Stat Attack: 300 up for Jarrod

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Cardiff Blues fell to a second successive defeat at the hands of Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, despite a much improved performance from that which saw us lose to Edinburgh.

On the back of that, here are the team and individual stats that stood out this week when looking at John Mulvihill’s men.

Tackling the problem

The main focus of last week’s Stat Attack was missed tackles, with the revised number of 32 against Edinburgh being even higher than the 28 it was reported to be when the piece was written last week.

That led to an 83% tackle success rate at the Arms Park, just not good enough to compete even with an under-strength opposition, and it told as they eventually broke the try deadlock late in the game after a missed tackle allowed them to break.

There was a notable improvement this week though, especially considering the greater amount of defending that comes with being on the road and playing a team like Glasgow.

In all we were forced to attempt 196 tackles, up 10 on last week, making 178 and missing just 18 for a 90% tackles success rate. It’s fair to wager that without the opening 10 minutes of the game then that stat would be even more impressive.

Individually the tackle numbers are hugely impressive, with every single starting forward making double figures, with the obvious exclusion of Dmitri Arhip who went off early. Seb Davies and Josh Turnbull (16), Olly Robinson (19) and Will Boyde (20) led the way, with Willis Halaholo (11) leading the backs.

Ill-discipline continues to bite

An unfortunate trend over the first three games of the season for Cardiff Blues has been discipline, or more accurately a lack of it.

So far we have conceded 37 penalties in total, with the 11 conceded against Southern Kings being the lowest single game figure. The best teams will aim to keep the number below 10 to give themselves the best chance of winning.

Add in five yellow cards taken from the games so far, which have resulted in 42 minutes playing with a man disadvantage and eight minutes playing with just 13-men so far, and we are somewhat shooting ourselves in the foot.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing is the number of needless penalties being given away, including two when Glasgow were trying to execute lineouts on their own five-metre line on Saturday night.

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Willis Halaholo and Garyn Smith help boost the tackle stats

Bubba rises up the list

There was a big shift from Scott Andrews at Scotstoun as he played 65 minutes after replacing the injured Dmitri Arhip early in the first half on Saturday.

The tighthead was making his 170th Cardiff Blues appearance off the bench, which for the time being draws him level with Josh Navidi in sixth-place on the appearances list.

Despite seemingly being around for around 25 years Andrews is still only 30, making his debut against Ulster in April 2009, and could finish the season within striking distance of 200 appearances.

Jarrod keeps racking up the points

Saturday saw Jarrod Evans become the 10th man to reach 300 points for Cardiff Blues, as he kicked eight points in the 13-17 loss.

In doing so he jumped both Tom James and Steve Shingler in the points scoring list, to now sit eighth, with Ceri Sweeny and Dan Parks in his sights who are both less than 50 points ahead of him.

It was a bad weekend for Shingler who was also jumped by Jarrod in the list of Place Kicks Scored, as he kicked his 115th, 116th and 117th goals to go sixth in the list.

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