Super Rugby Team of the Week: Chiefs sparkle in Culture Round
After the 10th round of action in Super Rugby Pacific, Planet Rugby breaks down the key performers from the weekend’s action.
The Chiefs are the best represented side after a stunning win against the Crusaders whilst there is also a strong Hurricanes flavour to the XV after they downed the Brumbies at home.
Super Rugby Team of Round 10
15 Shaun Stevenson (Chiefs): It was a difficult choice, with Rebels star Andrew Kellaway notching up two try assists. However, the prolific Chiefs back three player managed a try assist of his own and an outstanding finish for the match-winner against the Crusaders, earning him selection in our team this week.
14 Emoni Narawa (Chiefs): Another Chiefs star in our back three. Narawa was brilliant defensively, making seven from eight tackles, while in attack he carried the ball 90 metres, breaking the line twice. The winger continues to grow in confidence and looks a truly special talent out wide.
13 Izaia Perese (Waratahs): It was another workmanlike performance from the Wallaby, who showed ridiculous strength to score his try. He also made six tackles, claimed a turnover and beat five defenders in a solid outing.
12 David Feliuai (Rebels): Like, Perese, the Melbourne man also showed impressive strength as he barged through several tackles to score. The centre also fronted up defensively with six hits and a turnover. Feliuai had a brilliant game and looked comfortable outside Carter Gordon.
11 Zach Kibirige (Western Force): The former Wasps man seemingly cannot stop scoring as he collected a brace of tries last weekend, including a clever one-armed finish. He also made a whopping 121 metres with ball in hand as he broke the line three times. Lightning-fast Brumbies wing Corey Toole also had a lively outing for his club.
10 Damian McKenzie (Chiefs): One of the more difficult choices with Rebel Carter Gordon and ‘Canes star Aidan Morgan both having good games, but the Chiefs man produced a moment of brilliance when his team needed it most, assisting the winning try against the Crusaders. The fly-half also scored 19 points on the day.
9 Cam Roigard (Hurricanes): Prolific is the watchword for the ‘Canes man who continues to score as he did over the weekend with a well-taken try as he sniped around the edges of the ruck. His distribution was sound, and overall it was another promising effort from the scrum-half.
8 Hugh Renton (Highlanders): The number eight has shown his impressive work rate throughout the season and was at his best again last weekend. Renton crossed for a try in one of his 11 carries but underlined his value on defence, making 15 tackles and winning two turnovers. It was a fairly complete performance from a player whose stock is certainly on the rise.
7 Fraser McReight (Reds): Another difficult decision with All Blacks skipper Sam Cane making some crucial contributions for the Chiefs. However, the brace of tries that was almost a hat-trick trumps the New Zealander. Outside of his try-scoring exploits, McReight made 11 carries, 13 tackles and an impressive two turnovers in a brilliant outing.
6 Devan Flanders (Hurricanes): It was an industrious display from the flank, who made an impressive 12 carries and managed to cross for a try as well. He was also rock solid on defence with 10 tackles and went a long way in helping his side triumph over the Brumbies.
5 Cameron Suafoa (Blues): The second-row was busy all day for his side, making 11 tackles in a sound defensive effort. With ball in hand he carried well with one of his eight carries resulting in a try. It was a rock-solid performance in Fiji for the Blues lock.
4 Nick Frost (Brumbies): The Canberra man showed electric pace as he galloped 80-odd metres to score a brilliant try. He added another to his name as he was seemingly everywhere for the Brumbies.
3 Tamati Williams (Crusaders): The prop was one of the best Crusaders players last weekend with a sound scrummaging performance. He also carried well and scored a try as he beat two defenders along the way.
2 Asafo Aumua (Hurricanes): The powerful hooker had his best performance of the season as he showcased his incredible running game against the Brumbies. He made a crazy 96 metres in eight carries and assisted a try. Meanwhile, Rebel Alex Mafi was a strong contender with a brace of tries.
1 Aidan Ross (Chiefs): The star was a committed defender in a crucial game, as he made 12 tackles whilst having a great battle with Williams at scrum-time. The only other loosehead who came close was Brumby James Slipper, who made an impressive number of tackles.
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