The Quarter-final Super Rugby team of the week is very strong on paper and contains players hitting peak form at the right end of the season. Player of the Week is Lions backrow forward Jaco Kriel who scored a try, carried 11 times, beat 8 defenders and made 13 tackles.

 

15

Damian McKenzie

Chiefs

Made 13 carries, one clean break, and beat two defenders and ended with a tally of 12 points thanks to four penalty goals.

14

Wes Goosen

Hurricanes

The only player to cross for multiple tries at the weekend, he also gained 86m from eight carries, made four clean breaks - a round high - and beat five defenders.

13

Jordie Barrett

Hurricanes

The only player to both score and assist a try, while he also slotted six of seven attempts at goal for a haul of 20 points, also making 12 carries and two offloads.

12

Andrew Smith

Brumbies

His three clean breaks were the second-most of any player, while he also beat five defenders, made three offloads and provided a try assist.

11

James Lowe

Chiefs

Beat five defenders, made one clean break, and gained 45m from nine carries against the Stormers. In defence he didn’t miss a tackle and won a turnover.

10

Wharenui Hawera

Brumbies

Made 12 tackles, winning two two turnvoers - no back made more - while he gained 43m from his eight carries.

9

TJ Perenara

Hurricanes

No half made more carries (10) than Perenara, who also made two clean breaks, two offloads, and beat six defenders - the joint most of any back - as well as crossing for a try.

8

Kieran Read

Crusaders

Stole three lineouts, no player has stolen more than three since 2013, while he made eight out of eight tackle attempts and 13 carries.

7

Ardie Savea

Hurricanes

Made 14 carries, more than any other forward, for 57m gained, made two clean breaks, beat seven defenders and didn't miss any of his nine tackle attempts.

6

Jaco Kriel

Lions

No player gained as many metres or beat as many defenders as Jaco Kriel, who hit double figures for both carries and tackles, and crossed for a try as the Lions progressed to the semi-finals.

5

Pieter-Steph du Toit

Stormers

Won eight lineouts, including one steal, made 15 tackles for just one miss, a clean break, and beat two defenders from his eight carries.

4

Franco Mostert

Lions

Crossed for a try, made the most carries of any second row (12), threw two successful offloads and in defence made seven tackles.

3

Allan Alaalatoa

Brumbies

A tally of 19 tackles was the equal most of any player across the weekend and the most of any prop this season, as he also gained 23m from five carries, made a clean break, and beat a defender.

2

Codie Taylor

Crusaders

Crossed for a try, made eight carries, beat two defenders, and was on target with 13/14 throws.

1

Jacques Van Rooyen

Lions

Made six carries, six tackles without missing, and won a turnover for his side.

Opta Index: How does it work

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 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.