Lions top Crusaders in Stats XV

A rousing semi-final victory boosted four Lions heroes into this week’s Stats XV, one more than the Crusaders…

12 – Harold Vorster (Lions)
Attack: 1 try, 11 carries, 93 metres run, good passes 3/3, 2 linebreaks
Defence: 7 tackles, 2 missed tackle, 78% completion, 1 dominant tackle, 1 turnover tackle
Errors: 1 penalty conceded

9 – Ross Cronje (Lions)
Attack: 1 try, 10 carries, 62 metres run, good passes 74/76, 1 offload, 3 tackle breaks
Defence: 2 tackles, 100% completion
Kicks: 3 kicks, 38 kicking metres
Errors: 3 handling errors

5 – Franco Mostert (Lions)
Attack: 11 carries, 62 metres run
Defence: 4 tackles made, 1 tackle missed, 80% completion
Errors: 1 penalty conceded
First Phase: 4 lineouts won, 2 lineouts stolen

1 – Jacques van Rooyen (Lions)
Attack: 1 try, 9 carries, 48 metres run, good passes 2/3, 1 tackle break, 1 turnover conceded
Defence: 3 tackles made, 100% completion
Errors: 3 handling errors

Ross Cronje was named Man of the Match after the Lions staged what will go down as one of the greatest comebacks in Super Rugby history to beat the Hurricanes last week. The Lions scrumhalf, together with teammates Harold Vorster, Franco Mostert and Jacques van Rooyen, completed a quartet of South Africans named to All Out Rugby’s Stats XV, a weekly lineup generated to showcase the best performers, based on stats.

With three New Zealand teams in the semi-finals, the remaining 11 spots went to Kiwi players, but only three of those came from the Crusaders where Israel Dagg, Matt Todd and Codie Taylor put up winning numbers.

Cronje earned his place by hitting the bullseye with 74 of 76 passes, and sniping for one try on 10 runs that gained 62 metres.

Speaking of sniping, Mostert poached two Hurricanes throw-ins at the lineout, and jumped for four of his own, while steam-driven loosehead prop Jacques van Rooyen got the pistons firing to puff across the line for a try.

And inside centre Harold Vorster also dotted down, gaining 93 metres on 11 attacking forays, including two linebreaks.

- Zelim Nel

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  • Lions Fan '82

    Stats are nice to look at, but on the day anything can happen and stats don’t matter. The Crusaders showed that last week. They got dominated in all the stats by the Chiefs, but the scoreboard shows a comfortable victory for the ‘Saders. The only stat that you need to look at is the following: The team with the most points at the end of the game, that team wins 100% of the time.

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