How NZ claimed a 10th Sevens World Series
Some interesting stats as the IRB's Game Analysis report has been published from the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series.
New Zealand won the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series, their 10th title in 13 years, edging Fiji by six points in the overall standings.
Both sides recorded three Cup victories across the Series and were closely matches across the season, but New Zealand finished runners-up on three occasions compared to Fiji's one which eventually proved the difference.
On average, Gordon Tietjens' side scored the most tries per match (4.4) and also conceded the fewest (1.4), whereas it was Fiji who had the best try scoring rate - scoring a try every 51 seconds of play.
The report comprises a quantitative analysis of all elements of play similar to the information above, together with the approach and performance of all participating teams in various aspects of the game.
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NZ claim 10th title
Highest average possession – South Africa
Highest passing rate – Samoa
Lowest passing rate – France
Highest rucking rate – Australia
Lowest rucking rate - Fiji
Highest ruck success – South Africa
Lowest ruck success – Fiji
Most likely to kick – Argentina
Least likely to kick – New Zealand
SET PIECE & DISCIPLINE
Highest contestable restart success – Samoa
Most likely to kick contestable restarts – Samoa
Least likely to kick contestable restarts - England
Highest scrum success – New Zealand & USA
Highest lineout success – Australia
Penalised the least – Australia
Penalised the most – Kenya & Argentina
Most yellow/red cards – FijI