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Super Rugby 2015 Team of the Competition – Agree? 43 views
15 June 2015 by The Swede Eaters
Do you agree with the Super Rugby Team of the Competition?
Super Rugby 2015 regular season is over, and now is the perfect time to pick a team of the competition based solely on statistics from fantasy rugby website www.testrugby.com
This Team of the Competition is based on average points per game of each player. It is also based on a player making the top 20 in that position and having the highest average points based on statistical categories such as tries, assists, go forwards, tackles, turnovers, lineouts, scrums, line-breaks and kicks caught among others.
It is often players who log 80 minutes per game and play most games in a season without getting injured that make this team. This allows for players from teams with less depth to make this team.
First five eighth was close with Beauden Barrett getting the nod ahead of Handre Pollard, Pat Lambie and Bernard Foley.
Showing that a goalkicking first five eighth is important, Beauden Barrett scored twice the number of points of the best halfback, his team TJ Perenara.
The best player in Super Rugby 2015 was Duane Vermeulen, followed by Beauden Barrett, Handre Pollard, Jaco Kriel, Christian Lealiifano and Waisake Naholo.
It is no wonder that the Stormers struggle without Duane Vermeulen who played only 11 games this season!
It will be interesting to see if Super Rugby form helps to get many of these players into international squads for the Rugby World Cup. There is only a handful of experienced international players in this team, with several fringe international players making the team instead.
Super Rugby 2015 Team of the Competition by country
New Zealand 5
South Africa 4
Do you agree with the Super Rugby 2015 Team of the Competition?
Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks)
Steven Kitshoff (Stormers)
Toby Smith (Rebels)
Luke Jones (Rebels)
James Broadhurst (Hurricanes)
Jaco Kriel (Lions)
David Pocock (Brumbies)
Duane Vermeulen (Stormers)
TJ Perenara (Hurricanes)
First five eight
Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)
Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)
Samu Kerevi (Reds)
Waisake Naholo (Highlanders)
Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders)
Israel Folau (Waratahs)
Published with permission from www.testrugby.com