Team of the Week: Fast and Furious

Tue, 01 May 2018 11:19
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OPINION: Players from New Zealand make up almost half of our selections for our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 11.

The Hurricanes and the Highlanders have three players each in our selection this week, while the Crusaders are represented by one player.

The Reds, Jaguares and the Lions have two players each in our XV this week. The Stormers and the Bulls are also represented.

In the backline, we have Jordie Barrett, Filipo Daugunu and Johannes Engelbrecht in the back three. Rob Thompson and Vince Aso are our choices for the midfield.

Handre Pollard is our No.10 with Aaron Smith at No.9.

In the pack, we have Jordan Taufua, Ardie Savea and Albertus Smith in the back row. In the second row, we have Tom Franklin and Guido Petti Pagadizaval.

Our front row consists of Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Malcolm Marx and Jean-Pierre Smith.

Team of the Week - Round 11:

15 - Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes)
He was devastating on attack against the Sunwolves. He cut through the Japanese side's defence on a number of occasions and he scored a try as well.
Bubbling under: Warrick Gelant (Bulls)

14 - Filipo Daugunu (Reds)
He caused the Lions plenty of problems out wide with a number of powerful runs.
Bubbling under: Henry Speight (Brumbies)

13 - Rob Thompson (Highlanders)
He put in a great defensive display at Loftus Versfeld in the win against the Bulls. He was also elusive with ball in hand.
Bubbling under: Jesse Kriel (Bulls)

12 - Vince Aso (Hurricanes)
The centre absolutely tormented the Sunwolves in Wellington. He beat a number of defenders and made a number of clean breaks.
Bubbling under: Samu Kerevi (Reds)

11 - Johannes Engelbrecht (Stormers)
He made good use of the space out wide against the Melbourne Rebels and he was solid on defence. He scored two of his team's tries in the win.
Bubbling under: Ben Lam (Hurricanes)

10 - Handre Pollard (Bulls)
It was a complete performance from the Bok flyhalf against the Highlanders. He was dangerous with ball in and he racked up the running metres. He was also physical on defence.
Bubbling under: Hamish Stewart (Reds)

9 - Aaron Smith (Highlanders)
It was another commanding performance from the All Black scrumhalf. His service was excellent against the Bulls and he made good decisions as well.
Bubbling under: Dewaldt Duvenage (Stormers)

8 - Jordan Taufua (Crusaders)
The man was amazing on defence against the Brumbies. He also gave the Canberra side plenty of headaches when he ran at them.
Bubbling under: Luke Whitelock (Highlanders)

7 - Ardie Savea (Hurricanes)
Another strong performance on defence and he was a hard man to bring down with ball in hand against the Sunwolves.
Bubbling under: Marcos Kremer (Jaguares)

6 - Albertus Smith (Lions)
He did his best in a losing cause against the Reds. He showed what an amazing ball carrier he is once again.
Bubbling under:  Elliot Dixon (Highlanders)

5 - Tom Franklin (Highlanders)
He epitomised the Highlanders' awesome defensive effort against the Bulls. He made some serious metres with the ball.
Bubbling under: Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers)

4 - Guido Petti Pagadizaval (Jaguares)
He was outstanding in the line-outs in the Jaguares' historic win against the Blues. He also took his side over the gain line on a number of occasions with some powerful carries.
Bubbling under: Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes)

3 - Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Jaguares)
He was part of a powerful Jaguares pack that laid the platform for victory against the Blues. He did a lot of work on attack and on defence and he was a dominant figure in the scrums.
Bubbling under: Taniela Tupou (Reds)

2 - Malcolm Marx (Lions)
He is the best hooker in the world and he showed why against the Reds. His work rate was outstanding on attack and on defence and he scored two tries.
Bubbling under: Agustin Creevy (Jaguares)

1 - Jean-Pierre Smith (Reds)
He lifted his game to another level against the Lions. He was hard to miss with ball in hand and he scored a five-pointer. He also showed a lot of aggression on defence.
Bubbling under: Lizo Gqoboka (Bulls)

Our individual selections: 

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jean-Pierre Smith.
 
Alex McLeod XV: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Johannes Engelbrecht, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jean-Pierre Smith.

Previous selections:

Team of the Week - Round 10: 15 Ben Smith (Highlanders), 14 Sibusiso Nkosi (Sharks), 13 Matias Orlando (Jaguares), 12 Samu Kerevi (Reds), 11 Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs), 10 Nicolas Sanchez (Jaguares), 9 Michael Ruru (Melbourne Rebels), 8 Amanaki Mafi (Melbourne Rebels), 7 Dillon Hunt (Highlanders), 6 Shannon Frizell (Highlanders), 5 Lodewyk de Jager (Bulls), 4 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 3 Thomas du Toit (Sharks), 2 Malcolm Marx (Lions), 1 Jacques van Rooyen (Lions).

Team of the Week - Round Nine: 15 Warrick Gelant (Bulls), 14 Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares), 13 Curtis Rona (Waratahs), 12 Rieko Ioane (Blues), 11 Ben Lam (Hurricanes), 10 Handré Pollard (Bulls), 9 Will Genia (Melbourne Rebels), 8 Amanaki Mafi (Melbourne Rebels), 7 David Pocock (Brumbies), 6 Pablo Matera (Jaguares), 5 Lodewyk de Jager (Bulls), 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval (Jaguares), 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Jaguares), 2 Damien Fitzpatrick (Waratahs), 1 Pierre Schoeman (Bulls).

Team of the Week - Round Eight: 15 Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes), 14 Manasa Mataele (Crusaders), 13 Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs), 12 Ryan Crotty (Crusaders), 11 Madosh Tambwe (Lions), 10 Elton Jantjies (Lions), 9 Joe Powell (Brumbies), 8 Isi Naisarani (Brumbies), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks), 6 Albertus Smith (Lions), 5 Francois Mostert (Lions), 4 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 3 Thomas du Toit (Sharks), 2 Malcolm Marx (Lions), 1 Steven Kitshoff (Stormers).

Team of the Week - Round Seven: 15 Ben Smith (Highlanders), 14 Waisake Naholo (Highlanders), 13 Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs), 12 Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes), 11 Ben Lam (Hurricanes), 10 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes), 9 Thomas Perenara (Hurricanes), 8 Amanaki Mafi (Rebels), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks), 6 Marco van Staden (Bulls), 5 Samuel Whitelock (Crusaders), 4 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 3 Michael Alaalatoa (Crusaders), 2 Malcolm Marx (Lions), 1 Pierre Schoeman (Bulls).

Team of the Week - Round Six: 15 Ben Smith (Highlanders), 14 Waisake Naholo (Highlanders), 13 Matt Proctor (Hurricanes), 12 Bill Meakes (Melbourne Rebels), 11 Emiliano Boffelli (Jaguares), 10 Damian Willemse (Stormers), 9 Thomas Perenara (Hurricanes), 8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks), 6 Pablo Matera (Jaguares), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers), 4 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 3 Wilco Louw (Stormers), 2 Codie Taylor (Crusaders), 1 Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks).

Team of the Week - Round Five: 15 Damian McKenzie (Chiefs), 13 Jesse Kriel (Bulls), 12 Samu Kerevi (Reds), 11 Hosea Saumaki (Sunwolves), 10 Damian Willemse (Stormers), 9 Dewald Duvenage (Stormers), 8 Amanaki Mafi (Melbourne Rebels), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers), 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (Stormers), 5 Scott Barrett (Crusaders), 4 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 3 Taniela Tupou (Reds), 2 Codie Taylor (Crusaders), 1 Steven Kitshoff (Stormers).

Team of the Week - Round Four: 15 Ben Smith (Highlanders), 14 Waisake Naholo (Highlanders), 13 Rieko Ioane (Blues), 12 Andre Esterhuizen (Sharks), 11 Melani Nanai (Blues), 10 Damian Willemse (Stormers), 9 Aaron Smith (Highlanders), 8 Akira Ioane (Blues), 7 Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), 6 Pablo Matera (Jaguares), 5 Lodewyk de Jager (Bulls), 4 Vaea Fifita (Hurricanes), 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi (Blues), 2 Armand van der Merwe (Sharks), 1 Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks).

Team of the Week - Round Three: 15 David Havili (Crusaders), 14 Julian Savea (Hurricanes), 13 Jack Goodhue (Crusaders), 12 Handré Pollard (Bulls), 11 George Bridge (Crusaders), 10 Richie Mo'unga (Crusaders), 9 Brad Weber (Chiefs), 8 Warren Whiteley (Lions), 7 Billy Harmon (Crusaders), 6 Brad Shields (Hurricanes), 5 Adam Coleman (Melbourne Rebels), 4 Ruan Botha (Sharks), 3 Wilco Louw (Stormers), 2 Malcolm Marx (Lions), 1 Jacques van Rooyen (Lions).

Teams of the Week - Round Two: 15 Ben Smith (Highlanders), 14 Sylvian Mahuza (Lions), 13 Rob Thompson (Highlanders), 12 Ryan Crotty (Crusaders), 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions), 10 Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders), 9 Aaron Smith (Highlanders), 8 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders), 7 Pieter Labuschagne (Sunwolves), 6 Roelof Smit (Bulls), 5 Samuel Whitelock (Crusaders), 4 Rudolph Snyman (Bulls), 3 Ruan Dreyer (Lions), 2 James Parsons (Blues), 1 Steven Kitshoff (Stormers).

Team of the Week - Round One: 15 Dillyn Leyds (Stormers), 14 Seabelo Senatla (Stormers), 13 Lionel Mapoe (Lions), 12 Damian de Allende (Stormers), 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions), 10 Robert du Preez (Sharks), 9 Ross Cronje (Lions), 8 Nizaam Carr (Stormers), 7 Cyle Brink (Lions), 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (Stormers), 5 John Schickerling (Stormers), 4 Ruan Botha (Sharks), 3 Nahuel Tétaz Chaparro (Jaguares), 2 Malcolm Marx (Lions), 1 Jacques van Rooyen (Lions).

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