Super Rugby Rd #14: Team of the Week

31 May 2017
Super Rugby Rd #14: Team of the Week

The Round 14 Super Rugby team of the week has representatives from ten of the 18 teams after the nine-match round and includes three Highlanders and three Cheetahs. Player of the week is Crusaders fullback David Havili who scored a try, carried 18 times, beat 10 defenders and ran for 191 metres.

15 David Havili Crusaders David Havili topped the round with 191m from his 18 carries, scoring a try, assisting another, and beating 10+ defenders in a game for the third time this season.
14 Waisake Naholo Highlanders Made a joint round-high four clean breaks, beating five defenders, while also gaining 133m from 14 carries and providing a try assist.
13 Seta Tamanivalu Crusaders Made 13 carries, two clean breaks, three offloads, and beat five defenders, icing his performance with a try.
12 Richard Buckman Highlanders Made nine tackles without missing an attempt, won three turnovers - more than any other back - made a clean break, and crossed for a try.
11 Rieko Ioane Blues Crossed for a try, his fifth in four games, gained 121m from 12 carries, beating 10 defenders, and made three clean breaks.
10 Niel Marais Cheetahs Scored 15 points, the second most of any player, thanks to a try and five conversions, while also gaining 58m from 11 carries and breating five defenders, two more than any other fly half.
9 TJ Perenara Hurricanes Made 10 tackles without a miss, laid on a try assist, made two offloads, and gained 31m from six carries.
8 Amanaki Mafi Rebels Gained 129m, the second most of any forward, from 14 carries, made three clean breaks, two offloads, 13 tackles, and pitched in with a try assist.
7 George Smith Reds Made 18 tackles, the joint second most of any player, without missing an attempt, made two clean breaks, and gained 31m from eight carries.
6 Uzair Cassiem Cheetahs Scored a brace of tries and laid on assists for two more, also making 16 carries for 79m, three clean breaks, and three offloads.
5 Lodewyk De Jager Bulls Won 11 lineouts, the most of any player, beat five defenders, and made nine tackles without miss.
4 Eben Etzebeth Stormers Made 17 carries for 28m, 14 tackles without flaw, and won six lineouts and two turnovers.
3 Siate Tokolahi Highlanders Made a clean break and beat a defender on top of his nine tackles and three carries for 18m.
2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld Cheetahs Crossed for his third try in four games, made 10 carries for 61m, seven tackles without a miss as well as providing a try assist; at the lineout he found a teammate with 15 of his 16 throws.
1 Thomas du Toit Sharks Gained 18m from seven carries against the Stormers as well as making nine tackles for just one miss.

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.