The four sides that were in action – the Cell C Sharks, Vodacom Bulls, Toyota Cheetahs and Emirates Lions – all suffered defeats at the hands of Australian and New Zealand opposition.
With the teams failing to launch, it is down to the individuals to supply the silver lining in terms of the statistics taken from the Vodacom Rugby App.
Lions fullback Andries Coetzee and flanker Jaco Kriel’s names crop up among the top statistics from the past weekend.
Coetzee proved to be quite the dagger for the Lions to top the Defenders Beaten category with 11, with the Blues’ George Moala beating eight for the second most.
Kriel shares third spot along with Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs), and Hosea Gear (Chiefs).
The Lions fullback also made three Clean Breaks along with four other players, the second most behind Chris Feauai-Sautia of the Reds who made five in his side’s win over the Rebels.
Four South African players made it into the top-10 Tackle statistics with Lions captain Warren Whiteley, Kriel and Sharks flanker Marcell Coetzee making 14 each, with Willem Alberts putting in 13 tackles.
Cheetahs fullback Clayton Blommetjies also features among the top players this weekend ranking second in terms of Metres Run with 115m, with the Rebels’ Sefanaia Naivalu topping this category with 137 metres.
Blommetjies and Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies each collected four loose balls in their respective matches to make it into the top five of this category.
When a lineout works well it seems like a remarkably easy facet of rugby but there is a lot more to this set-piece than meets the eye.
Bulls stalwart Victor Matfield once again demonstrated that he is still a genius in the lineouts topping the rankings with the eight on his side’s own throw.
He is followed by Alex Ainley (Highlanders), Dave Dennis (Waratahs) and Rob Simmons (Reds) with six apiece.
Team-mate and Bulls captain Pierre Spies and Alberts each took five while Kriel, who is not seen a traditional jumper at 1.83m tall, took four.
Considering that Bulls lock Flip van der Merwe also topped the Lineouts Stolen category along with the Highlanders’ Gareth Evans with two each, this set-piece belonged to the Pretoria side hands down.