Player of the week is Sharks flanker Jean-Luc Du Preez who was instrumental in his sides comprehensive 37-14 victory over the Waratahs in Durban.

 

 

15

Damian McKenzie

Chiefs

Landed all six of his attempts at goal, scoring 16 of the Chiefs' 26 points against the 'Canes, made 15 carries, gained 77 metres and beat three defenders.

14

Ramiro Moyano

Jaguares

Beat eight defenders and made five clean breaks, both joint-highs in Round 3, from just 12 carries. He also crossed for a try, gained over 100m with ball in hand  and didn't miss a tackle.

13

Israel Folau

Waratahs

Made more carries than any other player (19), gaining 130 metres thanks to four clean breaks and six defenders beaten. He was also one of four players to cross the try line more than once at the weekend.

12

Jeronimo De La Fuente

Jaguares

Busy in both attack and defence making 13 carries and nine tackles. He made three clean breaks, beat three defenders and made four offloads when he was eventually stopped. Crossed for a try as well.

11

Kenki Fukuoka

Sunwolves

One of four players to score two tries at the weekend, as well as beating five defenders and making three clean breaks from his nine carries.

10

Curwin Bosch

Sharks

The top point scorer in Round 3, landing all eight kicks at goal and scoring a try for 27 points; he also beat the joint most defenders at the weekend (8) from just seven carries.

9

Augustine Pulu

Blues

Made the most carries (14), metres (71), clean breaks (3) and beat the most defenders (4) of any scrum half in Round 3.

8

Warren Whiteley

Lions

Made the most tackles of any player (17) and managed this while maintaining a 100% tackle success rate. He also won a turnover and chipped in with six carries and two tries.

7

Jean-Luc du Preez

Sharks

Beat seven defenders, the most by a forward in a match this season, made three clean breaks and three offloads. He was also one of just two players to make 15+ carries and 15+ tackles (along with Sam Cane).

6

Pablo Matera

Jaguares

Only one forward (Sam Cane 18) made more carries in Round 3 than Matera (17) who also beat four defenders, made three offloads, completed 10 tackles and won two turnovers.

5

Liaki Moli

Sunwolves

Was busy in both attack and defence making 14 carries and 13 tackles, while he disrupted the Cheetahs' lineout stealing one for the Sunwolves. He also assisted a try for his side.

4

Eben Etzebeth

Stormers

Won 10 lineouts including one steal, didn't miss any of his eight tackles, won two turnovers and made 13 carries.

3

Frans Malherbe

Stormers

Maintained a 100% success rate at the scrum, made the joint most carries of any prop (8) and completed six tackles without missing any.

2

Torsten Van Jaarsveld

Cheetahs

His five clean breaks were the joint most in Round 3, the joint most ever for a forward in the Super Rugby era (2011-) and the outright most for a tight five forward in that time. He also scored a try and found a teammate with 15/16 lineouts.

1

Oliver Kebble

Stormers

Made eight carries, the joint most of any prop and was the only one to beat more than one defender. He also maintained a 100% success rate at the scrum.

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.