Schalk Burger of South Africa during the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter final rugby match between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham Stadium, in London, England on October 17, 2015 ©Barry Aldworth/eXpect LIFE

Boks squeak through, dominate match stats #VodacomRugbyApp

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20 OCTOBER 2015 – South Africa may have squeaked through in their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match against Wales but the statistics suggest a more dominant performance by the Springboks.

Statistics taken from the Vodacom Rugby App demonstrate how Wales had to defend South Africa’s relentless attacks on the advantage line.

The Springboks topped the carries stats in the quarterfinals with 157 forcing the Welsh to make 197 tackles in their encounter.

Burger led the carries statistics over the weekend with compatriot Duane Vermeulen behind him with 15.

The wave after wave of attack by the South Africans is also reflected in the fact that five Springbok players feature among the top five in the carries category.

Springbok centre Damian de Allende (14), Eben Etzebeth (13) and Handre Pollard (12) followed behind Burger and Vermeulen in the stats.

Argentina, who upset Ireland to book a semi-final clash against Australia made the second most carries with 122 with the Wallabies following in third with 112.

The four Southern Hemisphere teams that will feature in the semi-finals topped the Carries statistics with Argentina (122), Australia (112) and New Zealand (109) following behind the Boks.

South Africa did not only test the Welsh defence but were also made to work hard to keep the opposition off the line by making 123 tackles – the second most of the weekend.

Wales and South Africa kicked the most of all the quarterfinal matches with the Springboks making 46 kicks from hand and the Red Dragons two less.

The Welsh’s desperate defence on the day is reflected in the individual tackles stats with four of their players among the top tacklers.

Loose forward Dan Lydiate tops the stats with 24 with Alun Wyn Jones (19), Taulupe Faletau (18) and Sam Warburton (17) following behind him.

Scotland Jonny Gray with 18 and Burger with 16 were the only players among the top five from other countries.

While the weekend produced its fair share of nail-biting moments it was not the case in the match between New Zealand and France.

The All Blacks were in sensational form as they stepped up a gear as they set a new Rugby World Cup quarterfinal victory margin beating the French by 49 points.

Running in nine tries it is no surprise they dominate the Metres run and Clean breaks categories as they ran the French rampant.

They ran 732 metres which were 142 metres more than their nearest rivals Argentina while they made 19 clean breaks — more than half as many as Australia who ranked second with nine.

 

Rugby World Cup – Quarterfinal Statistics:

 

Team statistics:

 

Carries:

 

  1. South Africa – 157
  2. Argentina – 122
  3. Australia – 112
  4. New Zealand – 109
  5. Ireland – 108

France – 108

  1. Wales – 106
  2. Scotland – 79

 

Kicks from hand:

 

  1. South Africa – 46
  2. Wales – 44
  3. New Zealand – 39
  4. Ireland – 30
  5. Australia – 28

France – 28

  1. Scotland – 26
  2. Argentina – 21

 

Lineouts won on own throw:

 

  1. South Africa – 12
  2. Australia – 10

Wales – 10

Ireland – 10

France – 10

  1. New Zealand – 9
  2. Scotland – 7

Argentina – 7

 

Tackles:

 

  1. Wales – 197
  2. South Africa – 123
  3. Ireland – 118
  4. Scotland – 117
  5. New Zealand – 116
  6. Argentina – 114
  7. France – 95
  8. Australia – 86

 

Metres run:

 

  1. New Zealand – 732
  2. Argentina – 590
  3. South Africa – 543
  4. France – 410
  5. Australia – 345
  6. Ireland – 308
  7. Wales – 294
  8. Scotland – 250

 

Turnovers won:

 

  1. Wales – 10

New Zealand – 10

  1. Ireland – 9

South Africa – 9

  1. Argentina – 7
  2. France – 5

Scotland – 5

  1. Australia – 3

 

Clean breaks:

 

  1. New Zealand – 19
  2. Australia – 9
  3. Argentina – 8
  4. France – 7

Scotland – 7

South Africa – 7

  1. Ireland – 4
  2. Wales – 3

 

Defenders beaten:

 

  1. Argentina – 27
  2. New Zealand – 24
  3. Ireland – 21
  4. France – 20

South Africa – 20

  1. Australia – 17
  2. Wales – 13
  3. Scotland – 10

 

Individual player stats: 

 

Points:

 

  1. Nicolas Sanchez (Argentina) – 23
  2. Greig Laidlaw (Scotland) – 19
  3. Handre Pollard (South Africa) – 18
  4. Daniel Carter (New Zealand) – 17
  5. Julian Savea (New Zealand) – 15

 

Metres run:

 

  1. Julian Savea (New Zealand) – 137
  2. Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand) – 107
  3. Juan Imhoff (Argentina) – 98
  4. Ben Smith (New Zealand) – 91
  5. Duane Vermeulen (South Africa) – 90

 

Carries:

 

  1. Schalk Burger (South Africa) – 26
  2. Duane Vermeulen (South Africa) – 15
  3. Kurtley Beale (Australia) – 14

Damian de Allende (South Africa) – 14

Taulupe Faletau (Wales) – 14

Jamie Roberts (Wales) – 14

David Denton (Scotland) – 14

  1. Pablo Matera (Argentina) – 13

Santiago Cordero (Argentina) – 13

Eben Etzebeth (South Africa) – 13

  1. Handre Pollard (South Africa) – 12

Ben McCalman (Australia) – 12

Robbie Henshaw (Ireland) – 12

 

Tackles:

 

  1. Dan Lydiate (Wales) – 24
  2. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) – 19
  3. Taulupe Faletau (Wales) – 18

Jonny Gray (Scotland) – 18

  1. Sam Warburton (Wales) – 17
  2. Schalk Burger (Wales) – 16

 

Turnovers won:

 

  1. Sam Warburton (Wales) – 4
  2. Richie McCaw (New Zealand) – 3
  3. Jamie Heaslip (Ireland) – 2

Bryan Habana (South Africa) – 2

Adriaan Strauss (South Africa) – 2

Augustin Creevy (Argentina) – 2

Sam Cane (New Zealand) – 2

Damian de Allende (South Africa) – 2

Duane Vermeulen (South Africa) – 2

Jordi Murphy (Ireland) – 2

 

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