17 Nov

Game Stats: Ireland v All Blacks, Dublin, 15 November 2008
by Tracey Nelson
17 Nov 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 was Joe Rokocoko’s 50th test match.

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 Woodcock (yellow card) at 45 min then Woodcock back on for Tialata at 60 min, Weepu for Cowan at 60 min, Toeava for Smith at 63 min, Flynn for Mealamu 65 min, Tialata back on for Woodocock at 67 min, Read for Kaino at 71 min, Donald for Carter at 75 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, Flyn

Points Scored NZ Ireland
Tries 3 (Penalty try, Nonu, Thorn) 0
Conversions 2 0
Penalties 1 1
Total 22 3

Possession & Territory NZ Ireland
Possession 51% 49%
Territory 63% 37%

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 14 2
Ireland 11 1
Total 25 3

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackle Smith, Muliaina, Rokocoko, So’oialo, combo of Kaino/Read/Sivivatu 5
Ruck McCaw (2), Kaino, Weepu 4
Offside Cowan, Nonu 2
Scrum McCaw, Afoa 2
Foul play Woodcock 1 + Yellow card
Total   14

NZ Free Kick Offences
Scrum 2
Total 2

Ireland Penalty Offences
Tackle 5
Ruck 3
Offside 1
Obstruction 1
Foul play 1 + Yellow card
Total 11

Ireland Free Kick Offences
Scrum 1
Total 1

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons 10
Forward pass 1
Breakdown 5
Pass to opposition 3
Total 19

Turnovers Conceded by Ireland
Knock-ons 6
Breakdown 4
Spilled 3
Total 13

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 39 22+17
Thorn 26 18+8
So’oialo 21 10+11
Woodcock 17 16+1
Mealamu 17 12+5
Kaino 16 8+8
Williams 13 7+6
Nonu 11 7+4
Tialata 10 7+3
Sivivatu 9 5+4
Rokocoko 9 3+6
Read* 7  
Afoa* 7  
Carter 7 2+5
Smith 6 4+2
Muliaina 4 2+2
Weepu* 1  
Donald* 1  

Ball Carries
Williams 7
Thorn 7
McCaw 5
Tialata 5
Woodcock 4
Afoa* 2
So’oialo 2
Mealamu 1
Flynn* 1
Total 34

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 20 (6+14) 1 (0+1)
Carter 13 (5+8) 3 (1+2)
Mealamu 7 (5+2) 1 (0+1)
Thorn 7 (3+4) 1 (0+1)
Kaino 6 (4+2) 1 (0+1)
So’oialo 5 (2+3) 5 (3+2)
Woodcock 4 (1+3) 3 (3+0)
Sivivatu 4 (2+2) 0
Williams 3 (2+1) 2 (1+1)
Tialata 3 (2+1) 1 (0+1)
Read* 3 0
Muliaina 2 (1+1) 0
Afoa* 2 1
Weepu* 2 1
Flynn* 2 0
Nonu 1 (1+0) 1 (1+0)
Cowan 1 (1+0) 0
Total 85 22

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 3
Cowan 2
Carter 2
Smith 2
Rokocoko 1
So’oialo 1
Afoa* 1
Weepu* 1
Total 13

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 10 11
Second half 5 6
Total 15 17

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Williams 7 8
So’oialo 3 3
Kaino 2 3
Thorn 1 1
McCaw (ruled not straight) 0 1
Quick throw 1 1

Ireland Line-outs Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 8 9
Total 14 16

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 0 0
Second half 5 7
Total 5 7

Ireland Scrums Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 6 6
Total 10 10

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