Player of the week is Lions Flanker Jaco Kriel who made more clean breaks and beat more defenders than any other forward in Round 5 against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

15

Israel Folau

Waratahs

Beat five defenders and made three succesful offloads as well as gaining 73 metres from 13 carries.

14

Jacobus Van Wyk

Sharks

No player made more clean breaks than Van Wyn (4) who also crossed for two tries and gained 109 metres from seven carries.

13

Francois Venter

Cheetahs

Made 9/10 tackles and won two turnovers while with ball in hand only two players made more carries (18) with Venter making three clean breaks, beating four defenders and scoring a try.

12

Derek Carpenter

Sunwolves

Assisted a try and scored two of his own, gained 88 metres from 13 carries and made a joint-high four offloads in Round 5. In defence he made nine tackles and won a turnover.

11

Raymond Rhule

Cheetahs

Gained 156 metres, more than any other player in Round 5, while only two players beat more defenders (6). He was also one of just five players to both score and assist a try.

10

Bernard Foley

Waratahs

Made 23 carries, more than any other player and the most by a fly half in a match since May 2014. Also gained the second most metres (140) and just two players beat more defenders (6).

9

Dewaldt Duvenage

Stormers

Scored a try, didn't miss a single tackle and won more turnovers than any other scrum half in Round 5.

8

Henco Venter

Cheetahs

Made the most tackles of any player to maintain a 100% tackle success rate (15/15), beat three defenders from seven carries and won five lineouts for his side.

7

Anidisa Ntsila

Kings

Gained the second most metres by any forward (93) despite making just six carries, thanks to three clean breaks and five defenders beaten. Also made 13/14 tackles in defence.

6

Jaco Kriel

Lions

No forward made as many clean breaks or beat as many defenders as Jaco Kriel, who was one of just two forwards to both score and assist a try in Round 5.

5

Patrick Tuipulotu

Blues

No second row made more carries (11) or gained as many metres (47) as Tuipulotu, who also maintained a 100% tackle success rate.

4

Liaki Moli

Sunwolves

Made more tackles than any other player at the weekend (19), missing just one, while with ball in hand he gained 35 metres from just three carries and crossed for a try.

3

Jermaine Ainsley

Force

His side won three scrum penalties and maintained a 100% scrum success rate while he was on the pitch, while with ball in hand no prop beat more defenders (2).

2

Torsten Van Jaarsveld

Cheetahs

Made 17/17 lineout throws, more than any other player and the only player to throw more than 12 without having one stolen. He also made 14 tackles, more than any other front rower.

1

Tom Robertson

Waratahs

Made the second most carries and fourth most metres of any prop in Round 5, made five tackles and won a turnover and maintained a 100% scrum success rate.

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.