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    Du Toit shows lineout prowess

    2015-02-23 16:07

    Cape Town - A sense of normality returned to Super Rugby over the weekend with the big-name teams winning their matches.

    South African teams hardly dominated the positive statistics on the Vodacom Rugby App, but Sharks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit was a standout with his lineout prowess.

    The Cheetahs enjoyed their first bye of the season, while the Sharks got their first victory with a win over the Lions.

    The Stormers continued their stellar start with a victory over the Blues to move to the top of the overall log with the Bulls narrowly losing to the Hurricanes.

    The Sharks made the second most kicks from hand the past weekend with flyhalf Pat Lambie mostly responsible for their aerial attack.

    Lambie executed 13 of his side’s total of 34 kicks, while the Reds led the kicks-from-hand category in their 18-6 victory over the Force.

    The Sharks’ lineouts are also developing into a powerful weapon with lock Du Toit leading the charge in the second row.

    Du Toit dominated the Lineouts won on own throw bracket, taking 11 of his lineout balls, while the Stormers’ Ruan Botha took the second most with his eight.

    Bulls stalwart Victor Matfield had a share of third place on the rankings with the six lineout balls he took on his team’s throw.

    The Bulls’ below par performance over the weekend is reflected by the stats in the negative facets of the game.

    The men from Pretoria conceded a whopping 12 penalties, with the Blues leading the category with 17 transgressions.

    The Bulls, however, put in a gutsy defensive effort against the Hurricanes making 115 tackles to rank fourth in this category with the Rebels’ 137 claiming top spot.

    A positive from the weekend was the emergence of Bulls fullback Jesse Kriel, whose linebreak led to flyhalf Handre Pollard’s try.

    Kriel and James Lowe of the Chiefs share second place in the Metres Run category with their 111 metres with the Waratahs’ Israel Folau leading with his 122m.

    The exciting Bulls player and Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach were the only players from South African franchises to crack the top-10 in the Defenders Beaten category as they got past the opposition on three occasions each.

    Round-2 Stats:

    Kicks from Hand:

    1. Will Genia (Reds) - 20

    2. Nick Frisby (Reds) – 13

    3. Pat Lambie (Sharks) – 13

    4. Sias Ebersohn (Force) – 13

    5. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) – 12

    Metres Run:

    1. Israel Folau (Waratahs) – 122m

    2. James Lowe (Chiefs) – 111m

    3. Jesse Kriel (Bulls) – 111m

    4. Mike Harris (Rebels) – 88m

    5. Charles Piutau (Blues) – 86

    Lineouts won on own throw:

    1. Pieter-Steph du Toit (Sharks) – 11

    2. Ruan Botha (Stormers) – 8

    3. Jake Schatz (Reds) – 6

    4. Sam Carter (Brumbies) – 6

    5. Victor Matfield (Bulls) – 6

    Lineouts Stolen:

    1. Adam Thomson (Reds) – 2

    2. Martin Muller (Lions) – 2

    3. Brad Shields (Hurricanes) – 1

    4. James Broadhursts (Hurricanes) – 1

    5. Lubabalo Mtyanda (Sharks) – 1

    Kicks caught:

    1. James Lowe (Chiefs) – 7

    2. Andries Coetzee (Lions) – 6

    3. Bryce Heem (Chiefs) – 6

    4. Israel Folau (Waratahs) – 6

    5. Pat Lambie (Sharks) – 5

    5. SP Marais (Sharks) - 5

    Team v Team Stats:

    Penalties Conceded:

    1. Blues – 17

    2. Force – 13

    3. Bulls - 12

    4. Chiefs - 12

    5. Highlanders – 11

    Tackles:

    1. Rebels – 137

    2. Chiefs – 122

     3. Reds – 117

    4. Bulls – 115

    5. Highlanders – 109

    Missed Tackles:

    1. Rebels – 28

    2. Brumbies – 18

    3. Chiefs – 15

    4. Crusaders – 15

    5. Bulls – 13

    Knock Ons:

    1. Reds – 16

    2. Waratahs – 15

    3. Brumbies – 14

    4. Chiefs – 13

    5. Bulls – 12

    Lineouts won on own throw:

    1. Reds – 17

    2. Stormers – 14

    3. Sharks – 13

    4. Brumbies – 12

    5. Hurricanes – 12

    Kicks from hand:

    1.Reds – 40

    2. Sharks – 34

    3. Lions – 29

    4. Force – 28

    5. Chiefs – 27

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