Super Rugby Quarter-Final Team of the Week

25 Jun 2019
Super Rugby Quarter-Final Team of the Week

We saw four action-packed quarter-finals that saw the top four seeded teams progress to the semi-finals and they are well represented in the TOTW with Brumbies leading the way...

The Brumbies contribute four players to the team including front rowers Folau Faing'a and Alan Alala'alatoa who were terrific at the set piece and in defence, No.8 Pete Samu and wing Henry Speight [pictured]. Samu was in fine form as he made more clean breaks (3) than any other forward as well as crossing for two tries from just five carries. Wallaby coach Michael Cheika will be pleased with this no doubt as the Rugby Championship looms but it is a shame a hamstring injury has ruled him out of the semi-final against the Jaguares. Speight [pictured] playing potentially his last match in Canberra, as he his heading to the Reds in 2020, scored a try as a farewell to his Brumbies fans.

Two of the tournaments most consistent second-row performers are back in the team and make a formidable partnership: Jaguares' Guido Petti Pagadizaval won a round-high eight lineouts (including two steals), made 10/11 tackles, and won two turnovers; while Bulls' RG Snyman made a round-high five offloads - two more than any other player - and won a total of seven lineouts.

The Crusaders defence of their Super Rugby title is still on track and they will be encouraged by the form of fly-half Richie Mo'unga who continues to get better and better and is Player of the Week. In the victory over the Highlanders  he scored two tries and kicked six goals from as many attempts for a round-high points haul of 23 points, as well as providing a try assist, making three clean breaks, and seven kicks in play.

Hurricanes star performers included winger Ben Lam and their experienced scrum-half TJ Perenara. Players who stood out in lost causes include Chiefs and All Blacks flanker Sam Cane who made a round-high 20 tackles without missing a single attempt, as well as winning two turnovers, and making two offloads; and Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen who made three clean breaks, two offloads, and scored a try from his 16 carries, as well as making 6/6 tackles.
 

 

15

Solomon Alaimalo

Chiefs

Gained 107m - the second most of any player - from 16 carries, as well as beating five defenders, making two offloads, and winning one turnover.

14

Henry Speight

Brumbies

Made five carries for 63m gained, making a clean break on three occasions and crossing for a try.

13

Jesse Kriel

Bulls

Provided one try assist, made 9/9 tackles, and beat three defenders.

12

Andre Esterhuizen

Sharks

Made three clean breaks, two offloads, and scored a try from his 16 carries, as well as making 6/6 tackles.

11

Ben Lam

Hurricanes

Beat four defenders, made two offloads, and scored a try from his seven carries against the Bulls.

10

Richie Mo'unga

Crusaders

Scored two tries and kicked six goals from as many attempts for a round-high points haul of 23 points, as well as providing a try assist, making three clean breaks, and seven kicks in play.

9

TJ Perenara

Hurricanes

Made twice as many carries (12) as any other scrum-half, gaining 103m and making three clean breaks in the process as well as making 6/6 tackle attempts.

1

Joe Moody

Crusaders

Made 7/8 tackles and gained six metres from his five carries against the Highlanders.

2

Folau Fainga'a

Brumbies

Made 9/9 successful lineout throws and made 17/19 tackles, more than any other hooker at the weekend.

3

Allan Alaalatoa

Brumbies

Made 19 completed tackles, the second most of any player, as well as making four carries.

4

Guido Petti Pagadizaval

Jaguares

Won a round-high eight lineouts (including two steals), made 10/11 tackles, and won two turnovers.

5

RG Snyman

Bulls

Made a round-high five offloads - two more than any other player - and won a total of seven lineouts.

6

Pablo Matera

Jaguares

Made a round-high 17 carries, gained 58m and beat a joint round-high six defenders in the process, as well as making 15/17 tackles.

7

Sam Cane

Chiefs

Made a round-high 20 tackles without missing a single attempt, as well as winning two turnovers, and making two offloads.

8

Peter Samu

Brumbies

Made more clean breaks (3) than any other forward as well as crossing for a brace of tries from just five carries.

 

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: 

Opta Index: How does it work

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 points are then weighted against the score at the time when the action took place (higher points if the score is closer), the time in the match (higher points at the start of the match) and the position on the pitch where it took place (higher points for actions closer to the goal line).

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.