The Round 10 team of the week has representatives from seven of the teams and includes four Lions and three Kings players. Player of the week is Crusaders wing George Bridge who scored a hat-trick of tries for the second week in a row.

15

David Kaetau Havili

Crusaders

Scored two tries and assisted a further two more after beating 10 defenders - a round high - and running for 125m.

14

Makazole Mapimpi

Kings

Ran for 146m, the most in Round 10, equalling the Kings Super Rugby record which was also set by Mapimpi just a fortnight prior to this performance.

13

George Moala

Blues

Took 15 carries for 54m gained, beating five defenders as well as contrinbuting a try assist. In defence he didn't miss a tackle.

12

Rob Thompson

Highlanders

Made two clean breaks and beat six defenders, scoring a try as well as providing a try assist.

11

George Bridge

Crusaders

George Bridge scored a hat-trick for the second week in a row, while he also recorded the second highest gain (142m) and beat the second most defenders (8) in Round 10.

10

Elton Jantjies

Lions

Scored a try as well as setting up another, beat four defenders, and was flawless with four attempts at goal with the boot (3 conversions, 1 penalty goal).

9

Aaron Smith

Highlanders

Put together a brace of try assists, the equal most of any player for the round, and gained 74 metres from his nine carries.

8

Anidisa Ntsila

Kings

Gained 118m, a round-high for a forward, also setting the record for the most metres gained in a game by a Kings forward.

7

Pieter-Steph du Toit

Stormers

17 carries and 15 tackles (for only one miss) complimented du Toit's seven lineout wins this round.

6

Kwagga Smith

Lions

Made 15 tackles and missed just one more, as well as winning a brace of turnovers and gaining 33m from nine carries.

5

Franco Mostert

Lions

Won a round-high 11 lineouts, including one steal, as well as making 17/19 tackles and making a clean break from his seven carries.

4

Wilhelm van der Sluys

Kings

Became just the fifth player this season to make 20+ tackles in a single game; the Kings' forward missing just one of his round-high 21 tackle attempts whilst also winning two turnovers.

3

Charlie Faumuina

Blues

Made 10 carries, a round-high amongs props, as well as beating two defenders and missing just one of nine tackle attempts.

2

Malcolm Marx

Lions

Made 10 tackles for just one miss, won two turnovers, and had a round-high 12 lineout throws won.

1

Nic Mayhew

Brumbies

Made 13 tackles, the second most of any prop, as well as winning two turnovers and making eight carries for the Brumbies.

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.