Our friends at Opta Sports have crunched the numbers to create the Super Rugby Team of the Week following the completion of Round 10.
Beauden Barrett headlines this week's team after a damaging performance against the Waratahs, despite his side suffering its first loss of the season.
No player made more metres (176), clean breaks (4) or beat more defenders (8) than Barrett, who is among the front-runners to claim the No. 10 All Black jersey following news that Aaron Cruden's year is over.
In fact, six members of this week's TOTW came from that highly entertaining clash on Saturday in Wellington.
Israel Folau and Will Skelton got the nod for the 'Tahs while Barrett was joined in the side by Ma'a Nonu, TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea as the 'Canes managed four outstanding individual performances in defeat.
That trend continued in the forwards with Marcell Coetzee, Tendai Mtawarira, Charlie Faumuina and Ben McCalman all earning a call-up in losing efforts.
Eben Etzebeth meanwhile seems intent on making the No. 4 jersey his own with a second consecutive selection in the Super Rugby TOTW.
See the full team selection and statistics below.
|Number||Name||Team||Minutes||Opta Index*||Performance Fact|
|1||Tendai Mtawarira||Sharks||77||240||Completed 10/10 tackles and won 8/8 scrums.|
|2||James Hanson||Reds||80||325||Landed 17/18 lineout throws and chipped in with 10 carries and two defenders beaten in open play.|
|3||Charlie Faumuina||Blues||35||287||In just 35 minutes of action he managed seven carries, two defenders beaten and two offloads. His side won all their scrums.|
|4||Eben Etzebeth||Stormers||80||361||Completed 14/14 tackles and beat a defender in his seven carries, making his second straight appearance in the TOTW.|
|5||Will Skelton||Waratahs||80||349||The try-scorer made all eight tackles and beat two defenders.|
|6||Marcell Coetzee||Sharks||80||450||Scored a try and beat three defenders, offloaded three times and won three turnovers.|
|7||Ardie Savea||Hurricanes||80||423||Produced three breaks, beat three defenders and won three turnovers. He also made 10/10 tackles.|
|8||Ben McCalman||Force||80||523||Made 20 carries (the most of any forward) and beat three defenders. He also offloaded six times - more than any other player.|
|9||TJ Perenara||Hurricanes||69||364||Scored one try and assisted another. He made 88 passes in total.|
|10||Beauden Barrett (c)||Hurricanes||80||729||The the top metre-maker of the week (176) Made a round joint-high four clean breaks and also beat eight defenders, also a Round 10 joint-high.|
|11||Tim Nanai-Williams||Chiefs||80||339||Broke the line three times and assisted a try. Also came up with three offloads.|
|12||Ma'a Nonu||Hurricanes||80||469||Beat eight defenders against the Waratahs; a joint-high in Round 10.|
|13||Malakai Fekitoa||Highlanders||80||346||The two-try hero also assisted another and won two turnovers in defence.|
|14||Francois Hougaard||Bulls||80||411||The try-scorer completed 5/5 tackles and broke the line twice. He also won two turnovers.|
|15||Israel Folau||Waratahs||80||501||Beat five defenders, broke the line twice, produced three offloads and crossed for a try against the Hurricanes.|
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.