No surprises McCaw top tackler again ...
November 12, 2013, 18:38:35
Pretty good for a player 'in decline'...way to show the young guns how it's done there King Ritchie...
Against France Richie McCaw was the top tackler with 17 tackles, five assists and no misses, followed by Kieran Read with 16 tackles, two assists and no misses, and Brodie Retallick with 15 tackles, five assists and just one miss. McCaw made a total of nine tackles and Read a total of 10 inside the All Blacks' 22.
Of the backs, Ben Smith was top tackler with nine tackles and one assist, followed by Aaron Smith with eight tackles, and Dan Carter, Ma'a Nonu, and Charles Piutau each with seven.
Nonu missed the most tackles for the All Blacks with a total of five, followed by Dane Coles with three, and Tony Wood[removed], Liam Messam, and Piutau with two misses each.
No surprise that McCaw was yet again the top player for breakdown arrivals, being in the first three players on 24 occasions. Retallick and Whitelock were the next busiest, both with 15 arrivals. McCaw was also the top ball carrier for the All Blacks with six carries for a gain of 25 metres.
There's hope yet for the Springboks as -In losing to the All Blacks the French have now suffered their worst test run since 1981, having won just one of their last nine test matches. They have won only 40 percent of their test matches under coach Philippe Saint-Andre