The Stats XV won’t be short of physicality or grit at close quarters as the pack is reinforced with four Springbok heavies.
12 – Jan Serfontein
Attack: 13 carries, 113 metres run, 5/6 good passes, 1 linebreak, 1 offload, 3 tackle breaks
Defence: 8 tackles, 1 missed tackle, 89% tackle-completion
9 – Ross Cronje
Attack: 7 carries, 19 metres run, 1 try, 118/121 good passes, 1 offload
Defence: 5 tackles, 71% tackle-completion, 2 missed tackles
Kicks: 10 kicks from hand, 219 metres kicked
Errors: 2 handling errors
7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit
Attack: 20 carries, 99 metres run, 2/3 good passes, 1 offload, 2 tackle breaks, 1 turnover conceded
Defence: 15 tackles, 5 missed tackles, 75% tackle-completion, 1 dominant tackle
5 – Lood de Jager
Attack: 12 carries, 72 metres run, 3/5 good passes, 1 offload
Defence: 12 tackles, 100% tackle-completion, 3 dominant tackles
Errors: 1 handling error
First Phase: 4 lineouts won
2 – Malcolm Marx
Attack: 13 carries, 92 metres run, 1 try, 4/5 good passes, 1 linebreak, 1 offloads, 2 tackle breaks
Defence: 15 tackles, 4 tackles missed, 79% tackle-completion, 4 turnovers won
1 – Steven Kitshoff
Attack: 15 carries, 84 metres run, 3/3 good passes
Defence: 9 tackles, 2 tackle missed, 82% tackle-completion
Errors: 1 penalty conceded
First Phase: 7 lineouts won
The unofficial man of the match in South Africa’s 25-24 Rugby Championship reverse against New Zealand on Saturday, Malcolm Marx is at the vanguard of a Stats XV set piece that features fellow Boks Steven Kitshoff, Lood de Jager and Pieter-Steph du Toit.
A call-up for Ross Cronje and Jan Serfontein swells to six players the SA contingent in this week’s exhibition team, automatically selected on stats alone, while Australia boasts five, New Zealand has three and Pablo Matera represents Argentina.
Marx and Kitshoff were powerful at scrum time and both tallied multiple involvements in general play. The hooker made 13 carries for almost 100 metres, including two tackle breaks, and then grounded 15 runners on defence, while Big Red complemented 9 tackles with 15 short-range rumbles.
De Jager had a relatively quiet day at the lineout, but chipped in with a dozen runs and completed as many tackles without missing a single target.
Du Toit must have downed a litre of diesel before kickoff as he got through a tractor-load of work – 15 tackles and 20 carries put him at 35 involvements excluding how many rucks he attended!
Cronje’s inclusion is probably based on his try, and tactical input (10 kicks for 219 metres), but the Bok scrumhalf averaged less than 3 metres per run and missed almost 30% of his tackles. Serfontein was much more efficient on defence (89% tackle-completion), and broke 3 tackles on 13 runs for 113 metres.
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