Round 9 concluded with victories for the Brumbies and Waratahs over the Force and Rebels respectively.
The Brumbies, with their win, retain top spot on the overall standings and have thus booked a home final in Canberra.
Their opponents in said final remain to be seen, as the Reds and either the Rebels or Waratahs will battle it out in a semi-final first.
We take a look at the top performers in the stats from the round.
- Irae Simone & Murray Douglas – 15
- Henry Taefu (Western Force) – 14
- Isi Naisarani (Rebels), Will Miller (Brumbies), Jordan Uelese (Rebels), Fergus Lee-Warner (Western Force), Brad Wilkin (Rebels) – 12
Simone and Douglas were instrumental in the Brumbies’ victory on the weekend with tireless and committed defence which was a significant factor in the Force’s inability to build enough successful attacks.
- Jack Dempsey (Waratahs) – 17
- Isi Naisarani (Rebels) – 15
- Tom Banks & Tom Wright (Brumbies) – 14
Jack Dempsey has established himself as one of the most attacking number 8s in Super Rugby. With his size, strength and speed, he keeps the ‘Tahs moving forward.
- Tom Banks (Brumbies) – 128
- Tom Wright (Brumbies) – 101
- Reece Hodge (Rebels) – 88
Banks is the complete package at fullback with great anticipation, flair and pace to burn. He once again proved a handful for the Rebels defence, bagging a try in the process.
- Tom Banks (Brumbies) & Tepai Moeroa (Waratahs) – 6
- Matt Toomua (Rebels), Tom Wright (Brumbies) & Bayley Kuenzle(Brumbies) – 4
- Solomone Kata (Brumbies), Henry Stowers (Force), Marika Koroibete (Rebels), Jono Lance (Force) – 3
Banks’ name emerges once again, this time alongside the talented and physical Tepai Moeroa. The two players put their skills to good use on the weekend, each getting past six defenders.
- Michael Hooper (Waratahs), Jack Dempsey (Waratahs), Henry Stowers (Western Force) & Nic White (Brumbies) – 2
The above players proved their worth on the ground with 2 turnovers each while a whole host of players all managed 1.
- Tom Wright (Brumbies), Marika Koroibete (Rebels) & Andy Muirhead (Brumbies) – 2
The same names have hovered around the top of this stat all competition. Once again, a great effort by the above trio who all managed 2 clean breaks.
Round 10 sees the Rebels host the Force while the Reds take on the Brumbies in Brisbane.