2 Dec

Game Stats: England v All Blacks, Twickenham, 2 December 2012
by Tracey Nelson
2 Dec 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, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Faumuina, Luke Romano, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

Subs: Romano for Retallick at 49 min, Faumuina for Franks at 52 min, Vito for Messam and Coles for Mealamu at 62 min, Weepu for A Smith and Cruden for Carter at 64 min, Crockett for Woodcock at 66 min, B Smith for Dagg at 70 min.

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 3 3  
Conversions 3 1
Penalties 0 from 2 5 from 5
TOTAL 21 38

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 13 0
England 11 2
TOTAL 24 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Retallick, Dagg 2
Tackler not rolling Read, Nonu 2
Ruck off feet Read/McCaw 1
Ruck slowing ball Read 1
Ruck loitering Crockett* 1
Offside general play Nonu, McCaw 2
Offside from kick Jane 1
Scrum Woodcock, Franks, Front row 3
TOTAL   13

England Penalty Offences
Tackler 2
Ruck off feet 2
Ruck entry 2
Ruck offside 1
Offside general 1
Scrum 1
Deliberate knock on 1
Deliberately not retiring 1 + YC
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Dagg, C Smith, Read, Romano*, Whitelock, Vito* 6
Intercepted pass Read 1
Tackle Retallick, A Smith, Messam 3
Lineout 2
Scrum   1
Kick out on full 1
TOTAL   14

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 6
Tackle 1
Maul 3
Lineout 2
Scrum 1
Miss touch from penalty 1
Pass into touch 1
TOTAL 15

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 32 17+15
Franks 20 13+7
Whitelock 19 8+11
Read 18 10+8
Messam 16 10+6
Retallick 15 11+4
C Smith 15 7+8
Mealamu 13 9+4
Woodcock 12 9+3
Romano* 8  
Nonu 8 4+4
Crockett* 5  
Faumuina* 5
Carter 5 4+1
Dagg 5 3+2
Coles* 4  
Vito* 3  
Savea 3 2+1
B Smith* 2  
Jane 2 1+1

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
McCaw 9 15
Read 8 25
Mealamu 6 2
Woodcock 4 6
Messam 3 7
Whitelock 3 8
Faumuina* 3 6
Retallick 3 4
Vito* 2 18
Crockett* 2 3
Romano* 2 1
Franks 1 4
Coles* 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 11 (5+6 1 (0+1)
McCaw 9 (4+5) 3 (1+2)
Whitelock 9 (5+4) 1 (1+0)
Carter 8 (8+0) 2 (2+0)
Faumuina* 7 1
Nonu 7 (5+2) 1 (0+1)
Franks 7 (6+1) 0
Woodcock 6 (5+2) 2 (2+0)
C Smith 6 (3+3) 1 (1+0)
Romano* 5 0
Crockett* 5 0
Coles* 4 1
Weepu* 3 0
Retallick 3 (3+0) 2 (2+0)
Mealamu 3 (3+0) 1 (1+0)
Jane 3 (2+1) 0
Vito* 2  
Messam 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
Cruden* 1 0
Dagg 1 (0+1) 0
A Smith 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 103 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
Read 3
Retallick 2
A Smith 2
Carter 2
Nonu 2
Woodcock 1
Whitelock 1
McCaw 1
Savea 1
Jane 1
Faumuina 1
TOTAL 1

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 7
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 10 12

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 4 4
Retallick 2 2
Read 2 2
Messam 1 1
Romano 1 1
Not straight   1
Overthrown   1
TOTAL 10 12

England Line-outs Won From
First half 8 9
Second half 3 4
TOTAL 11 13

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 1 2
TOTAL 7 8

England Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 2 3
TOTAL 4 5

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