The 2008 TN centre rugby stats....for the corpulent one
February 04, 2013, 03:45:57
I have often pointed out that Adi Jacobs, for a brief period in 2008 was playing great rugby. In fact, that his stats were the best in the TN. Others, are less informed, so here are the facts that can easily be verified on ESPN stats centre: Jean de Villiers Ran 45 times for an average of 5.24 per carry. He had 6 clean breaks for an average of .13 clean breaks per carry. He beat 9 defenders for an average of .20 defenders beaten per carry. He made 38 of his 49 tackles for an average success rate of 77.55% Adi Jacobs (who played in 5 of the 6 tests) Ran 21 times for an average of 7.04 per carry He had 3 clean breaks for an average of .14 clean breaks per carry He beat 5 defenders for an average of .238 defenders beaten per carry He made 33 of his 36 tackles for an average success rate of 91.67% Maa Nonu (who played in 5 tests) Ran 41 times for an average of 6.63 per carry He had 4 clean breaks for an average of .09 clean breaks per carry He beat 4 defenders for an average of .09 defenders beaten per carry. He made 21 of his 23 tackles for a success rate of 91.3% Conrad Smith Ran 32 times for an average of 5.71 metres per carry He made 2 clean breaks for an average of .063 breaks per carry He beat 7 defenders for an average of .20 defenders beaten per carry. He made 22 of his 26 tackles for a success rate of 84.62% Stirling Mortlock Ran 39 times for an average of 4.0 per carry He made 4 clean breaks for an average 0.1 breaks per carry He beat 9 defenders for an average .23 defenders beaten per carry He made 34 of his 38 tackles for a success rate of 89.47% No other Aussie centre played even 3 games, except Barnes, whose stats were poor. So these are the 5 competitors for the 2008 Stat winning centre. We find Jacobs has the highest average gain per run.The highest average number of clean breaks per carry. The highest average of defenders beaten per carry. The highest tackling success rate at an outstanding 91.67%. He also makes more tackles per game if you want to calculate that number. The only stat Adi does not win is total metres gained.....but his metres per carry is by far the best, so one has to put that down to the traditional Bok starving of number 13. This is a totally dominating stat performance for Jacobs, who had a fine 2008 TN. This golden seam of form was to desert him in 2009, but I'm rather tired of some posters on here running him down.....not justified as the stats clearly show.
