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.

A look at the match stats from Waikato:

Match information:

  • Points: CHI 17-23 LIO
  • Tries: CHI 3-2 LIO
  • Penalty goals: CHI 0-2 LIO
  • Goal kicking %: CHI 33% – 100% LIO
  • Possession: CHI 44% – 56% LIO
  • Territory: CHI 58% – 42% LIO
  • Ball in play: 37 minutes

Attacking stats:

  • Ball Carries: CHI 105-117 LIO
  • Metres run: CHI 785-765 LIO
  • Line breaks: CHI 6-1 LIO
  • Tackle breaks: CHI 2-1 LIO
  • Passes: CHI 172-166 LIO
  • Good Passes: CHI 158-158 LIO
  • Offloads: CHI 11-7 LIO
  • Rucks won: CHI 74-99 LIO
  • Mauls won: CHI 1-5 LIO
  • Turnovers conceded: CHI 13-6 LIO

Defensive stats:

  • Tackles made: CHI 140-133 LIO
  • Tackles missed: CHI 10-15 LIO
  • Tackle success: CHI 94% – 90% LIO
  • Dominant tackles: CHI 7-2 LIO
  • Tackle turnover: CHI 1-3 LIO
  • Turnovers won: CHI 5-7 LIO

Kicking stats:

  • Kicks from hand: CHI 13-21 LIO
  • Metres kicked: CHI 366-533 LIO

Error stats:

  • Handling errors: CHI 10-6 LIO
  • Penalties conceded: CHI 8-7 LIO
  • Scrum penalties conceded: CHI 4-0 LIO

- Tank Lanning

Let's chat

  • SweetAz

    They were Godlike in their skill, their execution, their expansive gameplan. Like Viking warriors or Norse Gods with winged feet, they were simply a class above everyone in the South African conference. Their backline was subline, their scrum majestic, everything about them was simply superhuman.
    In contrast, all the other teams were dull, lacking in skill and application and just simply domkrag, all of them, their coaches, captains and players are all retards. Without a doubt this team can be selected as is and just given Bok Jerseys, make them all Boks, make their coach the Bok coach (wherever the hell he is).

    There you go Schrodinger, I’ve saved you the trouble, you can take the day off.

    • Herman Schroder?

      Thanks Mr SweetAz but as they say – many a true word spoken in jest. Cheers.

  • Wesley

    Like i said before, its worrying our teams cant put a full 80 or complete performance this entire competition so far. The Sharks and Bulls have somehow achieved this but only in derbies. Why? Will be copying this comment across the stat attack articles coz its truely worrying. Whiteley brings the Lions up a notch though. But the last 20 they were fading again, against the worst NZ opp. Not seeing much chance next week, i can only hope for a respectable performance.

  • Herman Schroder?

    Rom Rom die Leeu’s kom. I’m trying to be humble here but it’s very difficult to be honest. Let’s just say that I’m proud of the boys, despite the internal turmoil and the rebuilding process they did SA proud. WW has proved once again he has no peer when it comes to leading and inspiring a team to overcome the odds. Skill and smarts he has in abundance as well. And hows our new superstar at centre, EJ, lol.

    Seven games to go for most teams with the Lions to play four at home and three away. Three NZ teams to go two of which are at home. The Waratahs at home and the three SA Franchise teams the Stormers at home and the Bulls and Sharks away. Apart from the Crusaders on Friday, where it looks like the Lions will field a stripped down side the rest are all doable.

    For those who were writing off the Lions including some journo’s just remember, but for the Seconds inspired 86th minute burgle at Newlands the Lions would now be second on the overall log and the Stormers second from bottom. Yeah I know water under the bridge etc etc but I’ll continue to be positive about my boys in what is going to be a mighty tussle for the top eight spots. Cheers.

    • SweetAz

      WW will be injured for the rest of the season in the next match he plays,-that’s just the way he rolls. I’m still picking the Lions to end up last in the conference.

    • Barry

      I fully understand your exuberance Hermie, but sorry “ROM ROM die Leeu’s Kon” needs some serious work! Lol

      • Johan

        That is the worst chant/shout/something I’ve read!

        Whiteley is an amazing leader, and when he joins the team he somehow lifts everyone around him’s play by about 20%. Now he needs to stay fit, after that initial injury he keeps getting injured over and over again…

        I’ve read a lot about WW, but there isn’t a single mention of Kwagga
        The guy played his heart out, as always, this week he got stuck in the trenches, doing the hard/dirty work that Mostert usually concerned himself with.

    • Wesley

      Herman, i know you are actually saying much of this to rile up the masses here, but a good 1st half performance doesnt paper over the cracks of a pretty toothless 2nd half display. Time to bring on full 80. Good for them atleast for doing their bit this weekend away in NZ none the less, although a pretty terrible Chiefs team this season around.

      I must say Lombard is impressing me bit by bit, still a long way for the youngster and might not ever be on Bok radars which isnt a bad meant comment but the guy has some good skills and could serve the Lions well for a long time. The team lost a bit move when he went off.

      • Herman Schroder?

        Yes I love to tease the unbelievers. I know the Lions will need to go to another level to be really competitive this year but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts. Lombard has got great potential but they must not rush him like certain ‘others’. EJ does need a backup urgently he is being overplayed. Let’s hope Reynolds comes to the party. Cheers.

    • SweetAz

      So where’s their coach?

      • Herman Schroder?

        Not feeling well. Cheers.

        • SweetAz

          Excellent captain and world-class coach???????? LOL,- I think the Head Coach is about to be committed to Groendakkies for a nervous breakdown and the Captain is probably already injured for the rest of the season but it’s just being kept quiet.
          The defence coach is a criminal on bail after indecently assaulting a woman and the conditioning coach is left to run the show.

          You really got to love that Lions “culture”

      • Herman Schroder?

        We can play like that without a coach old chap. He probably went back to receive the award for the best coach in SA. Cheers.

        • SweetAz

          Play like what? Outscored 3 tries to 2 and getting lucky against a loosehead playing tighthead sounds like it was a pretty lucky win against the worst NZ franchise. What a delusional muppet you are.

          • Herman Schroder?

            It’s the mental strength coming through which you can only possess if you have been successful, something the other Franchises still have to experience. The Lions also have a world class captain and an excellent coach, attributes in very short supply amongst the pretenders. There will still be bumps along the way but hey we can take it. Cheers.

  • Barry

    I fully understand your exuberance Hermie, but sorry “ROM ROM die Leeu’s Kon” needs some serious work! Lol

    • Herman Schroder?

      Clarify please ? My copy says ‘Kom’. Not sure if you know the origin. In the early days when the Maties were the most feared team in SA the supporters used to put the s…ts up you with the battle cry of ‘ Rom Rom die Maties kom’. That’s my history lesson for the day. Cheers.

      • Barry

        Maties still are and your chant still needs work!lol

  • Albert

    Well done to the Lions, great forward orientated game. Going back to traditional South African strengths to defeat the Kiwis. You have got to laud the very smart ploy by the coaching box as well to change the lineup seconds before the match. Some have said it was dishonest and not very sportsmanlike, but I say a win over a kiwi team is a win.

    The Lions didn’t let a little thing like scoring tries stop them from winning the match. It was kicks and scrums. Classic SA stuff there. Awesome to see.

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