This was in reality the start of the 2011 Tri-Nations when New Zealand and Australia each pout their best teams in the field to play each other. It may not happen again in 2011.
If you thought the match fell away just a bit in the second half, ball-in-play time may well confirm this.
New Zealand won 30-14.
There were no cards at all in this well-mannered match. There have been no cards in the 2011 Tri-Nations so far.
Cited and suspended
In this section we record the times a team was penalised.
New Zealand vs Australia
Total number of penalties: 15
New Zealand: 7
The reasons for the penalties were as follows:
* = points conceded
Tackle/ruck/maul: 4 (McCaw 2, Mealamu, Owen Franks)
Scrum: 2 (Crockett 2)
Discipline: (Smith - early tackle)
Tackle/ruck/maul: 6 (Pocock* 3, Ashley-Cooper, Higginbotham, Horwill)
Scrum: 1 (Alexander*)
Discipline: 1 (McCabe - obstruction)
Australia missed three penalty kicks at goal.
This gives the number of penalties at ruck/tackle as a fraction of the total number of penalties: 10/15 - 67% (In Round 1 it was 74%, in Round 2 56%)
Getting possession - line-outs, scrums, free-kicks, drop-outs
In this section the figures represent the number of times you get to play with the ball.
Scrums: 8 (1 reset, 1 collapse, 1 penalty)
Line-outs: 11 (2 lost, 1 quick)
Scrums: 6 (2 reset, 4 collapse, 1 free kick, 3 penalties)
Free-kicks: 1 (scrum)
Stoppages (total of line-outs, scrums with resets, free kicks, penalties, drop-outs): 62
Stoppages in previous Tri-Nations matches
Australia vs South Africa: 65
New Zealand vs South Africa: 70
Ball in play
These stats are provided by Jan Taljaard.
New Zealand vs Australia (Joubert):
19 minutes 50 seconds + 16 minutes 16 seconds = 36 minutes 6 seconds
The average for this kind of match is just over 33 minutes. In this match the ball was in play nine minutes longer than in the Currie Cup match between the Valke and Eastern Province.
Ball-in-play time for previous Tri-Nations matches
Australia vs South Africa: 35 minutes 0 seconds
New Zealand vs South Africa: 32 minutes 59 seconds
This is the number of tries each team scored.
New Zealand: 3 (Nonu, Mealamu, Sivivatu)
Australia: 2 (Ioane, Elsom)
Tries in previous Tri-Nations matches:
Australia vs South Africa: 5 + 2 = 7
New Zealand vs South Africa: 6 + 1 = 7
This gives the ratio of tries scored to penalties scored by each team:
New Zealand: 3/2
The ratio of tries scored to penalties goaled is 5/2
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