Brussow is top S15 tackler

2012-04-10 11:17

Cape Town – South African loose forwards are excelling for their high tackle counts in the first few weeks of Super Rugby 2012.

Three “loosies” from our neck of the woods feature among the top five customers for most tackles made after seven rounds of the competition – with the Cheetahs’ dynamic Springbok open-sider Heinrich Brussow leading the way.

The nuggety No 6, according to statistics published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, has made 112 tackles.

He is hotly pursued by Marcell Coetzee, the Sharks youngster who continues to develop nicely in his maiden season at this level, with 109.

Next comes the Force’s Zimbabwean-born fetcher David Pocock (102), with the Chiefs’ big lock Brodie Retallick lying fourth on 96.

The log-leading Stormers have their own flag-carrier among the top five in this department, with Siya Kolisi sharing fifth position with another Chiefs player in Liam Messam (92 each).

Industrious Coetzee hurt a shoulder in the Sharks’ disappointing loss to the Hurricanes and is reportedly in some doubt for the last tour game against the Blues in Auckland on Friday.

Meanwhile Brussow ought to get the chance to build on his proud tackle count when the Cheetahs entertain the Chiefs in an important clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday – the home side will be doing compatriots the Stormers, in particular, a favour if they knock over the best-performing New Zealand outfit at present.


  • chandre.pelser - 2012-04-10 11:35

    Well, the rugby union stats company used by all but three of the 15 Super teams says different:

      chandre.pelser - 2012-04-10 11:39

      According to Verusco, it's rather: Marcell Coetzee - 128 Philip vd Walt - 115 Heinrich Brussouw - 107 Luke Jones - 106 Liam Messam - 105 Siya Kolisi - 103 Pocock - joint 10th on 93

      Heiku - 2012-04-10 12:22

      Who are the three teams using different stats?

      chandre.pelser - 2012-04-10 20:46

      @Heiku - The Stormers uses Rassie's "system" that he developed and the other two teams are AUS/NL teams, not sure which. If you look at last year's Currie Cup stats you'll easily see why the Bulls bought Sadie and JJ Engelbrecht, with Sadie making most line breaks and high up on running meters. Weird how almost all teams (incl National teams) opts to use this system, but we went and chose Rassie as our "technical adviser" for the WC. IMO we lost due to Bryce, but also due to not playing Bryce to the game he blows, which IMO can be put in front of the Springboks' technical team.. Not taking anything from Rassie's other achievements.

      clarence.hiles - 2012-04-11 01:43

      hey bro, different stat guys will have different interpretations as to who is the primary or secondary tackler or whether a player had any influence in the tackle at all so there is some ambiguity. Imagwn when sometimes 3 guys hit a player simultaneously.. whos the tackler? so i think the different stats are attributed to this.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-10 11:36

    and once he's tackled you he pinches the ball as well...busy little man

  • Gavin - 2012-04-10 12:02

    Holy smokes!!! I would be in broken bits if I tried 10% of these tackle numbers. These guys are as tough as nails, lets not take that away from them....

  • Rinus - 2012-04-10 12:07

    It speaks for itself that the weaker teams will have the individuals with the most tackles! Not a statistic I want realted to any om my team's players? And defence is a team thing so an individual that must do so much work is being let down by his team-mates? Or the defence pattern is wrong?

      Rinus - 2012-04-10 12:10

      related to any of my team's...

      chandre.pelser - 2012-04-10 12:23

      Yeah "most tackles" is a stat you'd rather want your opposition to have, but its not necessarily bad that flankers are leading the charge. I'd say Brussouw and vd Walt's tackle stats means they're effectively protecting their flyhalf, which may be even more important than spreading the amount of tackles over the whole team. Brussouw and vdWalt together has made about 25% of all the Cheetahs' tackles.. Rather them than Goosen or PietvZyl.

      Rinus - 2012-04-10 12:30

      The Cheetahs currently have 199 points scored against them - you can imagine what it would have been without Brussouw! I do however think that both the Cheetahs and the Sharks have a defensive problem - no structure and relates directly to coaching? If Brussouw was playing for the Stormers or Bulls, he would not have been top of the list but would have been no 1 in turning over posession...

      Rinus - 2012-04-10 12:37

      Think we can let Piet loose on Bryce!

      David - 2012-04-10 16:08

      Interseting Stats from last year relating to Rinus post is that the Bulls made the most tackles in 2011 with the Stormers in 6th place. The Crusaders and Blues made the least. So it also depends on how you play the game...some teams prefer to let the other teams run at them and trust in their Defensive Systems> Most interesting Stat is that the Lions spent the most time in the oppositions 22 of any team...I guess they just never finished off their movements with a try and hence just hung arround in the oppositions 22 until they lost the ball.

      Rinus - 2012-04-10 16:31

      That is interesting David! I think we need to bring "number of tackles missed" into the equation - if you have a really strong defence (e.g. Stormers strong point this year - wonder how many tackles they made last weekend?), you will probably have a low "points against". So there's tackling because you never have the ball and keep on losing and there's tackling that "makes you good" and keep your opponents from scoring! :-) Remember how many games the Bulls won from behind last year - sort of tale of two halves in many games .. first half tackling and second half scoring?

      Rinus - 2012-04-10 16:40

      But it does strengthen my point that "the whole team must tackle"!

  • Nick - 2012-04-10 13:02

    the most worrying stats of all is that of the lions. they've made a lot less that the top contenders and also missed the least does that mean that they just allow the oposition to run circles around them.

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