Hot Shots, Pie-Baggers & more: Aussie Super Rugby-Post Round 15

With one round to go before Super Rugby breaks for the June test window, two Australian sides are in the running for a top eight finals spot. The NSW Waratahs are edging the Aussie conference with six wins and a draw from their 12 games to leave them in third spot on the overall ladder. But just a point behind them are the Melbourne Rebels, whose 50% win record sees them squeezing into 8th place.

But in the individual stakes, which players have been standing out and putting their names forward for test selection?

With Michael Cheika naming his Wallaby squad to take on Ireland last night, it’s no surprise that many of the names leading the way in the categories shown below, got the nod for a shot at wearing the green and gold over the next month.

But with the most tries, second-most run metres and equal second-most offloads of all Australian-eligible players, Taqele Naiyaravoro can consider himself unlucky not to be included. Presumably, his impending move to the UK played a part in the decision, but it does beg the question as to why Australian rugby is letting him slip through its fingers overseas for a second time?

 

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HOT-SHOTS

136pts = BERNARD FOLEY (NSW Waratahs)

73pts = JACK DEBRECZENI (Melbourne Rebels)

56pts = WHARENUI HAWERA (Brumbies)

55pts = JONO LANCE (Queensland Reds)

54pts = REECE HODGE (Melbourne Rebels)

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Taqele Naiyaravoro’s numbers weren’t enough for a Wallaby spot – Photo: Karen Watson

PIE-BAGGERS

10 tries = TAQELE NAIYARAVORO (NSW Waratahs)

8 tries = JACK MADDOCKS (Melbourne Rebels)

6 tries = TOM BANKS (Brumbies)

5 tries = FILIPO DAUGUNU (Queensland Reds)

5 tries = ISRAEL FOLAU (NSW Waratahs)

5 tries = SEFANAIA NAIVALU (Melbourne Rebels)

5 tries = CURTIS RONA (NSW Waratahs)

 

MOST METRES

1082 metres = SAMU KEREVI (Queensland Reds)

1071 metres = TAQELE NAIYARAVORO (NSW Waratahs)

909 metres = FILIPO DAUGUNU (Queensland Reds)

849 metres = CURTIS RONA (NSW Waratahs)

840 metres = JACK MADDOCKS (Melbourne Rebels)

St.George Queensland Reds v Bulls

Samu Kerevi has been a standout for the Reds again in 2018 – Photo: QRU / Sportography

MOST RUNS

128 = SAMU KEREVI (Queensland Reds)

116 = ISI NAISARANI (Brumbies)

90 = CURTIS RONA (NSW Waratahs)

90 = CALEB TIMU (Queensland Reds)

86 = TEVITA KURIDRANI (Brumbies)

 

MOST OFFLOADS

25 = ISRAEL FOLAU (NSW Waratahs)

16 = KURTLEY BEALE (NSW Waratahs)

16 = TAQELE NAIYARAVORO (NSW Waratahs)

13 = CURTIS RONA (NSW Waratahs)

10 = ANGUS COTTRELL (Melbourne Rebels)

10 = SAMU KEREVI (Queensland Reds)

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Michael Hooper is the top tackler and level with David Pocock for pilfers – Photo: Glen Nicholls

MOST TACKLES

163 = MICHAEL HOOPER (NSW Waratahs)

134 = MICHAEL WELLS (NSW Waratahs)

120 = TOM ROBERTSON (NSW Waratahs)

116 = ANGUS SCOTT-YOUNG (Queensland Reds)

113 = KANE DOUGLAS (Queensland Reds)

 

MOST PILFERS

6 = MICHAEL HOOPER (NSW Waratahs)

6 = DAVID POCOCK (Brumbies)

3 = LOCKY MCCAFFREY (Melbourne Rebels)

3 = BILLY MEAKES (Melbourne Rebels)

2 = JAMES SLIPPER (Queensland Reds)

2 = HAMISH STEWART (Queensland Reds)

 

*All data from FoxSports Lab

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