Look at the stats and the answer is clear.
So I hear many folks saying that “on form” Schalk Burger certainly deserves a call up to the Bok squad… but why look at “on form”… I mean.. what determines who is “on form” and who not.
So in order to determine who is “on form” let us look at the stats and see if Schalk Burger even features and how he compares with other runners like Warren Whiteley, Warwick Tecklenburg and Boom Prinsloo… new guys who have few or no caps.
Now I know that it is easy to look at overall stats and say that Warren Whiteley is the top tackler with over 200, but he’s also played the season in every game. How about we do some long division (That is wiskunde) and look at stats for average in matches.
If we use the main things expected of the modern day open side flank (being that he needs to be a ball hunter). But one thing our Brendon stole from Heyneke Meyer is the requirement that loose forward players need to be all rounders. Well let’s look at those major stats for loosies. Meters gained, meters run, tackles per match, turnovers won and the opensider’s old nemesis, penalties conceded at breakdowns.
Meters made per match
1. Kriel – 52,7 meters gained per match
2. Duane Vermeulen – 38,39 meters
3. Schalk Burger – 27,06 meters
Players beaten per match
1. Kriel – 3,70*
2. Vermeulen – 1,23
3. Burger – 0,96
Clean breaks per match
1. Kriel – 0,84
2. Burger – 0,37
3. Duane – 0,28
Turnovers won in the series as a whole
1. Liam Gill – 26
2. David Pocock – 23
3. Jaco Kriel – 22**
In the last two seasons Kriel has made 412 tackles missing the sum total of just eleven… for tackles missed percntage of just on 0,25%…
It remains to be seen whether Heyneke Meyer will rely on his Class of Bulls 2007 and jake White veterans… but if one looks at these statistics, selecting Schalk Burger over Jaco Kriel into the Bok side has to be a sentimental rather than rational selection.
* Kriel beat 44 players in the series. This is sixth on the overall log of players beaten. Given he missed a number of matches and was initially a second choice players. This places him ahead of Ben Smith the All Black full back.
** Out of the top ten ball stealers Kriel rates as the lowest for penalties conceded at breakdowns which will be vital in RWC.
# article adapted from an English one on http://www.rugbyworld.com by Russ Petty and using Opta Stats statistics system