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The Statistics of the Grand Shame Tour

The Statistics of the Grand Shame Tour

chalkboard-clipart-300x183The fact that the Wallabies didn’t bring home their own little slice of history was a grand shame. 

However, as has been pointed out by a number of others, if they’d come back with a Grand Slam, it would have masked the fact that there’s still a lot of work to do before the Wallabies can consistently challenge the All Blacks and the Springboks.

Let’s look at the team statistics first across all four test matches and then examine the key statistics for the individual players.

Before the tour started most people posting on the Green and Gold Rugby site gave the Wallabies very little chance of winning the Grand Slam, so in that regard the Wallabies have exceeded expectations by getting to within 3 points of achieving that (1 pt against Ireland and 2 pts against Scotland would have done it).  I think that is more a result of the standard of the opposition than a high standard set by the Wallabies. 

The tour has served us well for the future with a very good scrum continuing to develop and a few young players like Will Genia and David Pocock really showing what they can do.

Overall the statistics look quite good and if you hadn’t seen the games and didn’t know the scores, these statistics would suggest the Wallabies were more successful than they actually were.  Then again if I’d recorded a statistic for missed opportunities the scores would be understandable.


Wallabies   England Ireland Scotland Wales Tour
Breakdowns Ball Taken In 83 65 101 47 296
  Retained 75 61 93 43 272
  Turnover 8 4 8 4 24
  Retained % 90% 94% 92% 91% 92%
  Ball Taken In By Opposition 99 65 64 107 335
  Turnover 4 9 7 12 32
  Turnover % 4% 14% 11% 11% 10%
Tackles Tackles Attempted 119 95 59 139 412
  Made 102 76 57 126 361
  Missed 17 19 2 13 51
  Made % 86% 80% 97% 91% 88%
Lineouts Ball Thrown In 15 18 16 5 54
  Won 11 13 13 5 42
  Lost 4 5 3 0 12
  Won % 73% 72% 81% 100% 78%
  Ball Thrown In By Opposition 16 14 18 19 67
  Won 2 1 2 2 7
  Turnover % 13% 7% 11% 11% 10%
Scrums Ball Fed 6 7 9 7 29
  Won 6 7 6 7 26
  Lost 0 0 3 0 3
  Won % 100% 100% 67% 100% 90%
  Ball Fed By Opposition 5 7 9 10 31
  Won 1 3 3 3 10
  Turnover % 20% 43% 33% 30% 32%
Kicks in General Play Wallabies 31 36 33 42 142
  Opposition 40 31 35 21 127
Penalties For 6 9 6 6 27
  Against 11 10 8 13 42
Free Kicks For 0 2 4 1 7
  Against 1 2 4 0 7
Dropped Ball   8 7 5 7 27
Poor Passes   1 5 6 5 17
Ball Carries   108 66 133 68 375
Line Breaks For 7 6 6 10 29
  Against 3 4 1 5 13
Tries For 2 2 1 4 9
  Against 0 2 0 0 2
Conversions Attempts 2 2 1 4 9
  Successful 1 2 0 2 5
  Success % 50% 100% 0% 50% 56%
  Against 0 2 0 0 2
Penalty Goals Attempts 2 4 3 3 12
  Successful 2 2 1 3 8
  Success % 100% 50% 33% 100% 67%
  Attempts Against 3 2 3 6 14
  Successful 2 2 2 4 10
Field Goals Attempts 0 1 1 1 3
  Successful 0 0 0 0 0
  Success % 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
  Against 1 0 1 0 2
Points For 18 20 8 33 79
  Against 9 20 9 12 50


A couple of these statistics stand out – too many missed tackles, penalty count well against us and tries scored versus line breaks. Oh, and Giteau’s place kicking!

Now let’s look at some key statistics for individual players.


Player Statistics Carries Tackles Missed Tackles Line Breaks
Benn Robinson 11 23 2 2
Stephen Moore 23 17 3 1
Ben Alexander 18 17 1 2
James Horwill 21 26
Mark Chisolm 10 15 3
Rocky Elsom 30 29 4
David Pocock 6 19 2 1
Wycliff Palu 34 22 2 3
Will Genia 24 20 3 4
Matt Giteau 33 21 1 2
Drew Mitchell 22 11 4 2
Quade Cooper 30 23 12
Digby Ioane 23 25 7 1
Peter Hynes 19 26 5 2
Adam Ashley-Cooper 25 7 3
Tatafu Polota-Nau 10 12
Matt Dunning 3
George Smith 16 24 3
Dean Mumm 1 15
Luke Burgess 3 1
James O’Connor 1 2 1 1
Ryan Cross 12 1 2 1
Sekope Kepu
Richard Brown 3 1
Kurtley Beale 1
Lachie Turner
Total 375 361 51 29


Obviously Quade Cooper’s missed tackles stands out.  To clarify how I recorded tackles and missed tackles for all players, I only allocated a tackle or a missed tackle to the player who was first into the tackle or had most impact on whether the tackle was made or not.  In that way I wasn’t double counting tackles by assigning tackles where players had really just assisted.  Cooper was obviously being covered by others so was involved in plenty of tackles where he had help.  He seems to have developed a habit of getting into position to make a tackle but not really committing if he knows someone else is also there.  However, in those cases I neither awarded him a tackle as he wasn’t the primary player who completed the tackle and nor did I consider there was a tackle missed.  So the 12 missed tackles I counted for Cooper were one on one misses, so he’s got some work to do as has Digby Ioane.

The other thing that stood out for me was the amount of work Rocky Elsom was doing.  Watching the games live I would have said he had a quiet tour but watching them back more closely he was really leading from the front.  Wycliff Palu had a good tour and the statistics back that up.

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@ScottA_

Scott is one of our regular contributors from the old days of G&GR. He has experience coaching Premier Grade with two clubs in Brisbane.

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