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The Stats Don't Lie: Kaino, Franks led the way

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Jerome Kaino was the top ball carrier for the All Blacks with 15 for a total of 68 metres gained. Photo / Getty Images
Jerome Kaino was the top ball carrier for the All Blacks with 15 for a total of 68 metres gained. Photo / Getty Images

Top marks for the All Blacks' props this week, especially Owen Franks who topped the stats for being in the first three players to the breakdown with a huge total of 49. McCaw was second with 47, while Tony Woodcock and Sam Whitelock both had 34 arrivals.

The All Blacks only had to make 61 tackles in this match, with their top tackler being Jerome Kaino with seven tackles and two assists. Meanwhile Argentina's blindside flanker Julio Farinas Cabello topped their tackle stats with a staggering 22 successful tackles.

Jerome Kaino was the top ball carrier for the All Blacks with 15 for a total of 68 metres gained. Richie McCaw made 14 for gain of 37 metres, while Kieran Read made 13 for a gain of 45 metres.

Top ball Carrier for Argentina was their No 8 Leonardo Vincente Senatore with five carries for 60 metres gained, including the break off the scrum that led to their try.

There were 13 linebreaks in this game, with nine to the All Blacks and four to Argentina.

Cory Jane was the top line breaker with three, and also made the most running metres with 100 metres in total.

There were 16 penalties in total awarded in this game, which was well below this tournament's average for penalties (21.15) awarded per game in pool play.


New Zealand and Argentina had met once before at a Rugby World Cup back in 1987, when the All Blacks won 46-15 in pool play.

This was the first game of Rugby World Cup 2011 that New Zealand has failed to score more than four tries, and was also the first game where their backs failed to score a try.

THE GOOD

The All Blacks won 100 percent of their lineout throws (10), Brad Thorn being their top jumper with 4 takes. They also won 3 throws off Argentina with Sam Whitelock stealing two while Ali Williams also got a steal.

The All Blacks only conceded nine turnovers in total, with six handling errors and three kicking errors.

Piri Weepu's great goal kicking continued, with just one miss from eight attempts. Overall he has landed 11 from 12 kicks at goal, and is yet to miss a penalty shot.

The All Blacks only conceded six penalties, with three coming at the breakdown, one at the scrum, one at the lineout and one for obstruction.

The All Blacks won three breakdown turnovers thanks to Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read.

THE BAD

There may have only been nine missed tackles by the All Blacks but the two missed by Kieran Read and Richie McCaw from an Argentinian scrum move led to Argentina's sole try of the game to Julio Farias Cabello.

The curse of the No 10 jersey continues, with Colin Slade leaving the field in the 32nd minute with a groin injury.

Argentina conceded eight of their 10 penalties at the breakdown and ended up with a yellow card to halfback Nicolas Vergallo in the 59th minute of play for hands in the ruck.

FOR THE RECORD

Mils Muliaina became the second All Black after Richie McCaw, to play 100 Test matches. He is also the 20th player to have notch up a century of test match appearance.

Graham Henry coached a team in a RWC match for the 14th time, equalling Bernard Laporte's (France) record. Henry coached Wales in their four matches at RWC 1999 and will have coached the All Blacks in five matches at RWC 2007 and RWC 2011.

Richie McCaw also played his 14th World Cup match, which equals Reuben Thorne's tally. Sean Fitzpatrick (17) is the only All Black to have played more matches.

Felipe Contepomi needed just five points to break Hugo Porta's Argentina Test points scoring record of 590 points going into this game, but came up short landing just a conversion and missing a penalty goal.

The All Blacks have now trailed on the scoreboard for a total of just nine minutes, the least of any side in the tournament.

The All Blacks are the only pool winners in RWC 2011 to proceed through to the semi finals, with the other three teams all being the runner-ups in their respective pools.

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Tracey Nelson

Stats guru Tracey Nelson crunches the numbers

Tracey Nelson is a rugby statistician who looks closely at the numbers of every Super 15 and All Blacks test to give a concise answer to which players and teams are leading the way on the field.

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