Super Rugby Semi-Finals Team of the Week

02 Jul 2019
Super Rugby Semi-Finals Team of the Week

The Jaguares are on a roll, seven straight wins including a dominating semi-final win over the Brumbies and five players in the Team of the Week...

The two semi-finals produced 13 tries, a crowd of over 30,000 cheered on the Jaguares to victory in Buenos Aires and a place in their first ever Super Rugby Final, and the Crusaders overcame a gutsy Hurricanes side in Christchurch.

For the Jaguares forwards Tomas Lavanini in the second row and Pablo Matera at flanker were standouts  with solid all-round matches in defence and attack while scrum-half Tomas Cubelli scored a try, had a try assist, won two turnovers and no scrum-half made more than his nine tackles. With the platform laid the backs enjoyed quick ball and space and wing Matias Moroni produced a try assist and was one of only two players across the weekend to run for over 100 metres (108) from his 10 carries. A standout was centre Matias Orlando, our Player of the Week,  who scored two tries, produced a try assist, two offloads, three clean breaks and beat six defenders in nine carries as well as making 10/10 tackles (the most of any outside back to not miss a single attempt).

The Jaguares are into their first ever Super Rugby Final


All Black skipper and Crusaders No.8 Kieran Read has chosen the right time to hit his best form. He made the most carries (15) of any forward, gaining 26 metres - the third most by any forward - as well as making 10 tackles and winning a lineout.

2016 Champions, the Hurricanes, pushed the Crusaders all the way and are rewarded with several players in the TOTW despite the loss in Christchurch. Center Ngani Lampape scored two tries, made the most offloads (3) of any player, beat three defenders and made one clean break in just 27 running metres. Prop Toby Smith made the joint-most carries (5) of any prop and was the only one to pass double figures (21) in running metres, beating a defender and making a clean break as well. While hooker Dane Coles Was the only hooker across the weekend to play the full 80 minutes, while no player across the weekend beat more than his seven defenders; he also made 6/6 tackles and had 11/12 lineout throws won.


 

 

15

Jordie Barrett

Hurricanes

Came up with a try assist, was the only fullback to make any offloads (2) and made the most tackles (4) of any player in his position.

14

Matias Moroni

Jaguares

Produced a try assist and one of only two players across the weekend to run for over 100 metres (108) from his 10 carries.

13

Matias Orlando

Jaguares

Scored two tries, produced a try assist, two offloads, three clean breaks and beat six defenders in nine carries as well as making 10/10 tackles (the most of any outside back to not miss a single attempt).

12

Ngani Laumape

Hurricanes

Scored two tries, made the most offloads (3) of any player, beat three defenders and made one clean break in just 27 running metres.

11

Ben Lam

Hurricanes

Scored a try, made the most clean breaks (4) of any player across the weekend as well as beating five defenders from his eight carries and 76 metres.

10

Beauden Barrett

Hurricanes

Made 3/4 conversions, made the most kicks in play (18) and carries (21) of any player in the 2019 semi-finals; his six defenders beaten and three clean breaks were bettered by only two players respectively - Hurricanes team mates Dane Coles (7 defenders beaten) and Ben Lam (4 clean breaks).

9

Tomas Cubelli

Jaguares

Scored a try, had a try assist, won two turnovers and no scrumhalf made more than his nine tackles.

1

Toby Smith

Hurricanes

Made the joint-most carries (5) of any prop and was the only one to pass double figures (21) in running metres, beating a defender and making a clean break as well.

2

Dane Coles

Hurricanes

Was the only hooker across the weekend to play the full 80 minutes, while no player across the weekend beat more than his seven defenders; he also made 6/6 tackles and had 11/12 lineout throws won.

3

Allan Alaalatoa

Brumbies

One of only two props to reach double figures (10) in tackles and made four carries.

4

Rory Arnold

Brumbies

No player won more than his seven lineouts across the weekend; he also made 10 tackles and five carries for six metres.

5

Tomas Lavanini

Jaguares

Scored a try, beat two defenders, made 11/11 tackles and won three lineouts.

6

Pablo Matera

Jaguares

Made the second most carries (10) of any forward, made 8/9 tackles and won a lineout.

7

Ardie Savea

Hurricanes

Made the most carries (7) of any open-side flanker, while Dane Coles (7) was the only forward to beat more than his four defenders; Savea also made the second most tackles (14) of any player across the weekend.

8

Kieran Read

Crusaders

Made the most carries (15) of any forward, gaining 26 metres - the third most by any forward - as well as making 10 tackles and winning a lineout.

 

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: 

Opta Index: How does it work

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.