After two away wins in Round #2 Opta Sports has crunched the numbers to see who were the standout performers...
Round #2 saw the Blues keep up their season momentum against the Chiefs in Hamilton, while the Crusaders again showed they may well be the team to beat yet again after a strong showing against the Hurricanes in Wellington.
The stats say Crusaders' fullback Will Jordan was the Player of the Week... followed by Chiefs' fullback Damian McKenzie and Blues' No.8 Hoskins Sotutu
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.