21 Oct

Game stats: All Blacks v Wallabies, Dunedin, 19 October 2013
by Tracey Nelson
21 Oct 2013

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

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’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

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 Faumunia, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Ben Smith, Charles Piutau, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Tom Taylor

Points Scored NZ Australia
Tries 4 3  
Conversions Cruden 3 Cooper 3
Penalties Cruden 4/6 Barrett 1/1 Cooper 3/3
Drop goal   Cooper 1/1
TOTAL 41 33

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 9 1
Wallabies 10 1
TOTAL 19 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Read, Messam 2
Tackler not releasing Cane 1
Ruck off feet Mealamu, Cane(2) 3
Ruck offside Woodcock 1
Maul Whitelock/Messam 1
Scrum   1
TOTAL   9

Wallabies Penalty Offences
Tackled player 1
Tackler 1
Ruck hands 1
Ruck off feet 1
Offside from Kick 2
Maul 1
Scrum 1
Offside from knock on 2
TOTAL 10

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Cane, Coles, Taylor 3
Intercepted pass Savea 1
Spilled ball Dagg 1
Ruck   1
Maul   1
Scrum   2
Lineout   1
Accidental offside   1
TOTAL   11

Turnovers Conceded by Wallabies
Knock-ons 10
Forward pass 1
Pass to touch 1
Pass to opposition 1
Maul 2
Tackle 3
Lineout 1
Scrum 1
Accidental offside 1
TOTAL 21

Tackle turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Cane, Faumuina, Barrett, Retallick
TOTAL 4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Whitelock 24 9+15
Mealamu 22 14+8
Woodcock 21 14+7
Cane 18 6+12
Faumuina 14 9+5
Messam 13 4+9
Retallick* 11  
Thrush 10 9+1
Crockett* 9  
Read 9 6+3
B Smith 6 3+3
Cruden 5 4+1
Luatua* 4  
Franks* 4  
Dagg 4 2+2
Piutau 4 0+4
Barrett* 2  
Coles* 2  
Nonu 2 1+1
Taylor* 1  
Savea 1 0 1
A Smith 1 0+1

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Cane 10 36
Messam 8 76
Read 8 63
Whitelock 6 16
Retallick 5 13
Faumuina 3 8
Coles 2 12
Franks 2 11
Woodcock 2 3
Mealamu 2 4
Thrush 1 8
Crockett 1 1

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Cane 15 (7+8) 5 (3+2)
Nonu 14 (4+10) 4 (3+1)
Whitelock 11 (4+7) 2 (2+0)
Read 10 (7+3) 0
Faumuina 7 (7+0) 3 (2+1)
A Smith 7 (7+0) 1 (1+0)
Piutau 6 (5+1) 1 (0+1)
Dagg 6 (3+3) 0
Coles* 5 0
Thrush 5 (4+1) 1 (1+0)
Mealamu 5 (4+1) 1 (1+0)
B Smith 5 (3+2) 1 (0+1)
Retallick* 4 0
Woodcock 4 (3+1) 1 (1+0)
Taylor* 3 1
Barrett* 3 0
Cruden 3 (3+0) 1 (1+0)
Savea 3 (2+1) 0
Crockett* 2 0
Luatua* 2 0
Kerr-Barlow* 2 0
Messam 1 (1+0) 3 (2+1)
TOTAL 123 25

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Nonu 3
Dagg 3
Crockett* 2
Kerr-Barlow* 2
Mealamu 1
Thrush 1
Whitelock 1
B Smith 1
Savea 1
Piutau 1
Coles* 1
Barrett* 1
TOTAL   18

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 3 4
Whitelock 1 1
Retallick 1 1

Wallabies Line-outs Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 8 9
TOTAL 14 15

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 4
Second half 6 6
TOTAL 8 10

Wallabies Scrums Won From
First half 1 2
Second half 0 0
TOTAL 1 2

8 Oct

Game Stats: All Blacks v Springboks, Johannesburg, 5 Oct 2013
by Tracey Nelson
8 Oct 2013

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

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’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

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, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read (C), Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Steve Luatua, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Charles Piutau

Points Scored NZ South Africa
Tries 5 4  
Conversions Cruden 3, Barrett 2 Steyn 2
Penalties Barrett 1/1 Steyn 1/1
TOTAL 38 27

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 9 1
South Africa 5 0
TOTAL 14 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Ruck hands Hore 1
Ruck entry Messam Yellow Card 1
Ruck offside C Smith, Nonu 2
Maul Hore 1
Scrum Bind?, Crockett 2
Obstruction Whitelock 1
Foul play Franks Yellow Card 1
TOTAL   9

South Africa Penalty Offences
Tackler no arms 1
Tackled player 1
Ruck offside 1
Offside general 1
Scrum 1
TOTAL 5

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Whitelock, Retallick, Read, A Smith, Crockett, McCaw 6
Pass to opposition Dagg, Luatua 2
Forward pass Cruden 1
Scrum   1
Lineout   2
Accidental offside 2
TOTAL   16

Turnovers Conceded by South Africa
Knock-ons 11
Spilled ball 1
Forward pass 1
Ruck 1
Tackle 4
Maul 2
Lineout 5
Scrum 1
TOTAL 26

Tackle turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Read, Retallick, Cane
Ruck McCaw
TOTAL 4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 34 18+16
Whitelocks 23 13+10
Woodcock 15 13+2
Retallick 14 10+4
Crockett* 12  
Read 11 7+5
Hore 11 11+0
Faumuina 10 6+4
Coles* 8  
Messam 7 6+1
Nonu 7 3+4
B Franks* 5  
Cane* 4  
Dagg 4 3+1
Savea 4 3+1
Luatua* 3  
B Smith 3 1+2
C Smith 3 0+3
Cruden 2 2+0
Kerr-Barlow* 1  
Barrett* 1  
A Smith 1 0+1

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Read 7 86
Whitelock 7 25
Messam 5 60
B Franks 4 26
Retallick 4 19
McCaw 4 14
Faumuina 3  
Woodcock 2 15
Luatua 2 12
Coles 2 11
Cane 1 4
Hore 1 1
TOTAL 42 282

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 15 (4+11) 7 (3+4)
Read 13 (2+11) 6 (1+5)
Nonu 11 (5+6) 2 (1+1)
C Smith 11 (3+8) 1 (1+0)
A smith 10 (2+8) 1 (1+0)
Faumuina 9 (7+2) 0
Crockett* 7 1
Woodcock 6 (2+4) 3 (1+2)
Whitelock 6 (0+6) 2 (1+1)
Cruden 6 (3+3) 1 (1+0)
Coles* 5 1
B Smith 5 (2+3) 1 (0+1)
Savea 5 (3+2) 0
Dagg 5 (2+3) 0
Messam 4 (1+3) 4 (3+1)
Barrett* 4 0
Retallick 4 (2+2) 3 (1+2)
Hore 3 (3+0)1 (0+1)
Luatua* 3 0
Kerr-Barlow* 3 0
Piutau* 3 0
B Franks* 2 0
Cane* 1 0
TOTAL 141 35

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 3
Read 2
A Smith 2
B Smith 2
Hore 1
Faumuina 1
Retallick 1
Cruden 1
Nonu 1
C Smith 1
Savea 1
Crockett* 1
Kerr-Barlow* 1
Barrett 1
TOTAL   19

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 6
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 9 11

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 4 4
Read 3 3
Messam 1 1
Retallick 1 1
Overthrown   2
TOTAL 9 11

South Africa Line-outs Won From
First half 7 9
Second half 3 6
TOTAL 10 15

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 3 4
TOTAL 5 6

South Africa Scrums Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 7 7

17 Sep

Game Stats: All Blacks v Springboks, Auckland, 14 Sept 2013
by Tracey Nelson
17 Sep 2013

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

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’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

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, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (C), Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Steve Luatua, Matt Todd, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Charles Piutau

Points Scored NZ South Africa
Tries 4 2  
Conversions Carter 1, Barrett 2 Steyn 1
Penalties Barrett 1/2 Steyn 1/2
TOTAL 29 15

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 15 2
South Africa 8 1
TOTAL 23 3

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player B Smith(2), Messam, Woodcock, A Smith, Whitelock 6
Tackler not rolling Messam, Not sighted 2
Ruck hands C Smith 1
Offside general Luatua 1
Lineout Retallick, Read 2
Scrum front row, Woodcock 2
Foul play Nonu Yellow Card 1
TOTAL   15

South Africa Penalty Offences
Tackler not releasing 1
Scrum 2
Obstruction 3
Foul play 2
TOTAL 8

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons C Smith, Dagg(2), Nonu(2), A Smith, B Smith, Savea, Read, Luatua 10
Pass Read 1
Tackle B Smith 1
Scrum   2
Lineout   2
TOTAL   16

Turnovers Conceded by South Africa
Knock-ons 8
Spilled ball 1
Pass 1
Ruck 2
Maul 2
Lineout 2
Missed touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 17

Tackle turnovers won by NZ
Tackle B Smith, Todd, Crockett
TOTAL 3

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Woodcock 24 11+13
Whitelock 24 9+15
Cane 20 5+15
Retallick 16 6+10
Franks 15 6+9
Read 12 5+7
Coles 12 8+4
Nonu 10 5+5
C Smith 10 4+6
Savea 10 3+7
Messam 8 6+2
Faumuina* 8 0
Piutau* 5 0
B Smith 5 3+2
Dagg 4 0
Mealamu* 3 0
Crockett* 3 0
Luatua* 3 0
Barrett* 3 0
Todd* 3 0
Kerr-Barlow 1 0
A Smith 1 0

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Retallick 7 50
Messam 6 27
Whitelock 6 20
Read 5 21
Cane 4 16
Franks 4 10
Woodcock 2 5
Coles 2 4
Mealamu* 2 2
Luatua* 1 6
Crockett* 1 1
TOTAL 40 162

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Cane 12 (6+6) 2 (2+0)
Read 10 (5+5) 4 (2+2)
Whitelock 8 (4+4) 3 (1+2)
Messam 8 (6+2) 2 (0+2)
Nonu 7 (4+3) 1 (0+1)
Retallick 5 (2+3) 1 (0+1)
Barrett* 7 (1+6) 1 (0+1)
Woodcock 5 (4+1) 0
Faumuina* 4 1
Luatua* 4 0
Piutau* 4 0
Franks 4 (3+1) 1 (1+0)
Coles 4 (3+1) 0
C Smith 4 (1+3) 0
A Smith 3 (3+0) 0
Todd* 3 0
Crockett* 3 1
Mealamau* 2 1
B Smith 1 (1+0) 2 (1+1)
Savea 1 (1+0) 2 (1+1)
TOTAL 99 23

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Retallick 2
Franks 1
Whitelock 1
Messam 1
Nonu 1
C Smith 1
TOTAL   7

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 8
Second half 8 8
TOTAL 7 8

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 5 5
Whitelock 3 4
Messam 3 3
Retallick 1 1
Quick 2 2
Overthrown   1
TOTAL 14 16

South Africa Line-outs Won From
First half 8 9
Second half 9 10
TOTAL 17 19

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

South Africa Scrums Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 6 6

26 Aug

Game Stats: All Blacks v Wallabies, Wellington, 24 August 2013
by Tracey Nelson
26 Aug 2013

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

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’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

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, Steven Luatua, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Tom Taylor, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Colin Slade, Charles Piutau

Points Scored NZ Australia
Tries 1 1  
Conversions Taylor 1 Lealiifano 2
Penalties Taylor 4/6 Dagg 1/1 Lealiifano 3/4
TOTAL 47 29

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 8 1
Wallabies 16 0
TOTAL 24 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player A Smith 1
Tackler not rolling Whitelock, A Smith 2
Going off feet Dagg 1
Offside from kick Dagg 1
Offside general play C Smith 1
Scrum Crockett 1
Deliberate knock down B Smith 1
TOTAL   8

Wallabies Penalty Offences
Tackled player 1
Tackler 5
Ruck hands 1
Ruck off feet 1
Offside from Kick 2
Holding player back 1
Scrum 3
Obstruction 2
TOTAL 16

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons McCaw, Luatua, B Smith, Read 4
Forward pass Taylor 1
Intercepted pass Nonu, Piutau 2
Spilled ball McCaw 1
Ruck   2
Maul   1
Tackle Taylor, Nonu, A Smith 3
Lineout   5
TOTAL   19

Turnovers Conceded by Wallabies
Knock-ons 5
Pass 1
Ruck 2
Tackle 4
Lineout 5
Scrum 2
Missed touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 20

Tackle turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Hore, Read, Retallick
TOTAL 3

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 26 18+8
Whitelock 19 12+7
Luatua 17 10+7
Retallick 16 11+5
O Franks 16 11+5
Woodcock 15 13+2
Read 12 6+6
Hore 10 8+2
C Smith 8 3+5
Crockett* 5  
Nonu 4 2+2
Taylor 4 2+2
B Smith 4 2+2
Dagg 3 0+3
A Smith 2 1+1
Coles* 2  
Faumuina* 2  
Savea 2 1+1
Piutau* 1  

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Luatua 5 55
Whitelock 5 31
McCaw 5 12
O Franks 3 14
Read 3 9
Retallick 2 9
Hore 2 3
Woodcock 3 2
Coles 1 1

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Taylor 15 (8+0) 0
McCaw 14 (9+2) 5 (4+1)
Read 11 (9+2) 2 (2+0)
Retallick 8 (6+2) 2 (2+0)
Whitelock 8 (5+3) 4 (4+0)
Luatua 8 (4+4) 1 (0+1)
O Franks 7 (5+2) 1 (1+0)
C Smith 7 (2+5) 3 (3+0)
Hore 6 (2+4) 2 (2+0)
Nonu 6 (4+2) 1 (0+1)
A Smith 5 (3+2) 0
Piutau* 4 1
Woodcock 4 (2+2) 1 (1+0)
B Smith 4 (2+2) 0
Coles* 3 1
Faumuina* 2 1
Savea 2 (2+0) 0
Dagg 1 (0+1) 1 (0+1)
Crockett* 1 1
TOTAL 116 30

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Luatua 2
O Franks 1
Whitelock 1
McCaw 1
Read 1
Taylor 1
Savea 1
B Smith 1
Dagg 1
Crockett* 1
TOTAL   11

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 4 8
Second half 10 11
TOTAL 14 19

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 5 7
Retallick 5 6
Luatua 1 1
O Franks 1 1

Wallabies Line-outs Won From
First half 5 6
Second half 6 10
TOTAL 11 16

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 1 1
TOTAL 3 3

Wallabies Scrums Won From
First half 1 1
Second half 4 6
TOTAL 5 7

20 Aug

Game Stats: All Blacks v Wallabies, Sydney, 17 August 2013
by Tracey Nelson
20 Aug 2013

The usual analysis of the All Blacks game, being the First 3 to the Breakdown, tackle stats, penalties conceded, turnovers, the lineouts, and scrums.

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’ve made the tackle or you’ve missed it.

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, Steven Luatua, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty

Points Scored NZ Australia
Tries 6 2  
Conversions Cruden 3 Barrett 1 Lealiifano 2
Penalties Cruden 3/3 Lealiifano 5/5
TOTAL 47 29

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 12 1
Wallabies 6 1
TOTAL 18 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player McCaw, A Smith 2
Tackler not rolling Whitelock 1
Ruck off feet McCaw, Whitelock 2
Ruck entry McCaw 1
Offside from kick Savea 1
Offside general play Backs 1
Scrum O Franks 1
Scrum feed A Smith 1
Taking player in air Read 1
Not making ball available Whitelock 1
TOTAL   12

Wallabies Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Ruck entry 1
Offside 1
Scrum feed 1
TOTAL 6

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Read (2), Luatua, McCaw 4
Ruck   1
Tackle Savea, Nonu, Read 3
Missed touch from penalty Barrett 1
Lineout   4
Scrum   3
TOTAL   16

Turnovers Conceded by Wallabies
Knock-ons 4
Spilled ball 1
Pass 4
Ruck 2
Tackle 1
Scrum 3
Accidental offside 1
TOTAL 16

Tackle turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Luatua, McCaw(2)
TOTAL 3

Linebreaks
B Smith 3
C Smith 2
Cruden 1
Savea 1
McCaw 1
TOTAL 8

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 27 20+7
Luatua 25 17+8
Whitelock 23 13+10
Woodcock 17 15+2
O Franks 17 14+3
Retallick 15 6+9
Hore 12 11+1
C Smith 9 6+3
Mealamu* 7  
Nonu 7 6+1
Faumuina* 6  
Dagg 6 3+3
Cane* 5  
Romano 4  
B Smith 4 2+2
B Franks* 2  
Kerr-Barlow* 2  
Savea 2 2+0
A Smith 2 1+1
Cruden 1 0+1

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
McCaw 10 38
Read 5 38
Luatua 5 36
Retallick 5 17
O Franks 3 8
Whitelock 2 3
Romano 1 3
Woodcock 1 2
Hore 1 1
B Franks 1 1

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Luatua 13 (6+7) 5 (3+2)
Whitelock 11 (5+6) 8 (3+5)
Mealamu* 8 1
C Smith 8 (4+2) 1 (0+1)
Savea 8 (4+4) 0
McCaw 7 (2+5) 4 (2+2)
Read 7 (4+3) 1 (0+1)
O Franks 7 (4+3) 1 (0+1)
Cruden 6 (4+2) 2 (1+1)
Nonu 6 (3+3) 2 (1+1)
Retallick 5 (2+3) 2 (0+2)
Faumuina* 5 1
B Smith 5 (3+2) 1 (0+1)
Woodcock 5 (3+2) 0
Crotty* 4 1
B Franks* 4 0
Kerr-Barlow* 3 0
A Smith 3 (1+2) 0
Hore 3 (1+2) 0
Dagg 1 (1+0) 2 (0+2)
TOTAL 119 31

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Woodcock 2
McCaw 2
A Smith 2
Nonu 2
Mealamu 2
O Franks 1
Luatua 1
Cruden 1
Savea 1
B Smith 1
Dagg 1
Faumuina 1
Retallick 1
Kerr-Barlow 1
Barrett 1
TOTAL   20

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 5 8
TOTAL 8 12

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 3 4
Whitelock 2 3
Luatua 1 1
Retallick 1 1

Wallabies Line-outs Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 7 7
TOTAL 9 9

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 3
Second half 1 3
TOTAL 3 6

Wallabies Scrums Won From
First half 1 2
Second half 2 4
TOTAL 3 7

25 Jun

Game Stats: All Blacks v France, New Plymouth, 22 June 2013
by Tracey Nelson
25 Jun 2013

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 who came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Wyatt Crockett, Andrew Hore, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Kieran Read, Piri Weepu, Dan Carter, Rene Ranger, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Ben Franks, Stephen Luatua, Matt Todd, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Charles Piutau

Subs: Woodcock for Crockett and Kerr-Barlow for Weepu at 42 min, Mealamu for Hore at 64 min, Luatua for Vito and 71 min, Piutau for B Smith and Todd for Cane at 73 min, Barrett for Nonu at 78 min.

Points Scored NZ France
Tries 2 0  
Conversions 1 0
Penalties 4 from 6 2
Drop goal 0 1
TOTAL 30 0

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 7 1
France 9 0
TOTAL 16 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackler- high Cane 1
Maul offside Crockett 1
Lineout Romano 1
Scrum Crockett, O Franks, Front Row 3
Holding player back Kerr-Barlow 1
TOTAL   7

France Penalty Offences
Tackler 3
Ruck off feet 1
Offside from kick 2
Lineout 1
Scrum 1
Head butt 1 + YC
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Read(3), C Smith(2), Dagg(2), Weepu, Vito, Kerr-Barlow, O Franks 12
Forward pass Weepu, Nonu 2
Ruck   1
Tackle C Smith 1
Accidental obstruction 1
Lineout 1
Scrum 1  
Miss touch from penalty Carter 1
TOTAL   20

Turnovers Conceded by France
Knock-ons 6
Ruck 3
Maul 1
Miss touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 11

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 33 19+14
O Franks 26 14+12
Romano 25 12+13
Vito 21 9+12
Whitelock 18 9+11
Read 15 5+10
Woodcock* 16  
Dagg 14 6+8
Nonu 12 7+5
C Smith 11 5+6
Todd* 7  
B Smith 7 4+3
Carter 7 3+4
Ranger 4 2+2
Luatua* 2  
Kerr-Barlow* 2  
Weepu 2 2+0
Barrett* 1  
Mealamu* 1  

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Romano 9 43
Vito 8 36
Whitelock 8 32
Read 8 22
Cane 4 16
O Franks 3 14
Hore 3 12
Todd* 2 4
Mealamu 1 8
Luatua* 1 5
Woodcock* 1 3
Crockett 1 2

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
Whitelock 9 (5+4) 5 (1+4)
Romano 8 (2+6) 7 (1+6)
Cane 7 (4+3) 3 (0+3)
Vito 7 (4+3) 3 (0+3)
O Franks 6 (3+3) 5 (2+3)
Read 5 (4+1) 3 (2+1)
Carter 5 (3+2) 2 (0+2)
C Smith 4 (2+2) 4 (2+2)
Nonu 4 (4+0) 0
Crockett 4 (4+0) 0
Barett* 3 0
Luatua* 2 2
Kerr-Barlow* 2 2
Mealamu* 2 2
Hore 2 (2+0) 0
Todd* 1 1
Woodcock* 1 1
TOTAL 75 41

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
Romano 2
Carter 2
Hore 1
Weepu 1
Nonu 1
B Smith 1
Dagg 1
TOTAL 9

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 10 11

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 5 6
Romano 4 4
Whitelock 1 1
TOTAL 10 11

France Line-outs Won From
First half 7 7
Second half 7 7
TOTAL 14 14

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 1 2
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 4 5

France Scrums Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 7 7
TOTAL 6 6

15 Jun

Game Stats: All Blacks v France, Christchurch, 15 June 2013
by Tracey Nelson
15 Jun 2013

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 who came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock, Ben Franks, Jeremy Thrush, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Beauden Barrett, Rene Ranger

Subs: Hore for Coles at 58 min, Weepu for A Smith and Ranger for Savea at 59 min, Woodcock for Crockett and Messam for Vito at 62 min, B Franks for O Franks and Thrush for Whitelock at 68 min, Barrett for B Smith at 75 min.

Points Scored NZ France
Tries 3 0  
Conversions 3 0
Penalties 3 from 4 0
TOTAL 30 0

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 1
France 5 0
TOTAL 15 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Crockett, Messam, Dagg, Cane 4
Tackler not releasing Nonu 1
Tackling player in air Savea 1
Ruck – hands Hore 1
Lineout interference Read 1
Scrum Crockett,B Franks, Vito 3
TOTAL   11

France Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Ruck offside 1
Collapsing maul 1
Scrum 1
TOTAL 5

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons C Smith (2), A Smith, Ranger 4
Forward pass Hore 1
Ruck O Franks 1
Tackle Messam, Savea 2
Lineout 1
Scrum 1  
TOTAL   10

Turnovers Conceded by France
Knock-ons 6
Ruck 2
Maul 1
Lineout 7
Accidental offside 1
Miss touch from penalty 1
Pass into touch 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 19 9+10
Crockett 14 6+8
O Franks 14 7+7
Romano 13 7+6
C Smith 11 5+6
Dagg 10 6+4
Coles 9 7+2
Read 8 3+5
Messam 7 4+3
Nonu 7 3+4
Whitelock 6 5+1
Savea 6 2+4
Vito* 5  
B Smith 5 3+2
Woodcock* 4  
Thrush* 4  
Weepu* 2  
Ranger* 2  
Hore* 1  
A Smith 1 1+0

Forward ball carries No of carries Metres
Read 6  
Whitelock 5  
Romano 4  
Messam 4  
Cane 4  
O Franks 2  
Crockett 2  
Hore* 1  
Thrush* 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
Cane 20 (8+12) 2 (0+2)
Whitelock 13 (6+7) 7 (4+3)
Romano 10 (2+8) 0
Read 9 (3+6) 3 (0+3)
O Franks 8 (4+4) 0
Crockett 7 (3+4) 5 (2+3)
Coles 7 (4+3) 1 (1+0)
Messam 6 (3+3) 5 (1+4)
C Smith 6 (1+5) 2 (0+2)
Vito* 6 0
Weepu* 6 0
Thrush* 5 0
Cruden 5 (2+3) 3 (1+2)
Nonu 5 (1+4) 3 (1+2)
Hore* 3 0
B Smith 3 (1+2) 0
Ranger* 2 0
Dagg 2 (0+2) 1 (0+1)
Savea 2 (1+1) 1 (0+1)
A Smith 1 (1+0) 1 (1+0)
Woodcock* 1 0
Barrett* 1 0
B Franks* 0 1
TOTAL 128 35

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
Crockett  
O Franks 2
Cane 2
A Smith 2
B Smith 2
Barrett 1
Cruden 1
Dagg 1
C Smith 1
Nonu 1
Romano 1
Read 1
TOTAL 19

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 6
Second half 7 7
TOTAL 12 13

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 6 6
Romano 3 3
Messam 2 2
Whitelock 1 2
TOTAL 12 13

France Line-outs Won From
First half 10 16
Second half 10 11
TOTAL 20 27

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 0 0
TOTAL 6 7

France Scrums Won From
First half 1 1
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 6 6

13 Jun

GAME STATS: All Blacks v France, Auckland, 8 June 2013
by Tracey Nelson
13 Jun 2013

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 who came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Ben Afeaki, Victor Vito, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Rene Ranger

Subs: Mealamu for Coles at 56 min, B Franks for O Franks at 60 min, Kerr-Barlow for Aaron Smith and Ranger for Dagg at 66 min, Afeaki for Crockett and Barrett for Cruden at 74 min.

Points Scored NZ France
Tries 2 1  
Conversions 2 1
Penalties 2 from 5 2 from 3
TOTAL 23 13

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 9 0
France 10 1
TOTAL 1 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Read, Romano, Messam 3
Tackler not releasing Retallick 1
Offside from chargedown Crockett, Nonu 2
Lineout obstruction Read 1
Scrum Crockett, O Franks 2
TOTAL   9

France Penalty Offences
Tackler 2
Ruck hands 1
Offside from kick 2
Scrum 5
TOTAL 10

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons C Smith, Messam, Nonu, Cruden, Cane(2), Kerr-Barlow 7
Spilled ball Dagg 1
Pass to opposition C Smith, Crockett, Retallick 3
Forward pass Dagg, Messam, Kerr-Barlow 3
Ruck   3
Tackle A Smith, Read, Retallick, Romano 3
Lineout 3
TOTAL   24

Turnovers Conceded by France
Knock-ons 10
Tackle 1
Ruck 2
Maul 2
Lineout 4
Scrum 1
Miss touch from penalty 1
Pass into touch 1
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
Cane 22 12+10
Crockett 19 13+6
Romano 18 11+7
Read 12 10+2
O Franks 12 10+2
Retallick 12 8+4
Messam 10 4+6
C Smith 10 4+6
B Franks* 9  
Coles 7 5+2
Nonu 7 5+2
Afeaki* 4  
Mealmau* 4  
B Smith 4 2+2
Savea 3 3+0
Ranger* 2  
Dagg 2 1+1
Ker-Barlow* 1  
A Smith 1 1+0

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Read 10 55
Retallick 10 35
Messam 7 32
Romano 6 32
Cane 4 27
Coles 2 17
O Franks 4
Mealamu* 1 5
Crockett 1 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
Read 11 (6+5) 4 (1+3)
Cane 10 (5+5) 5 (3+2)
Retallick 10 (7+3) 1 (1+0)
Coles 9 (6+3) 0  
Romano 8 (4+4) 5 (1+4)
Nonu 8 (4+4) 0
Messam 7 (5+2) 6 (4+2)
O Franks 7 (5+2) 6 (4+2)
Crockett 7 (4+3) 4 (2+2)
C Smith 6 (4+2) 1 (1+0)
Cruden 5 (2+3) 0
B Smith 4 (1+3) 0
Savea 4 (2+2) 0
A Smith 3 (3+0) 1 (1+0)
Dagg 3 (1+2) 1 (1+0)
B Franks* 2 0
Kerr-Barlow* 2 2
Barrett* 1 0
TOTAL 107 36

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
Cruden 3
Nonu 2
Cane 2
Afeaki* 1
Coles 1
Crockett 1
Dagg 1
O Franks 1
B Franks* 1
Mealamu* 1
Romano 1
TOTAL 15

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 4 6
TOTAL 7 10

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Romano 3 3
Retallick 2 3
Read 1 2
Messam 1 1
Overthrown   1
TOTAL 7 10

France Line-outs Won From
First half 4 5
Second half 4 7
TOTAL 8 12

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 1 11

France Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 3 4
TOTAL 5 6

7 Jun

Super 15 — Round 17 Preview
by WAJ
7 Jun 2013

Probably not a lot of interest on the NZ side of the ditch in this round, but the Mighty Rebels are up tonight so here we go with round 17. A bit bizarre though that after this weekend the Aus sides will have played two more rounds than anyone else? But then the structure of this season is even more bizarre than ever – wonder what it will look like in Rugby World Cup year?

Brumbies v Rebels – Both teams have a lot of changes, unfortunately for theMR notall arebecause ofthe Wallaby training camp, with Saffy andGomer also injured. So who is the worst affected by the absences? Probably straight down the middle. The Brumbies havesome quality replacements with the likes of McCabe, Rathbone and Palmer all Wallabies. This depth may be a bit much for a very inexperienced Rebels line up. The halves especially are a total contrast. Can the improving Rebels get up here – playing lists, location and momentum are all against them. Not feeling the love for the Rebels here!
Brumbies 13+

Force v Waratahs – So the Waratahs havelost all eight of their starting pack and 4 backs on top of that! That contrasts to two Force players absent on Wallabies dutiesplus about half their first choice team backing up after the farce against the Lion s on Wednesday. Did anyone see that game BTW. Totally new and raw Force back fivemeant the Lions backs and loosies were always going to have a field day. So I reckon the Waratahs will brave, but inexperience and lack of combinations will mean they battle against a much more settled side who have caused more than a problem or two against the Waratahs in the past.
Force 1 – 12

Reds v Lions – The Reds are fielding their strongest available team, and it is more than capable of providing a few concerns for the Lions. Genia will of course be hugely missed, but they have a couple of experienced campaigners at lock to replace Horwill and Simmons, and 12 other Wallabies in the 23 hints at a team that will push the Lions all the way. A blinder might also see a Wallaby call up.The Lions have named a bit of a mix and match outfit. The loosies look strong with an all Welsh combo, but a T5 blend from Wales, England and Scotland could be problematical as was shown at lineout time midweek. The Reds will be targeting Farrell as he can blow up and thus reduce his effectiveness, and I fancy will try and get amongst the Lions in general and disrupt them – the likes of Robinson to to cause the odd distraction perhaps! Should be a great spectacle.
Lions 1- 12

All Blacks v France – how could you ever preview a game with France as one of the sides – you do not know what you are going to get. The All Blacks will be all about set piece accuracy, renewing combinations and hoping some players find form blah blah blah. So this game is probably more about where the French are. They look to have a strong pack and there will be little given at set piece time by either side. And the French are blessed with some genius in the backs with Fofana especially a player of rare talent. But they have an inexperienced halves pairing and the AB’s will look to get amongst these two. I wish Smith was at fullback and we had another gas man on the wing, as Smith is everything a fullback should be but lacks the extra yard of pace to be truly effective as a winger. A comfortable win for the All Blacks.
AB’s 13+

Regards Waj

26 Apr

Super 15 — Round 11 Preview
by WAJ
26 Apr 2013

Wellington hosts the first AFL game for competition points ever outside Australia onANZAC Dayevening. Should be a good game, though Sydney will be too good for the Mighty Saints. And there is even a link to the All Blacks as a Sydney player, Mike Pyke, used to play for the Canadian rugby team and scored a try against the All Blacks playing on a wing – it is a great story!Hoping for great weather and a good crowd on what is a special day for New Zealand and Australia. 93,000 at the MCG today for Essendon v Collingwood – amazing!!!

Hurricanes v Stormers – Intriguing game this. Heaps of changes for the Hurricanes – Savea a big out (though a good decision on his part to stand down) but perhaps offset by the inclusion of Vito. They will need to be on their game as the Stormers have as good a record as any SA sides in NZ and are just the type of team to beat these Hurricanes. Strong defensively and good enough up frontto cause problems, they will want a close scrap, and with the game breakers they have in the backs, in the likes of the Flash and de Jong, though not used with any real enthusiasm, arestill a threat. I reckon the Stormers will be absolutely desperate and winin a close one.
Stormers 1 – 12

Reds v Blues – Probably the game of the round. And a big test fora developing Blues team. Thought the Reds blew it last week, the decisions to keep on attacking from all the penalties awarded to them ultimately cost them the game. They were totally in control up front and would have won if they had backed themselves and taken the kicks.Horwill blew itin what seemed to become a "me mightier than you" contest.But an excellent T5, really hard working loosies, and of course the terrible two working their magicthey are really hard to beat at the moment. TheBlues will need another big defensive effort as you feel they will struggle with possession. And they must treasure what possession they do get a bit more in the unforgiving Suncorp – and they are maturing. Needbig games from Ranger, Weepu and the loosies, and some defence from Noakes!
Reds 1- 12

Chiefs v Sharks – Both teams had unsatisfactory losses last week in games they would have expected to win. So this clash of last years finalists is one where they need to get their respective mojo’s back. And boy have the Chiefs made some changes to try and get going again. Plenty of pace and flair in the revamped backline,Cruden needs to take charge, and the forwards need to get back to supplying the quick ball that backline needs. And against this depleted Sharks line up, pace is going to be the deciding factor. The Sharks look down on pace out back and light on experience up front. Not going to that easy of course but still comfortable for the Chiefs.
Chiefs 13+

Brumbies v Force – Should be a reasonably comfortable win for the Brumbies. This is a pretty settled Brumbies team now, they showed all sorts of character, and no little skill in staying with the Reds last week – Mogg is a star! They just have too much for a willing but limited Force.
Brumbies 13+

Bulls v Waratahs – Huh, I see one of the Waratahs forwards is talking himself up in the week before they hit Pretoria – FOOL!! It is still one of the toughestplaces to win at, and the Waratahs haven’t won there since 2002. Though I do have to say it was a gutsy win last week against the Chiefs, something the Waratahs are not known for!Can their rediscovered running game overcome the patented altitude rugby that the Bulls play. The Waratahs back 3 are going to field a lot of bombs, a whole new experience for big Izzy and what are going to pretty inexperienced wingers. The Bulls will have too much.
Bulls 13+

Cheetahs v Kings – Should be a good old fashioned arse kicking.
Cheetahs 13+

Crusaders v Rebels – Should be a goodold fashioned arse kicking.
Crusaders 13+

Regards Waj