The Super Rugby Team of the Week has representatives from nine of the teams after a weekend that saw three away wins in the six-match round. The Jaguares are the big movers having won three from three on the road including their first ever win against New Zealand opposition.

Hurricanes centre Vince Aso returned to his best to be Player of the Week after a high quality performance. This week against the Sunwolves he scored two tries, made two try assists, made 5 clean breaks and ran for over 100 metres.




Warrick Gelant


Made 14 carries - the equal most by any back - two clean breaks, two offloads, and beat five defenders.


Manasa Mataele


Beat a round-high eight defenders, scored a brace of tries, made 10 carries, and gained 73m thanks to four clean breaks.


Jesse Kriel


Made 12 carries for 44m gained, two clean breaks, three kicks in play, as well as scoring a try.


Vince Aso


Scored two tries, provided two try assists, made five clean breaks from 12 carries, and gained 103m.


Filipo Daugunu


Won an equal round-high three turnovers, made nine carries for 89m gained, two offloads, and kicked 3/3 with the boot (2C, 1P).


Handre Pollard


Gained 83m from 13 carries, beat four defenders, assisted one try and scored one for himself, scoring 11 points in total.


Dewalt Duvenage


Made a round-high 10 kicks in general play, two clean breaks, and made one try assist.


Jordan Taufua


Made 13/13 tackles, 12 carries for 40m gained, and beat three defenders.


Ardie Savea


Missed just two of 21 tackle attempts, gained 35m from eight carries, made two clean breaks and provided one try assist.


Elliot Dixon


Won six lineouts, made 10/11 tackles, and won a turnover for his side.


Pieter-Steph du Toit


Made 16/17 tackles, eight carries, won four lineouts, and provided one try assist.


Grant Hattingh


Made a round-high 17 carries, gaining 40m from them, and won nine lineouts including one steal.


Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro


Made 11/12 tackles, won one turnover, and finished with 10 carries to his name.


Malcolm Marx


Made 15 carries - the second most of any player - for 32m gained, crossed for a brace of tries, made 8/8 tackles, and made 10 successful lineout throws.


Jean-Pierre Smith


Made 10 tackles without missing, beat two defenders, made one clean break from his seven carries, and crossed for a try.


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.