26 Nov

Game Stats: Wales v All Blacks, Millenium Stadium Cardiff, 25 November 2012
by Tracey Nelson
26 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, Andrew Hore, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam. Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith

Subs: Crockett for Woodcock, Retallick for Romano, and Weepu for A Smith at 50 min, Coles for Hore at 54 min, Faumuina for Franks at 60 min, Barrett for Cruden at 68 min, Vito for Messam at 70 min, B Smith for Dagg at 76 min.

Points Scored NZ Wales
Tries 3 2  
Conversions 3 0
Penalties 4 from 4 0
TOTAL 33 10

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 12 1
Wales 10 2
TOTAL 22 3

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Franks, Barrett, Dagg 3
Tackler not rolling Nonu, Hore 2
Ruck off feet Retallick 1
Ruck entry Nonu 1
Ruck offside Woodcock/Nonu, McCaw 2
Offside general play ? 1
Scrum bind Woodcock 1
Foul play (YC) Jane 1
TOTAL   12

Wales Penalty Offences
Tackled player 1
Tackler 1
Playing ball off feet 1
Ruck off feet 2
Ruck slowing ball 1
Ruck entry 1
Scrum 2
Offside at kick 1
TOTAL 10

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Savea(2), Dagg, Nonu, Jane, Cruden, Barrett, Retallick 9
Forward pass Dagg 1
Tackle Franks, McCaw 2
Scrum   1
TOTAL   13

Turnovers Conceded by Wales
Knock-ons 11
Tackle 2
Ruck spill 1
Maul 3
Crossing 1
Lineout 1
Scrum 1
Kick touch in goal 2
TOTAL 22

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 23 16+7
Franks 20 17+3
Whitelock 17 8+9
Messam 16 9+7
Romano 14 12+2
Woodcock 12 11+1
Read 10 6+4
Nonu 8 7+1
Savea 7 4+3
Faumuina* 6  
Retallick* 6  
Crockett* 5  
C Smith 5 2+3
Coles* 4  
Jane 4 3+1
Dagg 3 2+1
Cruden 2 2+0
Vito* 1  
B Smith* 1  
A Smith 1 1+0

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Read 7 20
Whitelock 6 20
McCaw 5 45
Romano 5 32
Messam 4 27
Woodcock 2 8
Coles 2 7
Hore 2 3
Crockett* 1 1
Faumuina* 1 1
Franks 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
McCaw 21 (6+14) 2 (2+0)
Whitelock 12 (4+8) 3 (0+3)
Nonu 11 (1+10) 5 (0+5)
Read 9 (2+7) 4 (0+4)
C Smith 10 (2+8) 0
Cruden 9 (2+7) 0
Messam 7 (4+3) 7 (2+5)
Crockett* 7 2
Romano 7 (7+0) 0
Retallick* 6 1
Coles* 6 0
O Franks 6 (2+4) 2 (2+0)
Dagg 5 (2+3) 1 (0+1)
Woodcock 5 (2+3) 1 (0+1)
Hore 4 (1+3) 1 (0+1)
Faumuina* 3 0
Weepu* 3 1
A Smith 3 (3+0) 0
Vito* 2 0
Savea 1 (0+2) 0
Jane 2 (2+0) 0
B Smith* 1 0
Barrett* 0 1
TOTAL 138 31

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 6
Cruden 2
Woodcock 1
Romano 1
Whitelock 1
McCaw 1
Nonu 1
Coles* 1
Retallick* 1
Faumuina* 1
TOTAL 16

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 8 9
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 10 11

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Romano 4 4
Whitelock 4 4
Retallick 1 1
Quick throw 1 2
TOTAL 10 11

Wales Line-outs Won From
First half 1 3
Second half 9 12
TOTAL 10 15

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 9 10
TOTAL 14 15

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

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