1 0
Afoa* 0 1
Total 93 28

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Woodcock 1
Tialata 1
Williams 1
Carter 1
Rokocoko 1
Total 5

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Williams 5 5
Kaino 2 2
Thorn 1 1
So’oialo 2 2
McCaw 0 1

England Line-outs Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 5 6
Total 9 10

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 0 0
Second half 5 6
Total 5 6

England Scrums Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 5 7
Total 8 11

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