The much-anticipated Super Rugby has arrived, and Round 1 has come to an end already. Soon this year’s edition will be a thing of the past and many will look at their past performances and think whether they could have done more to clinch World Cup spots. But many have made their intentions loud and clear and some of them topped their respective charts this weekend. The Bulls were the only side to record a home win and one of 2 to get bonus point wins with the Sharks
It comes as no surprise that 4 of the top 5 this week are flyhalves. However, Marnus Schoeman appears right up at second place following a flawless performance this weekend. His strong carries made sure that the Lions get their first victory against the Jaguaers in Argentina as he scored a hattrick.
20: Handre Pollard - Bulls
15: Marnus Schoeman - Lions
15: Josh Ioane - Highlanders
Only 19 and still eligible for this year’s Junior World Championships, Etene Nanai-Seturo has announced himself with a bang in this year’s Super Rugby as he scored two tries over the weekend. Another man worth noting is Rosco Specman. The Blue Bulls right winger also scored two tries in his debut for his side.
- Marnus Schoeman - 3
- Jack Maddocks - 2
- Etene Nanai-Seturo - 2 Manasa Mataele - 2 Armand van der Merwe - 2
Matt Todd!! Matt Todd!! Matt Todd!! Like wine the older this man gets the better he is. At 30 the openside flanker tops the tackle count stats this week by far. 25 tackles made for his side victory this weekend.
25: Matt Todd - Crusaders
Todd may have been outshone by Akira Ioane but he was an integral part in the Crusaders come from behind win with 25 out of 27 tackles.
19: Marvin Orie - Lions
18: Scott Barrett - Crusaders
16: Joe Moody - Crusaders
Another youngster makes the charts. Having had an exciting domestic campaign Braydon Ennor was trusted with a starting position this week and he did not disappoint as he beat eight defenders to ensure a victory for the Crusaders
10: Anton Lienert-Brown - Chiefs
ALB not only made the team of the week but made All black fans and more sit up and take notice in his brilliant performance
8: Brayden Ennor - Crusaders
7: Rosco Specman - Bulls
7: Pete Samu - Brumbies
Unlucky to not travel on last years end of year tour, Akira Ioane has began his campaign to make the World Cup squad by topping the carries this week. 20 carries in total, this man was instrumental to his sides victory.
20: Akira Ioane - Blues
Ioane was next level for the Blues and often beat his oposite man and multiple defenders on his way to the try line but was unable to help the Blues to an opening day win
16: Andries Coetzee - Lions
15: Michael Collins - Blues
15: Ben Smith - Highlanders