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The first Tests of November

Stats

As we shall do throughout this month wherever we can, we shall give some statistics on each match with some comparisons from match to match.

This week the three matches are Wales vs New Zealand, Argentina vs South Africa and France vs Australia.

We shall also discuss incidents from the matches, all three of which were so well refereed. If you want to learn about refereeing – being calm and communicating clearly – study those three matches.

(i) Wales vs New Zealand

Total number of penalties: 24

Wales: 10
New Zealand: 14

The reasons for the penalties were as follows:

Wales:
Tackle/ruck:
5 (Cockbain* 2, Stephen Jones*, Duncan Jones, Gareth Thomas)
Scrum: 1 (Horsman)
Off-side: 1 (Sowden Taylor)
Discipline: 3 (Cockbain – punch, Sidoli – man without ball, Charteris – man in the air)

New Zealand:
Tackle/Ruck:
4 (Masoe, Jack, So'oialo, Collins)
Scrum: 3 (Tialata , Hayman, Woodcock)
Off-side: 4 (Masoe 2, Collins, Cowan)
Discipline: 3 (Smith* – man without ball, Woodcock – dangerous play, Hayman – collapsed maul)

(ii) Argentina vs South Africa

Total number of penalties: 23

Argentina: 13
South Africa: 10

The reasons for the penalties were as follows:

Argentina:
Tackle/Ruck:
4 (Lobbe*, F Contepomi, Bouza, M Contepomi)
Scrum: 1 (Hasan)
Off-side: 1 (Roncero)
Discipline: 6 (Undetermined – high, Aramburu – air tackle, Lobbe – collapsed maul, Longo – collapsed maul, Scelzo – obstruction, Durand – pulling hair)

South Africa:
Tackle/Ruck:
5 (Matfield, Van der Linde, Du Randt, Cronjé, Claassen)
Off-side: 2 (Burger*, Fourie)
Discipline: 3 (Smit* – deliberate knock-on, De Villiers – pushing, Van den Berg – not back 10m)

(iii) France vs Australia

Total number of penalties: 25

France: 13
Australia: 12

The reasons for the penalties were as follows:

France:
Tackle/Ruck:
7 (Rougerie 2, Thion 2, Heymans*, Pelous*, Lièvremont )
Off-side: 3 (Nyanga, Fritz*, Jauzion)
Discipline: 3 (Pelous and Szarzewski  – obstruction, Heymans – air tackle, Chabal – man without ball)

Australia:
Tackle/Ruck:
7 (Latham, Tuqiri 2, Elsom* 2, Waugh*, Waugh & Chisholm)
Scrum: 1 (Dunning*)
Off-side: 1 (Smith*)
Discipline: 3 (Baxter 2 – collapsed maul, obstruction, Cannon – collapsed maul)

(iv) Line-outs, scrums, free kicks, drop-outs, turn-overs

Wales vs New Zealand

Line-outs

Wales: 21 (6 lost, 2 skew, 1 quick)
New Zealand: 15 (1 lost, 2  quick)

Scrums

Wales: 19 (5 reset, 3 penalties)
New Zealand: 9 (5 reset, 1 penalty)

Free kicks

Wales: 0
New Zealand: 0

Drop-outs

Wales: 0
New Zealand: 1

Turn-overs

The turn-overs recorded here concern only winning or losing the ball at a tackle.

Wales: 1
New Zealand: 5

Argentina vs South Africa

Line-outs

Argentina: 17 (5 lost, 1 skew)
South Africa: 26 (5 lost, 3 free kick)

Scrums

Argentina: 9 (3 reset, 1 lost)
South Africa: 5 (1 reset, 1 penalty)

Free kicks

Argentina: 0
South Africa: 0

Drop-outs

Argentina: 2
South Africa: 0

Turn-overs

The turn-overs recorded here concern only winning or losing the ball at a tackle.

Argentina: 2
South Africa: 1

France vs Australia

Line-outs

France: 16 (5 lost, 1 skew, 1 free kick, 1 quick)
Australia: 27 (3 lost, 3 skew, 1 quick)

Scrums

France: 11 (4 resets, 1 free kick, 1 penalty)
Australia: 9 (2 resets,  1 free kick)

Free kicks

France: 4 (2 scrums, 1 line-out, 1 mark)
Australia: 2 (1 scrum, 1 not 10m)

Drop-outs

France: 1
Australia: 2

Turn-overs

The turn-overs recorded here concern only winning or losing the ball at a tackle.

France: 1
Australia: 1

(vi) Kicks

Wales vs New Zealand: 17 + 20 = 37
Argentina vs South Africa: 31 + 31 = 62
France vs Australia:  28 + 21 = 49

(vii) Tackles/rucks

Wales vs New Zealand:  144
Argentina vs South Africa: 126
France vs Australia:  132

(viii) Advantage

This is how many times the referee tried to allow advantage. In brackets is the number of times it was successful.

Wales vs New Zealand:  18 (7)
Argentina vs South Africa: 23 (8)
France vs Australia:  23 (10)

(ix) Stoppages

Wales vs New Zealand:  95
Argentina vs South Africa: 84
France vs Australia: 105

(x) Tries

Wales vs New Zealand:  0 + 5 = 5
Argentina vs South Africa: 3 + 3 = 6
France vs Australia: 2 + 1 = 3

(xi) Some totals per match

We shall add to these each week.

Penalties

Wales vs New Zealand: 10 + 14 = 24
Argentina vs South Africa: 13 + 10 = 23
France vs Australia: 13 + 12 = 25

Line-outs

Wales vs New Zealand: 21 + 15 = 36
Argentina vs South Africa: 17 + 27 = 44
France vs Australia: 16 + 27 = 43

Scrums

Wales vs New Zealand: 19 + 9 = 28
Argentina vs South Africa: 9 + 5 = 14
France vs Australia: 11 + 9 = 20

Kicks

Wales vs New Zealand: 17 + 20 = 37
Argentina vs South Africa: 31 + 31 = 62
France vs Australia: 28 + 21 = 49

Tackle/rucks

Wales vs New Zealand: 144
Argentina vs South Africa: 126
France vs Australia: 132

Tries

Wales vs New Zealand: 0 + 5 = 5
Argentina vs South Africa: 3 + 3 = 6
France vs Australia: 2 + 1 = 3

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