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Super Rugby Team Of The Week Rd 14

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  1. Loni Uhila – Hurricanes – the old phrase “hands like a prop” definitely doesn’t apply to this bloke. His pass for Jordie Barrett’s try was inside back worthy, and his ball handling in build-up play was legit. With the ball in hand he ended up with 7 meters on 3 carries, with 2 offloads, and the try assist. On defence he had his hands in every ruck he could get to, slowing down the Bulls ball. He finished with 2 tackles, and a ruck turnover.
  2. Stephen Moore – Reds – the Reds lost, and are out of finals contention already, but this loss wasn’t on Moore. He won 13/13 lineout throws, and got rewarded for his strong lineout play with 2 tries off rolling mauls.
  3. Coenraad Oosthuizen – Sharks – Workman like game for the Sharks prop, he had 11 carries for 22 tough meters, and made 8 tackles. Also helped to draw 2 penalties from the Stormers front row.
  4. Brodie Rettalick – Chiefs – huge game defensively by one of the best players on this planet. He recorded 18 tackles with no misses on a shit day in Auckland. He also had 3 lineout wins, and 12 meters on 3 carries.
  5. Lodewyck de Jaeger – Bulls – some teams don’t even win 11 lineouts in a game, this South African second rower won 11 in their game vs the Hurricanes. His lineout skills weren’t the only impressive thing about him in this game as he made 34 meters on 9 carries beating 5 defenders in the process – a rare achievement for a second rower.
  6. Kwagga Smith – Lions – hard toss up here between a guy who played the Sunwolves (Uzair Cassiem), and a guy who played the Kings – I went for the dude who played the Kings. Kwagga had 2 tries, and a try assist for the Lions, and was a savant with the ball in hand gaining 135 meters on 12 carries, beating 7 defenders in the process, and starting 2 clean breaks. It also helps that he had 18 tackles, and 2 ruck turnovers whilst Cassiem didn’t boast a defensive game like that.
  7. Jed Brown – Crusaders – starting flanker Peter Samu went down early for the Crusaders, but Brown more than admirably filled in for him. Brown scored 2 tries, one on a rolling maul, one poaching out on the wing, and had a try assist on a nice offload to Havili later in the game. He also provided strong defence with 9 tackles, and 2 ruck turnovers.
  8. Amanaki Mafi – Rebels – Mafi is one of the few bright spots in the Rebels abysmal season, and that continued in this game. He churned out 129 meters, beat 3 defenders, and created clean breaks on 14 carries, and had one of his 2 offloads set up a try for the Rebels. He was no slouch on defence either leading his team with 13 tackles, and getting a ruck steal.
  9. Josh Gordon – Waratahs – why is Phipps starting over this guy? Gordon showed yet again he is the more dynamic option showing his vision to score 2 tries for the Waratahs
  10. Quade Cooper – Reds – it is a rare day when I recognize Quade not being shit, let alone naming him in the TOTW, but here we are. Quade had a hand in 2 of the Reds tries, and showed the sort of dynamic playmaking that would justify him getting selected in the Wallabies squad. A rare occasion indeed.
  11. Rieko Ioane – Blues – I daresay this name will be in here frequently for years to come, he is just a superstar, and, unlike a certain big name residing at number 12 for the Blues, he performs like one. Rieko the freako gained 121 meters on 12 carries, beating 10 defenders, and scoring a try.
  12. Ngani Laumape – Hurricanes – the form inside centre in the comp continued his strong run, even without Beauden Barrett’s brilliance beside him. He scored his try running a nice line off Perenara (who was filling in at flyhalf for the play), and running 50 meters to score. He finished with 80 meters on 8 carries, and beat 4 defenders.
  13. Tevita Kuridrani – Brumbies – strong game with the ball in hand, gaining 94 meters on 8 carries beating 5 defenders, and was also strong defensively for the Brumbies.
  14. Cheslin Kolbe – Stormers – an excitement machine, and can do it against good teams to boot. The Stormers didn’t have the best luck cracking the Sharks defence, but Kolbe had no such problems gaining 110 meters, and beating 6 defenders on 10 carries.
  15. David Kaetau Havili – Crusaders – there was plenty of competition for this spot this week, but I couldn’t go past Havili making the Rebels look like children out there. He gained a ridiculous 191 meters, beat 10 defenders, started 4 clean breaks, had 3 offloads, a try assist, and scored a try on 18 carries.unionweek12

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