Players from 11 different teams make this weeks team that is led by Stormers fullback SP Marias who ran for 98 metres, produced seven offloads and assisted in four tries - which is the most since 2011 - against the Cheetahs in Cape Town.

15

SP Marais

Stormers

Assisted four tries, the most in a match in the Super Rugby era (2011 onwards), while his tally of seven successful offloads has only been bettered by two players in that time (Sonny Bill Williams 3 times, George Moala once).

14

James Lowe

Chiefs

Solid in defence making seven tackles and winning a joint round-high three turnovers, while in attack he gained 100 metres, thanks to two clean breaks and three defenders beaten.

13

Malakai Fekitoa

Highlanders

Crossed for two tries while only the Crusaders' George Bridge bettered Fekitoa's tally of seven defenders beaten.

12

Daniel du Plessis

Stormers

Made 14/14 tackles against the Cheetahs, the most of any back to not miss a single tackle. With ball in hand he gained 44 metres from just five carries and scored a try.

11

George Bridge

Crusaders

Gained the most metres (156) and beat the most defenders (9) of any player in Round 6, crossing for a try in the process.

10

Beauden Barrett

Hurricanes

No fly half beat more defenders than Barrett (3), who gained 41 metres from 12 carries and crossed for a try against the Reds.

9

Jake Gordon

Waratahs

Won three turnovers for his side, the joint most of any player, while he also made three clean breaks, beat three defenders and scored a try from just five carries. His 12 tackles were the most of any scrum half.

8

Sikhumbuzo Notshe

Stormers

Crossed for a hat-trick of tries, the only player to manage that feat at the weekend, while his six breaks were the joint most ever in the Super Rugby era (2011-) and the outright most by a forward.

7

Siya Kolisi

Stormers

One of just two forwards to both score and assist a try at the weekend. He also made the most tackles of any player, and did so without missing a single one (20).

6

Akira Ioane

Blues

Despite coming off the bench, no player won more turnovers than Ioane, who also beat three defenders and gained 72 metres from 12 carries, scoring a try too.

5

Eben Etzebeth

Stormers

The only player to steal more than one lineout at the weekend, Etzebeth also hit double figures for both carries and tackles and assisted a try.

4

Matt Philip

Force

Gained over twice as many metres (60) as any other tight five forward, making 13 carries in all and beating two defenders.

3

Coenraad Oosthuizen

Sharks

Gained the most metres of any prop in Round 6, crossing try line in the process.

2

Malcolm Marx

Lions

Found a teammate with 13/14 lineout throws, was one of just six hookers to make a clean break, and scored a try.

1

Charles Marais

Cheetahs

Only one prop made more carries than Marais who also made eight tackles and won a turnover for his side.

 

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.