The URC StatMaster Insights Pack was launched to allow fans, media and broadcasters to deep dive into the data produced by the teams and players of the United Rugby Championship.
Powered by the URC’s official stat providers Oval Rugby and supported by historic information from Stuart Farmer Media Services (SFMS), the URC StatMaster applies context to the data available for each match in the upcoming round.
The URC StatMaster isn’t just about ranking the top scorers or tacklers, it pinpoints the metrics that provide real insight into the match-ups taking place and what factors can prove influential in the winning and losing.
Performance data fields for teams and players are used and combined with reports and analysis on penalties, 22 entry data and times of scoring to provide a one-page insight report on each fixture.
The goal of the URC StatMaster Insight Pack is to help demystify the game and make it easier to explain through simplified data.
DHL STORMERS V VODACOM BULLS
• The DHL Stormers have been a potent attacking force this season and their offensive play is very rarely thwarted by their own indiscipline. John Dobson’s side have conceded fewer penalties in attack than any other team in the URC this season (52)
• Clean breaks is also an area where the DHL Stormers have set the pace this term, boasting a league-best tally of 155, although the individual charts are topped by a pair of Vodacom Bulls players – Madosh Tambwe and Kurt-Lee Arendse (both on 23)
• Number eight Evan Roos has had a season to remember, enjoying success in the URC Awards and earning a call-up to the Springboks squad. He leads the way for successful carries (142) and defenders beaten (53) in the URC
• The Vodacom Bulls know how to keep an attacking move going, having completed more offloads than any other team in the competition (231), although the DHL Stormers are just six behind on 225
• Only Leinster (89) have scored more tries in the URC than the Vodacom Bulls (73) this season. The DHL Stormers are fourth on the list with 66
• The Vodacom Bulls boast the top two try-scoring forwards in the competition, with back-row Marcell Coetzee sitting on 11 and hooker Johan Grobbelaar on 9
Did You Know?
• The DHL Stormers have won their last 10 matches since losing 19-17 to Connacht in Galway on February 26. The Vodacom Bulls, meanwhile, have lost only one of their last 11 URC fixtures – by the same scoreline to the DHL Stormers in Cape Town on April 9
• That fixture forms part of a 5-match unbeaten run in matches against South African opposition for the DHL Stormers, whose only home defeat this season was a 37-19 reverse against the Emirates Lions in December
• DHL Stormers wing Leolin Zas collected the Top Try Scorer prize during the URC Awards but Marcell Coetzee pulled level with him on 11 by touching down in the Final Four victory over Leinster