19 Oct

Wallabies v All Blacks, Brisbane
by Tracey Nelson
19 Oct 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 Barrett, Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Charles Piutau

Points Scored NZ Australia
Tries 4 3
Conversions 3 2
Penalties 1/1 3/3
TOTAL 29 28

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 11 0
Australia 8 0
TOTAL 19 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Messam(2), O Franks, Read, Fekitoa 5
Tackler O Franks, McCaw(2) 3
Tackle offside Barrett 1
Slapping ball down Read 1
Taking player in air Tuipulotu* 1 YC
TOTAL   11

Australia Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Tackler 1
Ruck entry 2
Scrum bind 2
TOTAL 8

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Jane, Fekitoa, Savea, O Franks, Crockett, Barrett, A Smith 7
Spilled   1
Pass to opposition Barrett 1
Tackle Barrett, Messam(2), O Franks(2), Read, Fekitoa(2) 8
Ruck   2
Stripped of ball MCaw 1
Miss touch from penalty Slade 1
TOTAL   21

Turnovers Conceded by Australia
Knock-ons 7
Spilled 2
Forward Pass 2
Tackle 4
Maul 1
Ruck 3
Lineout 2
Scrum 1
TOTAL 22

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle McCaw, Read, Fekitoa, Cane 4
Ruck McCaw(2), Counter ruck(2) 4
Maul   1
TOTAL   9

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 27 14+13
Crockett 22 18+4
Retallick 20 6+12
Read 20 13+7
O Franks 12 11+1
C Smith 12 3+9
Whitelock 11 9+2
Mealamu* 10  
B Franks 10  
Dagg 10 6+4
Fekitoa 10 4+6
Faumuina* 9  
Coles 7 6+1
Cane* 6  
Messam 6 6+0
Jane 6  
Piutau* 5  
Savea 5 0+5
Perenara* 1  
Slade* 1  
Barrett 1 0+1
Tuipulotu* 1  

Forward ball carries Number of carries
Retallick 8
Messam 8
Read 6
Cane 6
Whitelock 4
O Franks 3
McCaw 2
Mealamu* 2
Faumuina* 2
Tuipulotu* 1
TOTAL 42

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
McCaw 19 (9+10) 7 (5+2)
Retallick 19 (11+8) 2 (2+0)
Whitelock 13 (8+5) 3 (2+1)
Crockett 13 (8+5) 2 (2+0)
Read 13 (5+8) 2 (0+2)
O Franks 13 (11+2) 1 (1+0)
C Smith 12 (6+6) 3 (2+1)
Fekitoa 11 (5+6) 4 (2+2)
Messam 11 (8+3) 2 (1+1)
Mealamu* 8 2
Barrett 8 (5+3) 0
A Smith 8 (4+4) 0
Coles 8 (8+0) 0
Faumuina* 6 1
Tuipulotu* 5 0
Jane 4 1
Slade* 4 0
Cane* 4 0
Savea 4 (3+1) 0
Dagg 4 (2+2) 0
Piutau* 1 1
B Franks* 1 0
TOTAL 189 31

Missed and Slipped Tackles
McCaw 3
O Franks 2
Read 2
A Smith 2
Pituau* 2
Fekitoa 2
Crockett 1
Retallick 1
Messam 1
Jane 1
TOTAL 17

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Read 7 7
Whitelock 2 2
Retallick 2 2
McCaw 1 1

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

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

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

23 Aug

All Blacks v Wallabies
by Tracey Nelson
23 Aug 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, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Ryan Crotty, Cory Jane, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Steven Luatua, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa

Points Scored NZ Australia
Tries 6 2
Conversions 6 2
Penalties 3/4 2/2
TOTAL 51 20

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 10 0
Australia 11 0
TOTAL 21 0

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Fekitoa 1
Tackler McCaw, Coles 2
Ruck entry Luatua 1
Ruck playing ball on ground McCaw(YC), B Franks(YC) 2
Offside general B Franks 1
Scrum O Franks, B Franks 2
Obstruction C Smith 1
TOTAL   10

Australia Penalty Offences
Tackled player 3
Tackler 1
Ruck hands 1
Ruck entry 1  
Offside 2
Maul 1 YC
Lineout 1
Not 10m 1
TOTAL 11

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Savea, Messam(3), Read, Crotty, Faumuina 7
Pass B Smith 2
Tackle Fekitoa 2
Ruck   2
Maul   1
Scrum   1
TOTAL   15

Turnovers Conceded by Australia
Knock-ons 9
Tackle 3
Ruck 3
Maul 1
Lineout 1
Scrum 1
TOTAL 18

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle McCaw, Retallick, Cane 3
TOTAL   3

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 29 13+16
Whitelock 28 18+10
Crockett 25 16+9
Retallick 23 19+4
O Franks 21 16+5
Read 18 10+8
C Smith 13 5+8
Messam 10 8+2
Faumuina* 7  
Coles 6 5+1
Cane* 5  
B Smith 5 4+1
Crotty 5  
Barrett* 4  
Mealamu* 3  
Fekitoa* 3  
Savea 3 3+0
Cruden 3 1+2
Luatua* 2  
Jane 2 2+0
Perenara* 1  

Forward ball carries No of carries
Retallick 7
Whitelock 7
Messam 5
Read 5
McCaw 4
Crockett 4
O Franks 4
Luatua* 2
Cane* 1
TOTAL 39

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Whitelock 12 (2+10) 0
McCaw 9 (4+5) 1 (1+0)
Read 8 (5+3) 1 (0+1)
Messam 8 (5+3) 0
B Franks* 8 0
C Smith 7 (3+4) 1 (0+1)
Retallick 7 (5+2) 0
Coles 6 (2+4) 1 (1+0)
O Franks 5 (4+1) 0
Cruden 5 (1+4) 0
Fekitoa* 4 0
Cane*4 0
Luatua* 4 0
B Smith 4 (1+3) 0
Crotty 4 0
Crockett 4 (2+2) 1 (0+1)
Savea 3 (0+3) 1 (1+0)
Barett* 3 0
Jane 3 (0+3) 0
Faumuina* 3 0
Mealamu* 2 0
A Smith 2 (0+2) 0
Perenara* 1 1
TOTAL 115 9

Missed and Slipped Tackles
Crockett 1
O Franks 1
McCaw 1
Read 1
Crotty 1
C Smith 1
Savea 1
Cane 1
Fekitoa 1
  TOTAL 9

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

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 5 5
Retallick 3 3
Read 3 3
Messam 1 1
Quick throw 2 2

Australia Line-outs Won From
First half 5 6
Second half 3 6
TOTAL 8 12

NZ Scrums Won From
First half 2 2
Second half 4 5
TOTAL 10 11

Australia Scrums Won From
First half 2 3
Second half 1 1
TOTAL 3 4

16 Aug

Wallabies v All Blacks, Sydney
by Tracey Nelson
16 Aug 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, Ma’a Nonu, Malakai Fekitoa, Cory Jane, Ben Smith
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Joe Moody, Steven Luatua, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty

Points Scored NZ Australia
Tries 0 0
Conversions 0 0
Penalties 4/5 4/5
TOTAL 12 12

Penalties/Free Kicks Conceded Pen FKs
NZ 14 2
Australia 9 0
TOTAL 23 2

NZ Penalty Offences
Tackled player Whitelock, Savea, Fekitoa 3
Tackler Retallick 1
Tackle zone entry Barrett 1
Ruck going off feet Kaino/Crockett 1
Ruck entry Crockett YC, McCaw, Jane 3
Ruck playing ball on ground Kaino 1
Offside general Crockett, B Franks 2
Offside from kick Jane 1
Not 10 m   1
TOTAL   14

Australia Penalty Offences
Tackled player 5
Ruck hands 1
Ruck offside 1
Maul 1
Scrum bind 1
TOTAL 9

Turnovers Conceded by NZ
Knock-ons Coles, Cruden, Kaino, A Smith, Nonu(2), O Franks, Cane, Fekitoa 9
Tackle Whitelock, Savea, Fekitoa 3
Lineout   3
TOTAL   15

Turnovers Conceded by Australia
Knock-ons 4
Pass 1
Tackle 7
Maul 1
Lineout 4
Scrum 2
TOTAL 19

Breakdown turnovers won by NZ
Tackle B Smith(2), Read, Retallick, Cane 5
Maul McCaw/Nonu 1
TOTAL   6

First 3 to Breakdown Total Per half
McCaw 35 17+18
Whitelock 20 7+13
Retallick 14 4+10
Mealamu* 10  
Kaino 10 3+7
Read 10 3+7
Crockett 9  
O Franks 9 6+3
Fekitoa 9 6+3
Nonu 8 5+3
B Franks* 7 0+7
B Smith 7 3+4
Coles 6 2+4
Jane 5 2+3
Moody* 4  
Crotty* 4  
Cane 2  
A Smith 2 0+2
Cruden 2 0+2
Savea 1 0+1

Forward ball carries and metres gained No of carries Metres
Retallick 5  
Read 4  
McCaw 4  
B Franks* 3  
Whitelock 3  
Mealamu* 2  
Crockett 1  
Coles 1  
O Franks 1  
Kaino 1  
TOTAL 25  

Completed Tackles and Assists Tackles Assists
Read 17 (6+11) 2 (0+2)
McCaw 16 (6+10) 7 (4+3)
Whitelock 14 (6+8) 1 (0+1)
Retallick 14 (3+11) 1 (1+0)
Kaino 9 (5+4) 2 (1+1)
A Smith 8 (4+4) 0
Coles 7 (2+5) 0
B Franks* 7 (1+6) 3 (0+3)
Cruden 7 (5+2) 1 (0+1)
Nonu 7 (5+2) 1 (1+0)
Mealamu* 6 0
Crotty* 5 1
Fekitoa 4 (2+2) 0
Savea 4 (1+3) 1 (0+1)
Barrett* 3 1
Crockett 3 0
O Franks 3 (2+1) 1 (0+1)
Cane* 2 0
Jane 2 (1+1) 2 (1+1)
Moody* 1 1
B Smith 1 (1+0) 1 (0+1)
TOTAL 140 29

Missed and Slipped Tackles
O Franks 5
Crockett 2
Nonu 2
B Franks* 2
Retallick 1
Whitelcok 1
Kaino 1
A Smith 1
Cruden 1
Fekitoa 1
  TOTAL 17

NZ Line-outs Won From
First half 6 7
Second half 4 6
TOTAL 10 12

NZ Line-out Jumpers Won From
Whitelock 3 3
Read 2 2
Retallick 2 3
McCaw 1 1
Kaino 0 1
Quick throw 1 1

Australia Line-outs Won From
First half 5 6
Second half 3 6
TOTAL 8 12

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

Australia Scrums Won From
First half 5 7
Second half 3 3
TOTAL 8 10

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

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

12 Jul

Super 15 — Round 20 Preview
by WAJ
12 Jul 2013

Crusaders v Hurricanes – The Crusaders have finally hit top gear. In their demolition of the Chiefs last week they covered plenty of bases. The main ones were the return to form of Fred and the intensity of the forwards in all aspects. If the forward pack continue with this form then expect Carter and Fred to steer them around the paddock, and with their great ability to create pressure, and maintain it, the points inevitably come. They really need a bonus point to put pressure on the Chiefs for the top NZ spot – you’d back them to do that. The Hurricanes look to be treating it as a bit of a trial, a few of the forwards will have points to prove, like when will Vito ever dominate a game, and they do score good tries so should be a reasonable spectacle.
Crusaders 13+

Rebels v Highlanders – Mmmm much ado at the Mighty Rebels of late – new coach, Beiber given the flick, and plenty of others leaving as well – Henderson, Robinson, Delve, Phipps, Vuna…… 2014 is looking interesting already! And then I read that JJ has a clause in his contract that he cannot lose his job due to playing results – what the!! Anyway this could go either way. Two pretty average teams, but if the Rebels can start well, and maintain that intensity, they can win this. The worry is the Highlanders backs – with Slade in better nick, the likes of the Smiths, Ellison and Gear will cause problems, and with Inman out for the MR, their midfield defence is a worry. This is a toughie – the Highlanders have been utter crap but can turn it on, the Mighty Rebels have been better but are missing a few.
Rebels 1 – 12

Blues v Chiefs – Should be a bit of feeling in this between these oldest of rivals. The first meeting this year was a very intense affair, lots of good defence in a really tough encounter. And plenty on this game. The Chiefs have to get back to some form after a couple of scrappy weeks. Get their line-out right and compete better in the loose/breakdown would be high priorities. Messam is a huge in as he is a dominant player at this level with his work-rate. Is Afeaki injured? Would have thought he would be invaluable before bringing on the Incredible Hulk for the last half hour. The Blues have only pride to play for. Some will be playing for spots next year – the likes of Kerr, Barrett and Moli need strong games to convince the coaches they have a future at this level. And of course it is a farewell game for others. On top of the travel, the average form of the Blues of late and the injuries to some you fancy they will struggle. But if they get enough ball those backs are capable of anything. And I would be applying the blowtorch to TKB.
Chiefs 1 – 12

Waratahs v Reds – Plenty of Wallabies missing from both teams, which evens things nicely, but may mean this game is not as intense as usual. But this of course is the biggest rivalry in Australian rugby, so what am I saying, there will be plenty of feeling again. The big question for the Reds is whether Quade can function as well as normal without Genia’s genius inside him. Never quite looks as good, and expect Hooper and the Waratahs to be all over him. The Waratahs look the more settled combination, and with the Reds missing their two talisman in Horwill and Genia, the Waratahs should get this.
Waratahs 1 – 12

Force v Brumbies – Might be tight early, but this should be a convincing win for the Nags in the end. The Brumbies will want to put in a good performance, keep the intensity up right through the 80 and set themselves up for the play-offs the following weekend, probably against the Cheetahs. And a few will be looking to impress link after lass than stellar test performances – yes that is you Joe Tomane and Ben Alexander.
Brumbies 13+

Sharks v Kings – Yawn!
Sharks 13+

Stormers v Bulls – I reckon the Stormers won’t be going out to do the Bulls any favours and this will be another intense South African derby. There won’t be much in it, probably a kick or two, as the forwards go hard at it. These two have been very even of late, but the Bulls have plenty to play for as a win will guarantee them top spot and a home semi. They looked a bit sluggish last week and will need to lift for this, perhaps injuries/absences taking a toll with replacement players not quite up to the standard. But then it is pretty much the same in the Stormers camp. In a grind with plenty of intensity you have to back Morne’s boot
Bulls 1 – 12

Regards Waj

28 Jun

Super 15 — Round 18 Preview
by WAJ
28 Jun 2013

Chiefs v Hurricanes – And not a bad game to start with either. Both sides relatively unaffected by AB duties. In fact there are no starting Chiefs who started for the AB’s and only TKB got game time. Rennie and Hansen must be tight. So it is all in front of the Hurricanes – literally. A well rested Chiefs pack will be up for this with plenty wanting to show why they should have been playing last week. I think the Chiefs will be too good up front and provide the better ball for Cruden and co to run with. And some great match-ups for Hansen. And who would have thought Bundee Aki and Reynold Lee-Lo would be going head to head – love this side of the game.
Chiefs 1 – 12

Highlanders v Crusaders – I know that they probably need a break after the test series but it is a risk leaving Read, Romano and Davey all on the bench as well as Frank’s illness. If the Highlanders put on another performance like the last time they played then look out. Big question mark of course that!! But the Highlanders then bench Nonu and Smith – go figure?? Their last displayed form was outstanding – but then Tanaka did help Japan beat Wales B – so probably fair enough??? Anyway this is a hard game to pick, below strength Crusaders, who were only just winning at full strength before the break, against a resurgent Highlanders with nothing to lose. Might have to go with the Highlanders, with B Smith to make Fred look 2nd rate. The last 20 should be good when all the AB’s are on the park!
Highlanders 1 – 12

Sharks v Blues – Not overly confident here. Think this young Blues team will struggle with the intensity of South Africa. Though with nothing to lose they will throw everything at this game. They have to as a loss will make it nigh impossible to qualify for the play-offs. They will be fresher than their opposition as the Sharks had a few forwards in the Boks. If we can get parity at the set pieces, defend effectively at line-out time, and take advantage of any breaks from the likes of Saili and Piutau then we can get up. Though I am a bit non-plussed seeing Ranger on the bench. You know what the Sharks are going to serve – pressure rugby, they have become very conservative this year, so there should be no surprises – it is about the ability to counter this style. The other factor of course is Plumtree getting the arse, this has to be in the Blues favour.
Blues 1 – 12

Bulls v Kings – Even though the Bulls are resting a lot of Boks they will still win this easily at home.
Bulls 13+

Stormers v Cheetahs – Will probably turn into a tight grind, though no JDV for the Stormers might leave a few gaps for the Cheetahs backs.
Cheetahs 1 – 12

Wallabies v Lions – Managed to score a ticket to this and really looking forward to it. Changes in both sides make it interesting, with both sides probably stronger as a result. Kurtley at fullback adds real spark to the Wallabies and if they can get more out of their loosies and start well they are a real chance. Gatland has the luxury of being able to replace out of touch test class players with in form test class players. Thus Phillips and Croft are out and Youngs and Lydiate are in. The Lions will miss O’Connell, but Parling has been playing well. Probably the biggest risk for the Lions is the selection of that born, bred and named Englishman Mako Vunipola at loosehead. He needs a big scrummaging game as the Wallabies came at them hard in this area and the Lions will be disappointed they fell away. I can’t see the Lions fading as badly this week and think they will sneak this again for a series victory.
Lions 1 – 12

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

31 May

Super 15 — Round 16 Preview
by WAJ
31 May 2013

Crusaders v Waratahs
An interesting match to start the weekend off. Two teams who aren’t playing all that well despite the calibre of player available. The Crusaders have been doing well up front, but the spluttering efforts of the likes of Carter, Fred and Fruean has seen little attacking venom from the Crusaders, whose avenue to the tryline is mainly through the forwards. The Waratahs returned to their bad old ways last week, got lazy, failed to adapt to the ref, and failed to shut the game down when they were ahead. What is interesting, well I think so anyway, is that they consistently get more players in the Wallabies squad than any other Aussie team – perhaps explains why the Wallabies are all over the place at times! Anyway if the Crusaders stick to the pattern that has worked so well at home then they will get up, but don’t think there will be much in it. Would like to see the Crusaders show a bit more enterprise, they will need it if they are going to ultimately win the ntitle.
Crusaders 1 – 12

Brumbies v Hurricanes
This is the last chance saloon for the Hurricanes. Lose this and their chances of a playoff berth are all but gone. The Brumbies are a tough nut to crack in Canberra and the Hurricanes will need to find a way to beat the structure and territory game that the Brumbies are playing under Jakey boy. THe main problem for the Hurricanes will be up front, and only top class efforts from the likes of Franks, Coles and Vito will see them get up. Actually it is again interesting that the Hurricanes can get so many forwards in the AB squad from a pack that has never really been consistently dominant – 6 AB squad members should give you some clout in a game! Results have been pretty even between these two teams but I would expect the Brumbies to win reasonably comfortably at home.
Brumbies 13+

Highlanders v Blues
Ha! Very bullish here. Just the type of set up the Blues need to show once and for all where they stand this season. Indoors, average opposition, the knights bollocking still ringing in their ears – they should win it in a canter! Some great match ups in the backs – Piutau v Smith, Halai v Gear, Weepu v Smith, the midfields. And we have the two (supposedly) senior AB hookers both on the bench! I am looking forward to the spin from Hansen to justify both getting picked for the French tests, if that happens. If the Blues play with the mind set we have seen from them in their better performances this year (ie not last week) then they should win. How can the Highlanders win??
Blues 13+

Reds v Rebels
What to make of this one? Heart v Head again here, and I gotta say the head is in front. Though who could say the Rebels won’t get up again against the odds? They have become extremely resiliant, better in defence, though far from perfect still as individuals drop off too many one on one tackles still, but they keep scoring points themselves from multiple avenues – Higginbotham (what a player he is turning into), Woodward, English, Inman are all shining in attack and Bieber back in adds another dimension. And against an out of sorts Reds, who have made a lot of changes, maybe, just maybe they can win, and the MR have shown little fear away from home in recent weeks. Genia and Cooper are of course the key and defending against the long flat passes that both throw. Study the tape of how the Stormers and Cheetahs bottled them up, copy that, win the game???
Rebels 1 – 12 (the heart won in the end)

Stormers v Kings
Yawn of the week. Might even get to see a try if you are willing to put yourself through the torture of watching how ever long that will take.
Stormers 13+

Cheetahs v Bulls
Could be a game worth watching – the contrast of the adventurous Cheetahs against the pragmatic Bulls. Think the structure of the Bulls will win it, though the Bulls are developing an interesting centre combination as well, great match up in the centres between the two pairings of up and comers.
Bulls 1 – 12

Regards Waj