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PRO14 STATS SPOTLIGHT: Seasoned Springbok Marcell Coetzee stole the headlines in Round Six. He has been doing that the entire season.
The 29-year-old loose forward, with 30 Bok Test caps since 2012, was in imperious form for his Irish province, Ulster, this past Monday.
Coetzee celebrated his 50th Ulster appearance in style with four tries – including a first-half hat-trick – as the Irish province beat Zebre 57-14 for their sixth consecutive Pro14 win.
However, beyond the tries, Coetzee is busy stacking up some impressive numbers in the Pro14.
In Round Six Coetzee was top of the competition’s offloads chart (with three), joint second with carries (16), joint third with his two turnovers and beat two defenders.
On the overall chart, after six rounds, Coetzee is the top carrier – with 74, 10 more than second-placed Rhys Ruddock (Leinster).
He also tops the offloads count (13), is joint third with five turnovers and Coetzee has made 53 tackles (placing him mid-table).
Top players from Round Six of the Pro14
Tackles: 30 – Jac Morgan (Scarlets)
Carries: 17 – Gavin Coombes (Munster)
Defenders Beaten: six – Dan Leavy (Leinster)
Offloads: three – Marcell Coetzee (Ulster) Scott Penny (Leinster)
Clean Breaks: three – Luke Morgan (Ospreys) Cian Kelleher (Leinster) Luke McGrath (Leinster)
Most Metres: 102 – Paul Boyle (Connacht)
line-out Steals: two – Giovanni Pettinelli (Benetton)
Turnovers won: three – Michele Lamaro (Benetton) Jac Morgan (Scarlets)
Overall top performers from the Pro14
Tackles: 87 – Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues)
Carries: 74 – Marcell Coetzee (Ulster)
Defenders Beaten: 18 – Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues)
Offloads: 13 – Marcell Coetzee (Ulster)
Clean Breaks: 12 – John Cooney (Ulster)
Most Metres: 251 – Pierre Bruno (Zebre)
line-out Steals: four – Ian Nagle (Zebre)
Turnovers won: nine – Olly Robinson (Cardiff Blues)