Super Rugby: Team of Round 18

Date published: July 2 2013

Now that the dust has settled in the south, we thought it was only right to hand out praise to the stars of Super Rugby, Round 18.

Now that the dust has settled in the southern hemisphere, we thought it was only right to hand out praise to the stars of Super Rugby, Round 18.

Without further ado, here comes our offering – be sure to send in your own 15-1 team selections.

15 Robbie Robinson Chiefs – Impressed in the champions' triumph over the Hurricanes. Robinson always looked threatening on attack, and gained 59 metres in the process, but also did his bit on defence with a handful of tackles.

14 Tom Marshall Crusaders – Was in the thick of the action against the Highlanders, making 131 metres on attack. Beats out Frank Halai who scored two tries in the Blues' loss to the Sharks.

13 Tamati Ellison Highlanders – Proved a handful, with his incisive running in a losing cause against the Crusaders. His brilliant offload, which set up Ben Smith's try, was one of the highlights of the game and he always looked dangerous with ball in hand. The Bulls' Jan Serfontein also impressed in his side's win over the Kings.

12 Damian de Allende Stormers – Did well as Jean de Villiers' replacement and is improving with every outing. De Allende's direct running proved a handful for the Cheetahs and he also caught the eye with some big tackles.

11 Bryan Habana Stormers – Like De Allende, the veteran wing was one of the Stormers' best players against the Cheetahs. Habana gained 62 metres and also crossed over for a try. Beats out the Highlanders' Hosea Gear who did well in his 100th Super Rugby match.

10 Dan Carter Crusaders – Gave a superb all-round display against the Highlanders contributing 25 points in the seven times champions' win. Carter made 54 metres on attack, with five defenders beaten and three offloads, but also defended well with eight tackles made.

9 Francois Hougaard Bulls – Was one of the Bulls' best players against the Kings and scored one of their six tries. Hougaard varied his play well, stood out on attack – gaining 57 metres – and defence, where he made eight tackles.

8 Matt vant Leven Chiefs – Had a huge game against the Hurricanes, gaining 59 metres on attack and was rewarded with a try for his efforts. Vant Leven also did well on defence with 17 tackles.

7 Siya Kolisi Stormers – Was part of a twin threat, alongside Deon Fourie, at the breakdowns in a battle against Cheetahs forager Heinrich Brussow. Also scored a deserved try and edges out Chiefs flanker Tanerau Latimer.

6 Jacques Potgieter Bulls – Returned to the Bulls' starting line-up and made a huge impact in their demolition of the Kings. Potgieter carried well, gaining 87 metres and also got over the whitewash for a try.

5 Sam Whitelock Crusaders – Was one of the Crusaders' star performers up front. Did plenty of dirty work in the tight and also did his bit on defence with 11 hits.

4 Brodie Retallick Chiefs – Joins his All Blacks team-mate in our side after another workmanlike display. Retallick was, as usual, wining his line-outs and cleaning out rucks but also impressed on defence with 14 tackles made.

3 Jannie du Plessis Sharks – Was on the field for less than an hour but performed well in his core duties, especially the scrums where the Sharks demolished the Blues. Could easily have included his replacement Wiehahn Herbst who continued where Du Plessis left off when he came on.

2 Chiliboy Ralepelle Bulls – Another top class display from the Toulouse-bound Springbok who scored a memorable try against the Kings. Ralepelle caught the eye in the tight and at the line-outs with his accurate throw-ins.

1 Beast Mtawarira Sharks – Gave a superb scrummaging display against the Blues and won the official man-of-the-match award. Mtawarira was also a willing ball-carrier and defended well with five tackles made.

Compiled by David Skippers