Super Rugby Semi-Finals: Team of the Week

02 Aug 2017
Super Rugby Semi-Finals: Team of the Week

The Semi-final Super Rugby team of the week includes seven players, four Lions and three Crusaders, who will feature in the Final. Player of the Week is once again Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie who beat more players than any other player in the semi-finals, ran for over 100 metres and was 100 percent in his goal-kicking. 


Damian McKenzie


The Chiefs fullback slotted three goals from as many attempts, was one of three players to gain more than 100m (104), made three clean breaks, and beat six defenders.


James Lowe


Only two players made more than Lowe's 18 carries, while he also made three clean breaks, gained 81m, and beat three defenders.


Jack Goodhue


Didn't miss a single one of his 16 tackle attempts, the most of any back, winning a turnover in the process; he also gained 34m from his five carries.


Harold Vorster


Gained 52m from his 10 carries, beat two defenders, made three clean breaks and crossed for a try.


Wes Goosen


Blasted through for a round-high four clean breaks, made 13 tackles without miss, won a turnover and crossed for a try.


Aaron Cruden


Beat five defenders, made three clean breaks, one offload, and gained 52m from his 11 carries.


Ross Cronje


Provided two try assists, scored one try of his own, and made 10 carries for 49m gained, beating three defenders in the process.


Brad Shields


One of three players to win a brace of turnovers, beat three defenders, and carried for 35m from his seven carries.


Ardie Savea


Gained 85m, more than any other forward, from only six carries, made 15 tackles for just one miss, and crossed for a try.


Jordan Taufua


Made 17 tackles, the second most of any player across the weekend, for only one miss, and chipped in with three carries in his 67-minute stint.


Brodie Retallick


Gained 48m from his 16 carries, beat four defenders, made two clean breaks, four tackles without a miss, and crossed for a try.


Sam Whitelock


Made 15 tackles, the second most of any player who didn't miss a single attempt, won a turnover and claimed four lineouts at the set piece.


Nepo Laulala


Made three tackles without missing any, beat one defender, and made four carries across a 59-minute performance.


Malcolm Marx


Was successful with 11/12 throws, more than any other player, gained 28m from nine carries, made seven tackles without a miss, and crossed for a try in his 72-minute stint.


Jacques Van Rooyen


From nine carries he beat two defenders and was the only front rower to make a clean break, as well as crossing for a try. In defence he didn't miss a single tackle.

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.