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
The ARU says it has completed Heads of Agreement with a private company to purchase 100% of shares of the Rebels.
ARU has announced it has completed an in principle agreement to sell the whole of the Melbourne Rebels to a company called the Imperium Group (ICG).
ARU says the deal has been in discussion for a while and they have noow reached agreement on key terms.
The paperwork now needs to be completed and ARU foresees the share transfer being comppleted by 30 June 2015 this year.
Rebels CEO Jonathan Ling says that the deal will bring stability to the club and iit will be business as usual, whilst saying that many of the young talented players have signed on for an additional two seasons.
So far this is the Rebels’ best season in Super Rugby in terms of numbers of wins.
That said one can understand that with incessant dropping television audience, flagging sponsorships, a poor national side performance dating back to 2003, and unending losses in financials that the ARU must be pretty desperate to do things differently AND get some cash into their systems. This seems like it addresses both. Hopefully this does not end up like the abortive interprovincial championship of a few seasons ago. With New Zealand having opened its SR teams to investors in an effort to stop their losses and in five years not having attracted a single investor it is a pretty big call by ICG to invest thusly. Let’s hope that unlike Vodacom and SAIL in South Africa they do not end up regretting it.
Chinese proposed Brumbies sponsor Huawei and former Force Sponsor Emirates have signed on as Lions SR sponsors
Emirates, a global connector of people and their passions, and the Lions, one of South Africa’s top rugby teams, today announced a five-year sponsorship agreement.
The agreement will see Emirates become the title sponsor of the Lions Super Rugby team and have naming rights to the Lions home ground Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The announcement was made at a media conference today by Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Latin America, Southern and Central Africa, and Rudolf Straeuli, the CEO of the Golden Lions Rugby Union.
Starting from 1 January 2015, the Lions will become known as the Emirates Lions, and the familiar “Fly Emirates” logo will adorn the match and training jerseys of the team for the next five years. Ellis Park, will be named Emirates Airline Park. The agreement also includes in-stadia hospitality as well as a number of other marketing rights and activities.
The five-year sponsorship is a unique one, as the norm is three years for most sponsors, allowing Emirates to invest in the Lions for the long term.
The Lions were without a sponsor for the 2014 Super Rugby series but will also announce on Thursday that Chinese mobile phone company Huawei will become a major sponsor of the team as well.
Huawei are well known for their mobile and 3g devices and are one of the fastest growing Chinese companies in the world at the moment.
The team says no shopping sprees however… they’ll be investing in retention of talent and the present players. However CEO Kevin De Klerk has hinted the side may make “strategic” acquisitions of players.
Sharks’ board has strongly stood behind Smit’s decision to fire Plum.
We recognise too that John may not have all the commercial experience yet. We have a Board and a management team to guide him in these areas. Our advice to John was, listen carefully before acting and at all times be honest and transparent. Recent actions may seem to contradict the advice given. However, the actions taken were not malicious and are explained below.
John Plumtree, who has served The Sharks with both loyalty and much success and, not withstanding that he has a contract until the end of 2013, he needed certainty on his future beyond that. He informed The Sharks that he had been approached with other options to consider and personal issues viz schooling that needed addressing.
The easiest decision and the line of least resistance for John Smit to take would have been to say “He needed time”, he could have delayed his call for months until he was entrenched as CEO.
However, consistent with both his own integrity and the Board’s guidance on Honesty and Transparency, he grasped the nettle and did not opt for the expedient approach. This approach was also in part accelerated by comments attributed to Nick Mallet and then taken to end further destructive speculation.
John Smit, has a vision on how he wants to run The Sharks and the Board cannot ask him as CEO to take accountability and then choose his team for him. These are really tough decisions and are never clean cut. John Smit has had the benefit of playing under both coaches and rates them both highly. The intensity of the debate is a positive reflection of the performance of John Plumtree. John Smit is our chosen leader and a man of substance. He has made his choice and I can only ask Shark supporters to get behind him and the team as our season unfolds.
A further issue, I would like to address is the Liquor Board matter.
Contrary to some public opinion, The Sharks are working actively in trying to reach an acceptable conclusion here. We would like things to remain as they were but we need to act responsibly and acknowledge:
|We have had a tragic death at our stadium.|
|Irresponsible abuse of alcohol is a scourge in our society and it will not be encouraged in our stadium.|
|The Liquor Board has a duty to make sure that the above areas are properly addressed.|
We are engaging with the authorities. We sense your frustration, but given the magnitude of the issues, we cannot promise overnight resolution. We can tell you that the authorities to date, have not been obstructive but driven by a sincere desire to find solutions that address both safety and the need for responsible drinking particularly given the family environment that we wish to retain at KINGS PARK.
Change is always traumatic. There is no easy way to deal with change. However, The Sharks are in a new era. We, the Board, are positive that the changes made, will with the passing of time, be shown to build on the solid platform created at The Sharks.
Thank you for all the support, interest and loyalty, you have demonstrated to The Sharks. John and team, through both their performance and conduct, will endeavor to repay this loyalty to you both on and off the field.