Fantasy Rugby wrap - Round eight

Rod Davies crossed over twice against the Chiefs. Photo /Getty Images
Rod Davies crossed over twice against the Chiefs. Photo /Getty Images

A look back on all the Fantasy studs and duds from the weekend's Super 15 action.

Brumbies 30 Highlanders 19
The star: Back rower George Smith had a huge outing for the visitors scoring 32 points courtesy of 16 tackles and a try. A well timed return to form after single digit efforts in the previous three games.
The dud: Hosea Gear knocked on five times and missed two tackles for the Highlanders to finish with -3 points.
Value pick: Brumbies second rower produced 21 points, great value for his $4,480,000 price tag.

Reds 31 Chiefs 23
The star: Reds winger Rod Davies crossed over for a double on his way to a 32-point effort. A massive improvement on his previous outing this season of just three points.
The dud: Chiefs flanker Sam Cane has been unstoppable all season but could only produce six points against the Reds. It didn't help that he knocked out twice, the first time he's spilled the ball since the season opener.
Value pick: Jake Schatz ($5,530,000) had 22 points, the second week in a row he's cracked the 20-point mark.

Blues 28 Hurricanes 6
The star: Tom McCartney was the leading points scorer finishing with 26 points, thanks largely to his second half try. Fellow front rower James Parsons also dotted down to finish with 23 points.
The dud: There are many options in the Hurricanes lineup but TJ Perenara did little to impress All Blacks selectors with a -4 score, missing four of his attempted seven tackles.
Value pick: Parsons. Paying just $2,320,000 for 23 points is a Warehouse like bargain.

Kings 30 Rebels 27
The star:Wimpie van Der Walt. Love the name. Love the 27 point effort even more as he backed up from his 33 points against the Brumbies the previous week.
The dud: Scott Higginbotham usually provides the x-factor off the bench for the Wallabies but it hasn't been on display for his Super 15 franchise. The Rebels backrower knocked on four times to finish with -3.
Value pick: van Der Walt ($4,980,000) is the only option here after a standout performance.

Force 16 Crusaders 14
The star: Force back Sam Norton-Knight almost takes this out be default by scoring just one of the two tries. Norton-Knight finished with 20 points, following back-to-back games of -3.
The dud: It seems unfair to pick Robie Fruean out of an all-round dud effort by the Crusaders but at $9,350,000 he continues to let down his Fantasy owners. His seven points against the Force was the sixth time in seven games he's failed to crack double figures.
Value pick: Froce prop Pekahou Cowan scored 19 points after a huge effort in compiling 15 tackles. He's still rightly priced at $2,990,000 though as this may be a one-off.

Stormers 22 Sharks 15
The star: Six successful kicks helped Joe Pietersen lead all scorers with 33 points, more than twice as many as his next best teammate Siya Kolisi.
The dud: He may have to-scored for the Sharks with 11 Fantasy points but Patrick Lambie owners would be expecting at least double that from the five-eighth.
Value pick: Not many great values in this match but Siya Kolisi would have been a good option scoring 16 to go with his $6,570,000 price tag.

Bulls 26 Cheetahs 20
The star: Morne Steyn is back to his best with six successful kicks to finish with a 27 point haul.
The dud: Cheetahs back Robert Ebersohn scored just two points after five straight weeks of decent scores.
Value pick:Bulls front rower Callie Visagie ($3,580,000) crossed over for a try and scored 18 points in his first match of the season. Doubt he was on anyone's radar before the game.

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