Round 6 was the source of much excitement this past weekend as the Rebels took revenge on the Brumbies 30-12 while the Waratahs demolished the Reds in Sydney 45-12. We take a look at the stats columns and identify the top performers from a good, action-packed round.
Brumbies’ captain Allan Alaatoa and teammate Thomas Cusack topped the tackle count this week with 18 and 16 respectively. Reds hard-working lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto came in third with 14.
The industrious Rebels number 8 Isi Naisarani, always hovering around the upper echelons of the ‘carries’ stat, took top spot this week with 16. Waratahs number 8 Jack Dempsey carried 15 times while Rebels lock Matt Philip made 14 assaults on the Brumbies’ line.
Reds outside centre Hunter Paisami put in a strong showing against the Waratahs, racking up an impressive total of 103 running metres. In second was the Waratahs’ fullback Jack Maddocks with 86 while James O’Connor of the Reds contributed 75.
During his 103m journey, Paisami managed to beat 6 defenders – the highest of the round. Jack Dempsey was effective with his carries, beating 5, while James Ramm (‘Tahs), Tate McDermott and Filipo Daugunu (both Reds) and Solomone Kata (Brumbies) all beat 4.
Rugged Reds flanker Fraser McReight once again was atop the ‘turnovers won’ stat, this time joint with Waratahs centre Karmichael Hunt (3 each).
Jake Gordon (Waratahs) was in fine form against the Reds, making a total of 4 clean breaks. His teammates Jack Maddocks and James Ramm were joint-second with 3 apiece.
Round 7 sees the Force take on the Waratahs while the Reds will do battle with the Rebels as the Brumbies sit out for a bye.