Fantasy Rugby wrap - Round 13

Luke Watson had the game of the round with 41 points against the Highlanders. Photo / Getty Images
Luke Watson had the game of the round with 41 points against the Highlanders. Photo / Getty Images

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

Chiefs 22 Force 21
The star: Aaron Cruden - After a very quiet Fantasy season, Cruden stepped up this week after taking over the kicking duties from an injured Gareth Anscombe. Cruden scored 22 Fantasy points with a perfect six from six with the boot along with four tackles and 28 metres gained breaking a five week run of single figure points.
The dud: Alby Mathewson - The Force halfback scored -3 for the second time this season thanks to one missed tackle and no tackles made.
Value pick: Matt Vant Leven - The Chiefs number eight finished with 14 points following nine tackles before he was subbed in the 66th minute. A strong showing for a price tag of just $5,040,000.

Reds 32 Sharks 17
The star: Saia Faingaa - The Reds frontrower passed the 20+ mark for the first time this season mainly because of the fact he scored his maiden try of 2013. Throw in eight tackles and a turnover won to finish with a game best 24 points.

Rod Davies (21) and Anthony Faingaa (20) also had strong games for the home side.
The dud: J.P Pietersen - Yet another disappointing outing from the Springbok. Pietersen scored just two points to take his tally to just five over his last three matches in which he has racked up six missed tackles.
Value pick: No great value picks in this one with all the Reds player who performed priced accordingly. Davies may cost $9,270,000 but five tries in four games means he can't be ignored even at that price.

Cheetahs 34 Hurricanes 39
The star: Beauden Barrett - The Hurricanes number 10 had one of the all-round performances of the season to date scoring 31 Fantasy points with seven successful kicks, eight tackles and a try. His two missed kicks were his only blip. Surely makes up for his -6 game two weeks ago. Victor Vito (29) and Coenraad Oosthuizen (29) also earn a mention.
The dud: Francois Uys came into the match as one of the top scoring second rowers but only managed seven Fantasy points as his recent slide in form continues. He's now scored single figures in four straight weeks.
Value pick: Oosthuizen - Priced at just $2,530,000 and pulls off a 29-point game... huge value.

Blues 36 Rebels 32
The star: Frank Halai - The Blues winger ended a two week scoring drought in fantastic fashion with a hat-trick at Eden Park to end with 37 points. Along with the three tries he made 100 metres gained for his best game of the season.
The dud: James O'Connor had -9 points. Three missed kicks and three missed tackles will do that. O'Dud.
Value pick: Halai - One of the cheaper backs going around at $7,680,000 but continues to be a try-scoring threat each week. Like London buses when he does arrive at the tryline, another one usually follows. That was his third multi-try game this season.

Waratahs 21 Stormers 15
The star: Cam Crawford - Not really star worthy as Crawford led all scorers with just 14 Fantasy points but the rookie continues to produce with 75 points in his first four games for the Waratahs.
The dud: Bryan Habana had just one point as his value dropped for the fifth time this season. Not what you'd expect for a former IRB player of the year.
Value pick: Siya Kolisi - He may not be the Father of Dragons and Breaker of Chains but Kolisi, like his Game of Thrones namesake, is slowly making some noise. He made it seven straight weeks of double figure scores with 12 points on Saturday night.

Kings 34 Highlanders 27
The star: Luke Watson - Move aside Barrett and Halai, this was the performance of the round. Watson finished with 41 points for the Kings with two tries, 12 tackles and a turnover. Teammate Cornell Du Preez wasn't far behind with 27 points.
The dud: Aaron Smith/Fumiaki Tanaka - With their two scores combined the Highlanders halfbacks still finished on negative points.
Value pick: Watson is a pretty decent purchase at $4,440,000, though it might be a one-off considering his previous best was 28 points less.

- nzherald.co.nz

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