Stat Attack: Rampant Sharks destroy Lions

Were it not for the seven turnovers that the Lions eked out in the tackle, the Sharks would have dominated every single stat at Ellis Park on Friday night.

Scoring six tries in the process, the Curwin Bosch-inspired visitors made merry, converting their quite unbelievable 73% territorial dominance into an even more unbelievable 42-5 win against a Lions side that were made to look anything like the 2018 finalists that they are.

While only edging the possession battle, it is what the men in white did with the ball that counted. 850m from 136 carries to deliver close on 7m per carry is what they did. In the process making 185 passes, 9 line breaks, 3 tackle breaks, and an extraordinary 23 offloads that saw the likes of Bosch, Lukhanyo Am and Makozole Mapimpi light up Ellis Park.

And while the razzle-dazzle matched anything seen from the Kiwi sides this year, an astute kicking game (504M from 17 kicks – 7 more than the Lions), meant they were executing said razzle dazzle in the right part of the field, and thus harvesting points instead of just happy fans.

And only missing 10 of the 101 tackles asked of them saw the home side frustrated into making 21 handling errors and coughing the ball up 16 times.

It was a performance for the ages from the Sharks, and one that deserves savouring.

A look at the match stats from Ellis Park:

Match information:
Points: LIO 5-42 SHA
Tries: LIO 1-6 SHA
Penalty goals: LIO 0-2 SHA
Goal kicking %: LIO 0% – 56% SHA
Possession: LIO 47% – 53% SHA
Territory: LIO 27% – 73% SHA
Ball in play: 31 minutes

Attacking stats:
Ball Carries: LIO 79-126 SHA
Metres run: LIO 480-850 SHA
Metres per carry: LIO 6-6.7 SHA
Line breaks: LIO 5-9 SHA
Tackle breaks: LIO 1-3 SHA
Passes: LIO 102-185 SHA
Good Passes: LIO 92-158 SHA
Offloads: LIO 4-23 SHA
Rucks won: LIO 52-82 SHA
Mauls won: LIO 1-6 SHA
Turnovers conceded: LIO 16-11 SHA

Defensive stats:
Tackles made: LIO 139-92 SHA
Tackles missed: LIO 31-10 SHA
Tackle success: LIO 83% – 91% SHA
Tackle turnover: LIO 7-4 SHA
Turnovers won: LIO 1-4 SHA

Kicking stats:
Kicks from hand: LIO 10-17 SHA
Metres kicked: LIO 381-504 SHA
Metres per kick: LIO 38-30 SHA 

Error stats:
Handling errors: LIO 21-12 SHA
Penalties conceded: LIO 11-5 SHA
Yellow cards: LIO 1-0 SHA

First phase stats:
Lineouts won: LIO 8-10 SHA
Lineouts stolen: LIO 0-0 SHA
Scrums won: LIO 8-9 SHA
Scrums lost: LIO 0-0 SHA (2 penalties a piece)
Own Kickoff lost: LIO 8-2 SHA

- All Out Rugby

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  • SweetAz

    Sheeeeesh but those domkrag Snaaks really klapped those toothless kittens.

    But just for a giggle I’ll do a Hermie cut and paste. —And then people wonder why I call him stupid

    “”It’s funny that Akker without the guiding hand of the Lions has become thug No.1 under the influence of the Sharkettes who actually believe they can dominate and win a game with dom krag tripe. Our ‘derby games do not prove anything, it’s a clear case of the blind leading the blind and any team that plays against them with a bit of pace and smarts will probably come out tops. Lions exempt of course, lol.

    The ‘new look’ Lions cubs team are still the flagship it seems and but for ‘SecondsGate’ would have been even more so. There’s that proverbial cream again rising to the top while scoring many tries along the way.

    As for Britz, well he spent most of the game flat on his back and his sending off came just in time for him. Folks he’s past it and the occasional little hoppity skip here and there does not him a WC Bok make. Are we so hard up ?

    I know some people misguidedly call me negative but ask yourself, after last weekend ( and the past four years ) what is there to be positive about ?? The three ‘other’ Franchises need new coaches urgently, there is still another ten rounds to go for heaven’s sake. My thoughts go out to you long suffering fans and I wish you well on your journey and I trust that you will take this as ‘constructive’ criticism, you guys deserve so much better. Cheers.””

    • Johan

      Herman, Sweety has been waiting 4 years to gloat, let him have his moment in the sun…
      (oh wait, he isn’t in South Africa, summer is starting in his new adopted country, he can now sit in the sun and judge us from far away…)

      We all knew this was going to a difficult year for the Lions with all the young players entering the scene and the Sharks played their best game in about 4 years. Well done to them, from an SA perspective we hope they keep it up and keep on improving.

      For the Lions, their entire forward pack had a total of 177 Super rugby caps, Beast on his own has 157. They were thoroughly dominated and they’ll learn from this experience. With Coetzee and Kwagga back, Warren almost there and Brink I think they’ll bring some experience and balance to the forwards in the coming weeks.

      It is difficult to judge the backs when the forwards are going backwards at such a pace, but I still don’t like Dyantyi at center. Hopefully Combrinck is back next week and the backline gets back to what we know works…

      The loss of last year’s forwards like Mostert, Ferreira, Erasmus, Dreyer and van Rooyen is not going to be filled in a few months.

      Good luck on tour guys!

    • Herman Schroder?

      Gee didn’t take you long to jump on the bandwagon old chap, lol. First in the pecking order on this site probably straight after the final whistle. I can imagine you feverishly pounding the keyboard with sweat dripping from your head, spittle dripping on your computer, screaming – I got him, got him at last. Oh well you’ve had so little to celebrate these past five years so I’ll give you some time to savour someone else’s win. The Stormers and Bulls of course were back to their usual tripe as per my comments you so kindly re posted. Cheers.

      PS : Have also posted my response to the ‘one off’ debacle on this site. Read it and weep. Cheers.

      • SweetAz

        PPPSSS,—-no feverish keyboard pounding required,—a simple copy and paste of your own crap sufficed. Its called projection mate and don’t worry, it’s a well-understood ailment. Accompanied by your delusion you’re a veritable cornucopia of mental illness.

        “Projection is a form of defense in which unwanted feelings are displaced onto another person, where they then appear as a threat from the external world. A common form of projection occurs when an individual, threatened by his own angry feelings, accuses another of harbouring hostile thoughts.”

        Your psychologist must be putting his kids through college with you as his patient.

      • SweetAz

        Nope, I won’t read it, I already know what it says. I will say this though, for someone who gets proven wrong time and time again your delusion is remarkably persistent. You should get that looked at, its often a symptom of early onset psychosis.

    • Dean Bright

      Funny that he calls the Sharks a dom krag team when they ran rings around the Lions. Some brilliant backline moves for a change coming from a South African side. His darling ‘O’ Elton was largely missing. The guy is all flash when his team are on the front foot and MIA when they are not.

      • Herman Schroder?

        Dean they’ve played dom krag for most of the past five years, one massive game does not change it. I have just posted my take on this game should you wish to read it. Cheers.

      • Barry

        Dean I think he’s pulling the p… out of Herman, by copy and pasting an earlier message from the Hermanator.

        • Herman Schroder?

          Hi Barry, See my response just posted. Cheers

      • Jan

        Sharks are very dom krag if they face a team that is as physical and take there forwards out of the game what happens generally….they loose. Stormers vs Sharks is a perfect example of this. Stormers are the worst team in SA but managed to beat the Sharks???

        • Barry

          Jan, that was the game where the ref and match officials were changed on Friday! When has that ever happened before? Fraser was moved from Durban to Johannesburg and replaced by Peyper, Seconds and Co.

          Mostly the same officials who had managed a win for the Stormers the week earlier against the Lions! The result was no surprise to me

        • Greg Shark

          the Sharks made too many mistakes against the stormers and really did not pitch up for that game. The return game in CT will see the stormers taken apart…..

          • Greg Shark

            Comyn…. what? you just as silly as your mate from the lions…. the ‘irresistable’ Hermie…. now the stormers will get beaten in their backyard as we are moving along…..

          • SweetAz

            Ohhhh! I see, getting the excuses in early then?

          • Barry

            We’ll first see who the match officials are. Stormers seem to have a way of changing match officials to suit the occasion!

          • SweetAz

            And if they don’t take them apart? Will you and Barry come on here and apologize to all the Stormers supporters?

          • John Comyn

            Oh for crying out loud! The Sharks got beaten in their backyard, live with it and move on with your life!

    • Barry

      Remind me, how many games have the Stormers pulled off in Australasia?

      • SweetAz

        You miss the point mate, I’m quite happy to admit the Stormers are shit, its called being a supporter. Not a one-eyed provincial yokel that can see no fault in his team with a mentality akin to a screaming teenage boyband idolater.

        • Herman Schroder?

          Tut, tut old chap. Cheers.

          • Barry

            Bit worried about his BP. Lol

        • John Comyn

          Yip – Rassie is going to bear the brunt of this Sharks victory. In Barry’s mind all 26 Sharks players are now a shoo in for the WC. However I will concede that one argument is put to bed – Bosch should be ahead of Willemse in the pecking Bok order in if he refuses to tackle.

          • Barry

            John, John, John… it’s match day 23 not 26!

            Is the make up of the National side not on the top of most people’s agenda – it is a World Cup year after all?

            The reality is that it is by and large too late to do anything about it. So any hopes of form players finding their way into selection is probably pipe dreams!

            The missed tackle count for SR last year was 2.8 missed per match by Willemse and 0.6 missed by Bosch! Don’t believe everything the Cape media tell you!

          • John Comyn

            Oh just one other point. Kolbe is ahead of both of them.

        • Barry

          You don’t take well to ribbing! Lol

          • Barry

            No, Stormers have beaten the Jaguars, thus far and stole the other two, with a little help from friends!

          • SweetAz

            I’m cool, the Stormers have beaten both the Sharks and the Lions, –by the way Hermie calculates it, that makes the Stormers the best team in SA,—I’ll take that, lol.

    • Greg Shark

      too funny…Hermie is conspicuous in his absence…… but wait for the plethora of excuses that will flow….. anyway it just goes to show what a neutral ref can do, no last minute penalty gasps for the lions as has been their penchant in the last few years when playing the Sharks….

      • Herman Schroder?

        Have just posted, read it and weep. Cheers.

      • SweetAz

        Nahhh, he will avoid this forum for a week then come back pretending nothing happened, —-or it was just a one-off anomaly. Like the Boks beating the AB’s in NZ.

        • Herman Schroder?

          Sorry to disappoint you old chap, have just posted a few pearls of wisdom. Cheers.

      • Barry

        Agreed Greg, I’ve taken to finding out who the ref is before I make my SB picks, such is the influence they now have on games!

        Not always easy to find – why is this info not published well ahead of time – or am I answering my own question! Lol

  • Barry

    Firstly consolations to the Lions. A bad day at the office coinciding with a number of areas of the Sharks game that came right on the day – attacking game has been promising, but falling just short, breakdowns have been if-ish and the scrum drill way under par.

    An impressive win, particularly when you consider that they have a substantial injury list coupled with an unenviable disciplinary list. In some positionions they are using their fourth and fifth choice players.

    Unavailable list looks something like this:

    Jean-Luc Du Preez
    Tyler Paul
    Subisiso Nkosi
    Cameron Wright
    Ruan Botha
    Craig Burden
    Akker Van def Merwe
    Chili boy Ralapelle
    Jeremy Ward
    Marius Louw

    • Chris Mouton

      To be honest, Chiliboy is kak. He shouldn’t be on any list. Kerron played one hell of a game on Friday.

      • Barry

        Agreed, but you can appreciate how that throws planning out the window, when you contract him as back up! Great opportunity for Kerron, which he took with both hands- good for him!

      • SweetAz

        He’s also a drug cheat,—–something that’s apparently a taboo subject.

  • John Comyn

    The Lions were always going to lose the plot. It’s a young side with very little depth. They have beaten the Jaguares twice, the Sunwolves and the Rebels at home. It’s all uphill from here on. The Stormers again were woeful. Even when they get over the line they are unable to ground the ball. The execution is shocking to say the least. One has to feel for Fleckie after all these are professionals and they can’t execute the very basics.

    • Barry

      One has to feel for the players, they ended up with Fleckie!

      • SweetAz

        Fleckie is not the one dropping the balls, missing conversions and tackles.

        • Barry

          The confused state of affairs relates directly to Flecks perestroika strategies! Full backs playing at wing, wings playing at full back and so it goes on. The belief has gone, the change room has gone!

        • Albert

          Too true. We all know the limitations of Fleckie, but Dobson was brought in to rectify that. And I think he has done a good job. All three matches on the tour so far the Stormers looked quite good, until their terrible skills let them down.

          The simple drops they are doing at the moment is inexcusable. And can someone just put SP Marais out of his misery. He missed the simplest of kicks in both matches, and just has no talent or skill. Stormers lost the first tour match due to SP Marais being unable to tackle his opposite number TWICE! Second match, Stormers lost cause SP couldn’t kick the simplest of conversions. And the third, well that was down to poor basics…and SP once again missing a sitter.

          • Mike

            Marais is not a wing, but a fullback. Willemse is not a fullback, but a flyhalf. Leyds is actually not a wing, but a fullback. D’Allende is not a centre. Du Plessis is a poor excuse of a flyhalf. Does not belong at this level. Both scrumhalves do not belong either. Kolisi keeps a loose forward off the field. The list goes on and on. There are some very good tight forwards in the Stormers side, but without proper flankers and at least the semblance of a back line in which at least some players play in their preferred positions, they are doomed to lose. They may beat some of the rest of our hopeless sides, but against any side with a brain in the back line (or the coaching team), they will always lose.

  • Wesley

    Again i cant help noticing the very provincial mindset of the comments here, delving head first into the bottom of the barrel in personal insults. Especially sucky trend when some revel in the complete demoltion of a local team, no matter the opponent. I know some will call me out and say “its coz ur a Lions fan”, but no, i would have been just as worried if it was a reverse.

    Its a world cup year and seeing no team stamping their authority across the competition is worrying. Sure there will be winners and losers, but a competitive structure is what we need. We have seen two BIG complete blowouts in the local derbies, and then a mish mash of performances across the table, which are sounds of a much more worrying trend leading to September. The Crusaders are again taking their dominance over to the ABs this year, with the Canes not far behind. The Blues also kind of kept it going, and the Highlanders only looking sad on the log because of the hard road they had to walk thusfar. I can only see this resulting in Webb Ellis staying in NZ again.

    • Herman Schroder?

      Fair comments but Wales and Ireland may have something to say about the AB’s being a shoe in. Rassie’s Boks on the other hand no chance. Cheers.

      • Barry

        A bit awkward the AB’s having a “shoe in”, no wonder they walk a little oddly! Though most believe they’re a shoo in to win the cup! Just saying my shu shu.lol

        • SweetAz

          Dont be a knob………lol

    • Chris Mouton

      Yeah, you’re right. It’s quite worrying. What’s really worrying me is that our back-up flyhalves aren’t putting their hands up. Same with the scrummies. There are a few incumbent Springboks that should pull finger. DDA isn’t doing anything special, Willemse hasn’t done anything to impress me. I’ll pick Bosch over him anytime. Bosch can be a game-changer, as we saw on Saturday. I’m also worried about our locks. Etzebeth seems to struggle with injuries and none of the other locks are putting up their hands. Dyantyi has lost serious form. I wouldn’t even pick him for the Boks right now. The players should step up. As for NZ, the Saders are just pedigree. I don’t see anybody pushing them for the trophy.

      • boyo

        My concern and it is linked to your comment is that a number of boks that are guaranteed starters are not playing well. Their mindset is obviously more to protect the body for the wc. The biggest issue is finding form takes time and to get to the WC without it may be a big issue. When one looks at how well Am and Kriel are playing you can see the value in competition for a starting place. Contrast that to a lot of others and you can see my point.

    • SweetAz

      You will notice that everybody revels in the demolition of ONE local team, the rest is just normal banter. You should ask yourself why that is so and if the obnoxious fans of that ONE team are not perhaps the cause. When you have ONE teams’ main fan and his couple of groupies insulting ALL the other franchises continuously month after month year in and out its perhaps wiser to look in the mirror before blaming everybody else.

      Sure there is sometimes excessive provincialism from all of us (except the Stormers supporters, of course, we are all perfect) but for the most part, we are just that,-SUPPORTERS. Not the bona fide fan club of a Boyband carrying on like teenage girls swooning over their heroes in the ONE team.

      • Wesley

        One guy does not make the bunch, Herman speaks for his own self, and who these groupies are i don’t know of or care for either. I doubt I can be grouped in with these without any bias. No need for the mirror, I know who i am. Time you start looking at the individual instead of group identities there Sweet…

        If the player / team deserves criticism for their shortcomings in a professional setting, heap it on by all means. But the hollering and hooting you are doing doesn’t make you any better than old Hermie you complain about. In fact, you kind of subscribe to the same demeanor and opinion – group identity, grossly reveling in the defeat of your local rivals no matter how it affects the broader picture, personal insults to players and fans alike, and some borderline to extreme racist views on many matters, some matters not even close to the territory of race relations. You guys should be best buds.

        You may see this comment of mine as a “personal insult”, but i can assure you its not.

        • Herman Schroder?

          Wesley I hear what you say but if truth be told the gap between the Lions and the rest has been so huge these past four years that it’s difficult to not punt them when the others have been floundering for so long. Pointing out why they have these problems is not knocking them it’s trying to get them to wake up.

          And I don’t mind you comparing me to SweetAz but I do object to you equating me with him with regard to his often uncouth derogatory personal utterances. You will never find me being insulting to anyone on any forum even to the misguided SweetAz. Cheers.

        • SweetAz

          Ag don’t worry Wessie, I don’t take anything you say seriously,- Just like I mostly ignore what brainwashed libtards of all persuasions come up with. You’re not responsible for the cards life dealt you. Perhaps you should ask that caramel father of yours if he accidentally dropped you on your head,- that’s if your mother has been able to remember his name of course.
          I’ve been told that people without a sense of humour are generally sub-normal IQ.

          I will give you kudos for one thing though, you never neglect to show that racial chip on your shoulder, its almost as if…….

          • SweetAz

            A snowflake like you wouldn’t recognise a true insult if it fell in your cheerios and got stuck in your throat. To people like you, everything you disagree with is “hatespeech”, “racism” or “insults”.
            All a bit tiresome and predictable really.

          • Wesley

            Ah the personal insult diatribe again. And its only Monday.

            Comments like libtard and the like kinda shows my point.

  • Barry

    The interesting thing with the above stats is that the victors on this occasion had the majority of the possession!

    In most other occasions this year, the side with least possession has won, relying on defense and mistakes to get the victory!

    • SweetAz

      Its an anomaly, one swallow, etc etc etc. The exception to the rule. Or you can look at it for what it was, an extremely shit team playing to their potential, let’s be realistic here who the hell in his right mind picks a player like Hacjivah Dayimani to play centre unless you have absolutely nobody else?
      Marx has been carrying that team for a while now, he almost single-handedly beat the Sunwolves and if they had lost that game they would be cellar dwelling together with the Stormers.

    • Chris Mouton

      Yeah, I must say, that’s quite strange. That trend was visible everywhere, even the 6 Nations. Let’s hope the Sharks can replicate this against the Jaguares. They should be a bit more conservative against the Jaguares, though. They are very dangerous in open play and can turn the game around quickly! I’m hoping that the win doesn’t go to the Sharks’ heads and that they can take control this weekend. Consistency is key.

      • Greg Shark

        Yep Chris BUT we do know the Sharks like to lose right after a big win, just to remain grounded…… exasperating!

        • Dean Bright

          The Sharks will back themselves from here. Away games vs Crusaders, Waratahs, Stormers, Chiefs and Jaguares. They should back themselves to win 3 of those. Home games against the Lions, Jaguares, and the Reds. 5 wins will be enough, anything more than that a bonus.

  • Safmarine

    I’m a Lion’s supporter and it was painful to watch. No one showed up on the day except maybe Tyrone. Typical shocking performance following a bye week. Sharks were great – hat’s off.
    So many handling errors in the SA franchise teams though. It’s a worrying trend…

    • SweetAz

      Well done, the first balanced and “normal” comment from a Lions supporter, hats off to you mate.

  • Herman Schroder?

    Thought I’d let the misguided crow a bit because shame they have had four years worth of disappointment to get over and one has to be objective and admit the Lions were pumped good and solid, no excuses. It happens to the best of teams, probably on a par with the mother of all aberrations the Boks win at Wellington last year. But that’s life but at least the Sharkettes finally know how the Lions felt week in and week out over the past four to five YEARS, lol.

    It does however also raise some concerns. If the Sharks can produce that sort of form like last Saturday what the hell have they been doing for the last four to five years ? R du Preez remains an under achieving coach and I even suspect the players told him to shove his game plan and went on and played ‘their’ game. The trick, as they will find, is to sustain this form week in and week out and going by past years we all know what happens next with the Sharkettes, lol. Good luck to them.

    As for the Lions well it had to happen sometime. I stated earlier this year that I suspect there will be many bumps on the road this year for this young team so I was not that surprised. The extent of the loss especially to the yo yo Sharkettes was especially hard to bear though. I don’t believe there are many teams that can lose so many world class players in twelve months and still compete at the same level as in previous years. But I’ll take it on the chin for the time being but feel sure that the Lions magic, like cream, will once again rise to the top.

    To Mr SweetAz and Co, enjoy your moment in the sun and to SweetAz especially, thanks for so meticulously analysing my posts for any scrap that may give you reason to lambast me but I still respect your right to do so. You could be more ‘cultured’ about it but hey I take it from whence it comes. By the way Sweets nothing has changed, I still stand by those extracts of mine which you so kindly posted so diligently because as the saying goes – one swallow does not a summer make. Cheers.

    • Chris Mouton

      Be that as it may, you must admit, it’s quite worrying to see Jantjies’ inconsistency? The other day he scored 1000 points for Super Rugby, and well done to that. However, this shows that he’s one of the most experienced players in the Lions squad. Yet, he disappeared in the game last Friday. Where was Marx? And Schoeman? The Dyantyi experiment at 13 failed miserably. In fact, Dyantyi is woefully out of form. That is extremely worrying. The Lions’ biggest losses were Mostert and Jaco Kriel. Your locks and flankers are looking good, except for Brainfart Herbst who couldn’t help conceding penalties. You still have great props, so I wouldn’t whine about the losses of world class players. Face it, the Lions aren’t as dominating as they used to be. Swys needs to stop experimenting and pull some finger if you guys want to have a shot at winning the trophy.

      • SweetAz

        The thing is Chris, ALL the franchises lose players every year. As I have been trying to explain to this palooka for 3 years now, the LIONS had such crappy reject players that they were able to keep them together. Nobody wanted to steal them.

        So in effect, their very mediocrity is what allowed them to grow into better players and build cohesion and continuity. They never had any of the attributes this guy ascribed to them, they were merely able to play the way they did because the players knew and trusted each other having been together longer than any other franchise.

        Now that they are affected by player turnover to a similar degree as the other franchises its glaringly obvious that they suffer all the same malaises inflicting everybody else.

        THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY PLAYERS SKILLS, GAMEPLAN ETC ETC and the level of those is pretty much the same over all the franchises, our problem is we can not keep players together long enough due to financial and political factors hence we never build the cohesion allowing us to play like the NZ’ers. When your team KNOWS it’s going to make mistakes and the guys don’t trust each other, its human nature to resort to simplicity or what Herman regards as “domkrag”.

        I leave you with this video to demonstrate my point, – do you really think these schoolboys just wake up one morning having lost all their skills? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sTnb70QtBE

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