Super Rugby Rd #11: Team of the Week

10 May 2017
Super Rugby Rd #11: Team of the Week

The Round 11 team of the week has representatives from seven of the teams and includes four Sharks and three Jaguares players reflecting the high scoring and open nature of the matches they won. Player of the week is Highlanders and All Black wing Waisake Naholo who scored two tries and beat 12 defenders - the most by any player in a match since 2013.

15

Clayton Blommetjies

Cheetahs

Contributed a try assist as well as gaining 116m from 16 carries, making two clean breaks, and beating three defenders.

14

Waisake Naholo

Highlanders

Beat 12 defenders, the most by any player since Digby Ioane beat 13 in May 2013, crossed for two tries, and gained 129m from 16 carries.

13

Jack Goodhue

Crusaders

Posted two try assists as well as scoring two tries of his own, making five clean breaks and beating nine defenders on his way.

12

Jeremy Ward

Sharks

Made seven carries, a clean break, and beat two defenders as well as crossing for a try, and completed 7/7 tackles.

11

Courtnall Skosan

Lions

Gained 143m from 12 carries, made seven clean breaks (the equal most of any player in the Super Rugby era (2011-)), and crossed for a try.

10

Marty Banks

Highlanders

A tally of 20 points, including a try, as well as 110m gained from 13 carries and two clean breaks.

9

Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Chiefs

Contributed a brace of try assists, made six carries, a clean break, and beat two defenders, also made 5/5 tackles.

8

Leonardo Senatore

Jaguares

Made 10 carries and 12 tackles, one of just two forwards to score and assist a try.

7

Jean-Luc du Preez

Sharks

Made nine tackles without a miss, gained 37m from nine carries, made two clean breaks, and crossed for a try.

6

Phillip Van Der Walt

Sharks

Made 16 carries, the third most of any forward, for 35m, as well as making 14 tackles without missing a single attempt.

5

Will Skelton

Waratahs

Beat three defenders, made three offloads, and gained 40m from 16 carries as well as winning a brace of lineouts.

4

Matias Alemanno

Jaguares

Crossed for a try, beat three defenders, gained 52m from five carries and made five tackles for only one miss.

3

Coenraad Oosthuizen

Sharks

Made six carries, 11 tackles, as well as an offload.

2

Agustin Creevy

Jaguares

Scored a brace of tries, the first hooker to do so this season, as well as making a round-high 19 carries and making 13 tackles without a miss.

1

Ox Nche

Cheetahs

Gained 23m from six carries, made 10 tackles, beat three defenders and made one clean break as well as crossing for his second try in as many weeks.

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.