This week, we look at the last 4 years of Super Rugby to examine which sides have been the best when not in occupancy of the ball and whether strong defence has been key to overall success.
Despite being 1 of the 5 sides that completed over 1800 tackles in the season, eventual champions, the Reds, still maintained a strong tackling success rate of 89%.
The Queenslanders were middle-of-the-pack in many aspects with the ball during their title-winning season, but proved a tough nut to crack in other areas. They were among the top defensive sides when it came to winning ‘jackals’ (overall turnovers won from tackles) and were well-disciplined, going all the way to the Final with 6 other teams accumulating more defensive penalties than them in fewer matches.
Other conference winners, the Crusaders and the Stormers ranked equal-1st for total turnovers won, as well as figuring close to the summit with their tackling success rates. Good defence was definitely a match winner in 2011.
Wow, just saw… sometime this afternoon Rugby-Talk.com went past the magical 13 Million Page Impressions marker, since we started measuring on 31 October 2009 (the website started a few months earlier).
The year 2014 was a remarkable year though, Rugby-Talk.com was elevated to a massive degree by this remarkable year in which Rugby-Talk.com started reaching that critical tipping point or critical mass, if one wants to call it that.
The exponential growth reached that stage in 2014, where it is becoming a self-propelling force to be reconed with, with the sky now the next limit.
Rugby-Talk’s fingerprint runs worldwide but obviously a big amount of the readership favours the South African aspects of rugby, the sport we love so much!
I thought I would share this with you special people, the readers, subscribers, contributors and rugby-loving individuals, who make this place what it is!
Some facts and figures:
The Bulls were on top form this past weekend which was reflected in statistics obtained from Round 15 of Super Rugby action.
The Pretoria side turned in possibly their best performance of the season when they convincingly dismantled the Brumbies 44-23 at Loftus Versfeld.
The Bulls players subsequently featured at the top in some of the categories on the Vodacom Rugby Stats App.
Heinrich Brüssow is not just hype, he is the ultimate openside flank.
The 27-year-old Cheetahs star, who played the last of his 20 Tests in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinal, returned to Super Rugby for the Cheetahs against the Sharks last week after missing the first half of the season with a fractured toe – suffered while playing for his Japanese club.
And while the Cheetahs lost 8-19, the influence and value of Brüssow was there for all to see.
South African franchises won two of the four matches they were involved in in round-five of the Super Rugby competition over the past weekend.
Cheetahs fullback Willie le Roux and Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff continue to make major contributions for their respective teams, as is evident from statistics taken from the Vodacom Rugby Stats App.
Looking back on Round 2 of Super Rugby 2014, the first full Round where all three participating nations took part in Super Rugby, it might be good to look at some key factors coming to light in the Round.
The official SANZAR website, www.sanzarrugby.com brings you the seven key statistics over the second round of the 2014 season.
The DHL Stormers continue to be trend-setters under the now three-year-old conference system for economy in try-concession in Super Rugby.
Season 2013 Player Stats
Here are a number of Statistics of the first 14 weeks of Super Rugby.