31 May 2012

Super Rugby Stat Leaders (After 14 rounds)

After 14 rounds of enticing Super Rugby, the competition will take an unprecedented pause following this weekend's games to allow for the June Test matches to be contested (which will be previewed on this site next week).

The Springboks will be hosting England, the All Blacks tackle Ireland and the Wallabies will play both Scotland and Wales. The squads have been announced but do you agree with the selections of the southern hemisphere giants?

For your critical eye, Dumptackle rugby blog presents the statistical leaders in Super Rugby thus far. You can make your own mind up on who has been lucky to be included in their national squad and who could hold fair grievances for being left out!

What do you make of the stats? As always leave your views in the comments section below!

Most Points
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls)184
2. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)165
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)158
4. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs)145
5. Patrick Lambie (Sharks)128
6. Tom Taylor (Crusaders)123
7. Michael Harris (Reds)111
8. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)109
9. Gareth Anscombe (Blues)102
10. Joe Pietersen (Stormers)97
11. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs)94
12. David Harvey (Force)87
13. James O'Connor (Rebels)82
14. Peter Grant (Stormers)80
15. Elton Jantjies (Lions)74
16. Chris Noakes (Highlanders)69
17. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes)55
18. Mike Delany (Highlanders)54
19. James Stannard (Force)51
20. Frederic Michalak (Sharks)49
Most Tries
1. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes)10
2. Bjorn Basson (Bulls)8
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs)8
4. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks)7
4. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes)7
6. Dom Shipperley (Reds)6
6. Julian Savea (Hurricanes)6
6. Robert Fruean (Crusaders)6
6. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs)6
10. Adam Thomson (Highlanders)5
10. Cooper Vuna (Rebels)5
10. Gio Aplon (Stormers)5
10. Henry Speight (Brumbies)5
10. Lelia Masaga (Chiefs)5
15. Bryan Habana (Stormers)4
15. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes)4
15. Joseph Tomane (Brumbies)4
15. Tom Kingston (Waratahs)4
15. Zac Guildford (Crusaders)4
15. Zane Kirchner (Bulls)4
Most Conversions
1. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)29
2. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)28
2. Morne Steyn (Bulls)28
4. Patrick Lambie (Sharks)18
5. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)17
5. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs)17
7. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs)16
8. Michael Harris (Reds)15
9. Tom Taylor (Crusaders)14
10. Chris Noakes (Highlanders)13
10. Gareth Anscombe (Blues)13
10. Kurtley Beale (Rebels)13
13. Frederic Michalak (Sharks)12
14. David Harvey (Force)11
15. Elton Jantjies (Lions)10
16. Daniel Carter (Crusaders)9
17. Peter Grant (Stormers)8
18. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs)6
18. James O'Connor (Rebels)6
18. Joe Pietersen (Stormers)6
Most Penalty Goals
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls)38
2. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)33
3. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs)31
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)30
4. Tom Taylor (Crusaders)30
6. Patrick Lambie (Sharks)29
7. Michael Harris (Reds)26
8. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)25
8. Joe Pietersen (Stormers)25
10. Gareth Anscombe (Blues)21
11. David Harvey (Force)20
11. James O'Connor (Rebels)20
13. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs)19
14. Elton Jantjies (Lions)18
14. Peter Grant (Stormers)18
16. Mike Delany (Highlanders)16
17. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders)12
18. Chris Noakes (Highlanders)11
18. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs)11
18. Sias Ebersohn (Cheetahs)11
Most Drop Goals
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls)3
2. Colin Slade (Highlanders)1
2. Daniel Carter (Crusaders)1
2. Gareth Anscombe (Blues)1
2. Gary van Aswegen (Stormers)1
2. Jacques Coetzee (Lions)1
2. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs)1
2. Michael Harris (Reds)1
Most Tackles Made
1. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks)194
2. David Pocock (Force)186
3. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs)178
3. Matt Todd (Crusaders)178
5. Philip van der Walt (Cheetahs)162
6. Liam Gill (Reds)160
7. Michael Hooper (Brumbies)158
8. Siyamthanda Kolisi (Stormers)155
9. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)154
10. Matthew Hodgson (Force)149
11. Gareth Delve (Rebels)144
12. Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes)142
12. Liam Messam (Chiefs)142
14. James Horwill (Reds)141
15. Adam Thomson (Highlanders)140
16. Luke Jones (Rebels)139
17. Anton Bresler (Sharks)137
17. George Whitelock (Crusaders)137
19. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes)136
20. Derick Minnie (Lions)134
Most Runs
1. Nasi Manu (Highlanders)164
2. Nathan Sharpe (Force)139
3. Hosea Gear (Highlanders)130
4. Adam Thomson (Highlanders)128
5. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs)124
6. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks)123
7. David Pocock (Force)117
8. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders)113
9. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs)112
10. Wycliff Palu (Waratahs)107
11. Matthew Hodgson (Force)103
12. Keegan Daniel (Sharks)102
13. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs)100
14. Ben Smith (Highlanders)98
14. Stephen Moore (Brumbies)98
16. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs)97
17. Josh Strauss (Lions)96
17. Liam Messam (Chiefs)96
19. Jaco Taute (Lions)95
20. Pierre Spies (Bulls)93
Most Run Metres
1. Hosea Gear (Highlanders)1265
2. Ben Smith (Highlanders)999
3. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes)995
4. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders)920
5. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs)895
6. Nasi Manu (Highlanders)797
7. Julian Savea (Hurricanes)781
8. Keegan Daniel (Sharks)768
9. Alfie Mafi (Force)764
10. Jaco Taute (Lions)758
11. Zac Guildford (Crusaders)752
12. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs)733
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs)716
14. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks)712
14. Robert Fruean (Crusaders)712
16. Nick Cummins (Force)681
17. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies)673
18. Adam Thomson (Highlanders)668
18. Tom Kingston (Waratahs)668
20. Kurtley Beale (Rebels)662
Most Kicks
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls)119
2. Joe Pietersen (Stormers)107
3. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs)106
4. Will Genia (Reds)105
5. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)85
6. Nic White (Brumbies)75
7. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs)74
7. Peter Grant (Stormers)74
9. Patrick Lambie (Sharks)73
10. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)70
11. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies)69
12. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders)67
12. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers)67
14. David Harvey (Force)65
15. Francois Hougaard (Bulls)58
16. Gareth Anscombe (Blues)57
17. Charl Mcleod (Sharks)54
17. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks)54
19. Kurtley Beale (Rebels)53
20. Brett Sheehan (Force)52
Most Kick Metres
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls)4986
2. Joe Pietersen (Stormers)4274
3. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs)3803
4. Will Genia (Reds)3352
5. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)3142
6. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs)2813
7. Peter Grant (Stormers)2764
8. Nic White (Brumbies)2603
9. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies)2585
10. David Harvey (Force)2561
11. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)2475
12. Patrick Lambie (Sharks)2385
13. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders)2242
14. Elton Jantjies (Lions)2026
14. Gareth Anscombe (Blues)2026
16. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers)1916
17. Kurtley Beale (Rebels)1787
18. Francois Hougaard (Bulls)1722
19. Daniel Carter (Crusaders)1709
20. Andries Coetzee (Lions)1702
Most Pick And Drives
1. Andrew Hore (Highlanders)45
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs)36
3. David Pocock (Force)35
4. Matthew Hodgson (Force)32
4. Nasi Manu (Highlanders)32
6. Liam Messam (Chiefs)29
7. Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs)28
8. James Horwill (Reds)26
8. Nathan Sharpe (Force)26
8. Wycliff Palu (Waratahs)26
11. WP Nel (Cheetahs)22
12. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs)21
12. Benn Robinson (Waratahs)21
12. Rodney Blake (Rebels)21
12. Scott Fardy (Brumbies)21
16. Derick Minnie (Lions)20
16. Liam Gill (Reds)20
18. Tanerau Latimer (Chiefs)19
19. Hikawera Elliot (Chiefs)18
19. Stephen Moore (Brumbies)18
Most Try Assists
1. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)8
1. Zane Kirchner (Bulls)8
3. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs)7
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)6
5. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs)5
5. Hosea Gear (Highlanders)5
5. Israel Dagg (Crusaders)5
5. Kurtley Beale (Rebels)5
5. Tim Bateman (Hurricanes)5
5. Will Genia (Reds)5
11. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes)4
11. Francois Hougaard (Bulls)4
11. Julian Savea (Hurricanes)4
11. Morne Steyn (Bulls)4
11. Nic White (Brumbies)4
11. Zac Guildford (Crusaders)4
17. Ben Smith (Highlanders)3
17. Keegan Daniel (Sharks)3
17. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks)3
17. Tim Whitehead (Sharks)3
Most Linebreaks
1. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes)15
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs)12
3. Luke Morahan (Reds)10
4. Bernard Foley (Waratahs)9
4. Hosea Gear (Highlanders)9
4. Robert Fruean (Crusaders)9
7. Ben Smith (Highlanders)8
7. Israel Dagg (Crusaders)8
7. Lelia Masaga (Chiefs)8
7. Napolioni Nalaga (Force)8
7. Piet Van Zyl (Cheetahs)8
7. Rene Ranger (Blues)8
7. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs)8
7. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs)8
15. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)7
15. Akona Ndungane (Bulls)7
15. Julian Savea (Hurricanes)7
15. Keegan Daniel (Sharks)7
15. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs)7
15. Zac Guildford (Crusaders)7
Most Linebreak Assists
1. Will Genia (Reds)10
2. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs)9
3. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)8
4. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs)5
4. Brett Sheehan (Force)5
4. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)5
4. Elton Jantjies (Lions)5
4. Israel Dagg (Crusaders)5
4. Nic White (Brumbies)5
10. Alfie Mafi (Force)4
10. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders)4
10. Andrew Horrell (Chiefs)4
10. Ashley Johnson (Cheetahs)4
10. Hosea Gear (Highlanders)4
10. Julian Savea (Hurricanes)4
10. Kurtley Beale (Rebels)4
10. Ma'a Nonu (Blues)4
10. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs)4
10. Zac Guildford (Crusaders)4
10. Zane Kirchner (Bulls)4
Most Offloads
1. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs)26
2. Keegan Daniel (Sharks)20
3. Ben Smith (Highlanders)18
4. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes)17
5. Hosea Gear (Highlanders)16
6. Israel Dagg (Crusaders)15
7. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)14
7. Ashley Johnson (Cheetahs)14
7. Mark Gerrard (Rebels)14
7. Wycliff Palu (Waratahs)14
11. Bernard Foley (Waratahs)13
11. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs)13
11. Ma'a Nonu (Blues)13
11. Rene Ranger (Blues)13
11. Robert Fruean (Crusaders)13
11. Winston Stanley (Force)13
17. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes)12
17. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks)12
17. Rod Davies (Reds)12
17. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs)12
Most Pilfers
1. Liam Gill (Reds)15
2. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs)10
2. Michael Hooper (Brumbies)10
4. David Pocock (Force)9
5. Luke Braid (Blues)7
6. Matthew Hodgson (Force)6
7. Andrew Hore (Highlanders)5
7. Chris Alcock (Waratahs)5
7. Cobus Grobbelaar (Lions)5
10. Adam Thomson (Highlanders)4
10. Derick Minnie (Lions)4
10. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes)4
10. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs)4
10. James Haskell (Highlanders)4
10. Karl Lowe (Hurricanes)4
10. Nasi Manu (Highlanders)4
10. Rene Ranger (Blues)4
18. Beau Robinson (Reds)3
18. Jacques Botes (Sharks)3
18. Jason Rutledge (Highlanders)3
Most Lineouts Won
1. Nathan Sharpe (Force)76
2. Andries Bekker (Stormers)62
3. Franco van der Merwe (Lions)60
4. Adam Thomson (Highlanders)54
5. Hugh Pyle (Rebels)51
6. Juandre Kruger (Bulls)49
7. Scott Higginbotham (Reds)45
8. Izak van der Westhuizen (Cheetahs)44
9. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)39
10. Ben Mowen (Brumbies)37
11. Matthew Hodgson (Force)35
12. Ali Williams (Blues)34
12. Craig Clarke (Chiefs)34
14. David Dennis (Waratahs)33
14. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders)33
14. Steven Sykes (Sharks)33
17. Anton Bresler (Sharks)30
17. Eben Etzebeth (Stormers)30
17. Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes)30
20. Toby Lynn (Force)29
Most Penalties Conceded
1. Matthew Hodgson (Force)24
2. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs)21
2. Derick Minnie (Lions)21
4. Dean Mumm (Waratahs)20
5. Dean Greyling (Bulls)19
6. Salesi Ma'afu (Force)18
6. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs)18
6. Werner Kruger (Bulls)18
9. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks)16
9. David Pocock (Force)16
9. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs)16
9. James Horwill (Reds)16
13. Ben May (Hurricanes)15
13. Ben Tameifuna (Chiefs)15
13. Tiaan Liebenberg (Stormers)15
16. Benn Robinson (Waratahs)14
16. Nathan Sharpe (Force)14
16. Steven Sykes (Sharks)14
16. Tanerau Latimer (Chiefs)14
20. Sekope Kepu (Waratahs)13
Most Turnovers
1. Tiaan Liebenberg (Stormers)32
2. Adam Thomson (Highlanders)29
2. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks)29
2. Tom McCartney (Blues)29
5. Corey Flynn (Crusaders)28
6. Stephen Moore (Brumbies)27
6. Zane Kirchner (Bulls)27
8. Dean Mumm (Waratahs)25
8. Keegan Daniel (Sharks)25
8. Will Genia (Reds)25
11. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs)24
11. Callie Visagie (Lions)24
11. Jaco Taute (Lions)24
14. Ali Williams (Blues)22
14. Dane Coles (Hurricanes)22
14. Francois Hougaard (Bulls)22
14. Hadleigh Parkes (Blues)22
18. Luke Jones (Rebels)21
19. Kieran Read (Crusaders)20
19. Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs)20
Most Missed Tackles
1. Nick Phipps (Rebels)36
2. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)33
3. Charl Mcleod (Sharks)29
3. Josh Strauss (Lions)29
5. Brett Sheehan (Force)28
5. Peter Grant (Stormers)28
5. Rob Horne (Waratahs)28
8. Franco van der Merwe (Lions)27
8. Francois Hougaard (Bulls)27
8. Willem Alberts (Sharks)27
8. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs)27
12. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders)25
12. Elton Jantjies (Lions)25
12. Philip van der Walt (Cheetahs)25
15. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes)24
15. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes)24
15. JP Pietersen (Sharks)24
15. Keegan Daniel (Sharks)24
15. Nick Cummins (Force)24
15. Robert Ebersohn (Cheetahs)24


  1. Interesting stats although there are so many statistics to get your head around that it is difficult to know which players make up the ideal player in any given position. You can see why some of these guys do well in www.testrugby.com someone like Adam Thomson, Sona Taumalolo or Andrew Hore are good in a few of these categories.

    I like the fact that big Coenrad Oosthuizen is one of the top pilfers but also one of the worst offenders for penalties. He obviously pushes the line.

    Most runs is an interesting statistic.

    1. Yes there are a lot of stats haha!

      One thing that struck me was most runs and run metres gained. Hosea Gear has by far the most metres gained and is pretty high up on work-rate too (3rd).

      It makes you wonder if other Highlanders players have been reaping the rewards from it and maye that is why Gear hasn't quite been in the limelight so much this year?

      Yes Connie Oosthuizen seems to be pretty high up on a lot of the stats. I think one must also remember the team dynamics for the player when considering them though. For example the Cheetahs play very fast and loose, which should allow for more runs, metres gained, offloads, and also turnovers/pilfers.

      The Bulls/ Crusaders on the other hand use tactical kicking far more and tend to only play with the ball when they get into the right territory. Hence why only one players between them (Pierre Spies) ranks in the top 20 for runs made.

  2. Great stats!

    From an NZ point of view, I would say Liam Messam and Andre Taylor would be most unluckly looking at those stats.

    1. True. I think Taylor will get his chance though eventually.

      For Messam...I find it surprising he's not being favoured. He was always such a loose player and now that he has tightened up his game and makes less errors (as the selectors had asked), he has been overlooked.

      For me the Chiefs are greatly benefiting from his work-rate this year. Maybe he'll be pulled in to the squad come 'Rugby Championship' time if he is influential in the play-offs??

  3. where do I find workrate stats, and how is that calculated?

    1. @Drive45... I get my stats from Sydney Morning Herald. As for workrate-stats there is no definitive way of calculating that. You just have to group together certain stats for example tackles made, turnovers, pilfers, tackle assists for defensive work-rate and perhaps ball carries made, tactical kicks made etc for attacking work-rate.

      Thanks for the comment. I hope you return to the site!