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By ARU Media Unit
Welcome back to your weekly Fantasy Editorial where you find all the latest results, player stats and team performances for the 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby competition.
The weekend brought with it a host of keenly fought games, with the Brumbies and Western Force winning their local derbies – leaving the Melbourne Rebels to scratch their heads after losing another nail biter in New Zealand against the Chiefs.
The Highlanders topped the Bulls while the Crusaders returned to form with a convincing win over the Cheetahs. Meanwhile the Sharks continued their unbeaten record at home in 2014 with a 25-12 win over the Lions at Ellis Park.
The forwards worked hard at the breakdown in the wet conditions but it was the backs that were earning all the fantasy credit this week as we preview the ‘Top 3 Players of the Round'.
1. Nick Cummins (77) scored a hat trick of tries on the weekend against a physical Waratahs pack, making the ‘Honey Badger’ a shoe-in for the number one spot. NSW’s hard work was short lived as Cummins gained 183 meters, including a length of the field intercept, to help the Western Force to five consecutive wins for the first time in the club’s history.
2. The little scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius (64) was busy for the Cheetahs in their 31-52 loss to the Crusaders. He clocked up 50 meters in yardage and made two line breaks to bring up a try of his own. The loss puts the Cheetahs back to 14th on the Super Rugby ladder.
3. Jason Woodward (63) was sensational again for the Melbourne Rebels, slotting four out of five penalty attempts and averaging 61 meters in their 22-16 loss to the Chiefs. The fullback continues to make headway in just his second year of Super Rugby and is worth a spot in your fantasy team.
This week’s fantasy hint: halfbacks will score an additional two points if they score a try.
For all the stats and insights into the Fantasy Competition simply follow the links below to find out who’s hot and who’s not.
There is also still time to join the Super Rugby Tipping Competition and enter a private competition with prizes on offer every five rounds, see the ‘Game Rules’ page for all the details.
Fans can benchmark themselves against our panel of celebrity tipsters. Former Wallaby prop Al Baxter (@AlastairBaxter3) and professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons (@Sally_Fitz) will join the panel, alongside TV host Jessica Skaratt (@JessicaSkarratt), Olympic gold medallist Jessicah Schipper (@JessSchipper) and Rugby presenter Quentin Hull (@QuentinHull).
Follow our celebrities’ expert advice as they share their weekly tips with you via the Super Rugby website.
Good luck to all 2014 tipsters and fantasy managers.
The popularity of rugby in Japan has continued to grow ahead of their inclusion in the 2016 Super Rugby competition.