Players from 8 different teams make this weeks team that is led by Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie who continues to be one of Super Rugby's most potent attacking players with 16 carries and 132 metres gained against the Stormers in Cape Town.



Damian McKenzie


Gained 130+ metres for the second game in succession, as well as making two clean breaks, beating four defenders, and laying on a try assist for the first time this season.


James Lowe


A try and four clean breaks on the back of 16 carries from Lowe, which was the equal third most of any player across the round.


Matt Proctor


Gained 95m from just six carries, made three clean breaks, beat four defenders, and made eight tackles without missing a single hit.


Andre Esterhuizen


A try, a clean break, six defenders beaten, and three offloads as he carried the ball 15 times and was flawless in his tackle attempts.


Wes Goosen


Scored a try and made a round-high five clean breaks and nine defenders beaten.


Beauden Barrett


Piled on three try assists in a single game for the first time since Round 10, 2014, as well as crossing for a try of his own, beating seven defenders, and making four clean breaks.


Tawera Kerr-Barlow


Made nine tackles without missing a single attempt, as well as contributing two clean breaks and two offloads against the Stormers.


Isi Naisarani


His 14 carries were the second most of any forward across the weekend, and his 12 tackles made him one of just three Australian-based players to make 10+ carries and 10+ tackles.


Chris Alcock


His 12 carries were the second most of any flanker, while he also crossed for a try and beat three defenders on top of a 10-tackle defensive workload.


Liam Messam


The only New Zealand-based forward to provide a try assist in Round 7, as well as making 10 carries, beating three defenders, and busting through for three clean breaks.


RG Snyman


Made a round-high four offloads, as won seven lineouts (including one steal), more than any other player.


Rob Simmons


Made 15/15 tackles, the second most of any player and more than any other player that didn't miss a single attempt, while also winning three lineouts and stealing another.


Allan Alaalatoa


Was one of just two props to lay on a try assist in Round 7, gained 20 metres and completed all six of his tackles.


Silatolu Latu


Won all 12 of his lineout throws, more than any other player, as well as making nine of 10 tackles and winning two turnovers.


Scott Sio


Flawless in six tackle attempts, on top of four carries which included clean break against the Reds.

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.