Round 8 Player Stats.

April 17, 2012
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Phil Kearns would be ecstatic that the current leading try-scorer in the competition is none other than powerful fatty Sona Taumalolo…
SEASON 2012 PLAYER STATS (ROUND 8 )
Most Points
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 127
2. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 102
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 98
4. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 95
5. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 89
6. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 85
7. James O’Connor (Rebels) 80
8. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 68
9. David Harvey (Force) 65
10. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 60
11. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 59
12. Michael Harris (Reds) 53
13. James Stannard (Force) 51
14. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 45
15. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 42
15. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 42
17. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 37
18. Butch James (Lions) 34
19. Chris Noakes (Highlanders) 33
20. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 32
Most Tries
1. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 6
2. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 5
2. Bjorn Basson (Bulls) 5
4. Dom Shipperley (Reds) 4
4. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 4
4. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) 4
4. Tom Kingston (Waratahs) 4
4. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 4
9. Aaron Smith (Highlanders) 3
9. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 3
9. Cory Jane (Hurricanes) 3
9. Joseph Tomane (Brumbies) 3
9. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 3
9. Lelia Masaga (Chiefs) 3
9. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) 3
9. Robert Ebersohn (Cheetahs) 3
9. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 3
9. Scott Higginbotham (Reds) 3
9. Tom Carter (Waratahs) 3
9. Wynand Olivier (Bulls) 3
Most Conversions
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 18
2. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 16
3. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 15
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 14
5. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 13
6. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 11
7. David Harvey (Force) 9
8. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 8
9. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 6
9. Chris Noakes (Highlanders) 6
9. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 6
9. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 6
13. James O’Connor (Rebels) 5
13. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 5
15. Butch James (Lions) 4
15. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 4
15. Frederic Michalak (Sharks) 4
15. Michael Harris (Reds) 4
19. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 3
19. James Stannard (Force) 3
Most Penalty Goals
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 28
2. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 24
3. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 21
3. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 21
3. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 21
6. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 20
6. James O’Connor (Rebels) 20
8. Michael Harris (Reds) 15
8. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 15
10. David Harvey (Force) 14
10. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 14
12. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 12
12. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 12
14. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 11
15. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 10
15. James Stannard (Force) 10
17. Butch James (Lions) 7
17. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 7
17. Lachie Munro (Blues) 7
17. Peter Grant (Stormers) 7
Most Drop Goals
1. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 1
1. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 1
1. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 1
1. Gary van Aswegen (Stormers) 1
1. Jacques Coetzee (Lions) 1
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 1
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 1
Most Tackles Made
1. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 122
2. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 120
3. David Pocock (Force) 118
4. Matt Todd (Crusaders) 112
5. Luke Jones (Rebels) 109
6. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 108
7. Siyamthanda Kolisi (Stormers) 104
8. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 98
9. Philip van der Walt (Cheetahs) 96
10. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 93
11. Gareth Delve (Rebels) 91
12. Duane Vermeulen (Stormers) 89
13. Dale Chadwick (Sharks) 88
13. Sam Carter (Brumbies) 88
15. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes) 87
16. Jack Lam (Hurricanes) 86
16. Michael Hooper (Brumbies) 86
18. Ben Alexander (Brumbies) 85
18. James Horwill (Reds) 85
20. George Whitelock (Crusaders) 84
Most Runs
1. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 101
2. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 89
3. David Pocock (Force) 83
4. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 82
5. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 79
6. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 68
6. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 68
6. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 68
9. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 67
10. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 66
11. Jaco Taute (Lions) 64
11. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 64
13. Josh Strauss (Lions) 61
14. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 59
15. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 58
16. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 56
16. Derick Minnie (Lions) 56
16. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs) 56
19. Alfie Mafi (Force) 54
19. Nick Cummins (Force) 54
Most Run Metres
1. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 609
2. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 581
3. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 574
4. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 566
5. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 519
6. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 518
7. Nick Cummins (Force) 510
8. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 501
9. Jaco Taute (Lions) 494
10. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs) 492
11. James O’Connor (Rebels) 477
12. Tom Kingston (Waratahs) 474
13. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 463
14. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 452
15. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 449
16. Alfie Mafi (Force) 431
17. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 423
18. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 419
19. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 418
19. Luke Morahan (Reds) 418
Most Kicks
1. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 76
2. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 70
3. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 68
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 46
5. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 45
6. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 41
7. James Stannard (Force) 39
7. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 39
9. Will Genia (Reds) 38
10. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 37
10. David Harvey (Force) 37
10. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers) 37
13. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs) 34
14. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 32
15. Brett Sheehan (Force) 31
15. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 31
15. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 31
18. Danny Cipriani (Rebels) 29
18. James O’Connor (Rebels) 29
20. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 27
Most Kick Metres
1. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 2974
2. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 2911
3. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 2639
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 1702
5. James Stannard (Force) 1485
6. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 1457
7. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 1427
8. David Harvey (Force) 1383
9. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 1357
10. Will Genia (Reds) 1203
11. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 1178
12. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 1159
13. James O’Connor (Rebels) 1149
14. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs) 1138
15. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 1115
16. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 1113
17. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs) 1104
18. Danny Cipriani (Rebels) 1090
19. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers) 1089
20. Peter Grant (Stormers) 923
Most Pick And Drives
1. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 36
2. David Pocock (Force) 23
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 23
4. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 22
5. Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs) 19
6. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 18
7. Derick Minnie (Lions) 17
7. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 17
9. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 16
10. Benn Robinson (Waratahs) 14
11. Chris Lowrey (Blues) 13
12. Chris King (Highlanders) 11
12. James Hanson (Reds) 11
12. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 11
12. Patric Cilliers (Lions) 11
12. WP Nel (Cheetahs) 11
17. Dale Chadwick (Sharks) 10
17. James Horwill (Reds) 10
17. Jamie Mackintosh (Highlanders) 10
17. Rodney Blake (Rebels) 10
Most Try Assists
1. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 6
2. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 5
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 4
4. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 3
4. Ben Tapuai (Reds) 3
4. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 3
4. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 3
4. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 3
4. JJ Engelbrecht (Bulls) 3
4. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 3
4. Nic White (Brumbies) 3
4. Tim Whitehead (Sharks) 3
4. Will Genia (Reds) 3
14. Akona Ndungane (Bulls) 2
14. Brett Sheehan (Force) 2
14. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 2
14. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers) 2
14. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 2
14. Rod Davies (Reds) 2
14. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 2
Most Linebreaks
1. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 7
1. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 7
1. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 7
4. Piet Van Zyl (Cheetahs) 6
5. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 5
5. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 5
5. Nick Cummins (Force) 5
5. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 5
5. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 5
5. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 5
5. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 5
12. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 4
12. Ben Tapuai (Reds) 4
12. Dom Shipperley (Reds) 4
12. James O’Connor (Rebels) 4
12. Luke Morahan (Reds) 4
12. Rene Ranger (Blues) 4
12. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 4
12. Shaun Treeby (Highlanders) 4
12. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs) 4
Most Linebreak Assists
1. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 7
2. Will Genia (Reds) 6
3. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 4
3. Brett Sheehan (Force) 4
5. Ashley Johnson (Cheetahs) 3
5. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 3
5. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 3
5. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 3
5. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 3
5. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 3
5. Rene Ranger (Blues) 3
5. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 3
5. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 3
14. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 2
14. Jaco Taute (Lions) 2
14. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) 2
14. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 2
14. Sarel Pretorius (Waratahs) 2
14. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 2
14. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) 2
Most Offloads
1. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 14
2. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 13
3. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 12
3. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs) 12
5. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 11
5. Rene Ranger (Blues) 11
7. Ben Tapuai (Reds) 10
7. Mark Gerrard (Rebels) 10
7. Rod Davies (Reds) 10
7. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 10
11. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 9
11. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 9
11. JP Pietersen (Sharks) 9
11. Shaun Treeby (Highlanders) 9
15. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 8
15. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 8
15. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 8
15. Philip van der Walt (Cheetahs) 8
15. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 8
15. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 8
Most Pilfers
1. David Pocock (Force) 7
2. Liam Gill (Reds) 6
3. Michael Hooper (Brumbies) 5
4. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 4
4. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 4
4. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 4
4. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 4
8. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 3
8. Ben May (Hurricanes) 3
8. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 3
8. Chris Alcock (Waratahs) 3
8. James Haskell (Highlanders) 3
8. Luke Braid (Blues) 3
8. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 3
15. Derick Minnie (Lions) 2
15. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes) 2
15. Frik Kirsten (Bulls) 2
15. Jason Rutledge (Highlanders) 2
15. Karl Lowe (Hurricanes) 2
15. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) 2
Most Lineouts Won
1. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 47
2. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 37
3. Hugh Pyle (Rebels) 34
3. Juandre Kruger (Bulls) 34
5. Andries Bekker (Stormers) 31
6. Franco van der Merwe (Lions) 28
7. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 25
7. Scott Higginbotham (Reds) 25
9. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 24
9. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 24
11. Izak van der Westhuizen (Cheetahs) 23
12. Ali Williams (Blues) 21
13. Craig Clarke (Chiefs) 20
13. Kieran Read (Crusaders) 20
13. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) 20
13. Steven Sykes (Sharks) 20
17. David Dennis (Waratahs) 18
17. James Horwill (Reds) 18
17. Toby Lynn (Force) 18
20. Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes) 16
Most Penalties Conceded
1. Derick Minnie (Lions) 14
1. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 14
3. Werner Kruger (Bulls) 13
4. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 11
4. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 11
4. Dean Mumm (Waratahs) 11
4. Salesi Ma’afu (Force) 11
4. WP Nel (Cheetahs) 11
9. Ben Tameifuna (Chiefs) 10
9. Dean Greyling (Bulls) 10
9. James Horwill (Reds) 10
9. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 10
9. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 10
14. Ben May (Hurricanes) 9
14. David Pocock (Force) 9
14. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 9
14. Steven Sykes (Sharks) 9
14. Tiaan Liebenberg (Stormers) 9
14. Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders) 9
20. James Slipper (Reds) 8
Most Turnovers
1. Corey Flynn (Crusaders) 20
2. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 18
2. Callie Visagie (Lions) 18
2. Dean Mumm (Waratahs) 18
5. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 17
6. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 16
6. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 16
8. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 15
8. Jaco Taute (Lions) 15
8. Stephen Moore (Brumbies) 15
8. Will Genia (Reds) 15
12. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 14
12. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 14
12. James Hanson (Reds) 14
12. Keven Mealamu (Blues) 14
12. Kieran Read (Crusaders) 14
12. Peter Kimlin (Brumbies) 14
12. Tiaan Liebenberg (Stormers) 14
19. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 13
19. Tom McCartney (Blues) 13
Most Missed Tackles
1. Rob Horne (Waratahs) 24
2. Willem Alberts (Sharks) 23
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 22
4. Peter Grant (Stormers) 21
5. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 20
6. James O’Connor (Rebels) 19
6. Nick Phipps (Rebels) 19
8. Brett Sheehan (Force) 18
8. Charl Mcleod (Sharks) 18
8. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 18
8. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 18
8. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 18
13. Chris Lowrey (Blues) 16
14. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 15
14. Andries Strauss (Cheetahs) 15
14. Benson Stanley (Blues) 15
14. Jack Lam (Hurricanes) 15
14. JP Pietersen (Sharks) 15
14. Nick Cummins (Force) 15
14. Wynand Olivier (Bulls) 15

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18 Comments

  1. avatar out wide says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Err Bryce, I think Taumalolo is more muscle than fat, at least that is what I would tell him face to face. It was said on Reunion last night that the Tongan legend is there playing for the Chiefs because the first choice prop the Chiefs had is injured. Incredible performance by a prop.

  2. avatar out wide says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Is this the price the Stormers have to pay to head the SA conference? Missing from all the stats that indicate exciting rugby (linebreaks, offloads, runs and metres run) and right where you wouldn’t have seen them in the past (kicks, kicking metres and so on). Maybe Habs will spark a revival in Brissie this Friday playing at centre?

  3. avatar Timeo says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Here is a good example of a planned illegal move.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGor-lhJA2Q

    I’d say, the coach did not just plan and practised this move, he also made sure to tell his players were and when to implement it.

    For those of you that are/were coaches. Have you ever coached illegal tactics? What’s the rationale? The morality?

    For me it is on par with using performance enhancing drugs. An attempt to gain an edge over opponents in an unfair and unsportsmanlike manner.

  4. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Reply to out wide @ 11:45 pm:

    Mate… it’s a figure of speech used by Phil Kearns for any front-rower over 110kgs.

    And if you’ve ever heard him commentating when one of the fatties runs onto the field, scores or put’s in a big hit… he’s ecstatic…

    Aussie commentators (bar Marto when the Reds are playing) and their mix, are by far the most well-balanced, entertaining and objective of the bunch in Super Rugby… it’s a pity they cannot do all the games… particularly the ones in NZ…

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Reply to Timeo @ 3:01 am:

    Another example of poor refereeing… do you think the Blues would try that again if they were penalised and the try was not awarded?

  6. avatar Deon says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Reply to Timeo @ 3:01 am:

    I have thought about this quite a bit this past week. Came to the conclusion that at some stage I will start getting my arse kick as a coach, as I refuse to teach kids to play outside the laws. I will help them as far as I can to innovate within the laws, but not outside off it. Somewhere one needs to draw the line on winning at all costs. I would rather have the boys learn to lose with integrity, than win cheating or behave unsportsmanlike

  7. avatar LionsinPTA says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Most turnovers??? I presume conceded?

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Reply to LionsinPTA @ 7:03 am:

    Yes… hence so many hookers in there from LO’s…

  9. avatar Americano says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Most Line-Break Assists (Guy is just a wing)
    #1
    Most Try Assists (Eat your heart out Wil Genia)
    #1
    Best Current SA Winger

    Messerschmitt-Willie LeRoux

  10. avatar DavidS says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Reply to Americano @ 11:25 am:

    He isn’t black… so doomed to be treated like Gerhard VD Heever…

  11. avatar DavidS says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Timeo

    100% right

    The best outcome would have been Sharks penalized for “early engagement”

    That move is 100% coached because ALL the players must be in on it!

  12. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Reply to Timeo @ 3:01 am:

    are you referring to the Sharks on an early engage!?

    I coach my scrum to try and anticipate the “engage” so you can get a good hit in on the opposite scrum and dominate from the start. Is that cheating? Some referees want you to hit on the engage and others afetr the engage – if you wait for the opposition to go 1st you lose the hit and lose the ability to attack the scrum.

    If the ref is happy with my FR’s engagement their is no cheating because it is within the law seen by the ref.

  13. avatar Ollie says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Reply to Deon @ 6:34 am:

    What about hands in at the ruck?

    If the ref isn’t blowing it and the other team keeps on turning over your ball?

    There is a fine line between going to cheat and having to perform illegal acts to ensure that both teams have an equal chance.

  14. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Reply to Ollie @ 12:13 pm:

    is it cheating if the opposition keeps on lying on the wrong side and ref ignores it? If I coach my players to ruck the f…er out of the ruck even if it means a PK against us – is that cheating or just making the ref aware of illegal play by the opposition.

    PS: What McCaw does is push the envelope (as he says himself) is that cheating or good play?

  15. avatar Ollie says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    The thing with a scrum is that it is never just the front row packing down and pushing directly against each other, there are all sorts of arm/shoulder/head movements and minute adjustments in pushing direction that could be construed as cheating or unfair play.

    The thing is that all front rows try and do it and therefore it becomes part of the contest

  16. avatar Deon says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Reply to Ollie @ 12:13 pm:

    And if he starts penalising my team, what did my boys learn? Two wrongs dont make a right. Rather teach them to deny the opposition the chance to do it by protecting the ball better

  17. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Reply to Deon @ 2:24 pm:

    protecting it by going off their feet? :soek:

    Typical Australian :twisted:

  18. avatar Deon says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 2:31 pm:

    Typical forward talking. The ball wont be there anymore. :D

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