Super Rugby: Team of the Week

Date published: March 14 2016

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Now that the dust has settled after Round Three of Super Rugby, we select the players that stood out over the weekend.

The Chiefs delivered the most impressive showing with a seven-try away victory over the Kings, in a round which delivered seven matches on Friday and Saturday.

Let's see who made the cut.

Super Rugby Team of the Week, Round 3

15 Damian McKenzie (Chiefs): Another fine all round effort in his team's one-sided win over the Kings in Port Elizabeth. McKenzie had a massive carry count of 14, beat eight defenders and finished with a 28-point haul via a try, seven conversions and three penalties.

14 Akihito Yamada (Sunwolves): Delivered arguarbly the best individual performance of the round in his side's narrow loss to the Cheetahs in Singapore. Yamada scored a first-half hat-trick and covered an impressive 84 metres with three clean breaks and four defenders beaten.

13 Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders)The All Black was, once again, in fine form against the Lions beating three defenders, with two clean breaks, two offloads and also scored a try. The Brumbies' Tevita Kuridrani also did well.

12 Charlie Ngatai (Chiefs): Ngatai scored one of the Chiefs' seven tries in their 58-24 trouncing of the Kings in Port Elizabeth, and topped off a fine performance with three clean breaks, four defenders beaten and an offload. 

11 Matt Faddes (Highlanders): Was a constant threat on attack in his side's victory over the Lions and was rewarded with two deserved tries. Faddes gained 114 metres run with ball in hand, with three clean breaks and one offload. 

10 Joe Pietersen (Sharks): Scored the winning try in his side's narrow win over the Stormers and delivered an exceptional goal-kicking display, kicking which kept the visitors in the game when it looked like the Cape side would dominate. Pietersen scored 13 of his side's points in the 18-13 victory.

9 TJ Perenara (Hurricanes): The nippy number nine played a pivotal role in his side's first victory of 2016 against the Blues. Perenara was rewarded with a brace of tries after a fine attacking display and was busy in defence, making 11 tackles.

8 Adam Thomson (Rebels): The former All Black made a huge impact and delivered a busy shift against his former team, the Reds. Thomson's set-piece work – both the line-outs and controlling of the scrums – was instrumental in the Rebels' first victory of the season.

7 Marcell Coetzee (Sharks): Went up against a highly-rated Stormers' loose forward combination and Coetzee certainly came out on top. Won vital turnovers, one of them from Springbok team-mate Schalk Burger which would have given him great pleasure. Coetzee's core strength and ability to dominate the tackle and effect the steal is immense. Comes in ahead of Chiefs skipper Sam Cane and Dan Pryor of the Highlanders.

6 Sean McMahon (Rebels): For a second week running the Rebels skipper makes our side after another top-notch performance. Gained an impressive 85 metres during their victory over the Reds. McMahon beat eight defenders with ball in hand and didn't missing a single tackle from 12 hits. Beats out Scott Fardy of the Brumbies.

5 Rob Simmons (Reds): The Reds' captain led by example although his side finished with their third defeat in as many games. Simmons was solid on attack and defence and his leadership was crucial at critical stages in a close encounter for a side who fired their head coach earlier in the week.

4 Luke Jones (Rebels): Made his presence felt at line-out time and did his bit in the loose in his side's narrow victory over the Reds. Jones made twelve runs on attack gaining 29 metres in the process and also made a nuisance of himself in defence. Edges out Stormers hardman Eben Etzebeth.

3 Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes): His strong scrumming ability was evident in the Hurricanes' much-needed victory over the Blues. Did his basics well and made his presence felt, both on attack and defence.

2 Stephen Moore (Brumbies): The Brumbies skipper played a prominent role in his side's win over the Force in Perth and was involved in setting up a try and also scored one himself. Shone at the coalface of the Brumbies' forward effort, especially his lineout throw-ins which were accucarate throughout. The Kings' Edgar Marutlulle also caught the eye in a losing cause against the Chiefs.

1 Beast Mtawarira (Sharks): The highly-anticipated contest between the men from Durban's stand-in skipper Beast Mtawarira and Stormers co-captain Frans Malherbe in the scrums lived up to the hype and it was Mtawarira who got the better of his Springbok team-mate on two occasions at the set-piece. Also impressed at his core duties and leadership.

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