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Amlin Opta Index

Amlin Opta Index

The Amlin Opta Index is a unique analysis tool which objectively compares the performance of players competing in the Amlin Challenge Cup and Heineken Cup. This section will compare players across a range performance criteria after each round of European club rugby action to identity the top ten backs and forwards of the European season so far.

Amlin Opta Index - Top Players this season

Top Backs

Player Club Score Av. Score
Mike Brown Harlequins 2515 1367
Ruan Pienaar Ulster 2000 1373
Jonny May Gloucester Rugby 1892 1218
Matt Giteau Toulon 1856 1152
Dan Biggar Ospreys 1805 1453
A. Fenby London Irish 1758 1218
Nick Evans Harlequins 1749 1453
Sitiveni Sivivatu ASM Clermont Auvergne 1738 1218
Paddy Jackson Ulster Rugby 1737 1453
Casey Laulala Munster Rugby 1696 1152

Top Forwards

Player Club Appearances Amlin Opa Index
Schalk Brits Saracens 2511 1367
Louis Picamoles Toulouse 2175 1682
Nick Easter Harlequins 2129 1682
Billy Vunipola Saracens 2004 1682
Jamie Heaslip Leinster Rugby 1864 1682
Carl Fearns Bath Rugby 1859 1682
Steffon Armitage Toulon 1805 1682
Tom Youngs Leicester Tigers 1741 1421
James Coughlan Munster Rugby 1721 1682
Sean Cronin Leinster Rugby 1693 1421

Amlin Opta Index Team of the QFs

Position Name Team Competition Score Av. Pos Score
15 Nick Abendanon Bath Rugby ACC 384 194
14 Horacio Agulla Bath Rugby ACC 403 177
13 Mathieu Bastareaud Toulon HC 331 165
12 Matt Giteau Toulon HC 389 179
11 Tommy Bowe Ulster Rugby HC 401 173
10 Nick Evans Harlequins ACC 468 207
9 Danny Care Harlequins ACC 319 194
1 Cian Healy Leinster Rugby HC 307 158
2 Schalk Brits Saracens HC 574 201
3 Tony Buckley Sale Sharks ACC 231 133
4 Dave Attwood Bath Rugby ACC 244 162
5 Paul O'Connell Munster Rugby HC 319 153
6 Billy Vunipola Saracens HC 381 193
7 James Haskell London Wasps ACC 316 203
8 Nathan Hughes London Wasps ACC 398 240

How it works

The Amlin Opta Index methodology has been developed to accurately and objectively analyse rugby matches:

Stage 1: On a round by round basis, all games across both ERC's tournaments are analysed using a post-match system that provides detailed statistical and individual scoring information. Each individual action (e.g. try, missed tackle, offload, break) is then given a points value depending on the relative importance of the action. Points are weighted against the time in the game that the event took place, the match score at the time and the position on the pitch.

Stage 2: Due to the varying levels of teams competing (particularly in the pool stages), the Amlin Opta Index is also driven by a team co-efficient which factors team and player strength into the analysis.

The co-efficient is based on any team's previous results as well as its current domestic league position. If, for example, a team has a low rating and is beaten convincingly by a stronger team, all players' scores on the winning team would be calculated relative to the strength of the opposition and adjusted accordingly.

This allows a unique method of objectively analysing elite European club rugby to be presented as a fair and accurate reflection of player performance.

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