One of the most exciting things about sport is the stats analysis of a game. As sport fans we like to look at our teams’ (and individual) performances from all possible aspects. Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to get the information, and when we do get it, it’s usually not when we need it!
Enter Vodacom Rugby Stats, an app available on Apple and Android devices that once again iterate why sport and technology are a logical match.
Week Three of the 2014 Super Rugby completion saw me starting to pllau with the app. A good thing too, because that’s the same week my Bulls remembered their winning ways.
After a dismal first two weeks, Week Three offered a glimmer of hope for everyone who raises the Vodacom Blue Bulls flag, following a 25-17 victory over the noisy neighbours – Golden Lions.
The return of Jacques-Louis Potgieter proved to be an integral part of the success, even more so, considering who was in charge of kicking duties for the Lions. No doubt, the average Bulls fan feared the injury Marnitz Boshoff could mete out, given a shot. However, Potgieter’s boot proved to be the superior of the two, at the same time giving Bulls faithfuls like myself something to cheer about.
A couple of stats from the game according to #VodacomRugbyStats: Bulls made 78 tackles to the Lions’ 88, the winning team also beat one more defender than Lions (6/5) and, no surprise, even ran more metres.
While his stats (at this stage) may not be anything about which to brag, 36-year-old, out-of-retirement lock Victor Matfield – who played the whole 80 minutes, was a key player on Saturday and offered his much needed experience for the three-time champions.
No doubt this is going to be a long tournament for my beloved Bulls, and I’m particularly nervous about the tour-leg of the competition. And #VodacomRugbyStats browsing will possibly be a little agonizing, but at least we’ll “know facts from fiction”
If you have the app already, what do you think? I’m only on week one of exploring, but it seems like there’s plenty of entertaining options. Let’s play together.