Despite a hit-and-miss weekend for South African teams in Round 5 of the 2020 Super Rugby competition, a number of players are leading the charge in terms of individual stats. The Stormers and the Bulls both lost their Super Rugby fixtures over the weekend, while the Sharks won their final match on tour and the Lions were on a bye.
While the Stormers were rated as one of the best South African teams leading into the tournament – and proved the point by being the only team to remain unbeaten for four fixtures – the Sharks have been playing some champagne rugby.
Unsurprisingly, Sharks players dominate the individual stats.
Makazole Mapimpi is the tournament’s second-leading try-scorer (four tries after Round 5) – just one behind a trio of leaders sitting on five tries each. Mapimpi could have been up there as one of the leaders if he had not selflessly passed to Curwin Bosch last weekend.
Bosch, incidentally, leads the overall points tally with 59, some way ahead of the Jaguares’ Domingo Miotti on 44. Two South Africans – Morne Steyn from the Bulls and Damian Willemse from the Stormers sit in third and fourth spot on 38 and 37 respectively.
Fassi, meanwhile, is also second for most defenders beaten – 27 overall. Just behind Mark Telea’s tally of 30.
And finally, Pieter-Steph du Toit is second on the list of most tackles won with 64, behind Tom Christie from the Crusaders. Despite their woeful performance on the weekend, The Stormers have been monumental in defence in this year’s competition and Du Toit has been a key part of that approach.
The chart below shows the areas where South Africans lead the Super Rugby stats or sit in second spot after Round 5.