Three games, three wins, three different styles.
This week we had the Tahs fight back to edge the Rebels, the Reds slip past the Sharks and the Lions upset the Chiefs.
Here’s the team that shook the round.
15. Ben Smith
Instrumental as the Highlanders ended their drought against the Blues. Always so dependable.
14. Matt Faddes
Super Rugby’s intercept king picked off another pass for a crucial try. Certainly didn’t let the Highlanders down.
13. Anton Lienert-Brown
The Chiefs might have lost but this wasn’t down to Lienert-Brown. The All Black was one of Waikato’s best and is always consistent.
12. Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco
Dynamite with ball in hand, Warren-Vosayaco set up one try for the Sunwolves with a deft bit of play. Normally a flanker, the Aussie made his mark in the backs.
11. Semisi Masirewa
Just another two try-haul for the Sunwolves wingman. No matter the opponent, always seems to find the line.
10. Elton Janjties
Put on a kicking masterclass to lead the Lions to an important result over the Chiefs. Janjties finished with 13 points, kicking two penalties, two conversions and a drop goal at the death to seal the win. Honourable mention to Highlanders number 10 Josh Ioane.
9. TJ Perenara
Bagged a try and was a constant menace to the Blues. His leadership was crucial in the come-from-behind win. Tate McDermott was also outstanding for the Reds.
8. Elliot Dixon
Another Highlander who makes the XV after a great performance. The 29-year-old is into his ninth year with the Otago outfit and caught the eye with his ferocity and high work-rate.
7. Lachlan Bosier
A tackling machine who was the Chiefs’ best in a losing side.
6. Cyle Brink
The Lions pulled off arguably the result of the round and the flanker was in the thick of it. A threat in both attack and defence, the 25-year-old was destructive.
5. Izaac Rodda
The 22-year-old Wallaby is thriving under the tutelage of Brad Thorn. Always keen to get his hands dirty.
4. Rory Arnold
The Wallaby had a big game for the Brumbies against the Stormers. Set up one try and then scored another with a brilliant charge-down.
3. Tyrel Lomax
Again the youngster impressed. The Highlanders have a real find on their hands, how did the Rebels and Brumbies let him go?
2. Malcolm Marx
The Springbok thrived as the Lions pack out-muscled their opponents. Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman also put on a show.
1. Karl Tu’inukuafe
The best loosehead in Super Rugby? The Blues and All Blacks prop is having a whale of a season. He has gone to new heights in 2019.