Pollard soars in points category
Cape Town - With only five rounds left before the 2015 Super Rugby playoffs the top performing players in the competition are starting to cement their places in the top stats on the Vodacom Rugby App.
Springbok and Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard is opening a considerable gap at the top of the Points category, scoring 143 points for the Bulls over 12 rounds of rugby.
His closest rival is New Zealand pivot Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes on 110 points with the Brumbies’ Christian Lealiifano and Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies sharing third place with 103.
Stormers flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis is the third South African at the top with the 101 points he scored so far this season.
Bulls wing Francois Hougaard and Sharks flank Marcell Coetzee represent the country in the Tries category, scoring five apiece.
The top try-scorer after 12 rounds of Super Rugby is Highlanders flyer Waisake Naholo with eight, while the Hurricanes’ TJ Perenara and Julian Savea scored seven and six respectively.
Equally influential are the men that made the tries happen with Cheetahs fullback Willie le Roux sharing the top spot in terms of Try Assists with the Waratahs’ Israel Folau and Nicholas White of the Brumbies with six apiece.
A constant presence at the top of the positive statistics, Folau also tops the Metres Run category with 962m.
In second place, Bulls fullback Jesse Kriel - one of the rising stars in the competition - covered only a metre less than the Australian, with Naholo third, running 849 metres.
Dazzling Stormers fullback Cheslin Kolbe is in third place with 777m, while James Lowe of the Chiefs is fifth with 745m.
Stormers centre Damian de Allende’s top-ranking in the Defenders Beaten bracket and third spot in terms of Clean Breaks prove his worth in his side’s campaign this season.
The big centre made 15 clean breaks this season, only two less than the leading player Naholo, while the Stormers player has a clear lead in terms of defenders beaten.
De Allende has outsmarted 46 defenders this season with Folau following behind him with 36 with Naholo and Savea on 33 each while the Blues’ Charles Piutau is on 30.
Lions captain Warren Whiteley has been mammoth on defence this season, making 159 tackles compared to the 122 by his nearest rival, the Cheetahs’ Boom Prinsloo.
They are followed by Michael Hooper (Waratahs) with 121, while the Chiefs’ Sam Cane and Warwick Tecklenburg of the Lions are equal on 119.
Vodacom Rugby App Stats (overall after 12 rounds):
1. Handre Pollard (Bulls) – 143
2. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) – 110
3. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) – 103
- Elton Jantjies (Lions) – 103
4. Demetri Catrakilis (Stormers) – 101
1. Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) – 8
2. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) – 7
3. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) – 6
4. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) – 5
- James Lowe (Chiefs)
- Marcell Coetzee (Sharks)
1. Israel Folau (Waratahs) – 6
- Nicholas White (Brumbies)
- Willie le Roux (Cheetahs)
2. Fumiaki Tanaka (Highlanders) – 5
- Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders)
- Rudy Paige (Bulls)
- TJ Perenara (Hurricanes)
- Will Genia (Reds)
1. Israel Folau (Waratahs) – 962
2. Jesse Kriel (Bulls) – 961
3. Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) – 849
4. Cheslin Kolbe (Stormers) – 777
5. James Lowe (Chiefs) – 745
1. Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) – 17
2. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) – 16
- Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders) – 16
3. Damian de Allende (Stormers) – 15
- James Lowe (Chiefs) – 15
1. Damian de Allende (Stormers) – 46
2. Israel Folau (Waratahs) – 36
3. Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) – 33
- Julian Savea (Highlanders) – 33
4. Charles Piutau (Blues) – 30
1. Warren Whiteley (Lions) – 159
2. Boom Prinsloo (Cheetahs) – 122
3. Michael Hooper (Waratahs) – 121
4. Sam Cane (Chiefs) – 119
- Warwick Tecklenburg (Lions) – 119
5. Torsten van Jaarsveld (Cheetahs) – 118
6. Deon Stegmann (Bulls) – 114
1. Liam Gill (Reds) – 19
2. David Pocock (Brumbies) – 15
- Jordan Taufua (Crusaders) – 15
- Warwick Tecklenburg (Lions) – 15
3. Brendon O’Connor (Blues) – 14