As the semi-finals draw near we had a great weekend, which saw a dazzling Blues and Bulls draw, the Rebels downed, the Crusaders beaten, another Jags win and much more.
Here’s the team that did the business:
15. Tom Banks
Got on the scoresheet and put in another calm, cool display at the back for the Brumbies. Safe as houses and a quality support player.
14. Shaun Stevenson
Was one of the Chiefs’ best in that amazing game in Fiji. Was excellent all night and touched down for a brilliant individual try that won the game for his team. Makes the XV ahead of the Jags’ special flyer Santiago Carreras.
13. Jack Goodhue
Terrible mullet but can play. A top talent who runs hard, tackles hard and has a deft pass.
12. Anton Lienert-Brown
Started poorly in Suva but then lifted to inspire his team to a crazy result in Suva. Rose to the occasion in the second half to get the Chiefs home.
11. Marika Koroibete
He might not have a kicking game but boy is Koroibete a handful when he runs the ball. The Fijian was destructive against the Tahs, busted tackle after tackle and had a hand in two Rebels tries. He gets in just ahead of Semi Masirewa who was magic for the Sunwolves.
10. Beauden Barrett
Kicked six goals and had a try assist in the Hurricanes’ victory. A solid but flawless display from the All Black. Hat-tip to Christian Lealiifano and his display too.
9. Brad Weber
Dependable, unflappable, effective, Weber was the perfect foil in Suva and ran the game to a tee.
8. Kwagga Smith
Was inspirational for the Lions against the Stormers. The stand-in skipper crossed the whitewash twice and was outstanding in contact too.
7. Sam Cane
Was heroic leading the Chiefs to an unbelievable win. Was a menace at the breakdown and stole some crucial turnover ball to kill the Crusaders’ own comeback.
6. Ardie Savea
Immense, brilliant, a force of nature. We’re running out of superlatives for this Kiwi colossus.
5. Scott Barrett
Scored an outrageous long-range try and just seems to get better each week.
4. Marcos Kremer
Made a huge impact off the bench for the Jaguares, scoring a try and stinging in defence.
3. Ofa Tuungafasi
Continues to be the Blues’ best performer and most consistent player each round.
2. Samisoni Taukei’aho
Simply unstoppable. He scored one try, made a 40-metre break to set up another and in general had a whale of game. Irrepressible.
He made it ahead of Brumbies super-sub Connal Mcinerney, who is unlucky to miss out after grabbing an amazing hat-trick.
1. Atu Moli
One of the unsung heroes of the Chiefs. Beautiful hands and as unnmovable as a rock.