The Round 9 team of the week has representatives from nine of the teams with the player of the week being Highlanders centre Matt Faddes who scored two tries, had 15 carries and ran for 174 metres against the Sunwolves in Invercargill.

  15

David Kaetau Havili

Crusaders

Beat 12 defenders, the most by any player in a Super Rugby match since June 2015, while he also gained 115 metres.

14

Courtnall Skosan

Lions

Gained 85 metres from 11 carries, thanks to three clean breaks. Also made three offloads and assisted a try for his side.

13

Matt Faddes

Highlanders

Faddes scored two tries against the Sunwolves and became the first player in the Super Rugby era (2011-) to make 7 clean breaks in game, while his 174 metres gained was the most by a centre in that time.

12

Malakai Fekitoa

Highlanders

One of just two players across Round 9 to both score and assist a try (also Aaron Smith), and the only back to make over 10 carries and 10 tackles.

11

George Bridge

Crusaders

Crossed for a hat-trick against the Stormers and beat three defenders from his nine carries.

10

Beauden Barrett

Hurricanes

Assisted four tries, two from passes and two from kicks, and gained 119 metres from 17 carries as well as beating four defenders.

9

Joe Powell

Brumbies

Scored a try and made more carries than any other scrum half, while no number 9 beat more defenders either.

8

Willie Britz

Sunwolves

No forward beat more defenders (5) than Britz who made two clean breaks, claimed six lineouts and also crossed for a try.

7

Ardie Savea

Hurricanes

One of just two players to make 15+ carries and 15+ tackles, and his five defenders beaten was the joint most of any forward.

6

Jordan Taufua

Crusaders

Beat five defenders, the joint most of any forward, and his 15 tackles were the jioint most of any player to maintain a 100% tackle success rate.

5

Uwe Helu

Sunwolves

Made the most carries (15) and gained the most metres (62) of any tight five forward in Round 9, thanks to three clean breaks and three defenders beaten.

4

Guido Petti Pagadizaval

Jaguares

Won six lineouts including one steal, beat four defenders, made three offloads and scored a try.

3

Ross Geldenhuys

Kings

No prop made more carries (8) while he didn't miss a tackle and also managed to steal an opposition lineout.

2

Michael Willemse

Kings

Found a teammate with 15 of his 16 lineout throws, didn't miss a tackle and scored a try.

1

Nic Mayhew

Brumbies

Made eight tackles in defence and with ball in hand made a clean break and was the only prop to assist a try 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.