Articles by Tank Lanning

Stat Attack: Saders vs SA

As the Sharks and Bulls head to quarter-finals in the Anitpodes, we take a gander at the season stats for both SA contenders, comparing a few of them to those from the log-leading Crusaders. READ MORE

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Blunt Sharks battered in BA

Sans any sort of variation on attack, including an unwillingness to kick, the Sharks came badly short in the face of an organised and abrasive Jaguares defence. READ MORE

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Lions good, Chiefs better?

Both the Lions and Chiefs scored six tries in breath-taking wins on the weekend, but it was the Chiefs who did so from 20 fewer carries, and more than 300m less with ball in hand. READ MORE

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No possession, no worries

They held their own in territory stakes, but with under 40% of the possession, the Sharks made use of an abrasive defence, including 22 dominant hits, to subdue the Lions. READ MORE

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Missed tackles trip up Stormers

The Stormers missed 27 tackles on their way to a truly ordinary tackle success rate of just 78% against the Crusaders, yet managed to sneak a surprise draw. READ MORE

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Yanks hit the scrum machine

What do you get when eight 130kg fridges disguised as American footballers hit a rugby union scrum machine? A whole lot of dust and effort, but not a lot of movement!  READ MORE

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Stat Attack

Astonishing stats at the AMI

Forget the “Game of two halves” cliché, instead the truly astonishing stats out of Christchurch reveal game plans from the complete opposite sides of the rugby spectrum. READ MORE

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Stormers go wide to stem the tide

In a game of extremely tight margins, it was the slightly more expansive Stormers who not only edged a few key stats, but also the scoreline against the Bulls at Newlands.  READ MORE

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Stat Attack: Blunt Stormers blow it

The home side made a whopping 1044m via 163 carries, close to double that of the Brumbies, yet construed to lose a match that had them dominating both possession and territory.  READ MORE

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Stat Attack: Toothless Sharks over turned

A wobbly scrum set the tone for a toothless display that saw the Sharks concede 20 turnovers while an aggressive Reds side harvested six of their own via a dominant defence. READ MORE

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Stat Attack: Tidy Lions scrum to victory

They made fewer errors and conceded less turnovers, but the 4 penalties garnered by a power scrum proved the difference in a gutsy away win over the Chiefs by the Lions. READ MORE

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