Round 4 of Super Rugby Aotearoa produced some fine performances in Dunedin and Hamilton with the Crusaders and Hurricanes coming away victorious in their clashes against the Highlanders and Chiefs respectively, while the Blues enjoyed a bye. We take a look at the stats leaders of the tournament thus far.
Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie is still top of the point scorers stat, adding six this weekend to take him to an overall tally of 43. Crusaders pivot Richie Mo’unga is, however, hot on McKenzie’s heels with a total of 42 while Mitchell Hunt of the Highlanders is in third position on 34.
In terms of tries scored, Crusaders flier Will Jordan is making a habit of crossing the whitewash with a total of 4 tries from 3 games. Dalton Papali’i, the tireless Blues flanker, finds himself in second position with 3 tries to his name while a whole host of players each have two under the belt.
Dillon Hunt (Highlanders) has been putting his shoulders to good use on defence, having executed a total of 46 tackles thus far in the competition, with an impressive average of 15.3 per game. Reed Prinsep of the Hurricanes is currently just behind Hunt with 45 while Shannon Frizell is in third spot with 39.
Once again, Damian McKenzie’s work at the breakdown has raised many eyebrows as the diminutive fullback has managed to pull off 5 turnovers in the competition, one more than teammate and stealing master Lachlan Boshier. The latter is level with Akira Ioane (Blues), Marino Mikaele Tu’u (Highlanders) and Caleb Clark (Blues).
Will Jordan has been in fine attacking form, as usual, having beaten a total of 22 defenders with his quick stepping and blistering pace. Blues winger Mark Telea, always hovering around the top of this stat, has beaten 17 while Quinn Tupaea has beaten a total of 13.
Damian McKenzie has been very much involved in the play, even with the number 15 on his back. The 25 year old has made 55 carries, averaging 13.8 per game. His teammate, Peter-Gus Sowakula has made the second most with 49 while Will Jordan has 41.
Jordan’s name appears yet again as he tops the ‘metres gained’ stat with a massive 336, averaging 113 per game. McKenzie is not far behind with 302 while Caleb Clarke, having sat out this round with the Blues still manages third place with 227.