Super Rugby top performers: Round 6

Date published: April 4 2017

Scrolling through the statistics from Opta, we pick out the standout players from Round 6 of Super Rugby 2017.

Top tackler – Siya Kolisi (Stormers)

Robbie Fleck's side were rampant on Saturday against the Cheetahs, with Kolisi leading as ever from the front as he finished with an impressive total of 20 tackles, one ahead of the Rebels' Colby Fainga'a. Even with the loss of Rynhardt Elstadt the Stormers back row is packed full of depth, but Kolisi's leadership has shone through during a pre-dominantly excellent start to the year for the Western Cape franchise.

Top carrier – Henco Venter (Cheetahs)

Sadly for Venter, his efforts against the Stormers on Saturday are most likely to be remembered for his spill over the line (which you'll find a clip of in this week's 'Who's hot and who's not!'). However the Cheetahs number eight did finish the weekend as the top carrier in the competition on 19, one ahead of Chiefs full-back Damian McKenzie. Top work-rate.

Most metres and most defenders beaten – George Bridge (Crusaders)

A first Super Rugby try for the young wing in Sydney and Bridge was full of running throughout Sunday's clash with the Waratahs, finishing the weekend as the clear leader with 156 to his name. Standing out in a youthful backline this season and with Israel Dagg still missing in that back three. The 22-year-old looks a fine prospect, and he ate up some of the Waratahs' lacklustre defence throughout their fixture by beating a remarkable nine defenders, two ahead of a group of five players all tied on seven.

Most clean breaks – Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers) and David Havili (Crusaders)

Notshe was arguably the player of the weekend, more on him later, and like Havili made six clean breaks in Round 6. The Crusaders full-back has taken on a senior role at the age of 22 in that Crusaders backline given he already has a couple of Super Rugby campaigns under his belt, and whether on the wing or at full-back always seems to find his way into space. 

Top points scorer – Marty Banks (Highlanders) and Curwin Bosch (Sharks)

The two fly-halves can't be separated after the weekend, with both Banks and Bosch – surely an excellent detective duo – tied on 19 points. Banks started against the Rebels in place of Fletcher Smith and his experience was welcomed in a one-way thrashing, as Banks finished with five conversions and three penalties. Bosch meanwhile, the Sharks' phenomenal 19-year-old, hit four penalties, two converstions, and an outstanding drop goal against the Lions.

Top try scorer – Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers)

A hat-trick for the back-row against the Cheetahs and Notshe's support lines for his first two scores were of a standard high enough to renowned poacher Chris Ashton give a nod of respect. Notshe's three tries though were capped off by his third and final effort, dragging Cheetahs tacklers over the line with him to score as the Stormers racked up a half century.

Top lineout performer – Rob Simmons (Reds)

More bravery in defeat for the Reds, which coach Nick Stiles and his squad must be sick of hearing about after Saturday's defeat to the Hurricanes. Simmons was the most effective player at the lineout throughout the competition however last weekend, with seven takes on the Reds throw along with one steal.

Most turnovers – Luke Whitelock (Highlanders), Jordy Reid (Rebels), Akira Ioane (Blues), Etienne Oosthuizen (Sharks)

Four players all tied on three turnovers from Round 6. Whitelock and Reid faced off in a back row battle and the Highlanders captain, with Ben Smith ruled out, was truely outstanding, prompting us to wonder how if he played for any other country Whitelock would be a sure-fire Test contender, rather than being stranded on one cap from four years ago. Akira Ioane showed flashes of some form off the bench for the Blues, while Oosthuizen has been undersung for the Sharks.

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.

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