24 Nov

Game Stats: Wales v All Blacks, Cardiff, 22 November 2008
by Tracey Nelson
24 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 the third test match in this UK tour that the All Blacks have not conceded a try and also held the opposition scoreless in the second half. It was also one of the few times the All Blacks have not bought on most of their subs, just making two (tighthead prop and halfback) this 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 Tialata at48 minand Weepu for Cowan at55 min.

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

Points Scored NZ Wales
Tries 2 (Nonu, Kaino) 0
Conversions 2 0
Penalties 5 3
Total 29 9

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 9 4
Wales 9 2
Total 18 6

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackle Nonu, Kahui, Woodcock, Muliaina, McCaw, Carter 6
Ruck McCaw (2) 2
Lineout ? 1
Total   9

NZ Free Kick Offences
Scrum 4
Total 4

Wales Penalty Offences
Tackle 3
Ruck 2
Offside 1
Scrum 3
Total 9

Wales Free Kick Offences
Scrum 1
Total 1

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons 9
Forward pass 1
Pass to opposition 2
Total 12

Turnovers Conceded by Wales
Knock-ons 8
Spilled 1
Lineout 2
Breakdown 2
Total 13

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 33 15+18
Williams 28 10+18
Thorn 23 10+13
Mealamu 21 10+11
So’oialo 19 9+10
Kaino 19 9+10
Woodcock 17 8+9
Sivivatu 15 5+10
Nonu 12 8+4
Tialata 10 8+2
Muliaina 10 5+5
Rokocoko 10 4+6
Afoa* 9  
Kahui 8 3+5
Carter 5 1+4
Weepu* 1  
Cowan 1 (0+1)

Ball Carries
So’oialo 9
Thorn 7
Kaino 5
McCaw 5
Williams 5
Woodcock 4
Mealamu 3
Tialata 2
Afoa* 1
Total 41

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 16 (10+6) 5 (2+3)
So’oialo 7 (3+4) 5 (2+3)
Mealamu 7 (3+4) 2 (2+0)
Carter 7 (5+2) 1 (0+1)
Kaino 7 (4+3) 0
Williams 6 (5+1) 1 (1+0)
Kahui 6 (3+3) 0
Woodcock 5 (3+2) 2 (2+0)
Thorn 5 (3+2) 2 (1+1)
Rokocoko 5 (4+1) 0
Nonu 4 (2+2) 3 (3+0)
Weepu* 3 0
Sivivatu 3 (1+2) 0
Tialata 2(2+0) 0
Cowan 2 (2+0) 0
Muliaina 2 (1+1) 0
Afoa* 1 0
Total 88 21

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 4
Nonu 3
Woodcock 2
Mealamu 2
So’oialo 2
Muliaina 2
Thorn 1
Williams 1
Kaino 1
Cowan 1
Carter 1
Kahui 1
Sivivatu 1
Rokocoko 1
Total 23

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 5 5
Total 10 10

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Williams 6 6
Kaino 1 1
Thorn 1 1
Woodcock 1 1
Cowan 1 1

Wales Line-outs Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 1 2
Total 4 6

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 4 5
Second half 6 7
Total 10 12

Wales Scrums Won From
First half 3 5
Second half 2 3
Total 5 8

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmailfacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmailby feather