20 Sep

RWC Game Stats: All Blacks v Argentina, Wembley Stadium
by Tracey Nelson
20 Sep 2015

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 the 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 who came on as a substitute.

This week:

Team: Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams

Points scored NZ Argentina
Tries 2 1
Conversions 2 1
Penalties 4/4 3/3
TOTAL 26 16

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Carter 4/4 2/2
Sanchez 3/3 1/1

Restarts won NZ Argentina
Own kick-off 0 0
Opposition kick-off 5 4
TOTAL 5 4

Kicks in play NZ Argentina
Own 22 7 11
Rest of field 15 13
TOTAL 22 24

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Penalties Free kicks
NZ 9 0
Argentina 12 1
TOTAL 21 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Offside general play Franks 1
Offside ruck McCaw 1
Ruck not supporting weight McCaw 1
Ruck hands C Smith (YC) 1
Ruck playing ball on ground Cane* 1
Scrum Front row, Second row 2
Taking player in air C Smith 1
Foot trip McCaw (YC) 1
TOTAL 9

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackled player 1
Tackler 5
Ruck offside 3
Not 10m for penalty 1 (YC)
Ruck off feet 2
Scrum 1
TOTAL 12

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Retallick(2), Read, Milner-Skudder, Franks, Coles, Barrett*(2), Cane*, C Smith 10
Pass Milner-Skudder, Coles, C Smith, Read, Kaino, Perenara* 6
Forward pass Read 1
Tackle Faumuina*, B Smith 1
Lineout Read 1
TOTAL 19

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 8
Tackle 1
Ruck 2
Maul 1
Lineout 1
Touch on full 1
TOTAL 14

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Read, Kaino 2
Ruck McCaw, counter ruck 2
TOTAL 4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 44 15+29
Whitelock 32 12+20
Retallick 26 12+14
Franks 24 18+6
Kaino 18 12+6
Woodcock 16 15+1
Crockett* 16
C Smith 16 8+8
Read 15 6+9
B Smith 13 6+7
Coles 11 7+4
Cane* 10
Mealamu* 8
Carter 7 3+4
Faumuina* 6
Savea 6 4+2
Barrett* 4
Nonu 3 3+0
Milner-Skudder 3 1+2
Vito* 1
Williams* 1

Forward ball carries Carries
Read 13
Retallick 8
Kaino 8
Faumuina* 6
McCaw 6
Whitelock 6
Crockett* 4
Coles 4
Vito* 3
Franks 3
Woodcock 1
Cane* 1
TOTAL 63

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 13 (10+3) 2 (1+1)
Read 13 (8+5) 0
A Smith 10 (7+3) 1 (1+0)
Carter 9 (3+6) 1 (0+1)
Whitelock 7 (6+1) 2 (2+0)
Kaino 7 (5+2) 2 (2+1)
Retallick 5 (3+2) 1 (1+0)
Woodcock 4 (4+0) 6 (6+0)
Franks 4 (3+1) 3 (3+0)
Coles 4 (2+2) 0
Nonu 4 (3+1) 0
B Smith 4 (1+3) 0
Cane* 3 1
C Smith 3 (1+2) 3 (3+0)
Savea 3 (0+3) 0
Williams* 2 1
Vito* 2 1
Crockett* 2 0
Perenara* 2 0
Mealamu* 1 1
Faumuina* 1 1
Milner-Skudder 1 (1+0) 0
Barrett* 0 1
TOTAL 104 27

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Franks 3
McCaw 2
Read 2
Retallick 2
Whitelock 1
Kaino 1
Carter 1
Nonu 1
Coles 1
Milner-Skudder 1
TOTAL 15

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 9 10
Second half 9 9
TOTAL 18 19

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 6 7
Whitelock 4 4
Retallick 2 2
Kaino 2 2
Not shown 1 1
Carter 1 1
McCaw 1 1
Cane* 1 1

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

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

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

28 Sep

Argentina v All Blacks, La Plata
by Tracey Nelson
28 Sep 2014

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: Wyatt Crockett, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Argentinam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Julian Argentinavea, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Nathan Harris, Joe Moody, Ben Franks, Jeremy Thrush, Argentinam Cane, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Cory Jane

Points Scored NZ Argentina
Tries 4 1
Conversions 4 1
Penalties 2/2 2/3
TOTAL 34 13

Kicks from hand Own 22 Rest of field
NZ 5 23
Argentina 1 7
TOTAL 6 30

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 0
Argentina 11 0
TOTAL 21 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Fekitoa 1
Tackler Kaino, Read, Moody 3
Ruck hands Kaino 1
Ruck hinging McCaw 1
Offside kick Savea 2
Scrum Front row, O Franks 2
Late charge Dagg 1
TOTAL   11

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackler 3
Ruck off feet 1
Ruck hands 1
Ruck hinging 1
Ruck taking halfback 1
Scrum 2
Taking man in air 1
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons McCaw(2), Perenara(2), Dagg, Barrett, Kaino, Fekitoa 8
Pass to opposition Kaino 1
Forward pass Barrett, Perenara 2
Tackle C Smith, Fekitoa, Savea, Read 3
Lineout   1
Scrum   1
TOTAL   17

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 9
Spilled 1
Pass to opposition 1
Forward pass 2
Maul 3
Tackle 6
Lineout 3
Scrum 1
TOTAL 26

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Mealamu(2), Fekitoa(2), McCaw, ? 6
Maul   2
TOTAL   8

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 33 24+9
Retallick 15 12+3
Read 15 11+4
C Smith 15 11+4
Whitelock 15 6+9
Moody 14 5+9
O Franks 13 10+3
Mealamu 13 8+5
Crockett 12 10+2
Fekitoa 8 6+2
Kaino 7 4+3
Cane* 6  
Dagg 6 3+3
B Franks* 5  
Thrush*5  
B Smith 4 2+2
Slade* 2  
Barrett 2 0+2
Perenara* 1  

Forward ball carries No of carries
Kaino 7
Read 7
Whitelock 5
Mealamu 5
Retallick 4
Crockett 3
Thrush* 3
Cane* 3
O Franks 2
McCaw 2
Harris* 1
TOTAL 42

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Whitelock 17 (10+7) 3 (1+2)
Kaino 16 (11+5) 1 (0+1)
Read 11 (5+6) 1 (1+0)
Crockett 10 (8+2) 4 (3+1)
McCaw 10 (6+4) 1 (1+0)
Barrett 9 (4+5) 1 (1+0)
Mealamu 9 (8+1) 0
Fekiota 9 (3+6) 0
O Franks 8 (4+4) 1 (1+0)
Thrush* 5 0
A Smith 5 (3+2) 0
Retallick 4 (4+0) 2 (0+2)
Moody 4 (0+4) 0
Cane* 4 0
Savea 4 (1+3) 0
Harris* 3 0
C Smith 3 (0+3) 1 (0+1)
Dagg 2 (0+2) 1 (0+1)
Perenara* 1 0
B Smith 1 (0+1) 1 (0+1)
TOTAL 135 17

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Retallick 2
Savea 2
Perenara* 2
Mealamu 1
O Franks 1
Whitelock 1
Kaino 1
Read 1
A Smith 1
Barrett 1
Dagg 1
B Franks* 1
Slade* 1
  TOTAL 16

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 8 9

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 3 3
Retallick 2 2
Kaino 2 2
Quick throw 1 1

Argentina Line-outs Won From
First half 7 8
Second half 4 6
TOTAL 11 14

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 7 8
TOTAL 9 10

Argentina Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 4 4

6 Sep

All Blacks v Argentina, Napier
by Tracey Nelson
6 Sep 2014

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: Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrettt, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Joe Moody, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Malakai Fekitoa

Points Scored NZ Argentina
Tries 4 0
Conversions 1 0
Penalties 2/4 3/3
TOTAL 28 9

Kicks from hand Own 22 Rest of field
NZ 9 23
Argentina 9 16
TOTAL 18 39

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 3
Argentina 10 1
TOTAL 21 4

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Savea 1
Tackler Savea 1
Ruck entry Read, Moody 2
Offside from kick ? 1
Maul Read, ? 2
Lineout Retallick 1
Scrum Crockett, Front row(2) 3
TOTAL   11

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Tackler 1
Ruck 1
Offside from kick 1
Lineout 1
Scrum 2
Maul 1
Foul play 1
TOTAL 10

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Nonu, B Smith, Crockett, Dagg(2), Savea 6
Spilled Barrett 1
Forward pass B Smith 1
Ruck - 1
Tackle Barrett 1
Lineout   2
Scrum   2
TOTAL   14

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 8
Forward pass 1
Tackle 2
Ruck 1
Maul 1
Lineout 1
Scrum 1
TOTAL 15

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Read, Nonu, McCaw 3
Ruck McCaw 1
TOTAL   4

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Retallick 31 16+15
McCaw 21 10+11
Crockett 17 11+6
O Franks 17 10+7
Read 12 7+5
Coles 10 5+5
Nonu 9 5+4
Cane* 8  
Thrush* 8  
Whitelock 8  
Mealamu* 6  
c Smith 6 4+2
B Franks* 4  
Messam 4 4+0
Moody* 2
B Smith 2 2+0
Perenara* 1  
Slade* 1  
Dagg 1 0+1
Barrett 1 1+0
A Smith 1 1+0
Savea 1 0+1

Forward ball carries No of carries
Read 8
Coles 6
McCaw 4
Thrush* 3
Retallick 3
Cane* 2
Crockett 1
O Franks 1
B Franks* 1
TOTAL 27

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Cane* 13 1
McCaw 12 (8+4) 3 (0+3)
Thrush* 10 0
Retallick 10 (2+8) 0
C Smith 8 (3+5)0
Coles 7 (5+2) 2 (2+0)
O Franks 7 (7+0) 0
Crockett 6 (4+2) 3 (3+0)
Read 6 (1+5) 1 (0+1)
Nonu 6 (1+5) 1 (0+1)
Mealamu* 5 1
Messam 4 (4+0) 2 (2+0)
B Smith 4 (2+2) 0
Moody* 3 1
B Franks* 3 0
Whitelock 3 0
Barrett 2 (2+0) 0
Dagg 2 (2+0) 0
Perenara* 1 0
Slade* 1 0
Savea 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 114 16

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 2
O Franks 2
Crockett 1
Read 1
C Smith 1
B Smith 1
Thrush* 1
  TOTAL 9

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 7 8
TOTAL 13 15

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 8 8
Retallick 3 3
Messam 2 2
Thrush 0 1

Argentina Line-outs Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 9 10
TOTAL 15 16

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 4 6
TOTAL 7 9

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

30 Sep

Game Stats: Argentina v All Blacks, La Plata, 30 Sept 2012
by Tracey Nelson
30 Sep 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, Richie McCaw, Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

Subs: Retallick for Romano at 36 min, Mealamau for Hore at 48 min, B Smith for C Smith at 55 min, Faumuina for Franks, Cane for McCaw, Weepu for A Smith, and Cruden for Carter at 57 min.

Points Scored NZ Argentina
Tries 7 2  
Conversions 1 5
Penalties 3 from 1 1 from 1
TOTAL 54 15

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 12 1
Argentina 9 1
TOTAL 21 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Retallick 1
Tackler not rolling Whitelock 2
Tackle high Faumuina 1
Ruck off feet Nonu/Franks, Nonu/Messam 2
Ruck offside McCaw, Whitelock, Read 3
Offside general play Woodcock/Franks, Messam/Nonu 2
Maul collapsing Mealamu 1
TOTAL   12

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackler not releasing 3
Ruck off feet 1
Ruck hands 2
Offside knock-on 1
Lineout 1
Scrum bind 1
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Read(2), McCaw, Carter, Savea 5
Lineout Mealamu 1
Ruck   1
Scrum early engage   1
TOTAL   8

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 10
Pass 4
Tackle 4
Ruck 1
Maul 1
Scrum 1
Maul 1
Miss touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 23

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 20 16+4
Woodcock 16 8+8
Messam 14 7+7
Nonu 13 9+4
Hore 12 11+1
Whitelock 11 9+2
Retallick* 10  
O Franks 10 8+2
Romano 10  
Savea 8 5+3
Mealamu* 7  
C Smith 7 6+1
Read 7 6+1
Cane* 6  
Dagg 5 3+2
Carter 4 3+1
Faumuina* 3  
Jane 3 2+1
B Smith* 2  
A Smith 1 0+1

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Read 7 15
McCaw 6 12
Whitelock 5 15
Franks 3 14
Retallick* 2 10
Messam 2 12
Cane* 1 1
Faumuina* 1 1
Woodcock 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
Read 12 (4+8) 1 (0+1)
Retallick* 11 3
Messam 11(4+7) 2 (0+2)
McCaw 10 (3+7) 0
Nonu 7 (1+6 2 (1+1)
Faumuina* 7 1
O Franks 7 (2+5) 1 (0+1)
Whitelock 7 (1+6) 0
Cane* 6 0
B Smith* 5 1
Savea 5 (2+3 0
Mealamu* 4 2
Romano 4 0
A Smith 4 (3+1) 0
Cruden* 3 0
Woodcock 3 (1+2 0
Carter 3 (1+2) 0
C Smith 2 (0+2) 3 (3+0)
Hore 1 (0+1) 1 (0+1)
Jane 1 (0+1) 1 (0+1)
TOTAL 113 17

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
Woodcock 3
Retallick* 2
Franks 1
Romano 1
Whitelock 1
Messam 1
Read 1
A Smith 1
Carter 1
TOTAL 12

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 5 6
TOTAL 11 12

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Retallick 3 3
Whitelock 2 2
Read 2 2
Messam 2 2
Romano 1 1
Quick 1 1
Overthrow   1
TOTAL 11 12

Argentina Line-outs Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 6 6
TOTAL 12 12

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 1 2
TOTAL 54 5

Argentina Scrums Won From
First half 0 0
Second half 1 1
TOTAL 1 1

10 Sep

Game Stats: All Blacks v Argentina, Wellington, 8 Sept 2012
by Tracey Nelson
10 Sep 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, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Brodie Retallick, Richie McCaw, Victor Vito, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruedn, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Andrew Hore, Charlie Faumuina, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Piri Weepu, Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith

Subs: Messam for Vito at 43 min, Hore for Mealamu at 49 min, Weepu for A Smith at 61 min, Whitelock for Retallick at 64 min, Faumuina for Franks at 72 min, and Barrett for Cruden and B Smith for C Smith at 75 min.

Points Scored NZ Argentina
Tries 2 1  
Conversions 1 0
Penalties 3 from 5 0 from 1
TOTAL 21 5

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 8 4
Argentina 14 1
TOTAL 22 5

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Savea 1
Tackler not rolling McCaw, C Smith 2
Maul Read, Messam 2
Lineout Hore 1
Scrum bind Vito, McCaw 2
TOTAL   8

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackler not rolling 3
Playing ball on ground 1
Offside from kick 1
Ruck entry 2
Ruck leaving feet 2
Ruck hands 1
Ruck offside 2
Lineout 1
Deliberate knock down 1
TOTAL 14

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Cruden(3),Dagg(2), Nonu, Read, McCaw, Mealamu, C Smith 10
Forward pass Savea 1
Pass error Romano(2), Read 3
Spilled ball A Smith, Nonu, C Smith 3
Tackled into touch Jane, Vito, Read 2
Tackled ball Retallick, A Smith 2
Lineout Mealamu 1
Scrum early engage   3
Scrum crooked feed Weepu 1
TOTAL   25

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 5
Forward pass 1
Tackle 4
Ruck 1
Maul 1
Lineout 5
Scrum 1
Kick out on full 2
TOTAL 20

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 36 18+18
Retallick 32 14+18
Franks 27 9+18
Romano 27 8+19
Woodcock 20 12+8
Read 19 9+10
Mealamu 16 13+3
Hore* 13  
Messam* 13  
C Smith 13 5+8
Vito 11 10+1
Dagg 9 3+6
Whitelock* 8  
Nonu 7 3+4
Jane 4 2+2
Faumuina* 3  
Savea 3 1+2
Weepu* 2  
Cruden 1 1+0

Breakdown turnovers won
McCaw 2
Mealamu 1
Weepu* 1
TOTAL 4

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
McCaw 15 70
Read 12 50
Messam* 10 63
Romano 10 72
Vito 6 45
Franks 6 10
Woodcock 4 10
Whitelock* 3 14
Retallick 3 25
Mealamu 2 3
Hore* 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
McCaw 10 (4+6) 0
Retallick 6 (5+1) 0
Cruden 4 (3+1) 1 (0+1)
Romano 4 (2+2) 0
Read 4 (2+2) 0
Mealamu 3 (3+0) 1 (0+1)
Franks 3 (3+0) 1 (0+1)
Savea 3 (1+2) 1 (1+0)
Nonu 3 (1+2) 0
Woodcock 2 (2+0) 2 (1+1)
Messam* 2 0
Vito 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
A Smith 2 (1+1) 0
Hore* 1 0
Faumuina* 1 0
Whitelock* 1 0
C Smith 1 (1+0) 0
Dagg 1 (1+0) 0
Weepu* 0 1
TOTAL 53 7

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
Vito 2
Franks 1
Retallick 1
McCaw 1
TOTAL 5

Set pieces in opposition 22 Number Scoring
All Blacks 5 1 try
Argentina 5 0

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 10 11
Second half 6 6
TOTAL 16 17

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Romano 9 9
Read 7 8
TOTAL 16 17

Argentina Line-outs Won From
First half 9 11
Second half 5 8
TOTAL 14 19

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 3
Second half 3 5
TOTAL 5 8

Argentina Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 5 6
TOTAL 7 8

8 Jun

Test Season Starters: Review of Games
by WAJ
8 Jun 2012

Whilst the the motivation for the scheduling of the various tests throughout the Southern Hemisphere this weekend is the money, I admit to quite looking forward to test rugby, especially the AB/Wallaby/Bok games (Argentina are also playing Italy and Scotland must be lurking somewhere as well). It also gives the Blues players a chance to find form, the Chiefs and Crusaders to gather injuries, the Wallabies every chance to suffer further embarrassment and the Boks to start a total rebuild.

All Blacks v Ireland – I like the look of this AB XV – every one of them is in good form, with a question mark over Fred, but he is such a big match player that he will surly play a blinder. There are plenty of combos carried over from Soopa teams – C Smith and Savea, Fred, Guildford and Carter, 4 Crusaders forwards – as well as 6 of the 8 WC winning pack that the hope is this team should settle reasonably quickly. There is a question mark over Read/A Smith/Carter axis because they have not played together before, but hopefully we will see Smith focus on passing to Crter or the next forward up , just do the basics as he familiarises himself with test rugby. We should be fartoo strong for this Irish side which will be under huge pressure at scrum time where they have a pretty inexperienced tight 5 and we will have too many weapons out back against a set of Irish backs which would be classified as solid and nothing more. With weapons in Carter, SBW, Savea and Fred, the finishing ability of Guildford and the guile and organisation of C Smith this has the potential to be a night of great promise for the AB’s. They would expect plenty of high kicks to test Guildford and Savea, and yes there may be a question mark in that area, but then the counterattacking from Fred can equally bring huge rewards. So a typically tight first 20 – 30 minutes, and then it will probably open up.
All Blacks 13+

Wallabies v Wales – Deans is under huge pressure to get some wins on the board, a couple of losses in this series and it would be hard to see him keeping his job, even with O’Neill firmly in his corner. The Wallabies do not have a lot of time to put Tuesday behind them and get this XV gelling. The makeup of the XV is interesting with 7 starters from the Waratahs, the least successful of the Aus Soopa teams over the last 6 weeks!! How 7 of the worst team can make the team of the best players is puzzling to say the least. Wales have selected a very strong side – they are well rested and full of class, have a strong scrum, 3 good loosies and outside backs with size and pace. They won the Six Nations on the back of some really gutsy play, and never say die attitude and will really test this nervous Wallaby team. I find it very difficult to split them and can see a welsh victory 1st up.
Wales 1 – 12

Springboks v England – This is a very hard game to predict. A new Bok coach has picked a side with plenty of changes from the side that played in that WC quarterfinal, only 6 back up from the starting XV v Aus. And then only 2 forwards. The Boks will want to make a statement here and this game will be as ferocious in the opening 30 minutes as any for a while as this new set of Bok forwards endeavours to make its mark. How will the Poms respond – they have a few hard heads in the forwards themselves and won’t be taking a backward step. With Steyn Inc, Kirchner, even Capt de Villiers the Boks don’t come across as a team that is looking to play free flowing rugby,well when have the Boks ever done that of late anyway? So the Bok halves will be putting in frontof the forwards, use the likes of the Flash to chase the kicks down and dominate at set piece – yada yada yada. How the Poms get around, over or through this is their big question? They do have a more adventurous looking backline, plenty of pace and a big guy at centre who will need watching. Still a lot of unknowns on both sides and will be a game worth watching just to see how it unfolds.
Springboks 1 – 12

Regards Waj

10 Oct

Rugby World Cup 2011: All Blacks v Argentina Quarter Final, Eden Park, Auckland
by Tracey Nelson
10 Oct 2011

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: Cruden for Slade at 32 min, Toeava for Muliaina at 40 min, A Williams for Whitelock at 62 min, Hore for Mealamu at 65 min, Afoa for Franks, Cowan for Weepu, and Vito for McCaw all at 72 min.

Try scorers: Read, Thorn.

Team: Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brad Thorn, Sam Whitelock, Jerome
Reserves: Andrew Hore, John Afoa, Ali Williams, Victor Vito, Jimmy Cowan, Colin

Points Scored NZ Argentina
Tries 2 1
Conversions 1 1
Penalties 7 1
TOTAL 33 10

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 6 0
Argentina 10 0
TOTAL 16 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackler Mealamu 1
Ruck entry Vito 1
Ruck Thorn 1
Obstruction Smith 1
Scrum Wheeling scrum 1
Lineout Whitelock 1
TOTAL   6

Argentina Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Tackler 2
High tackle 1
Ruck leaving feet 2
Ruck hands 1
Offside from kick 1
Scrum 1
TOTAL 10

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Franks, Mealamu, Nonu(2), Cruden 5
Spilled ball Slade 1
Kick out on full Weepu, Jane 2
Kick into opposition Toeava 1
TOTAL   9

Turnovers Conceded by Argentina
Knock-ons 3
Pass into touch 1
Forward pass 1
Tackle 3
Lineout 4
Miss touch from pen 1
TOTAL 13

Tackle turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Mealamu, Whitelock, Read
TOTAL 3

Linebreaks
Jane 3
SB Williams 2
Nonu 2
Cruden 1
Read 1
TOTAL 9

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
Franks 49 24+25
McCaw 47 23+24
Whitelock 34 21+13
Woodcock 34 13+21
Thorn 33 19+14
Read 28 15+13
Mealamu 19 14+15
Kaino 19 10+9
Smith 15 5+8
Nonu 10 4+6
SB Williams 10 6+4
Jane 9 5+4
Hore*   8
A Williams*   5
Muliaina   5
Toeava*   4
Vito*   3
Afoa*   1
Cruden*   1
Weepu 1 1+0

Ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Kaino 15 68
McCaw 14 37
Read 13 45
Mealamu 11 36
Thorn 11 71
Woodcock 5 18
Vito* 3 10
Hore 3 10
Williams* 2 5
Franks 2 5
Whitelock 2 3
TOTAL 81 308

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Kaino 7 (4+3) 2 (1+1)
Whitelock 6 (5+1) 0
McCaw 5 (1+4) 1 (0+1)
Smith 5 (3+2) 1 (0+1)
Mealamu 4 (4+0) 1 (0+1)
Woodcock 4 (2+2) 1 (1+0)
Franks 4 (1+3) 0
Thorn 4 (2+2) 0
Read 3 (1+2) 1 (0+1)
Nonu 3 (2+1) 0
SB Williams 3 (2+1) 0
Jane 2 (1+1) 1 (1+0)
Vito* 1 0
Williams* 1 0
Cruden* 1 0
Weepu 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 52 8

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Woodock 2
Read 2
McCaw 2
A Williams* 1
Whitelock 1
SB Williams 1
TOTAL 9

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Thorn 4 4
Read 3 3
Whitelock 1 1
Thorn 1 1
A Williams 1 1

Argentina Line-outs Won From
First half 4 5
Second half 3 6
TOTAL 7 11

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

Argentina Scrums Won From
First half 3 3
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 6 6

10 Oct

The Southern Quarters
by Paul Waite
10 Oct 2011

Southern_HemisphereThe Sunday quarter-finals bill was headlined as ‘The Clash of the Titans’ starring Australia vs. South Africa, featuring supporting act ‘The 4N Audition’, starring Argentina vs. New Zealand.

A classic sunny Spring afternoon in brilliant sunshine and a full house of noisy fans greeted South Africa as they ran on to the Caketin field to defend their World title against Australia.

What ensued was nothing short of seige warfare, for the most part, but it was begun by Australia at a pace that South Africa couldn’t initially adjust to, and this opened up a 5-0 lead when Horwill crashed over from a ruck in the 12th minute.

From the kickoff Australia looked, as is so often the case with them, as if they had been playing the game for 10 minutes already, they hit the ground running so hard. The South Africans were bamboozled on defence, and bested at the ruck on attack. Genia was buzzing about like an angry bluebottle, and they were finding holes to run through everywhere.

A minute later yet another clean break saw Beale through and the Springboks only managed to stifle it 5m out from their line, and in the end a ruck penalty out in front of the sticks gave Australia an 8-0 lead at the 15 minute mark.

There was only one team out there which looked as if it was playing to a well-drilled gameplan, and that was Australia. South Africa were simply defending like daemons, and on attack just making stuff up as they went along. They were rattled, and looked vulnerable every time Australia ran the ball at them, but held on regardless.

After the half-hour mark the Boks had regrouped somewhat and were managing to hold onto the ball and mount some pressure on the Wallaby line. Towards half-time one of these forays resulted in a penalty, and the teams retired to the sheds with Australia leading 8-3.

The second half saw a reborn South African team. They tore into the rucks and the Aussie defence with redoubled force, hung onto the ball well and mounted wave after wave of attack. By the end of the game the stats showed Australia made 150 tackles, more or less three times the Boks total.

By inches the pressure told, and it started in the 53rd minute with a Steyne penalty for offside at a maul, to make it 8-6.

Pressure on the Australian halves also had first five-eighth Quade Cooper back to his blooper best. He had kicks charged, fluffed clearances, and was generally a liability for the men in Green and Gold.

In the 60th minute the Boks showed how useful a classy No.10 who isn’t panicking is when Morne Steyne slotted a nice drop-goal to put South Africa in the lead for the first time by 9-8.

By this stage South Africa literally owned the ball. Australia were simply defending and hoping for the best. South Africa ran in a try but it was (rightly) disallowed for a forward pass, Lambie narrowly shaded a drop-goal, and all-in-all the Springboks looked the most likely winners of the tie.

In the end it was a penalty which swung the game back in Australia’s favour when Roussouw was judged to have tipped Samo up at a lineout near the Bok 10m line. O’Connor showed nerves of stell to slot the penalty kick making it 11-9 with 10 minutes left on the clock.

History will show that the Boks came close, but by this time they were as tired as the Wallabies, and creating plays when tired is sometimes more difficult than just reacting in defence.

Either side could have won this, but for my money South Africa deserved it more than Australia due to playing most of the attacking rugby. The Wallabies dodged yet another Rugby World CUp bullet, as is their habit.

Australia 11
James Horwill try
James O’Connor 2 pen

South Africa 9
Morne Steyn 2 pen, drop goal

HT: 8-3

The second quarter-final up at Eden Park was expected to be another convincing win for New Zealand over Argentina, but the reality was far different. To be fair, although a win was expected from All Blacks fans, the other main interest was in how Colin Slade would fare as replacement No.10 to Dan Carter, and how the team looks in general, coming to the sharp end of the tournament.

New Zealand started hard and fast, hitting rucks and tackles trying to blow Argentina away in the opening minutes by shear force and speed. But the Argentines were up to the task, rebutting the forays with staunch defence and clever return kicks, sending the New Zealanders back into their own half each time. After 5 minutes you could see from the All Blacks’ faces and body language that they realised they were up against a foe which wasn’t about to be gobbled up as easy-meat, and would have to work for their win.

After 11 minutes Argentina were whistled up for man in front of the kicker, and who should step up for the kicking duty but none other than Piri Weepu, to make it 3-0. In fact Weepu took the restarts, put the ball into touch from penalties, took the place-kicks, and generally performed all the duties of both a halfback and first-five, leaving Slade to shovel the ball on to the outside backs, and make the odd tactical kick.

Sadly Slade still didn’t look at all happy. He behaved as if the weight of the World was on his shoulders, and gave a good imitation of ‘choking’.

He dropped passes cold, made some silly tactical kicks straight to the opposition, and his passing was lack-lustre, slow, pass-it-on stuff. Hardly a viable replacement for Dan Carter.

So when he took a knock in the 17th minute, and was then eventually replaced by Cruden in the 32nd, quite a few fans could be forgiven for silently offering up a prayer of thanks. I was one of them.

In the 18th minute a nice move down the left touchline saw Read in the corner but the try was disallowed due to a foot grazing the chalk briefly before the grounding.

In the meantime the Argentine defence, for all it’s staunchness, was largely founded on ruck, scrum and other infringements to slow the All Blacks ball down to a crawl, and in the 24th minute Piri Weepu knocked over another penalty to make it 6-0.

Then, at the half-hour mark, and somewhat against the run of play a defensive error from Kieran Read saw the Argentine No.8 take a gap off the back of a scrum at halfway, to storm upfield and create a try for No.6 Cabello which was converted by Contemponi to make it 7-6 to Argentina.

With Cruden replacing Slade Weepu still took the goal-kicks and nailed penalties in the 35th and 38th minutes to bring New Zealand to 12-7 at the half-time break.

The second half saw more of the same hard-fought play, but the opening penalty went to Argentina for a ruck infringement making it 12-10 in the 47th minute. Another brace of Weepu penalties took it to 18-10 by the 58th minute and referee Owens also sent an Argentine forward to the sin-bin for his activities defending his line as the All Blacks mounted pressure right on it. McCaw then had a try attempt disallowed by the TMO.

In the 68th minute New Zealand finally got the try they had been searching for and it was Read finishing off in winger’s style down the left again after he received a lovely miss-out pass from Kaino. The move was initially started by a great burst from Ma’a Nonu up the middle. Weepu missed the conversion from out wide, but at 23-10 the match seemed safe.

Three minutes later Weepu made his last kick of the game before being subbed for Cowan, putting another penalty through the sticks bringing it to 26-10.

Finally just before time, a lovely piece of work from Jane on the right wing saw him keep the ball in when everyone though he’d stepped into touch, and then Brad Thorne surged the last 8m to score. Cruden added the extras to make the final score 33-10.

This was a hard-fought but well-deserved victory to the Men in Black. For their part Argentina acquiited themselves well, showing that well-known resolve in defence, and flashes of that famous South American flair in the form of individual skills with the ball in hand. They should be a great addition to the Tri-Nations next year.

For New Zealand the problems still remain for the No.10 jersey. Given the form issues Slade is obviously having, Cruden simply must start against Australia next week, with Weepu the backup option. But the backline is still bound to be disjointed without Carter, and therefore less able to break deadlocks against a determined defence – a fact all too well revealed in this test.

Put baldly, looking at the relative performances this weekend, Australia must go into next week’s semi-final as favourites, since they have a settled team which is hitting peak form just at the right time. The All Blacks, by contrast, are still trying to adjust for the loss of Carter, and so far it isn’t going well.

New Zealand 33
Kieran Read, Brad Thorn tries
Piri Weepu 7 pen, Aaron Cruden con

Argentina 10
Julio Farias Cabello try
Felipe Contepomi con, Marcelo Bosch pen

HT: 12-7

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7 Oct

RWC Quarter Finals – what do the numbers tell us?
by Tracey Nelson
7 Oct 2011

Colin_SladeRugby World Cup history tells us that, with the exception of RWC 1987, penalties rather than tries tend to be the main means of scoring once we reach the knock out phases of the tournament.

There has only been one occasion when the team that scored the most points in pool play has gone on to win the cup, and that was back in 1987 in the inaugural tournament when New Zealand won. But since that time all the winners have been within the top five for defence at the end of pool play.

So if history repeats and games will be won on defence and by those who have the best goal kickers, let’s take a look at the numbers and see if that helps predict who may or may not survive the first round of sudden death in the quarter finals.

Points conceded Total Tries conceded
South Africa 24 2
England 34 1
Ireland 34 3
Wales 34 4
Argentina 40 3
Australia 48 4
New Zealand 49 6
France 96 9

Penalties conceded Total Av per game
England 48 12.00
Wales 43 10.75
Argentina 43 10.75
Australia 41 10.25
New Zealand 40 10.00
Ireland 40 10.00
France 37 9.25
South Africa 37 9.25

Average penalties per game by referee
Steve Walsh 22.75
Craig Joubert 21.50
Bryce Lawrence 20.25
Nigel Owens 19.25
Tournament av 21.15

Goal kickers kicking percentages
Weepu (NZ) 100
Parra (Fra) 90
Priestland(Wal) 89
O’Gara (Ire) 84
Steyn (SA) 83
Yachvilli (Fra) 81
O’Connor (Aus) 78
Flood (Eng) 77
Hook (Wal) 67
Slade (NZ) 63
Contemponi (Arg) 50
Cooper (Aus) 50
Sexton (Ire) 50
Wilkinson (Eng) 45

2 Oct

Time To Front Up
by Paul Waite
2 Oct 2011

TrenchesWith Dan Carter out of the tournament the All Blacks’ chances now rely on the forwards fronting up in three consecutive World Cup test matches to provide their stand-in No.10 with a winning platform.

To be blunt, Colin Slade isn’t even half the first five-eighth that Dan Carter is. The All Black coaches acknowledge this with statements such as “we may have to simplify the attacking menu” for him. Andrew Hore also showed some of the same kind of thinking in the after-match interview after the final pool game vs. Canada when he told us that it was now up to the forwards to front up and give the No.10 the support he needs.

The old saying that it’s the forwards that determine the result and the backs by how much, has never rung truer for New Zealand than right now in this World Cup.

It’s going to be hard yakka from here on in, starting with a gritty Argentina, adept at muscling up in the bruising close quarter contact situations. The All Blacks need to treat the remainder of the World Cup as a series of battles in a war. The forwards have to fight the enemy to a standstill, and then dominate them, completely. There are no magical game-breaking options at No.10 anymore, and none of the subtle tactical kicking that Carter provided so effortlessly either.

Looking at the test match against Canada, and taking into account the second-tier nature of that opposition, Slade is evidently still short on form. His distribution to the backs was laboured, and his goal-kicking is still too patchy. Graham Henry admitted as much when he told us “he needs more rugby”.

Star-in the-making Aaron Cruden has been brought into the squad as the bench cover, and may get some game time to aid bringing him up to speed in this quarter-final, depending on how it goes, but it is a big learning curve to step into the All Blacks in the knock-out stages, when you haven’t even been involved with the squad for the Tri-Nations. That said Cruden is gifted enough to be a potential magic bullet for the team, albeit from a long-shot.

Piri Weepu also got some time against Canada at No.10, and his goal-kicking is better, however starting him there smacks of the same out-of-position selections which have bitten the All Blacks in the arse in several World Cups previously. Hopefully Henry & Co. will NOT go down that same road again.

Aside from the Carter-replacement issue, the All Blacks also looked disjointed in this test. A lot of that was the unfamiliarity evident in the Cowan-Slade-Sonny Bill Williams back-line. The ball was moved in the awkward, stilted manner you always see with backs which haven’t played much together in a test environment.

In the forwards Ali Williams also continues to underwhelm. His fumbles of the ball and general lack of work-rate around the field have us wondering what Boric needs to do to get more game-time than a quick cameo off the bench in the dying minutes.

The test also saw Mils Muliaina at fullback, where he did nothing more than show us he is a class act, but a fading one. But given the ‘brittleness’ of Israel Dagg it’s great to know he is there in squad ready if needed, and we wouldn’t bet against him getting his 100th test cap in this tournament.

On the left wing Zac Guildford had a blinder, redeeming himself and show-casing his speed and ability to finish. That said, he was allowed a great amount of space by Canada, space which won’t ever be available in the tight tests coming up.

The first choice back-three from now on still has to be Jane, Kahui and Dagg, fitness allowing.

In the forwards, we had Victor Vito at openside, and he played extremely well against a modest opposition. His ball-carries were excellent, and defence solid. Kaino made a much better fill-in at No.8 than Richie McCaw did recently and capped it with a push-over try from a 5m scrum, something hardly ever seen these days with scrum resets always pushed back to the 5m mark. Aside from that Kaino remains in awesome form both carrying the ball and on defence.

Perhaps the most satisfying performance was Keiran Read’s return from serious ankle injury. He played 60 minutes with no problems, which will give him the confidence needed for the knock-outs.

The All Blacks chances of winning this Rugby World Cup have undoubtedly taken a huge blow with Dan Carter being ruled out of the tournament.

But if they refocus, strip their game back a little to the basics revolving around forward dominance, and provide Slade with a solid platform then they are still able to beat any team in the World.

All that’s required is Three Big Tests.

Give it everything boys.

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