Scrolling through the statistics from Opta, we pick out the standout players from Round 3 of Super Rugby 2017.
Top tackler – Warren Whiteley (Lions)
Another tireless performance from the Lions number eight as he topped the chart with 17 tackles. Although they came out on the losing side against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, captain Whiteley put in a solid showing and was unlucky to be on the wrong end of Saturday’s result.
Most turnovers – Chris Cloete (Kings)
It was an excellent performance at the breakdown from Kings flanker Cloete on Saturday. The Stormers were immensely frustrated early on by Cloete’s ability to steal ball on the ground and 5 turnovers is an incredible achievement. The Kings will need more of that this season.
Top carrier – Israel Folau (Waratahs)
Criticised for his performances in Rounds 1 and 2, Folau hit back with an impressive shift against the Sharks. Although on the losing side, he was a threat in his new position of centre. Some believe he is better at full-back but 19 carries shows he can still get chances to run at 13.
Most metres – SP Marais (Stormers)
It’s been an excellent start to the season from former Kings, Sharks and Bulls full-back. Now with the Stormers, Marais has settled in at Newlands very quickly and his 166 running metres against the Port Elizabeth franchise was some effort. Seems to have a new lease of life.
Top points scorer – Curwin Bosch (Sharks)
One of the players of the round of that there is no doubt, Bosch replaced the injured Pat Lambie early on against the Waratahs and did not look out of place at fly-half. His 27-point haul that included a try stole the show in Durban. He kicked six penalties and two conversions.
Most defenders beaten – Curwin Bosch (Sharks), Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares)
Bosch again here but he is joined by Jaguares wing Moyano, with both players beating 8 defenders en route to wins over the ‘Tahs and Lions respectively.
Top lineout performer – Marvin Orie (Lions)
The go-to man at the line-out for the Lions against the Jaguares, new signing Orie claimed 11 takes in a commanding performance in the air.
Top try-scorer – Warren Whiteley (Lions), Kenki Fukuoka (Sunwolves), Israel Folau (Waratahs), Bryn Hall (Crusaders)
Four players share this honour as Whiteley, Fukuoka, Folau and Hall grabbed a try double for the Lions, Sunwolves, Waratahs and Crusaders respectively. Hall was the super-sub for the Crusaders against the Reds as his tries in the 62nd and 75th minute saw them snatch the win.
Make sure to keep these players in mind when picking your XV ahead of the next round of our Super Rugby Fantasy game with SuperBru.