The most striking thing about Fantasy Rugby 2012 has been the number of new players setting the competition alight. After a World Cup, like last year, a big player exodus is usual, which allows for new players to come onto the scene. However, the class of 2012 have taken to this level like ducks to water. Many of the victorious New Zealand Under 20 team who won the Junior World Championship in Italy last year have dominated for the respective franchises. Players like Brodie Retallick and Ben Tameifuna in the Chiefs and Beauden Barrett and TJ Perenara for the Hurricanes have stormed into All Black reckoning. Australia have a new breed of openside flankers, such as the Reds’ Liam Gill, nipping at David Pocock’s heals. South Africa have some ominous first fives (number tens) coming through, such as Johan Goosen and Elton Jantjies.
Many of these players represented excellent value in the 2012 Super Rugby competition. For example, Brodie Retallick (click for profile) only costs $600,000 in TestRugby, but always scores around 200 points. Johan Goosen only costs $612,500 and scores an average of 334 points per game! For $605,000, Willie Le Roux will also score nearly 300 points a game too. The 2012 Fantasy Super Rugby tournament has been the year of Taumalolo. As a prop, Sona Taumalolo would normally be nowhere near the top point scorers. However, this season Taumalolo has discovered a penchant for the tryline. He is currently at the top of the try scoring table with nine tries!
The Top Ten Scorers for Fantasy Super Rugby 2012:
- Aaron Cruden
- Bismarck du Plessis
- Stephen Moore
- Sonny Bill Williams
- Adriaan Strauss
- Peter Grant
- Keegan Daniel
- Hosea Gear
- Adam Thomson
- Israel Dagg
The top ten scorers for 2012 show first fives and hookers featuring prominently. Three of the top five positions are held by wearers of the number two jersey - du Plessis, Moore and Strauss. Impressively, Moore and Strauss played fewer games than the other people in the top five. There are two outside backs in Gear and Dagg, and a couple of loose forwards in Daniel and Thomson. Sonny Bill Williams, who was a juggernaut point scorer, was the only midfielder. There are no props or locks in the top ten. In fact in 2012, no props or locks made the top twenty, nor did any other midfielder.
Four of the spots from 10-20 were taken up by outside backs, with another three loose forwards.
By the way, the Chiefs won!
The Chiefs won their first ever tournament, thrashing the Sharks in Hamilton. They won't have Sonny Bill Williams next year, who is returning to league. As their most valuable play in 2012 it will be challenging to replace him.
Tune in next year for the 2013 tournament!