May 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
Sheriff did a post on veteran Springbok wing, Bryan Habana, and whether he should still be seen as first choice , currently nowhere near his best, and with the amount of talented young wingers we have competing for his spot. I have gatherred some season stats, unfortunately, the format is weak, and I can’t get them pasted into a proper table.
Bryan Habana Lwazi Mvovo Bjorn Basson
- Starts 11 7 12
- Assist 5 3 13
- Forced turnovers 8 2 9
- Tackles made 40 24 65
- Tackles missed 10 2 17
- Ball carries 69 28 46
- Line Breaks 7 6 8
- offloads 10 4 5
- % over gain line 65 64 75
- Metres gained 748 361 535
- Total passes 38 10 19
- Playmaker passes 5 3 0
- Handle count 127 40 97
- Penalties 3 1 3
- Total Errors(forced/unforced) 21 8 22
- Handling Errors 23 5 23
There are some interesting stats, and specially at the Error count, where it’s almost strange hpw even Bjorn and Habana are. to see what the players contributed per game, you’d have to devide the stats by the amount of games played. I only used stats from games that players started.
In defence, Bjorn assisted much more in the tackle, and Lwazi and Habana are about even. Habana and Basson are just about equal on forced turnovers, almost double the amount that Mvovo makes per match. Mvovo and Habana both make about 3.5 tackles per game, while Basson makes just less than 5.5 per match. A worrying site is that Habana missed 25% of his attempted tackles, while Lwazi appears much more solid on defence, only missing 8.3%. Bjorn Basson , although making more tackles misses more than 26% of his tackles.
The contact stats show Habana’s high work rate, as he carries the ball at least 6 times per game, while Mvovo carries 4 times per game, and Basson has just less than 4 carries per game. Bjorn Basson also dominates the gain line stat, as he breaks the line 75% of the time he carries, Mvovo leads the line break stats, breaking the line 6 times in his 7 starts. Mvovo and even more so Basson seem reluctant to offload in the contact situation while Habana offloads almost once per game, Habana gains 68m per game with ball in hand, while Basson gains 44m and Mvovo 51m. an interesting stat considering the Sharks’ more attacking approach.
Handling also makes for interesting reading, where you can see how Habana looks for work on the field, as he completes much more passes, not known to happen on the wing.
There isn’t much in it error wise, all three player giving away about the same amount of penalties per game, Bjorn and Habana make quite a bit of errors, 1.9 and 1.8 errors per game respectively, Mvovo also makes a forced or unforced error every game. Handling wise, Mvovo seems to have “safer” hands, making less than 1 handling error per game. while Basson and Habana make about 2 handling errors per game.
Conclusion, there doesn’t seem to be much between the three players, taking into consideration Bryan Habana is terribly off form, and he still competes with the young guns stats wise, then perhaps the national selectors aren’t THAT crazy for sticking to him. add experience to his cause to stay in the Bok starting line-up, and he’s the logical choice.
however, the one stat that isn’t mentioned above is tries scored, Bjorn has 8, and currently joined top try scorer, while Mvovo has 3 and Habana 1. Habana’s try scoring drought has been an issue right through the 2010 international season, and being a wing, he may still on current form tick most boxes as to what you want from a hard working winger. for some reason, since equaling the try scorig record of Joost, he has put himself under huge unnecessary pressure to make the record his own, and hopefully the pressure of scorring that 39th try is the only thing standing between him and getting back to his best. ad a couple of tries to his stats above, and you wouldn’t say these are the stats of a man in the worst form of his life…