Our friends at Opta Sports have crunched the numbers to create the Super Rugby Team of the Week following the completion of the Final.

See the full team selection and statistics below.

Number Name Team Minutes Opta Index* Performance Fact
1 Brendon Edmonds Highlanders 64 228 Helped win 2/2 scrums while he was on the field while his side managed one won against the head. He made 10 tackles.
2 Liam Coltman Highlanders 57 258 Landed 5/6 lineout throws successfully and won two turnovers for his side. He also made 14/15 tackles.
3 Josh Hohneck Highlanders 61 245 Made 11 tackles and just like Edmonds, contributed to a solid scrum that included a steal for his side.
4 Alex Ainley Highlanders 80 260 Got through 11/11 tackles and won a turnover. In attack he made eight carries and two offloads. 
5 James Broadhurst Hurricanes 80 484 Gained 51 metres from 12 carries and made 14/15 tackles.  He also made a clean break and offloaded on four occasions.
6 Elliot Dixon Highlanders 71 482 Scored a try and assisted another, as well as getting through a match-high 16 tackles without a single miss.
7 Shane Christie Highlanders 40 157 In just 40 minutes of action he managed six carries and 7/9 tackles.
8 Victor Vito Hurricanes 80 365 Made the second-most carries (14) on the night and completed all seven tackles.  He also stole a lineout and won five for his own side.
9 TJ Perenara Hurricanes 80 633 Gained the most metres (104) in Wellington, thanks to three clean breaks and five defenders beaten. He also assisted the Hurricanes' try.
10 Beauden Barrett Hurricanes 80 388 Beat more defenders (6) than any other player in the Final.
11 Julian Savea Hurricanes 80 288 Gained 101 metres from 10 carries having beaten four defenders and broken the line twice.
12 Ma'a Nonu Hurricanes 80 421 A try-scorer that made three clean breaks and beat five defenders, gaining 80 metres from his 10 carries.
13 Conrad Smith Hurricanes 80 309 Beat four defenders with his nine carries.
14 Waisake Naholo Highlanders 80 267 A try-scorer that beat two defenders and won a turnover in defence.
15 Ben Smith Highlanders 80 383 Gained the most metres of any Highlander (95), mustered two clean breaks, two turnovers won and made 4/4 tackles.

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.

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