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Statistics: All Blacks v Springboks

Statistics: All Blacks v Springboks

It was obvious to anyone watching the first game of the Tri Nations last weekend that the All Blacks went in with a deliberate policy of keeping the ball in play to minimise the impact of the Springbok lineout and tire the big South African forwards.

Whilst the number of times in possession was fairly even with the All Blacks having 50 possessions and the Springboks 46, the number of times each team took the ball into a breakdown was vastly different – 118 for the All Blacks and only 79 for the Springboks.

Click on the Match Statistics icon to download a copy of our statistics from the game.

The Springboks were also forced to make 213 tackles compared to only 125 for the All Blacks and the Springboks came up with 32 missed tackles compared to only 10 for the All Blacks. With numbers like those it’s little wonder that the All Blacks looked full of running and the Springboks looked sluggish.

The All Blacks were also more effective in key areas winning all of their own lineout ball whilst stealing three of the Springboks lineouts.  At the breakdown the All Blacks turned the Springboks ball over six times whilst only conceding two turnovers.

The Springboks seemed to me to be just hanging on and the only thing that saved them from a larger score line was the 14 times the All Blacks lost possession – that’s 28% of their possessions wasted.  If they can reduce that error count and continue to play the same up tempo game this weekend the Springboks are in for a tough time.

  • Roland

    Most important stat in there, 0/2 drop kicks. Hopefully they stop taking them now and play some rugby. Soccer world cup is over.

  • Rob42


    Great work. One question about the kicks (+) and (-): Is a (+) kick one made in an attacking position, as a deliberate part of an attacking move, or is it the result of the kick that defines it?

    I’m sure everyone has their own opinion on what stats they want to see, but Eddie Jones’ recent comment that in the S14 most tries were scored within 5 phases makes me think that it would be interesting to see some analysis of number of phases vs outcome. No doubt efficiency of beating the gain line would play into that too.

    • Austin

      We measure the kicks based on outcome so a (-) is a kick that a) gained no ground b) gave possession back to the opposition without a contest or c) opened an opportunity to the opposition to counter or kick it back and gain more ground than the original kick.

      A box kick that goes too far and gives the catcher time to take and then shift the ball before the chasers can get there is a (-), whereas the same kick that gives time for the chasers to arrive and contest possession is a (+) unless of course there was an overlap in attack and the ball should of been passed instead of being kicked.

      It’s a subjective thing but those are the sort of guidelines we work with. Other kicks like the Kurtley Beal grubber v Ireland are not contentious and are clearly (-). If a kick was the right option but it was poorly executed it will also earn a (-).

      In relation to the phases to score we are measuring that for any game involving the Wallabies and will add it in as a new line on the report whenever the Wallabies play.

      In the first 4 Wallaby games this season there have been 16 tries scored from phase play (excluding the 2 penalty tries to England). Of those the Wallabies have scored 14 and only 2 of those took over 5 phases to score. 6 came on the first phase, 1 on the second phase, 2 on the third phase, 1 on the fourth phase, 2 on the fifth phase, 1 on the eight phase and 1 on the tenth phase.

      England scored the other two tries – 1 on the first phase and 1 on the twelfth phase.

    • Austin

      The phases for the 4 tries the All Blacks scored on the weekend were: 1 on 1st phase (Smith), 1 on 3rd phase (Woodcock) 1 on tenth phase (Read) and 1 on eleventh phase (Nonu)

      • Rob42

        Excellent – interactive rugby stats. Thanks – I’ll be back for the next instalment of Ask Austin next week.

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Scott is one of our regular contributors from the old days of G&GR. He has experience coaching Premier Grade with two clubs in Brisbane.

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