Super Rugby Round #6 Team of the Week

10 Mar 2020
Super Rugby Round #6 Team of the Week

The TOTW has players from nine different teams after a round that saw three away wins, a red card and numerous bonus point that may prove crucial in the long run.

For many the match of the round was the Crusaders versus Reds match in Christchurch where the visitors out-scored the champions four tries to three but failed to kick a single goal and ultimately lost 24-20. Upfront four Reds players make the TOTW, prop Taniela Tupou, workhorse lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, No.8 Harry Wilson [pictured below] and skipper Liam Wright. Wilson is making a huge impact in his rookie year and made a round-high 26 carries, the joint-most of any player in a game in the last 10 Super Rugby seasons and more than any other forward; Wilson also made three offloads and scored a try.

The Crusaders also contribute four players to the TOTW. Upfront prop Joe Moody and skipper Scott Barrett and behind the scrum fullback George Bridge and centre Jack Goodhue. Moody beat two defenders, made one clean break and gained 11m from his seven carries, as well as crossing for a try. Meanwhile Bridge beat a total of 10 defenders - the second-most of any player - as well as making two offloads, 10/11 tackles and scoring a try.

The Blues shocked an undisciplined Hurricanes team away from home. Rookie wing Mark Telea is in red hot form and is Player of the Week. He gained a round-high 140m - his most in a single Super Rugby game - as well as making four clean breaks, three offloads, beating a round-high 11 defenders and scoring a try. He is joined on the wing by the Bulls' Cornel Hendricks - No player made more clean breaks than Hendricks (5), who also gained the second-most metres (114) of any player and scored a try from his 12 carries.

The Chiefs went on a scoring blitz in the second-half against the Waratahs in Wollongong with Brad Weber a constant threat. Only Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (14) made more kicks in play than Brad Weber (11), who also made three clean breaks and gained 74m from his seven carries on top of crossing for a brace of tries.

 

15

George Bridge

Crusaders

Beat a total of 10 defenders - the second-most of any player - as well as making two offloads, 10/11 tackles and scoring a try.

14

Cornal Hendricks

Bulls

No player made more clean breaks than Hendricks (5), who also gained the second-most metres (114) of any player and scored a try from his 12 carries.

13

Jack Goodhue

Crusaders

Made 11 carries for 56m gained, two clean breaks, two offloads and two kicks in play, as well as making 14/17 tackles.

12

Bill Meakes

Rebels

No outside back made more tackles than Meakes (15), who also made 12 carries for 29m gained, beat five defenders and won a turnover.

11

Mark Telea

Blues

Gained a round-high 140m - his most in a single Super Rugby game - as well as making four clean breaks, three offloads, beating a round-high 11 defenders and scoring a try.

10

Will Harrison

Waratahs

Made the most carries (15), gained the most metres (70) and beat the most defenders (8) of any fly-half, as well as making 4 tackles and landing 2/2 conversions.

9

Brad Weber

Chiefs

Only Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (14) made more kicks in play than Brad Weber (11), who also made three clean breaks and gained 74m from his seven carries on top of crossing for a brace of tries.

1

Joe Moody

Crusaders

Beat two defenders, made one clean break and gained 11m from his seven carries, as well as crossing for a try.

2

Efi Maafu

Sunwolves

Made 11/12 successful throws, eight carries - the most of any hooker - and 14 tackles without missing.

3

Taniela Tupou

Reds

Made more carries (12), gained more metres (42) and made more clean breaks (2) than any other prop, as well as crossing for a try and winning two lineouts.

4

Scott Barrett

Crusaders

Made 25 tackles - the most of any player in a game this season - as well as 10 carries, two offloads and seven lineouts wins (inc. two steals).

5

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto

Reds

Made 15 carries - the most of any front-five forward - for 40m gained, made four clean breaks, two offloads and made 11/12 tackles.

6

Rob Valetini

Brumbies

Became just the second forward to make multiple try assists (2) in a game in the last two years (also Rory Arnold), as well as making three clean breaks, 10 carries for 74m gained and scoring a try of his own.

7

Liam Wright

Reds

Made 23/25 tackles, won four lineouts and gained six metres from his seven carries.

8

Harry Wilson

Reds

Made a round-high 26 carries, the joint-most of any player in a game in the last 10 Super Rugby seasons and more than any other forward; Wilson also made three offloads and scored a try.

 

 

AND.... here is a rookie [less than 20 matches] TOTW for Round #6...

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.