Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
23 Sep 2016
1:09 pm

Boks missed 22 tackles

Rudolph Jacobs

Statistics reveal how far they fell short in their big 41-13 defeat to the All Blacks last weekend.

Eben Etzebeth of South Africa wins the line-out during The Castle Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Australia. Picture: Gallo Images

The fact that drastic changes are needed in the Springbok setup has again come under the spotlight, with statistics revealing how far they fell short in their big 41-13 defeat to the All Blacks last weekend.

With the Boks squad for the remaining two home Rugby Championship Tests against the Wallabies and the All Blacks released this week, the Boks’ defence and failure to break down opposition defence have been underlined.

The Boks completed just 40 of the 62 tackles they made but slipped 22, compared to the 80 by the All Blacks and the 13 they missed.

According to All Out Rugby App powered by Vodacom, New Zealand made more than double the amount of running metres than the Springboks, covering 515 metres with the ball in hand (515 to 237).

With the likes of scrumhalf Aaron Smith and win Julian Savea in devastating form, the All Blacks made 14 clean breaks to two, beating nine more defenders (22-13) than their African counterparts.

Making 115 passes to 98, the home side made full use of the 51% possession and territory they enjoyed in the match, making 95 carries compared to the 73 by the visiting side.

The Springboks made only one turnover less than the hosts, while they collected six more loose balls in the match.

Of little consolation, the Boks made two fewer handling errors compared to the previous match, making 10 to the nine by the All Blacks.

In the set-piece, little separated the two sides, with the teams winning 12 lineouts on their own ball each, while the Kiwis won 10 scrums on their own, compared to six by the Boks, with both sides conceding two each.

A national coaches’ indaba will be convened from 19 to 21 October in Cape Town, SA Rugby announced.

The special gathering will consist of the national coaches, SA Rugby’s rugby department and high performance rugby committee, all the local Super Rugby franchise coaches and conditioning coaches, as well as a number of invited rugby specialists.