Our friends at Opta Sports have crunched the numbers to create the Rugby Championship Team of the Week following the completion of Round 3.

Juan Imhoff was the star performer after the Argentinean back became the first player to ever score a hat-trick against South Africa. He made a weekend joint-high four clean breaks from just six carries while also registering a try assist and made 7/8 tackles in a completely dominant performance.

Tomas Cubelli and Marcelo Bosch also found themselves in the team while four Springboks earned selection after exemplary individual efforts in a disappointing match overall for the hosts.

The Wallabies and All Blacks each earned four selections following their Bledisloe Cup encounter in Sydney.

See the full team selection and statistics below.


Number Name Team Minutes Opta Index* Performance Fact
1 Scott Sio Australia 58 131.3 Completed 3/3 tackles for Australia and helped his side win 5/5 scrums.
2 Dane Coles New Zealand 68 198.5 Was part of a scrum that won 9/9 feeds and hit his man with 6/6 lineout throws. Also made 24 metres with the ball in hand and made seven tackles, both high figures for hookers over the weekend.
3 Sekope Kepu Australia 44 227.6 Scored a try and beat three defenders against NZ. The other 15 props over the weekend totalled just one defender beaten between them.
4 Brodie Retallick New Zealand 80 197.6 Completed 12/13 tackles and made a clean break from one of his nine carries.
5 Lood de Jager South Africa 80 333.1 Scored a try and claimed a round joint-high five lineouts for the Boks. Also made 7/8 tackles against Argentina.
6 Scott Fardy Australia 76 336.2 His 11 carries was the joint-most of any Australian at the weekend while he didn’t miss with any of his seven tackles and won a turnover.
7 Richie McCaw New Zealand 80 295 Made 14 out of 15 tackles; only Kieran Read (15/17) made more over the final round. He also won a turnover for the All Blacks.
8 David Pocock Australia 73 292.3 Won two turnovers and made 11 carries for the Wallabies. Only one forward made more over the weekend.
9 Tomas Cubelli Argentina 65 288.4 The scrumhalf assisted two tries, beat two defenders from his five carries and won a turnover.
10 Handré Pollard South Africa 65 281.4 Kicked 4/4 shots at goal, made 10 carries and beat three defenders for the Boks. 
11 Juan Imhoff Argentina 80 531.6 Became the first player to ever score a hat-trick against South Africa. He made a weekend joint-high four clean breaks from just six carries. He also registered a try assist and made 7/8 tackles.
12 Damian de Allende South Africa 80 209.6 The only back to win more than one turnover (2), De Allende also beat three defenders against Argentina.
13 Marcelo Bosch Argentina 80 291.2 Scored a try, a penalty and a drop goal - only the fifth player to do this in a game for Argentina. He also made 9/9 tackles, the most by any back without missing one.
14 Nehe Milner-Skudder New Zealand 80 399.4 Crossed for two tries and was the leading metre-maker over the final weekend (113), as he made a joint-high four clean breaks.
15 Willie le Roux South Africa 80 314.3 Scored a try and was one of just two players to make 100+ metres over the gain line. Three offloads was also a round-high figure.

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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