16 Sep

GAME STATS: Wallabies v All Blacks, Brisbane, 13 September 2008
by Tracey Nelson
16 Sep 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 Greg Somerville’s 65th test at prop, and probably his last All Black game as he heads to Europe at the end of the year.

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: Mealamu for Hore at 50min, Aofa for Somerville at 50 min, Donald for Nonu at 50 min, Weepu for Cowan at 50 min, and Boric for Thorn at 78 min.

Team: Muliaina, Kahui, Smith, Nonu, Sivivatu, Carter, Cowan, So’oialo, Kaino, McCaw (c), Williams, Thorn, Somerville, Hore, Woodcock
Reserves: Toeava, Donald, Weepu, Thomson, Boric, Afoa, Mealam

Points Scored NZ Aus
Tries 4 (Muliaina,Woodcock, Weepu, Carter) 3 (Ashley-Cooper, Horwill, Cross)
Conversions 4 3
Penalties 0 1
Total 28 24

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 6
Aus 12 2
Total 23 8

NZ Penalty Offences
Ruck offside McCaw, Cowan, Woodcock 3
General offside Somerville 1
Lineout Williams 1
Foul play McCaw 1
Total   6

NZ Free Kick Offences
Tackle 7
Ruck 1
Not 10m 1
Scrum 2
Total 11

Aus Penalty Offences
Ruck offside 1
Foul play 1
Total 2

Aus Free Kick Offences
Tackle 8
Ruck 3
Throwing ball away 1
Total 7

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons 10
Breakdown 3
Spilled 1
Other 2
Total 16

Turnovers Conceded by Aus
Knock-ons 2
Breakdown 9
Spilled 1
Other 2
Total 14

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 35 12+23
Thorn 32 17+15
Woodcock 25 11+14
Hore 21 17+4
Williams 20 8+12
So’oialo 20 5+15
Somerville 15 12+3
Mealamu* 14  
Kaino 13 3+10
Sivivatu 11 6+5
Afoa* 9  
Smith 8 2+6
Kahui 8 4+4
Carter 7 2+5
Muliaina 7 3+4
Donald* 5  
Nonu 4 3+1
Boric* 1  
Weepu* 1  

Ball Carries
So’oialo 9
Kaino 4
Williams 3
Thorn 3
Hore 3
Afoa* 3
Mealamu* 1
Woodcock 1
McCaw 1
Somerville 1
Total 29

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Williams 15 (6+9) 3 (3+0)
Carter 15 (6+9) 0
McCaw 12 (8+4) 6 (2+4)
So’oialo 12 (5+7) 0 (0+3)
Smith 12 (5+7) 3 (3+0)
Kaino 12 (6+6) 1 (0+1)
Woodcock 10 (5+5) 3 (2+1)
Sivivatu 8 (3+5) 1 (0+1)
Thorn 7 (4+3) 8 (3+5)
Somerville 7 (6+1) 3 (3+0)
Afoa* 6 1
Hore 5 (4+1) 2 (2+0)
Cowan 4 (2+2) 3 (3+0)
Muliaina 4 (2+2) 0
Mealamu* 3 1
Donald* 3 0
Nonu 2 (1+1) 2 (2+0)
Boric* 2 1
Kahui 1 (0+1) 0
Total 140 41

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Cowan 3
So’oialo 3
Kahui 3
Thorn 2
Kaino 2
Muliaina 2
Woodcock 1
Williams 1
McCaw 1
Carter 1
Smith 1
Afoa 1
Total 21

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 2 2
Total 5 6

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Williams 2 3
Thorn 2 2
Cowan 1 1

Aus Line-outs Won From
First half 7 7
Second half 4 5
Total 11 12

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 4 5
Second half 3 4
Total 7 9

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

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