Boks vulnerable out wide

France focused two thirds of their attack in the channels close to the breakdown at Loftus Versfeld last week, but they found much more reward by running at South Africa’s backs.

According to Rugby Analytics, the Springboks missed 24 of 147 attempted tackles for a mediocre 84 percent tackle-rate. Half of those missed tackles were leaked close to the ruck. What is interesting is that 64% of the French attack was focused in that area.

This means that the Boks missed the remaining 50% of their tackles between midfield and the wide channels where only one third of France’s attack was aimed. Let’s hope they plug those holes in Durban!

Second level stats provided by Rugby Analytics

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Mefesto van Pooyan

    Nice piece of analysis.
    Though I’m not sure how exactly the stats are compiled, I suspect that in fact they *underrate* our weakness in the wide channels. Both Skosan and Rhule were caught in no man’s land at crucial moments in the game, failing to get close enough to the ball-handler even to attempt a tackle – and so their errors presumably didn’t make it into these tackle stats. (Jesse Kriel’s slipped tackle in the build-up to Serin’s try, on the other hand, will be reflected.)
    Without major improvement, I can’t see that any of these three players is a long-term solution in their positions, though I trust Brendan Venter will be a great help.

  • Gerhard

    This type of analysis is really cool to see, would love to see more of this. Numbers dont add up though, the analysis above shows that somebody like Jan Serfontein only made 1 tackle and missed none. Elsewhere on your website it shows Jan made 18 tackles.

    If you look at the stats above the tight five had a majestic day, making 95 of 123 tackles made. Always knew those backline boys were just standing around looking pretty…

    • Zelim Nel Zelim Nel

      Thanks for your feedback Gerhard. The middle graph of the three at the base measures the number of missed tackles per phase. So the Boks missed one tackle while defending 12th phase.

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