After two action-packed matches Opta Sports has crunched the numbers to see who were the standout performers.
With eleven tries, numerous line breaks and some big hits plenty of players put their hands up. However, the stats say Blues winger Caleb Clarke was the Player of the Week... followed by Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles and Blues winger Mark Telea
The Opta Index allows genuine opportunities to compare and contrast both player and team strengths and weaknesses across Super Rugby, providing real insights pre-game as follows: After every match Opta completes a video analysis of every touch of the ball. Each action in the match is awarded a points value depending on the relative importance of the action. So for example, a try scores more points than a tackle, but a player loses points for a missed tackle. The player is then given a score for the match by adding up all his actions while he was on the field. The total match score is then weighted to take account of the strength of the opposition so that performances across many matches can be judged fairly.