Super Rugby Round #14 Team of the Week

21 May 2019
Super Rugby Round #14 Team of the Week

The TOTW has representatives from nine of the teams following two away wins and a draw as leaders Crusaders and Hurricanes stumbled. 

It was quite an opening to round 14 on Friday when the Hurricanes and Rebels both lost at home as the Jaguares and Bulls showed they are potential contenders this year - with both now joint leaders of the South African Conference. With four rounds to go all points are vital and any loss could be very damaging to a teams' finals ambitions.

Waratahs fullback Kurtley Beale impressed again in absence of Folau as he made the most carries of any player in Round 14 (18) and also assisted in a try as the Waratahs beat the Reds. Jaguares centre Jeronimo De La Fuente [pictured] beat eight defenders, two more than any other player in the Round, gained 51 metres and crossed for an important try; while Rebels wing Marika Koroibete was one of just four players to cross the try line twice at the weekend, he also gained 69 metres from his 12 carries and made seven tackles. Player of the Week is Rebels team-mate Will Genia who crossed for a try, while he also made the most carries (13), metres (53) and beat the most defenders (4) of any scrum half in Round 14.

Up front Reds hooker, Alex Mafi reminded Wallaby coach Michael Cheika of his abilities as he didn't miss any of his lineout throws (4/4), made 12 tackles without missing and also crossed for a try. The Tahs' Michael Wells put in a big shift at No.8 as he crossed for two tries and hit double figures for both carries (10) and tackles (11).

In the pulsating Stormers v Crusaders draw in Cape Town flanker Matt Todd again showed his consistency with three offloads while he also crossed for a try from nine carries and in defence made 11 tackles.  Meantime the Bulls impressive victory in Melbourne was led by the pack and lock RG Snyman who also made three offloads, made 13 tackles and won six lineouts, including one steal.  Off the back of the pack fly-half Handre Pollard scored 17 points thanks to a try, three conversions and two penalties - as well as gaining 44 metres and beating three defenders from just eight carries.

 

15

Kurtley Beale

Waratahs

Made the most carries of any player in Round 14 (18) while only Jeronimo De La Fuente bettered Beale's tally of six defenders beaten. He also assisted a try for the Waratahs.

14

Courtnall Skosan

Lions

Crossed for a try against the Highlanders and beat six defenders, a tally only one player could better in Round 14.

13

Lionel Mapoe

Lions

Beat four defenders and gained 43 metres from his 12 carries in the Lions' win against the Highlanders.

12

Jeronimo De La Fuente

Jaguares

Beat eight defenders, two more than any other player in Round 14, gaining 51 metres in the process, as well as crossing for an important try.

11

Marika Koroibete

Rebels

One of just four players to cross the try line twice at the weekend, he also gained 69 metres from his 12 carries and made seven tackles.

10

Handre Pollard

Bulls

Scored 17 points thanks to a try, three conversions and two penalties - ensuring victory for the Bulls over the Rebels - as well as gaining 44 metres and beating three defenders from just eight carries.

9

Will Genia

Rebels

Crossed for a try, while he also made the most carries (13), metres (53) and beat the most defenders (4) of any scrum half in Round 14.

1

Tom Robertson

Waratahs

Only two props made more carries than his eight at the weekend while he didn't miss any of his six attempted tackles.

2

Alex Mafi

Reds

Didn't miss any of his lineout throws (4/4), made 12 tackles without missing and also crossed for a try.

3

Ofa Tuungafasi

Blues

The only prop to find his way across the try line at the weekend, Tuungafasi also made the most carries (11) of any prop and didn't miss a single tackle (7/7).

4

RG Snyman

Bulls

No player made more offloads than Snyman (3), who also made 13 tackles and won six lineouts, including one steal.

5

Isaia Walker-Leawere

Hurricanes

Made 12 tackles without missing, as well as nine carries, making two clean breaks and gaining 28 metres in the process.

6

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto

Reds

Beat three defenders from just six carries, only two back rowers beat more, while he also made 10/12 tackles.

7

Matt Todd

Crusaders

No player made more offloads (3) while he also crossed for a try from nine carries and in defence made 11 tackles.

8

Michael Wells

Waratahs

One of just four players to cross for two tries in Round 14 and hit double figures for both carries (10) and tackles (11).


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.