Statchat: Investec Super Rugby

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016    Getty Images

Top points:
184: Beauden Barrett, Hurricanes
169: Richie Mo’unga, Crusaders
166: Lima Sopoaga, Highlanders
165: Damian McKenzie, Chiefs
154: Christian Lealiifano, Brumbies

Our pick:

With a 15 point lead at the top of the point scoring ladder, Beauden Barrett will be hard to catch – especially if the Hurricanes star gets a big haul this weekend against the Sharks. Any of the other four on the list are capable of catching him provided their team keeps winning, but we think Barrett will stay at the top.

Top tries:
11: Israel Folau, Waratahs
9: Damian McKenzie, Chiefs
9: Lionel Mapoe, Lions
9: Seta Tamanivalu, Chiefs
9: Matt Faddes, Highlanders

Our pick:

It is going to take a minimum of three tries for anyone to leap frog Israel Folau at the top of the Super Rugby try scoring charts. That’s a tough ask in finals football but we think it can be done. Damian McKenzie showed early in the season that he can rack up tries quickly so if anyone is to take over Folau we pick the Chiefs flying fullback.

Most tackles:
173: Sam Cane, Chiefs
165: Ardie Savea, Hurricanes
162: Matt Hodgson, Force
158: Matt Todd, Crusaders
156: Matt Labuschange, Bulls

Our pick:
While it looks like a two horse race between Sam Cane and Ardie Savea, we are tipping the Crusaders Matt Todd to be leading the tackle count by the end of the season. The hard-working number seven has hit his straps in recent weeks and if the Crusaders can get past the Lions this week and go all the way, they will need Todd to be making plenty of tackles.

Most offloads:
31: Malakai Fekitoa, Highlanders
26: Damian McKenzie, Chiefs
26: Nemani Nadolo, Crusaders
25: James Lowe, Chiefs
24: Israel Folau, Waratahs

Our pick:
This will come down to a shootout between Nemani Nadolo and Malakai Fekitoa. The Crusaders giant wing Nadolo is a prolific off loader and would probably be leading the list if it wasn’t for a four week suspension during the regular season. The Highlanders Fekitoa is five clear at the top of the list and that may be just enough of a lead to secure him the crown as the top off loader for 2016. 

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