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

Waisake Naholo earned yet another selection as the dominant winger extended his prolific season with a try, a try assist and four offloads. He also made 12/12 tackles and won three turnovers for the Highlanders as they stunned the 'Tahs in Sydney.

See the full team selection and statistics below.

 

Number Name Team Minutes Opta Index* Performance Fact
1 Reg Goodes Hurricanes 49 207 In 49 minutes of action he got through 7/8 tackles and won a turnover. In his time on the field the 'Canes won 3/3 scrums and helped cause the Brumbies to lose two feeds.
2 Liam Coltman Highlanders 50 315 Was on target with all eight lineout throws and all 10 tackles he attempted. He also beat two defenders.
3 Ben Franks Hurricanes 65 197 The Brumbies lost three of seven scrum feeds when he was on the field while the 'Canes won all six of theirs. He made 5/5 tackles.
4 Will Skelton Waratahs 80 158 Made a clean break from one of his seven carries.
5 Blake Enever Brumbies 80 258 Made six carries, 13/14 tackles and also won three lineouts.
6 Elliot Dixon Highlanders 80 215 Made six carries, 6/6 tackles and won five lineouts in an assured display.
7 Ardie Savea Hurricanes 49 424 Beat a round joint-high six defenders, made two breaks, scored a try and won three turnovers.
8 Victor Vito Hurricanes 80 409 Chipped in with 12 carries for a 61-metre gain.  He produced three offloads, two defenders beaten, two turnovers won, and no missed tackles (7/7).
9 Aaron Smith Highlanders 80 444 A try-scorer that made two breaks and beat two defenders. He also kicked the Highlanders up-field on 16 occasions.
10 Bernard Foley Waratahs 80 260 Kicked four from five and assisted a try in vain for his side.
11 Julian Savea Hurricanes 80 285 Like Ardie, the winger beat six defenders, made two clean breaks and dotted down for a try.
12 Ma'a Nonu Hurricanes 75 325 Beat four defenders and made two clean breaks which propelled him to a gain of 101 metres, a Semi-Finals high.
13 Conrad Smith Hurricanes 80 235 Completed all eight of his tackles and carried for 44 metres.
14 Waisake Naholo (c) Highlanders 80 619 Extended his prolific season with a try, a try assist and four offloads. He also made 12/12 tackles and won three turnovers.
15 Israel Foleu Waratahs 80 235 Produced three defenders beaten and one clean break for a gain of 71 metres.

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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