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May 17, 2017

Super Rugby Rd #12: Team of the Week

Super Rugby Rd #12: Team of the Week

The Round 12 team of the week has representatives from eight of the teams and includes four Reds and three Blues players. Player of the week is Reds captain and Wallaby Centre Samu Kerevi who scored two tries, beat 9 defenders and ran for 150 metres.

 

15

Peter Grant

Force

His three offloads were bettered by only two players in Round 12, while he also made 10 carries, and no full back made more tackles.

14

Alshaun Bock

Kings

Contributed to three tries for the Kings (2 tries, 1 assist), gained 121 metres, beat five defenders and made a joint round-high four clean breaks.

13

Samu Kerevi

Reds

No player gained more metres, made more clean breaks or beat as many defenders as Samu Kerevi in Round 12, while he also scored two tries and assisted another.

12

Ngani Laumape

Hurricanes

Made 11 carries, three clean breaks, beat six defenders and didn't miss a tackle.

11

Eto Nabuli

Reds

Was one of only four players to gain 100m or more for the round on top of his three clean breaks, one try and one try assist.

10

Lionel Cronje

Kings

Scored the most points in Round 12 (20) becoming first player since March 2015 to score a try, conversion, penalty and drop goal in a Super Rugby match (1T, 3C, 2P, 1DG).

9

Aaron Smith

Highlanders

Gained 32m from seven carries and beat four defenders - the most by a scrum half at the weekend.

8

Akira Ioane

Blues

Scored a try and assisted another as well as gaining 60m from nine carries and beating four defenders.

7

George Smith

Reds

Won a round-high four turnovers while his tally of 30 tackles and carries combined was the most of any player (12 carries, 18 tackles).

6

Tomas Lezana

Jaguares

Beat three defenders, made two offloads and gained 26m from his six carries while in defence he completed 14 of his 15 attempted tackles.

5

Scott Scrafton

Blues

Scored and assisted a try as well making seven tackles without a single miss and claiming four lineouts.

4

Patrick Tuipolotu

Blues

Made seven tackles without missing, as well as beating two defenders, making two clean breaks and crossing for a try.

3

Jeff Toomaga-Allen

Hurricanes

Made 11 tackles and gained 31m from three carries in just 56 minutes on the park.

2

Stephen Moore

Reds

Had 14 successful lineout throws, more than any other player for the round, as well as 15 tackles for only one miss, a try assist, and a try of his own in an 80 minute performance.

1

Lizo Gqoboka

Bulls

Made the most carries (10), metres (37), and beat the most defenders (3) of any prop in Round 12.

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.