When putting together the killer stats from the 2012 TRC infographic earlier this week, it became clear that about the only dimension that the Wallabies did better in than the other teams in the competition was goal-kicking.
In the three matches the Wallabies won in this year’s tournament, the winning margins were just 7, 4 and 6 points. In those matches the Wallabies’ place kicking success rate was 78% and the opposition’s was 68%. These three matches were also where the Wallabies scored five of their six tries in the competition. There may be a hint in that, even though Robbie Deans is now busy telling us that we shouldn’t get ‘hung up’ on scoring tries.
Most important to the Wallabies coming second, though, was the fact that South Africa didn’t — tying their away leg with Argentina 16-all in a match where the Saffas uncharacteristically only slotted 50% of their goals.
As Baldwid observed in a comment on the last infographic post — ‘We are the new Springboks!’
Stats from RuckinGoodStats.com