Our friends at Opta Sports have crunched the numbers to create the Super Rugby Team of the Week following the completion of Round 11.

Who else but David Pocock would highlight this week's side?

While the Brumby flank grabbed all of the headlines for a stunning first-half hat-trick, he also provided an assist, made two breaks and landed all nine of his tackle attempts in a comprehensive all-round performance.

If you think there are some familiar names in this week's elite XV, you would be right.

Eben Etzebeth earns the No. 4 jersey for the third consecutive week while TJ Perenara and Tim Nanai-Williams also defended their positions after superb back-to-back weeks; the latter of which posted the second-best score on the Opta Index.

See the full team selection and statistics below.


Number Name Team Minutes Opta Index* Performance Fact
1 Steven Kitshoff Stormers 67 283 The Stormers dominated the Bulls at scrum time and Kitshoff made two clean breaks from his 12 carries.
2 Codie Taylor Crusaders 59 380 The try-scorer landed 12/14 lineout throws and made two clean breaks in open play.
3 Tokolahi Siate Chiefs 69 196 Was part of a scrum that won all seven of their feeds. He made a break in one of his five carries. 
4 Eben Etzebeth Stormers 80 294 Beat three defenders in eight carries. He also made all nine of his attempted tackles in his third straight appearance in the TOTW!
5 Franco Mostert Lions 80 302 Completed 15/15 tackles over the weekend - only five players made more.  
6 Sean McMahon Rebels 80 424 Beat six defenders with his 12 carries and made 9/9 tackles. 
7 David Pocock (c) Brumbies 80 604 His hat-trick of tries came from three of 16 carries. He also assisted a try, made two breaks and 9/9 tackles.
8 Pierre Spies Bulls 80 410 In attack he beat five defenders and in defence he won three turnovers.
9 TJ Perenara Hurricanes 67 377 Scored two tries and assisted one more in his second straight TOTW selection.
10 Christian Lealiifano Brumbies 80 333 Kicked 5/6 goals and beat three defenders with ball in hand. He also won two turnovers. 
11 Tim Nanai-Williams Chiefs 80 475 The try-scorer beat the most defenders in the round (8). Also ranked equal-first for offloads (5) and breaks (4).
12 Kurtley Beale Waratahs 80 455 Made at least six more carries (26) than any other player, which included three offloads, a break and 82 metres gained.
13 Samu Kerevi Reds 80 386 Beat four defenders and made two breaks on the way to scoring two tries.
14 Luke Morahan Force 80 328 Scored a try and made three clean breaks, which included the beating of three defenders.
15 Tom Marshall Chiefs 80 545 The top metre-maker of the round (169) gained at least 40m extra than any other player, thanks to six defenders beaten and three breaks.

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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