**The United Rugby Championship has introduced rugby’s first comprehensive player ratings based on “expected points” (xP).**\n\nLike “expected points added” (EPA) in the NFL and “expected goals” (xG) in football, this revolutionary new stat measures the impact that each player has on his side’s chance of scoring. \n\nUsing a collection of machine-learning algorithms, [URC Statmaster](http://www.unitedrugby.com/latest/news/introducing-the-urcs-expected-points-xp-player-ratings) has analysed the average effect that each event on the field has on the scoreboard. \n\nHere, we take a look at the top 10 forwards in the competition, with the players' xP values per 80 minutes played and with at least 200 minutes of action in the PRO14/Rainbow Cup last season.\n\n## **1: Dan Sheehan (Leinster)**\n\nOne of five hookers in the top 10, Sheehan, 23, scored two tries on his Leinster debut in the PRO14 win over Zebre. While most of his appearances last season came off the bench, he certainly made an impact with his carrying ability and metres gained with an expected points total of 2.19.\n \n## **2: Kerron van Vuuren (Cell C Sharks)**\n\nThe South African and his Sharks team-mates were forced to do a lot of defending in the Rainbow Cup SA, in which the team conceded the most points. He is one of three Sharks players who featured in the list and his efficiency in the line-out is shown in his xP-high of 0.75.\n\n## **3: George Turner (Glasgow Warriors)**\n\nHas been a consistent performer since moving from Edinburgh in 2018 and brings power and set-piece reliability to the defence. The Scotland international produced the unfamiliar feat of scoring a hat-trick of tries for his country against Canada in June 18 to demonstrate a different side to his game.