7 Oct

Game Stats: Springboks v All Blacks, Soweto, 6 October 2012
by Tracey Nelson
7 Oct 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, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Richie McCaw, Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Hosea Gear, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Luke Romano, Adam Thomson, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Tamati Ellison

Subs: Mealamu for Hore at 51 min, Romano for Retallick at 58 min, B Franks for O Franks and Ellison for Nonu at 62 min, Weepu for A Smith and Thomson for Messam at 65 min, Cruden for carter at 76 min.

Points Scored NZ Springboks
Tries 4 1  
Conversions 3 1
Penalties 1 from 3 3 from 7
TOTAL 32 16

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 1
Springboks 4 0
TOTAL 15 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Read(2) 2
Ruck entry Hore, Dagg(YC) 2
RUck hands McCaw 1
Ruck offside McCaw 1
Offside general play O Franks, Nonu 2
Lineout Whitelock 1
Scrum Messam, Front Row 2
TOTAL   11

Springboks Penalty Offences
Tackler player 1
Ruck off feet 1
Scrum 2
TOTAL 4

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Messam, McCaw, C Smith, Dagg, Read 5
Spill/pass McCaw 1
Lineout Not sighted 1
Ruck   1
Scrum early engage   1
TOTAL   9

Turnovers Conceded by Springboks
Knock-ons 10
Spill 1
Forward pass 1
Tackle 2
Ruck 1
Maul 1
Scrum 1
Maul 1
TOTAL 18

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 22 12+10
Whitelock 16 7+9
Retallick 12 7+5
Woodcock 12 3+9
Read 11 2+9
O Franks 10 5+5
Mealamu* 8  
B Franks* 8  
Hore 8 5+3
Messam 5 2+3
Romano* 4  
Nonu 4 2+2
Jane 4 1+3
Gear 3 1+2
C Smith 3 0+3
Dagg 3 0+3
Thomson* 2  
Ellison* 2  
Carter 2 1+1
A Smith 1 1+0

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Messam 8 69
Read 7 50
McCaw 5 26
Whitelock 2 30
Romano* 2 10
Hore 2 5
B Franks* 1 3
Retallick 1 3

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
McCaw 16 (7+0) 2 (1+1)
Read 12 (6+6) 1 (0+1)
Messam 6 (3+3) 4 (3+1)
Whitelock 6 (1+5) 1 (0+1)
Carter 6 (3+3) 1 (1+0)
Retallick 6 (4+2 0
O Franks 5 (3+2) 0
C Smith 4 (3+1) 2 (0+2)
Romano* 4 2
Woodcock 4 (1+3) 1 (0+1)
Mealamu* 4 0
Hore 4 (3+1) 0
Nonu 3 (1+2) 2 (0+2)
Thomson* 3 0
Gear 3 (2+1) 0
Jane 3 (0+3 0
Ellison* 2 0
A Smith 1 (0+1) 1 (0+1)
B Franks* 1 0
TOTAL 93 15

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
Carter 2
Read 1
Nonu 1
Mealamu 1
Weepu 1
TOTAL 6

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 6
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 9 10

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 3 3
Retallick 1 1
Read 1 1
Messam 1 1
McCaw 1 1
Quick 1 1
Unsighted 1 1
Overthrow   1
TOTAL 9 10

Springboks Line-outs Won From
First half 9 10
Second half 6 7
TOTAL 15 17

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 7 7
TOTAL 9 9

Springboks Scrums Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 7 7

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