• Rugby Champs stats (Round 1)

    SARugbymag.co.za looks at the players who topped the stats in key areas of the game this past weekend.

    KICKS FROM  HAND

    Round 1

    14: Willie le Roux (South Africa)
    13: Ruan Pienaar (South Africa)
    10: Nic White (Australia)
    8: Nicolás Sánchez (Argentina)
    7: Aaron Cruden (New Zealand)
    6: Aaron Smith (New Zealand)
    6: Morné Steyn (South Africa)
    6: Tomas Cubelli (Argentina)
    5: Joaquín Tuculet (Argentina)
    5: Martin Landajo (Argentina)
    5: Ben Smith (New Zealand)

    METRES RUN

    Round 1

    120: Israel Folau (Australia)
    89: Michael Hooper (Australia)
    85: Wycliff Palu (Australia)
    70: James Slipper (Australia)
    70: Rob Horne (Australia)
    70: Scott Fardy (Australia)
    60: Pat McCabe (Australia)
    58: Julian Savea (New Zealand)
    53: Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)
    50: Matt Toomua (Australia)

    CLEAN BREAKS

    Round 1

    2: Nicolás Sánchez (Argentina)
    1: Cornal Hendricks (South Africa)
    1: Damian de Allende (South Africa)

    CARRIES

    Round 1

    12: Israel Folau (Australia)
    12: Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Argentina)
    11: Agustin Creevy (Argentina)
    11: James Slipper (Australia)
    11: Wycliff Palu (Australia)
    10: Michael Hooper (Australia)
    10: Scott Fardy (Australia)
    10: Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)
    8: Julian Savea (New Zealand)
    8: Kurtley Beale (Australia)
    7: Sekope Kepu (Australia)

    DEFENDERS BEATEN

    Round 1

    4: Israel Folau (Australia)
    1: Will Skelton (Australia)
    1: Wycliff Palu (Australia)
    1: Dane Coles (New Zealand)
    1: Horacio Agulla (Argentina)
    1: Joaquín Tuculet (Argentina)
    1: Manuel Montero (Argentina)

    OFFLOADS

    Round 1

    2: Israel Folau (Australia)
    1: Francois Louw (South Africa)
    1: Ruan Pienaar (South Africa)
    1: Willie le Roux (South Africa)
    1: Aaron Cruden (New Zealand)
    1: Rob Simmons (Australia)
    1: Scott Fardy (Australia)
    1: Sekope Kepu (Australia)
    1: Will Skelton (Australia)

    TACKLES

    Round 1

    19: Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
    17: Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)
    17: Kieran Read (New Zealand)
    17: Sam Whitelock (New Zealand)
    16: Francois Louw (South Africa)
    12: Marcell Coetzee (South Africa)
    12: Nathan Charles (Australia)
    11: Aaron Cruden (New Zealand)
    11: Jerome Kaino (New Zealand)
    10: Michael Hooper (Australia)
    10: Matt Toomua (Australia)
    9: Aaron Smith (New Zealand)
    9: Ben Franks (New Zealand)
    9: Ma'a Nonu (New Zealand)
    9: Tomas Lavanini (Argentina)
    8: Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)
    8: Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)
    8: Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa)
    8: Nicolas Sanchèz (Argentina)

    TACKLES MISSED

    Round 1

    5: Owen Franks (New Zealand)
    3: Ben Franks (New Zealand)
    2: Aaron Cruden (New Zealand)
    2: Kieran Read (New Zealand)
    2: Ma'a Nonu (New Zealand)
    2: Wyatt Crockett (New Zealand)
    2: Damian de Allende (South Africa)
    2: Jannie du Plessis (South Africa)
    2: Lood de Jager (South Africa)
    2: Nathan Charles (Australia)
    2: Nicolás Sánchez (Argentina)
    2: Tomas Cubelli (Argentina)

    TURNOVERS WON

    Round 1

    8: Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Argentina)
    6: Joaquín Tuculet (Argentina)
    4: Manuel Montero (Argentina)
    3: Marcelo Bosch (Argentina)
    3: Mariano Galarza (Argentina)
    3: Nicolas Sanchèz (Argentina)
    3: Ben Smith (New Zealand)
    2: Martin Landajo (Argentina)
    2: Pablo Matera (Argentina)

    HANDLING ERRORS

    Round 1

    5: Handré Pollard (South Africa)
    5: Willie le Roux (South Africa)
    4: Bismarck du Plessis (South Africa)
    4: Aaron Smith (New Zealand)
    3: Aaron Cruden (New Zealand)
    3: Ma'a Nonu (New Zealand)
    3: Cornal Hendricks (South Africa)
    3: Damian de Allende (South Africa)
    3: Nicolás Sánchez (Argentina)

    LINEOUTS STOLEN

    Round 1

    2: Mariano Galarza (Argentina)
    1: James Slipper (Australia)
    1: Scott Fardy (Australia)
    1: Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
    1: Sam Whitelock (New Zealand)

    Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

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    Mariette Adams