After 12 completed rounds out of the total 21, it’s a good time for managers to reflect on what has happened over the past few months. This review is intended to allow managers an opportunity to see where all the points have been scored and to plan for the next stage of the tournament that for the first time sees a break in super rugby for the test match tours in June. This new format has thrown somewhat of a spanner in the works as transfers, now more than ever could be the determining factor in your success as a manager.
Top 20 Players Sorted By Total Points
|Name||Team||Position||Price||Total Points||Selected By|
|Aaron Cruden||Chiefs||Fly Half||13,5||302||25%|
|Morne Steyn||Bulls||Fly Half||14,5||300||38%|
|Beauden Barrett||Hurricanes||Fly Half||11,5||281||24%|
|Sona Taumalolo||Chiefs||Front Row||8,5||236||38%|
|Johan Goosen||Cheetahs||Fly Half||11,5||235||10%|
|Patrick Lambie||Sharks||Fly Half||14||203||13%|
|Bjorn Basson||Bulls||Outside Back||12||190||33%|
|Zane Kirchner||Bulls||Outside Back||11||190||8%|
|Joe Pietersen||Stormers||Outside Back||10,5||188||20%|
|Andre Taylor||Hurricanes||Outside Back||10,5||186||19%|
|Peter Grant||Stormers||Fly Half||13||168||5%|
|Michael Harris||Reds||Fly Half||9||164||4%|
|Willie le Roux||Cheetahs||Outside Back||8,5||158||7%|
|Gareth Anscombe||Blues||Fly Half||9,5||157||3%|
|CJ Stander||Bulls||Loose Forward||8||156||9%|
|Israel Dagg||Crusaders||Outside Back||12,5||154||39%|
With the Chiefs, Bulls and Brumbies topping their respective conferences it is interesting to note that out of the top 20 points scorers to date, The Chiefs have 2, The Bulls have 4 and The Brumbies have 1, with the rest of the top 20 coming from an even spread of teams in top 10 positions on the log but most notably the Hurricanes. Tries and points have often been scored unlikely players, seeing many previous high scorers struggle to reach expected form. However, there have been some certainties this super rugby season, like Sona Taumololo and Andre Taylor consistently scoring. Another factor that hasn’t made this season any easier has been the abundance of injuries to many key players, such as Johan Goosen, Schalk Burger and Kevin Mealamu, forcing managers to make unplanned transfers but also pick some rather unknown young guns to fill positions within the given budget.
The top 4 scorers so far have come in the form of lethal kickers, with Aaron Cruden not surprisingly leading the pack. His pin-point accuracy and the fact that the Chiefs have been the best performing team in the tournament make him the obvious choice as kicker going forward. However with Morne Steyn back to his best with the boot and the Bulls gaining momentum he is still a definite option. Lest we forget the new man Barrett with an impressive debut season, being the 3rd highest point’s scorer, thanks to the Hurricanes impressive season thus far and his ability to score tries from anywhere.
It is often a tough decision to make between who to choose as your kicker as well as what position your kicker should come from. With impressive kicking form from Tom Taylor as well as Lealiifano in the centres and the success of Joe Pietersen (fullback) in the early stages of the season, left room for more running flyhalves more likely to score tries. However, with Joe Pietersen handing over the kicking duties and Lealiifano injured for the rest of the season, its more likely that the flyhalf will retain the kicking position for the remaining rounds.