Five steals from Louw!

Argentina dominated all the attacking stats, but they gave away 15 penalties while the Boks amassed 13 turnovers, five of them via Francois Louw. Take in all the match stats from their 24-13 win over Argentina.

Tank Lanning

Last week the All Blacks dominated the attacking stats while also winning the game, a rarity in modern day rugby, sadly. As can be seen from the match stats out of Friday night’s 24-13 win over Argentina by the Springboks.

The men from South America dominated every single attacking stat – carries, defenders beaten, metres run, offloads and passes – yet were never in the game on the scoreboard.

Sure, these attacking phases put together by the Pumas probably took place in the wrong part of the field, but they also gave away 15 penalties, and coughed up the ball via turnover 13 times.

And for a side like the Boks, who to be fair, did try and run the ball a little more than they have in the tournament to date, these errors were more than enough to not only keep them in the game, but apply pressure that resulted in points.

Both Damien de Allende and Jesse Kriel were busy on the night, the latter contributing hugely with ball in hand, but his 4 missed tackles will have the coaches calling for the big stick.

Frans Malherbe was again very impressive at tighthead prop, growing into the position nicely since taking over from stalwart Jannie du Plessis. His defence is good (17 tackles made), while his carries (3 on Friday night) are now also becoming more effective.

But the man who shines brightest in the stats is that ultimate workhorse, Francois Louw. His 5 carries, 1 offload, and 18 tackles are impressive, but it’s the 5 turnovers that he burgled at the breakdown that really steal the limelight.

A look at all the match stats from the Vodacom Rugby App:

Points: SA 24-13 ARG

Tries: SA 2-1 ARG

Penalty tries: SA 0-0 ARG

Penalty goals: SA 4-1 ARG

Conversions: SA 1-1 ARG

Drop goals: SA 0-1 ARG

Missed penalty goals: SA 1-0 ARG

Missed conversions: SA 1-0 ARG

Possession: SA 35%-65% ARG

Territory: SA 37%-63% ARG


Carries: SA 96-184 ARG

Clean breaks: SA 8-7 ARG

Defenders beaten: SA 17-32 ARG

Handling errors: SA 8-14 ARG

Kicks from hand: SA 42-31 ARG

Kicks caught: SA 29-27 ARG

Knock ons: SA 8-10 ARG

Lineouts won on own ball: SA 15-13 ARG

Lineouts stolen: SA 0-1 ARG

Loose ball collected: SA 21-32 ARG

Metres run: SA 367-560 ARG

Offloads: SA 3-10 ARG

Passes: SA 134-245 ARG

Penalties conceded: SA 10-15 ARG

Red cards: SA 0-0 ARG

Scrums won: SA 4-5 ARG

Scrums lost: SA 0-1 ARG

Tackles made: SA 195-104 ARG

Tackles missed: SA 32-17 ARG

Try assists: SA 2-0 ARG

Turnovers won: SA 13-4 ARG

Yellow cards: SA 0-1 ARG


Key individual stats:

Willie le Roux: 1 try assist, 1 penalty conceded, 12 kicks from hand, 34 metres run, 7 carries, 13 passes, 3 missed tackles

Bryan Habana: 1 try assist, 1 penalty conceded, 2 kicks from hand, 56 metres run, 2 clean breaks, 2 defenders beaten, 3 knock ons

JP Pietersen: 1 try, 2 kicks from hand, 1 clean break

Jesse Kriel: 0 kicks from hand, 71 metres run, 2 clean breaks, 6 carries, 3 defenders beaten, 3 passes, 1 offload, 10 tackles, 4 missed tackles,

Damien de Allende: 1 kick from hand, 23 metres run, 9 carries, 6 passes, 14 tackles, 3 turnovers won

Handre Pollard: 4 penalty goals, 1 missed penalty goal, 1 conversion, 1 missed conversion, 15 kicks from hand, 15 metres run, 1 clean break, 3 defenders beaten, 15 passes

Ruan Pienaar: 9 kicks from hand, 39 metres run, 70 passes, 4 missed tackles

Duane Vermeulen: 23 metres run, 12 carries, 16 tackles, 2 turnovers won, 3 linouts won

Schalk Burger: 1 penalty conceded, 8 carries, 10 passes, 3 missed tackles, 1 knock on

Francois Louw: 2 penalties conceded, 5 carries, 1 offload, 18 tackles, 3 missed tackles, 1 knock on, 5 turnovers won

Victor Matfield: 21 metres run, 5 carries, 16 tackles, 5 lineouts won

Eben Etzebeth: 1 try, 24 metres run, 1 clean break, 9 carries, 1 defenders beaten, 22 tackles, 2 missed tackles, 4 lineouts won

Frans Malherbe: 1 penalty conceded, 21 metres run, 1 clean break, 3 carries, 1 defender beaten, 17 tackles, 1 knock on

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All stats courtesy of the Vodacom Rugby App, which is available for download in all app stores. Download it now and feel like a coach during the match, and a know-it-all at the post match braai.