S14 – Week 5 – Stats

This was the week that turned the Super 14 on its head, emphasising for us that sporting prediction is not an exact science and that the surprising is still the great spice of sport.

The winless Chiefs were unlucky to draw with the Cheetahs, and then the weekend went haywire. The Stormers, last on the Super 14, beat the Hurricanes of New Zealand in New Zealand and they were placed second. The Bulls did what they have never done in beating the Brumbies in Canberra – coming second in possession, which was historically unusual, and tackling like demons, which was also unusual in recent history. Then in Brisbane the Lions, expected to be the Super 14’s whipping boys, beat the Reds, their fourth successive win in the Super 14.

It was all topsy turvy.

We shall discuss some interesting incidents later but here we shall give some statistics around possession.

Soundsure have been a huge help with much of the statistics, as they always are.

“Stoppages” is the total of penalties, free kicks, line-outs, scrums and their infernal resets, and drop-outs.

All 14 teams were in action this weekend after byes to the Sharks and the Waratahs last weekend.

Sanctionary Cards


Troy Flavell (Blues) – stamping
Clark Dermody (Highlanders) – punching
Jono Gibbes (Chiefs) – high tackle
Marty Holah (Chiefs) – tackle infringement
George Smith (Brumbies) – tackle infringement
Jaque Fourie (Lions) – spear tackle
James Horwill (Reds) – tackle infringement
Mitch Chapman (Reds) – tackle infringement)
Schalk Burger (Stormers) – late tackle

David Pocock (Western Force – tackle infringement
Lucky Mulipola (Highlanders) – air tackle
Alistair Campbell (Brumbies) – tackle infringement

Schalk Burger (Stormers) – tackle infringement
George Smith (Brumbies) – fighting
David Croft (Reds) – fighting
Lloyd Johansson (Reds) – dangerous tackle
Anton Leonard (Bulls) – dangerous tackle
Junior Pelesasa (Western Force) – dangerous tackle
Toby Lynn (Chiefs) – stamping

Ma’a Nonu (Hurricanes) – foul play
David Croft (Reds) – tackle law infringement
Dwayne Sweeney (Chiefs) – dangerous tackle

Jaco van der Westhuysen (Bulls) – tackle law infringement

Cited and Suspended

Lloyd Johansson (Reds)

(i) Blues vs Highlanders

Penalties conceded

Blues: 12
Highlanders: 7


The first line-out in the match came after 30 minutes.

Blues: 10
Highlanders: 19 (2 lost)


Blues: 8 (7 reset, 1 wheel)
Highlanders: 14 (2 reset, 1 penalty, 1 lost)

Free Kicks

Blues: 0
Highlanders: 0


Blues: 1
Highlanders: 0

Stoppages: 80


Blues: 19
Highlanders: 25

Tackle/ruck/maul: 165


Played: 14
Effected: 4

(ii) Waratahs vs Force

Penalties conceded

Waratahs: 8
Force: 10


Waratahs: 21 (3 lost, 2 skew, 1 quick)
Force: 20 (2 lost, 2 skew, 1 quick)


Waratahs: 9 (4 reset, 3 free kicks
Force: 7 (5 reset, 2 penalties, 1 free kick)

Free Kicks

Waratahs: 3 (1 mark, 2 scrums)
Force: 2 (scrums)


Waratahs: 1
Force: 2

Stoppages: 92


Waratahs: 40
Force: 29

Tackles/rucks/mauls: 135

Advantage :

Played: 15
Effected: 6

(iii) Cheetahs vs Chiefs

Penalties conceded

Cheetahs: 14
Chiefs: 9


Cheetahs: 11 (1 penalty, 1 skew, 1 free kick)
Chiefs: 26 (4 lost, 1 skew, 2 quick)


We have given the total of the scru

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