The Springboks and Wallabies shared the spoils in Bloemfontein and, fittingly, the two teams are equally represented in this week’s Stats XV.
14 – Dillyn Leyds
Attack: 11 carries, 78 metres run, 5/7 good passes, 1 tackle break, 2 linebreaks
Defence: 3 tackles, 100% tackle-completion, 2 dominant tackle, 1 turnover won
Kicking: 2 kicks, 84 kicking metres
Errors: 2 handling errors
First Phase: 1 lineout won
11 – Courtnall Skosan
Attack: 12 carries, 117 metres run, 1 try, 6/6 good passes, 2 linebreaks, 2 tackle breaks
Defence: 4 tackles, 1 missed tackle, 80% tackle-completion
9 – Ross Cronje
Attack: 8 carries, 40 metres run, 66/67 good passes, 1 linebreak
Defence: 5 tackles, 100% tackle-completion
Errors: 2 handling errors
5 – Franco Mostert
Attack: 8 carries, 30 metres run, 4/6 good passes, 1 offload
Defence: 12 tackles, 1 missed tackle, 92% tackle-completion
Errors: 3 handling errors
First Phase: 4 lineouts won, 1 lineout stolen
4 – Eben Etzebeth
Attack: 10 carries, 64 metres run, 3/6 good passes, 3 offloads, 2 tackle breaks
Defence: 7 tackles, 1 tackle missed, 88% tackle-completion, 1 dominant tackle
Errors: 1 penalty conceded
First Phase: 7 lineouts won
Winger Dillyn Leyds leads a troop of five Boks in the Stats XV, including skipper Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Ross Cronje and Courtnall Skosan, while fullback Israel Folau is one of five Wallabies to earn a call-up to the Rugby Championship team selected purely on performance data from Round 5.
Leyds and Folau may need to make up before sharing a change room. The Wallabies’ attacking juggernaut was guilty of a horse-collar tackle on Leyds that ended with Folau dragging his counterpart to the deck by his ponytail. This triggered Etzebeth who stormed in, wrestled Folau to the ground and tickled him into submission.
While that didn’t count towards Etzebeth’s tally of 7 tackles it did credit him with 1 penalty conceded. The Bok enforcer also took 7 balls in the lineout and made 64 metres on 10 runs, including 3 offloads and 2 tackle breaks.
Lock partner Mostert was less effective on attack, but much busier on the other side of the ball – he logged 12 tackles and poached 1 Wallabies lineout.
Leyds pinched a turnover in 3 tackles at 100 percent efficiency, and claimed a whopping 84 metres from 2 kicks!
While he broke the line twice and gained 78 metres on 11 carries, Leyds deferred to Skosan in the attacking stakes as the Lions flyer scored a try on one of 12 runs for 117 metres. And scrumhalf Ross Cronje only made one poor pass in 67 attempts while chalking up a perfect defensive record with 5 out of 5 tackles.