19 Nov

Game Stats: Italy v All Blacks, Rome, 18 November 2012
by Tracey Nelson
19 Nov 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, Charlie Faumuina, Ali Williams, Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (c), Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Hosea Gear, Beauden Barrett
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Sam Whitelock, Victor Vito, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Dan Carter, Cory Jane

Subs: Coles for Mealamu at 43 min, Franks for Faumuina at 46 min, Whitelock for Williams at 50 min, Jane for Barrett at 53 min, Kerr-Barlow for Aaron Smith at 61 min, Crockett for Woodcock at 64 min.

Points Scored NZ Italy
Tries 5 1  
Conversions 4 1
Penalties 3 from 3 0
Dropgoals 0 1 from1
TOTAL 42 10

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 6 0
Italy 5 2
TOTAL 11 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Ruck entry Williams, Mealamu 2
Ruck off feet Whitelock 1
Scrum bind Messam 1
Scrum offside Cane 1
Scrum Whole pack splintering 1
TOTAL   6

Italy Penalty Offences
Tackler not releasing 1
Early tackle 1
Ruck hands 1
Offside general play 1
Intentional knock down 1
TOTAL 5

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Read(2), Savea(2), Retallick, Williams, Cruden, Messam, C Smith 9
Fwd pass Nonu 1
Ruck spill 1
Ruck 1
TOTAL   12

Turnovers Conceded by Italy
Knock-ons 8
Pass to opposition 2
Forward pass 1
Maul 4
Lineout 2
Scrum 1
Miss touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 19

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
Cane 36 21+15
Retallick 33 18+15
Messam 26 12+13
Woodcock 23 14+19
Read 20 12+8
Williams 18 15+3
Mealamu 14 12+2
Nonu 12 9+3
C Smith 11 6+5
Faumuina 10 8+2
Coles* 9  
Whitelock* 8  
Barrett 6 6+0
Savea 6 6+0
Jane* 4  
Gear 4 3+1
Crockett* 3  
Cruden 3 2+1
Kerr-Barlow* 2  
A Smith 1 0+1

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Read 15 86
Cane 11 49
Messam 8 65
Retallick 6 25
Williams 5 12
Faumuina 4 15
Mealamu 4 10
Coles* 4 6
Franks* 3 12
Whitelock 2 16
Woodcock 2 7

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
Cane 11 (9+2) 6 (4+2)
Retallick 10 )8+2) 2 (2+0)
Read 10 (7+3) 1 (1+0)
C Smith 10 (4+6) 1 (1+0)
Messam 9 (6+3) 1 (1+0)
Woodcock 8 (4+4) 3 (3+0)
A Smith 8 (3+5) 2 (2+0)
Gear 8 (3+5) 0
Cruden 6 (3+3) 3 (1+2)
Williams 6 (6+0) 1 (1+0)
Whitelock* 5 1
Faumuina 5 (5+0) 0
Crockett* 4 0
Mealamu 4 (4+0) 3 (3+0)
Nonu 3 (2+1) 4 (3+1)
Savea 3 (2+1) 0
Barrett 2 (2+0) 0
Franks* 1 0
Kerr-Barlow 1 0
TOTAL 114 28

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
Williams 3
Cruden 3
Savea 3
Cane 2
Nonu 2
Woodcock 1
Read 1
A Smith 1
Barrett 1
TOTAL 17

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 7 7
TOTAL 10 10

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Retallick 4 4
Whitelock 3 3
Read 2 2
Williams 1 1
TOTAL 10 10

Italy Line-outs Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 3 4
TOTAL 6 8

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 10 10

Italy Scrums Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 8 9

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