8 Nov

England v All Blacks, London
by Tracey Nelson
8 Nov 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, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Sonny Bill Williams, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipolotu, Liam Messam, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 3 2
Conversions 0 1
Penalties 3/5 3/3
TOTAL 24 21

Goal Kicking Penalties Conversions
Cruden 2/3 0/2
Barrett* 1/2 0/1
Farrell (Eng) 3/3 1/2

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 13 0
England 11 0
TOTAL 24 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Ruck going off feet McCaw, Coles, B Franks 3
Ruck not supporting weight Read 1
Offside from knock on Retallick 1
Offside general Team 1
Maul Read, Tuipolotu 2
Not giving ball at penalty Retallick 1
Scrum Front row(2), Wheeling 3
Foul play Coles YC 1
TOTAL   13

England Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Tackler 3
Ruck going off feet 2
Ruck entry 1
Offisde 2
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-on A Smith, Kaino(2), Coles, Whitelock(2), McCaw, Tuipolotu, Savea, Perenara 10
Spilled Crockett 1
Forward pass Williams 1
Ruck   1
Tackle Savea 1
Lineout   3
TOTAL   17

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 6
Tackle 5
Miss touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 12

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

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 44 23+21
Whitelock 27 11+16
Crockett 17 10+7
O Franks 16 14+2
Read 15 7+8
Dagg 13 5+8
Mealamu* 12  
B Smith 12 8+4
Faumuina* 10  
Williams 10 7+3
Crotty* 9  
B Franks* 8  
C Smith 8 6+2
Kainot 8 3+5
Retallick 8  
Tuipolotu* 7  
Savea 7 3+4
Messam* 6  
Cruden 6 6+0
Coles 5 3+2
A Smith 2 0+2
Barrett* 1  

Forward ball carries No of carries
Read 13
McCaw 7
Kaino 7
Whitelock 7
Tuipolotu* 6
Faumuina* 3
O Franks 2
Retallick 2
Coles 1
Messam* 1
Mealamu* 1
TOTAL 50

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
C Smith 12 (11+2) 0
McCaw 11 (6+5) 4 (2+2)
Whitelock 11 (7+4) 1 (1+0)
O Franks 10 (7+3) 1 (1+0)
Williams 8 (5+3) 2 (1+1)
Kaino 8 (7+1) 1 (0+1)
Crockett 7 (5+2) 1 (1+0)
Read 7 (4+3) 1 (0+1)
Savea 7(3+4) 1 (1+0)
Cruden 5 (4+1) 1 (1+0)
A Smith 4 (3+1) 0
Crotty* 3 2
B Smith 3 (1+2) 2 (1+1)
Coles 3 (2+1) 0
Dagg 3 (2+1) 0
Tuipolotu* 2 1
Retallick 2 0
Mealamu* 1 0
B Franks* 1 0
Faumuina* 1 0
TOTAL 109 18

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 2
Dagg 2
Retallick 1
A Smith 1
C Smith 1
B Smith 1
Tuipolotu 1
TOTAL 9

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 5 7
TOTAL 11 14

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 4 5
Kaino 1 3
Retallick 1 1
Whitelock 1 1
Tuipolotu 1 1
Messam 1 1
Quick throw 1 1
No camera view 1 1

England Line-outs Won From
First half 4 4
Second half 7 7
TOTAL 11 11

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

England Scrums Won From
First half 1 1
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 5 5

21 Jun

All Blacks v England, Hamilton
by Tracey Nelson
21 Jun 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: Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (C), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Malakai Fekitoa, Cory Jane, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Liam Messam, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 5 1
Conversions 4 1
Penalties 1/1 2/3
TOTAL 36 13

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 14 2
England 8 0
TOTAL 22 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player McCaw, Fekitoa 2
Tackler Coles, A Smith 2
Ruck sealing off Messam* 1
Ruck entry A Smith, McCaw, Kaino 3
Ruck offside Whitelock 1
Maul Crockett yellow card 1
Scrum wheeling 3
Obstruction McCaw 1
TOTAL   14

England Penalty Offences
Tackler 3
High tackle yellow card 1
Ruck off feet 1
Ruck offside 1
Ruck entry 1
Scrum bind 1
TOTAL 8

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Nonu(2), Read, Fekitoa, Savea, Jane, Whitelock, ? 8
Spilled Kaino, Whitelock 2
Forward pass B Smith, Nonu(2) 3
Ruck   1
Tackle B Smith 1
Stripped of ball Kaino 1
Lineout   4
TOTAL   20

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 7
Spilled 1
Tackle 1
Stripped of ball 4  
Lineout 2
Scrum 1
Missed touch from penalty 1
TOTAL 17

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle McCaw, Messam, Whitelock 3
Ruck   1
Maul strip McCaw 1
TOTAL   5

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 34 14+20
Whitelock 31 10+21
O Franks 21 13+8
Retallick 17 9+8
Woodcock 16 8+8
Mealamu* 14  
Nonu 11 5+6
Read 9 9+0
B Smith 9 5+4
Kaino 8 3+5
Coles 6 6+0
Fekitoa 6 3+3
Tuipolotu* 5  
Messam* 5  
Savea 5 2+3
A Smith 3 1+2
Crockett* 2  
Faumuina* 2  
Barrett* 2  
Crotty* 2  

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Kaino 8  
McCaw 6  
Retallick 5  
Whitelock 5
Woodcock 5  
Messam* 4  
Whitelock 3  
Mealamu* 3  
Read 2  
Coles 2  
Faumuina 1  
TOTAL 44  

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 8 (3+5) 3 (1+2)
Nonu 8 (4+4) 0
Franks 8 (6+2) 0
Kaino 8 (4+4) 0
Messam* 7 0
Whitelock 6 (4+2) 1 (0+1)
Retallick 6 (2+4) 1 (1+0)
Barrett* 5 0
Coles 5 (4+1) 0
A Smith 5 (1+4) 0
Fekitoa 4 (1+3) 0
B Smith 4 (1+3) 0
Crotty* 3 0
Woodcock 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
Read 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
Savea 3 (1+2) 0
Faumuina* 2 1
Mealamu* 2 0
Cruden 2 (1+1) 0
Jane 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 92 14

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Nonu 3
McCaw 1
Retallick 1
Whitelock 1
Kaino 1
A Smith 1
Cruden 1
  TOTAL 9

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 10 10
Second half 5 9
TOTAL 15 19

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 6 6
Retallick 3 3
Whitelock 1 2
Tuipolotu 1 1
Quick throw 4 4

England Line-outs Won From
First half 4 5
Second half 12 13
TOTAL 16 18

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

England Scrums Won From
First half 3 4
Second half 6 6
TOTAL 9 10

14 Jun

All Blacks v England, Dunedin
by Tracey Nelson
14 Jun 2014

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, Richie McCaw (C), Jerome Kaino, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Victor Vito, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 3 3
Conversions 2 3
Penalties 3/4 2/3
TOTAL 28 27

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 9 1
England 7 0
TOTAL 15 1

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackler Vito 1
Maul McCaw, Retallick, Mealamu 3
Lineout Whitelock 1
Scrum Wheeling(2), Mealamu 3
Obstruction Nonu 1
TOTAL   9

England Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Tackler/Maul 1 Yellow Card
Ruck entry 2
Offside 1
Maul 1
TOTAL 7

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Jane(3), McCaw, B Smith, Savea 6
Spilled A Smith 1
Forward pass Cruden 1
Intercepted pass A Smith 1
Pass into touch C Smith 1
Ruck spill   1
Stripped Jane 1
Maul Jane 1
Scrum   2
TOTAL   15

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 6
Spilled 1
Pass to opposition 1
Forward pass 1
Tackle 2
Ruck 2
Ran into own man 1
Lineout 2
TOTAL 16

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle B Smith, Whitelock 2
Counter ruck   1
TOTAL   3

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 36 19+17
Retallick 31 15+16
Whitelock 28 11+17
Woodcock 21 13+8
O Franks 21 13+8
Coles 16 8+8
C Smith 15 8+7
Messam 13 11+2
Kaino 13 7+6
Nonu 13 6+7
Savea 11 5+6
Crockett* 9  
B Smith 6 4+2
Jane 5 3+2
Vito* 4  
Cruden 3 3+0
Mealamu* 2  
A Smith 1 0+1

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Whitelock 10  
Kaino 9  
Messam 6  
McCaw 5  
Coles 5  
Retallick 5  
Woodcock 4  
Franks 3  
Mealamu* 2  
Faumuina* 2  
TOTAL    

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 12 (7+5) 4 (2+2)
Coles 9 (7+2) 2 (2+0)
C Smith 9 (5+4) 2 (2+0)
Kaino 8 (4+4) 1 (0+1)
Whitelock 6 (3+3) 1 (1+0)
Cruden 5 (5+0) 0
Nonu 5 (3+2) 2 (2+0)
B Smith 5 (4+1) 0
Retallick 4 (1+3) 0
Woodcock 4 (1+3) 0
Savea 4 (2+2) 1 (0+1)
Mealamu* 3 0
Vito* 3 0
Jane 3 (3+0) 1 (1+0)
Franks 2 (2+0) 2 (2+0)
Messam 2 (0+2) 1 ((0+1)
Barrett* 2 0
Faumuina* 1 0
Perenara* 1 0
TOTAL 87 17

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 4
Cruden 3
B Smith 2
Nonu 1
Messam 1
Mealamu* 1
  TOTAL 12

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Retallick 7 7
Kaino 3 3
TOTAL 10 10

England Line-outs Won From
First half 6 8
Second half 6 7
TOTAL 12 15

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 3 5
TOTAL 8 10

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

8 Jun

All Blacks v England, Auckland
by Tracey Nelson
8 Jun 2014

So who was off the pace, who missed tackles, and who gave away penalties in the opening test of 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: Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw (C), Jerome Kaino, Aaron Smith, Aaron Cruden, Cory Jane, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Victor Vito, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 1 0
Conversions 0 0
Penalties Cruden 5/5 Burns 4/4, Cipriani 1/1
TOTAL 20 15

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 7 1
England 8 2
TOTAL 15 3

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackler Woodcock, C Smith 2
Ruck entry Mealamu 1
Scrum Wheeling 2
Obstruction Coles 1
Foul play Nonu 1
TOTAL   7

England Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Tackler 1
Ruck off feet 1
Ruck entry 1
Offside 2
Maul 1
TOTAL 8

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Dagg(2), McCaw, B Smith, Nonu, Kaino, Barrett 7
Spilled Dagg, B Smith, Cruden 3
Forward pass Cruden 1
Scrum   1
Lineout   1
TOTAL   13

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 11
Spilled ball 1
Forward pass 1
Pass into touch 1
Tackle 2
Maul 1
TOTAL 17

Tackle turnovers won by NZ
Tackle McCaw, Mealamu 2
TOTAL   2

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 32 19+13
Whitelock 20 13+7
Retallick 17 9+8
O Franks 12 9+3
Crockett* 10  
Coles 10 7+3
Messam 10 9+1
Woodcock 9 6+3
Kaino 9 6+3
C Smith 9 5+4
Mealamu* 7  
Faumuina* 7  
Nonu 4 4+0
Dagg 4 2+2
Jane 4 3+1
B Smith 3 2+1
Vito* 2  
Barrett* 2  
Fekitoa* 2  
Cruden 2 0+2
Perenara* 1  
A Smith 1 0+1

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Kaino 6 27
McCaw 6 20
Retallick 3 53
Franks 3 8
Whitelock 2 9
Vito 2 18
Woodcock 2 6
Messam 1 6
Faumuina 1 4
Mealamu 1 2
Coles 1 1
TOTAL 28 154

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
C Smith 11 (7+4) 3 (2+1)
McCaw 10 (2+8) 5 (3+2)
Kaino 10 (5+5) 1 (1+0)
Franks 10 (9+1) 0
Messam 8 (5+3)
Nonu 6 (4+2) 1 (1+0)
Cruden 6 (4+2) 0
Retallick 5 (1+4) 2 (2+0)
Woodcock 5 (5+0) 1 (0+1)
Coles 5 (3+2) 0
Jane 4 (3+1) 0
B Smith 3 (1+3) 1 (0+1)
Dagg 3 (3+0) 0
Crockett* 3 0
Fekitoa* 2 1
Barrett* 2 0
Faumuina* 2 0
Mealamu* 2 0
Whitelock 2 (1+1) 2 (1+1)
Vito* 1 0
Perenara* 1 0
TOTAL 141 35

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 2
Kaino 2
A Smith 2
Cruden 2
Fekitoa* 2
Messam 1
Nonu 1
C Smith 1
Jane 1
B Smith 1
Faumuina* 1
TOTAL 16

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 7 8
Second half 1 1
TOTAL 8 9

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 3 4
Kaino 2 2
Retallick 1 1
Quick   1
Received free kick 1 1
TOTAL 8 9

England Line-outs Won From
First half 7 7
Second half 6 6
TOTAL 13 13

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 5 5
Second half 6 7
TOTAL 11 12

England Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 4 4
TOTAL 6 6

4 Dec

Game Stats: England v All Blacks, London, 16 November 2013
by Tracey Nelson
4 Dec 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.

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 Who came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Tony Woodcock,Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read (C), Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Ben Smith, Charles Piutau, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crocket, Charlie Faumiuna, Luke Romano, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Ryan Crotty

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 3 1  
Conversions 3 1
Penalties 3/4 5/5
TOTAL 30 22

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 1
England 9 1
TOTAL 19 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player A Smith 1
Tackler Carter, O Franks, Nonu 3
Ruck off feet Faumuina* 1
Ruck entry Read YC 1
Maul Whitelock 1
Scrum Wheeling, front row up 2
Obstruction Woodcock, Crockett 2
TOTAL   11

England Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Tackler not releasing 2
Ruck off feet 1
Ruck hands 1
Ruck offside 1
Offside from kick 2
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Savea(2), Read, Dagg, B Smith 5
Pass to opposition Savea(2) 2
Spilled Faumuina* 1
Ruck spill Nonu 1
Maul Carter 1
Lineout   1
Kick out on full A Smith(2) 2
TOTAL   13

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 10
Tackle 5
Ruck 2
Maul 1
Lineout 3
Scrum 2
TOTAL 23

Tackle turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Piutau, Whitelock, Crockett, Read, McCaw
TOTAL 5

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 32 15+17
Crockett* 17  
Whitelock 17 5+12
Retallick 16 7+9
O Franks 13 8+5
Faumuina* 12  
Mealamu 11 7+4
B Smith 10 4+6
Read 9 2+7
Piutau 9 6+3
Woodcock 8  
Coles* 7  
Messam 6 2+4
Savea 6 0+6
Luatau* 6  
Romano* 4  
Nonu 4 2+2
Dagg 3 1+2
Cruden* 2 0+2
A Smith 2 1+1
Kerr-Barlow* 1  
Crotty* 1  

Ball carries No of carries
Read 11
McCaw 6
Whietlock 4
Crockett* 3
Retallick 3
Messam 3
Faumuina* 2
Franks 2
Mealamu 2
Romano* 1
Luatua* 1
TOTAL 37  

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Whitelock 19 (5+14) 2 (2+0)
O Franks 15 (10+5) 0
McCaw 14 (6+8) 2 (1+1)
Nonu 13 (9+4) 2 (0+2)
A Smith 11 (5+6) 1 (0+1)
Messam 10 (5+5) 5 (4+1)
Read 9 (1+8) 3 (1+2)
Crockett* 9 0
Cruden 8 (2+6) 0
Mealamu 7 (3+4) 1 (1+0)
Retallick 6 (4+2) 2 (2+0)
Woodcock 5 4
Carter 4 0
Luatua* 4 0
Faumuina* 3 4
Romano* 3 0
Coles* 3 0
B Smith 3 (2+1) 0
Piutau 3 (2+1) 0
Crotty* 2 2
Kerr-Barlow* 1 0
Dagg 1 (0+1) 1 (1+0)
Savea 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 154 29

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Piutau 4
Mealamu 2
A Smith 2
Nonu 2
Crockett* 2
Franks 1
Retallick 1
Whitelock 1
Savea 1
Dagg 1
Romano* 1
TOTAL   18

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 4 4
Read 3 3
Retallick 1 1
McCaw 1 1
Messam 1 1
TOTAL 10 10

England Line-outs Won From
First half 8 8
Second half 6 9
TOTAL 14 17

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

England Scrums Won From
First half 2 4
Second half 2 2
TOTAL 4 6

16 Nov

Game Stats: England v All Blacks, Twickenham
by Tracey Nelson
16 Nov 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.

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 Who came on as a substitute. This week:

Team: Tony Woodcock,Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read (C), Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Ben Smith, Charles Piutau, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crocket, Charlie Faumiuna, Luke Romano, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Ryan Crotty

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 3 1
Conversions 3 1
Penalties 3/4 5/5
TOTAL 30 22

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 1
England 9 1
TOTAL 19 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player A Smith 1
Tackler Carter, O Franks, Nonu 3
Ruck off feet Faumuina* 1
Ruck entry Read YC 1
Maul Whitelock 1
Scrum Wheeling, front row up 2
Obstruction Woodcock, Crockett 2
TOTAL 11

England Penalty Offences
Tackled player 2
Tackler not releasing 2
Ruck off feet 1
Ruck hands 1
Ruck offside 1
Offside from kick 2
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Savea(2), Read, Dagg, B Smith 5
Pass to opposition Savea(2) 2
Spilled Faumuina* 1
Ruck spill Nonu 1
MaulCarter 1
Lineout 1
Kick out on full A Smith(2) 2
TOTAL 13

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 10
Tackle 5
Ruck 2
Maul 1
Lineout 3
Scrum 2
TOTAL 23

Tackle turnovers won by NZ
Tackle Piutau, Whitelock, Crockett, Read, McCaw
TOTAL 5

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 32 15+17
Crockett* 17
Whitelock 17 5+12
Retallick 16 7+9
O Franks 13 8+5
Faumuina* 12
Mealamu 11 7+4
B Smith 10 4+6
Read 9 2+7
Piutau 9 6+3
Woodcock 8
Coles* 7
Messam 6 2+4
Savea 6 0+6
Luatau* 6
Romano* 4
Nonu 4 2+2
Dagg 3 1+2
Cruden* 2 0+2
A Smith 2 1+1
Kerr-Barlow* 1
Crotty* 1

Ball carries No of carries
Read 11
McCaw 6
Whietlock 4
Crockett* 3
Retallick 3
Messam 3
Faumuina* 2
Franks 2
Mealamu 2
Romano* 1
Luatua* 1
TOTAL 37

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Whitelock 19 (5+14) 2 (2+0)
O Franks 15 (10+5) 0
McCaw 14 (6+8) 2 (1+1)
Nonu 13 (9+4) 2 (0+2)
A Smith 11 (5+6) 1 (0+1)
Messam 10 (5+5) 5 (4+1)
Read 9 (1+8) 3 (1+2)
Crockett* 9 0
Cruden 8 (2+6) 0
Mealamu 7 (3+4) 1 (1+0)
Retallick 6 (4+2) 2 (2+0)
Woodcock 5 4
Carter 4 0
Luatua* 4 0
Faumuina* 3 4
Romano* 3 0
Coles* 3 0
B Smith 3 (2+1) 0
Piutau 3 (2+1) 0
Crotty* 2 2
Kerr-Barlow* 1 0
Dagg 1 (0+1) 1 (1+0)
Savea 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 154 29

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Piutau 4
Mealamu 2
A Smith 2
Nonu 2
Crockett* 2
Franks 1
Retallick 1
Whitelock 1
Savea 1
Dagg 1
Romano* 1
TOTAL 18

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 4 4
Read 3 3
Retallick 1 1
McCaw 1 1
Messam 1 1
TOTAL 10 10

England Line-outs Won From
First half 8 8
Second half 6 9
TOTAL 14 17

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

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

2 Dec

Game Stats: England v All Blacks, Twickenham, 2 December 2012
by Tracey Nelson
2 Dec 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, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Faumuina, Luke Romano, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

Subs: Romano for Retallick at 49 min, Faumuina for Franks at 52 min, Vito for Messam and Coles for Mealamu at 62 min, Weepu for A Smith and Cruden for Carter at 64 min, Crockett for Woodcock at 66 min, B Smith for Dagg at 70 min.

Points Scored NZ England
Tries 3 3  
Conversions 3 1
Penalties 0 from 2 5 from 5
TOTAL 21 38

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 13 0
England 11 2
TOTAL 24 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Retallick, Dagg 2
Tackler not rolling Read, Nonu 2
Ruck off feet Read/McCaw 1
Ruck slowing ball Read 1
Ruck loitering Crockett* 1
Offside general play Nonu, McCaw 2
Offside from kick Jane 1
Scrum Woodcock, Franks, Front row 3
TOTAL   13

England Penalty Offences
Tackler 2
Ruck off feet 2
Ruck entry 2
Ruck offside 1
Offside general 1
Scrum 1
Deliberate knock on 1
Deliberately not retiring 1 + YC
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Dagg, C Smith, Read, Romano*, Whitelock, Vito* 6
Intercepted pass Read 1
Tackle Retallick, A Smith, Messam 3
Lineout 2
Scrum   1
Kick out on full 1
TOTAL   14

Turnovers Conceded by England
Knock-ons 6
Tackle 1
Maul 3
Lineout 2
Scrum 1
Miss touch from penalty 1
Pass into touch 1
TOTAL 15

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 32 17+15
Franks 20 13+7
Whitelock 19 8+11
Read 18 10+8
Messam 16 10+6
Retallick 15 11+4
C Smith 15 7+8
Mealamu 13 9+4
Woodcock 12 9+3
Romano* 8  
Nonu 8 4+4
Crockett* 5  
Faumuina* 5
Carter 5 4+1
Dagg 5 3+2
Coles* 4  
Vito* 3  
Savea 3 2+1
B Smith* 2  
Jane 2 1+1

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
McCaw 9 15
Read 8 25
Mealamu 6 2
Woodcock 4 6
Messam 3 7
Whitelock 3 8
Faumuina* 3 6
Retallick 3 4
Vito* 2 18
Crockett* 2 3
Romano* 2 1
Franks 1 4
Coles* 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 11 (5+6 1 (0+1)
McCaw 9 (4+5) 3 (1+2)
Whitelock 9 (5+4) 1 (1+0)
Carter 8 (8+0) 2 (2+0)
Faumuina* 7 1
Nonu 7 (5+2) 1 (0+1)
Franks 7 (6+1) 0
Woodcock 6 (5+2) 2 (2+0)
C Smith 6 (3+3) 1 (1+0)
Romano* 5 0
Crockett* 5 0
Coles* 4 1
Weepu* 3 0
Retallick 3 (3+0) 2 (2+0)
Mealamu 3 (3+0) 1 (1+0)
Jane 3 (2+1) 0
Vito* 2  
Messam 2 (2+0) 1 (1+0)
Cruden* 1 0
Dagg 1 (0+1) 0
A Smith 1 (0+1) 0
TOTAL 103 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
Read 3
Retallick 2
A Smith 2
Carter 2
Nonu 2
Woodcock 1
Whitelock 1
McCaw 1
Savea 1
Jane 1
Faumuina 1
TOTAL 1

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 5 7
Second half 5 5
TOTAL 10 12

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 4 4
Retallick 2 2
Read 2 2
Messam 1 1
Romano 1 1
Not straight   1
Overthrown   1
TOTAL 10 12

England Line-outs Won From
First half 8 9
Second half 3 4
TOTAL 11 13

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 6 6
Second half 1 2
TOTAL 7 8

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

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

9 Oct

The Northern Quarters
by Paul Waite
9 Oct 2011

Northern_HemisphereThe Northern Hemisphere Rugby World Cup quarter-finals gave us two pulsating tests, and two results that many experts did not predict. But one things is certain, the best teams are through to the semis.

The first of a brace of Saturday evening quarters was played at the Caketin, in Wellington between Ireland and Wales. The pre-match predictions were all leaning towards the Irish due to the upset they scored over Australia in the pool games, the experience of the squad, and their general Irish ‘pile into it’ playing style. Most thought that they would hoe into Wales and blow through them enough times with that big pack of theirs, to take a place in the semi-final.

Against that is the evidence of our own eyes. Contrary to some teams (eg. France, as described below) Wales have built gradually through the pool stages, and have shown themselves to be masters of every facet of the game. Right across the team, and right across the width of the paddock they have been putting in strong performances. Warren Gatland has got them humming.

The game started with a bang as Wales built pressure and moved on the Irish line with some lovely probing runs and great ball retention scoring a try in the right corner through Shane Williams. The Irish, smarting from the early slap, came back strongly and drove the ball dangerously in the forwards, adding darting probes in the backs. They signalled their intent when Ronan O’Gara kicked for a 5m lineout three times instead of taking kickable penalties, though none of these resulted in the try they sought.

The Welsh soaked up the Irish pressure for what seemed like an age, but showed that this is another facet of the game that they have mastered under Gatland’s tutelage. At halftime they went in 10-3 to Wales having added a penalty each.

In the second spell Wales really nailed the game, but only after the Irish had their fans cheering as Keith Earls crashed over the line in the 45th minute, and the scores were levelled.

Only six minutes later Welsh pressure led to a ruck on the left hand side of the field inside the Irish 22m. Man of the Match, Welsh halfback Mike Phillips picked the ball up and made a lightning run down the blind to touch down with an athletic dive millimetres inside the corner flag.

At this point the Irish lost their way, and instead of piling into the Welsh defence with strong driving and great darting runs from the likes of O’Driscoll, started to hoof the ball downfield, presumably for field position. Whatever the reason it back-fired, and just kept handing the Welsh possession, which they used in the 64th minute to score again this time through Jonathan Davies who walzed through a number of sleep-walking Irish defenders before dotting it down. With the conversion bringing up a 22-10 score-line with 15 minutes left, the game was more or less done and dusted.

Wales 22
Shane Williams, Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies tries
Rhys Priestland 2 con, Leigh Halfpenny con

Ireland 10
Keith Earls try
Ronan O’Gara pen, con

HT: 10-3

The second quarter-final was not predictable, by definition, since it involved the French. On pool play this game was going to be a walk in the park for the English, as Les Bleus had been more like Les Bleeeurghs! With two losses, one to the All Blacks and one to Tonga, they couldn’t have looked less promising as World Cup semi-finalists.

England coach Martin Johnson had picked a strange-looking back-line with the injury of Mike Tindall, bringing together two first-five eighths, Toby Flood and Jonny Wilkinson.

The side in white started off the game moving the ball wide, showing an intention to play attacking football, however the French defence was up to the challenge, making some strong forays back in the opposite direction and giving early indications that they had shaken off their pool-play sluggishness. There was an urgency and an enthusiasm about the French which had been missing.

The English, as the cricket saying has it, did not trouble the scorers, for the whole first half. France notched up 16 points without reply from their opponents via two penalties and two unconverted tries through Clerc and Medard. The former danced and spun through a seemingly bamboozled England defence 5m in from the left corner. Medard’s try was the result of a lovely French backline attack, again down the left, aided by some lacklustre English defence which saw three players committed to the man they thought would try to score, only to see it passed infield for Medard to dart through the hole they had created.

The English had their chances too, but it was evident that their skill levels were not up to the task as each time the ball was fumbled, or did not go to hand in the crucial moments. They looked like a bunch of players trying to take their game up a notch, to a level they had never before played. It was a level beyond them.

The second half was a tighter affair as the French, understandably, tried to consolidate, rather than create. But as time wore on the English continued to make mistakes, and eventually a raft of replacements started coming on.

One of those, Ben Foden, finally got England on the scoreboard with a try, and Jonny Wilkinson converted, before being replaced himself. His absence immediately gave the back-line a bit more fluency, and some time later Mark Cueto bagged another try with about 5 minutes left. A conversion at that point would have brought the English to within 5 points, allowing extra time if they scored another try or a win if it was converted. However, for once Flood’s boot failed him despite the kick being relatively easy.

With Trinh-Duc on at No.10 for France, they easily played out the final moments of the match with some nice tactical kicking and defensive clearances.

France 19
Vincent Clerc, Maxime Medard tries; Dimitri Yachvili 2 pen, Francois Trinh-Duc drop goal

England 12
Ben Foden, Mark Cueto tries; Jonny Wilkinson con

HT: 16-0

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