Super Rugby Rd #16: Team of the Week

11 Jul 2017
Super Rugby Rd #16: Team of the Week

The Round 16 (South Africa and Australia only) Super Rugby team of the week has representatives from seven of the 10 teams in the five-match round. Player of the Week is Stormers fullback Dillyn Leyds who scored two tries, carried 20 times, beat 3 defenders and ran for 240 metres.

15

Dillyn Leyds

Stormers

Dillyn Leyds gained 240 metres against the Sunwolves, the highest gain by any player in the Super Rugby era (2011-), while he was directly involved in five tries, scoring two and assisting three more.

14

Cheslin Kolbe

Stormers

Crossed for a hat-trick of tries, gained 138 metres thanks to a joint round-high five clean breaks, and also slotted two attempts at goal.

13

Mitch Inman

Rebels

Provided a try assist, also gaining 57m from just five carries, beat three defenders and made 10 tackles.

12

Jan Serfontein

Bulls

Made three clean breaks, beat eight defenders, made 10 tackles for only one miss and gained 78m from his 14 carries.

11

Duncan Matthews

Bulls

Beat six defenders, made three clean breaks, and gained 143m from his 15 carries on his way to a try.

10

Bernard Foley

Waratahs

Scored a brace of tries and kicked five goals (3C, 2P) without missing a single attempt for a round-high points tally of 22.

9

Nic Stirzaker

Rebels

Made nine carries, gaining 37m, also beating two defenders, while no number nine made more tackles (6).

8

Amanaki Mafi

Rebels

Was the only forward in the round to gain more than 100m, which he did from 15 carries, also beating seven defenders and making nine tackles without miss.

7

Shuhei Matsuhashi

Sunwolves

Won a joint round-high four turnovers, beat three defenders, made three offloads, and gained 26m from eight carries as well as making 11 tackles for just one miss.

6

Pablo Matera

Jaguares

Made 14 carries for 59m gained, beating six defenders and making one clean break; also pitched in with 11 tackles from 12 attempts.

5

Adam Coleman

Force

His 14 tackles were the second most of any player across the round, while he also crossed for a try and gained 21m from his 11 carries.

4

Pieter-Steph du Toit

Stormers

Made 16 carries, the second most of any player for the round and the most of any forward, as well as making 11 tackles and winning two lineouts.

3

Sekope Kepu

Waratahs

Made six tackles without posting a miss,  gained 22m from seven carries, and made both a clean break and an offload.

2

Damien Fitzpatrick

Waratahs

Made two clean breaks, and 59m from his six carries, as well as finishing with a throw success rate of 100% from his nine lobs.

1

Pekahou Cowan

Force

Made 11 tackles without missing a single attempt, made a clean break from his eight carries in the Force's win.

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.