That old kicking flyhalf thing
November 20, 2012, 00:23:17
We kick, the Ausies and Nzers run. Morne is the worst offender and if only we had one of the young guns in there, things would be different. Sound familiar? Well here are the stats for our last 6 matches.....post the Bargies and including our 4 matches against NZ and Oz..
The ball has reached our flyhalf 132 times versus 187 for our opposing flyhalves. Of those balls our opponents kicked 25% of the time, passed 60% of the time and ran 15% of the time. The Boks kicked 31% of the time, passed 55% of the time and ran 14% of the time. Very much the same.
But there's more.....if you drop Sexton, who seemed to pass almost every ball, from the list.....the remaining flyhalves including Cooper, Beale, Carter and Cruden were even closer. That group of running flyhalves kicked 28% of the time, passed 56% of the time and ran 16% of the time......almost exactly the same as the Boks.
And if you drop Lambie from the list...... the Boks kicked 28% of the time, passed 57% of the time and ran 15% of the time. Exactly the numbers of their international running opponents.
So what we have here is no big difference from our opponents, with slightly more conservative play after a young flyhalf came into the team.
Wow.....how did that work out for you!