South Africa took a team to Sydney to play the Wallabies and were lathered. The score, 39-20, faltered the South Africans. We give some statistics from the match.
There were no cards at all in this well-mannered match.
Cited and suspended
In this section we record the times a team was penalised.
Australia vs South Africa
Total number of penalties: 19
South Africa: 8
The reasons for the penalties were as follows:
* = points conceded
Tackle/ruck/maul: 8 (McCabe, Ashley-Cooper*, Beale, Higginbotham 2, Sharpe, Hodgson, Simmons)
Scrum: 1 (Kepu*)
Offside: 1 (Alexander)
Discipline: 1 (McCalman - collapsing maul)
Tackle/ruck/maul: 5 (Van der Merwe, Kruger*, Olivier, Hargreaves, Greyling)
Scrum: 2 (Kruger* 2)
Discipline: 1 (Greyling - collapsing maul)
Neither side missed a penalty kick at goal. Neither side missed a conversion either.
This gives the number of penalties at ruck/tackle as a fraction of the total number of penalties: 14/19 - 74%
Getting possession - line-outs, scrums, free-kicks, drop-outs
In this section the figures represent the number of times you get to play with the ball.
Line-outs: 10 (1 lost)
Scrums: 6 (1 reset, 2 collapses, 1 free kick)
Line-outs: 13 (3 lost)
Scrums: 10 (3 resets, 6 collapses, 1 free kick, 3 penalties)
Free-kicks: 2 (scrums)
Stoppages (total of line-outs, scrums with resets, free kicks, penalties, drop-outs): 64
Ball in play
These stats are provided by Jan Taljaard.
Australia vs South Africa (Pollock):
17 minutes 20 seconds + 17 minutes 40 seconds = 35 minutes 0 seconds
The average for this kind of match is just over 33 minutes.
This is the number of tries each team scored.
Australia: 5 (Alexander, Ioane, O'Connor, Moore, Ashley-Cooper)
South Africa: 2 (Ralepelle, Smit)
This gives the ratio of tries scored to penalties scored by each team:
South Africa: 2/2
The ratio of tries scored to penalties goaled is 7/4
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