Fantasy Rugby update: Week four

Dan Carter led all Fantasy scorers with 27 points on Friday night. Photo / Getty Images
Dan Carter led all Fantasy scorers with 27 points on Friday night. Photo / Getty Images

Despite just one New Zealand team winning over the weekend, there was still plenty of Fantasy points on offer from kiwi players.

The round started with an exciting encounter between the Hurricanes and Crusaders with the home side pulling through 29-28. Despite the defeat, and a missed dropped goal, Dan Carter led all Fantasy scorers with 27 points. Alapati Leiua, Beauden Barrett and Karl Lowe all broke the 20-point mark for the Hurricanes.

The Rebels also had the top Fantasy scorer in a losing effort with Lachlan Mitchell scoring 17 points in his side's 23-13 defeat to the Reds. Reds backrower Liam Gill continued his consistent season with 16 points.

The Cheetahs 36-19 surprise win over the Highlanders in Dunedin might see Fantasy players take notice of the South African outfit. There were plenty of points on offer with four players breaking the 30 point mark - Pieter Labuschagne (32), Sarel Pretorius (31), Johan Goosen (31) and Robert Ebersohn (30).

Highlanders five-eighth, Limo Sopoaga, had a game to forget with -10 points, one of eight Highlanders to score in the negatives.

The Brumbies also cashed in from their 35-6 win over the Waratahs with Christian Lealiifano scoring 26 points, one try and five kicks.
The Chiefs and Stormers played in a high-scoring affair with the home side edging the defending champs 36-24 as Joe Pietersen scored 31 Fantasy points. Sam Cane and Charlie Ngatai both scored 22 points in a losing cause.

Proving the importance of having a decent kicker in your Fantasy team, Patrick Lambie continued his fine Fantasy season with 29 points in the Sharks' 21-12 win over the Kings. He was the only player to break 20 in the match.

The Bulls 28-21 upset win brought some good points for the visitors with front rower Arno Botha leading the way with 24 thanks to a try and nine tackles made. Back Akona Ndungane pitched in with 18 points while Rene Ranger was the standout for the losing Blues scoring 18 points of his own.

Over the four rounds Sharks five-eighth Patrick Lambie leads all scorers with 78 points and still remains a decent value at $8.72m. Chiefs flanker Sam Cane ($5.7m) is not far behind on 70 points quickly followed by Pieter Labuschagne of the Cheetahs, possibly the deal of the competition producing 65 points at just $3.68m.

Round 4:
On form players
Worst performers
Full player list, including fantasy points

Round 5
The Highlanders seek their first win of the season when the Hurricanes head to Dunedin. The Waratahs also look for a vital win as the in-form Cheetahs head to Sydney while the Kings host the defending champion Chiefs. In the match-up of the weekend the Crusaders host the Bulls while the Reds face the Force and the Sharks play the Brumbies.

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