Super Rugby: Team of the Week

Date published: April 18 2016

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

The Cheetahs' ninety-point humiliation of the Sunwolves stole all the headlines and their heroics are well reflected in our side, while there was a hat-trick hero on each wing.

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round 8

15 Israel Dagg (Crusaders)What a comeback performance that was from this All Black. After being sidelined for such a long time with injury, Dagg returned with a two-try showing against the Jagaures, gliding past defenders in a style only he does. He made well over 100 metres from his many carries and nudges out try-scoring Hurricanes full-back Jason Woodward for our number fifteen jersey.

14 Sergeal Petersen (Cheetahs)Cory Jane impressed with his performance against the Rebels but there was only going to be one winner here. Petersen scored a hat-trick and would have had four if not for handing the ball off over the line. He has been in superb form so far this year and this was another display that may interest Springbok selectors ahead of June and the Rugby Championship.

13 Samu Kerevi (Reds)A whopping eighteen carries from the Reds centre, who crossed twice at Loftus Versfeld in a losing cause. Impressive in Round 7 against the Highlanders and certainly backed that up in Pretoria, seeing off Waratahs star Israel Folau here.

12 Francois Venter (Cheetahs) Another Cheetah in great form this season has been Venter, who led by example against a poor Sunwolves side. Moving from outside centre, he was dominant in the twelve shirt. Ryan Crotty also had a fine game in Christchurch.

11 Joe Tomane (Brumbies)Sharp finishing from the Wallaby wing as he finished with a hat-trick against the Waratahs. Tomane went round Nick Phipps and Andrew Kellaway for his first two scores and in total he finished with four line breaks, but also eight tackles on defence in a big effort. A good weekend too for Julian Savea, who made 13 carries.

10 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)On electric form against the Rebels, with a well-taken interception score before showing impressive speed for his second try. Barrett also produced an assist and six line breaks, enough to edge out Elton Jantjies for the fly-half role in our side this week.

9 Faf de Klerk (Lions): One try and two assists mean Shaun Venter deserves a mention for his effort on Friday but we opt for a man who came off the bench and played such a big role in the Lions' win over the Stormers. De Klerk backed himself to score from close-range and then came up with an heroic defensive play that ended the Stormers' hopes of leaving Ellis Park with a draw. A huge impact.

8 Paul Schoeman (Cheetahs): Good step and finish to complete his hat-trick against the Sunwolves, as the big number eight and the rest of the Cheetahs ran riot against the Sunwolves. Schoeman crossed the gain line eight times and did well to make sure he was on Petersen's shoulder as much as possible.

7 Matt Todd (Crusaders): Excellent pass in the build-up to Kieran Read's try, and Todd enjoyed a busy night against the Jaguares across the board. The three-time All Black crossed the gain line six times, weighed in with 11 tackles in defence and also made three turnovers against a physical Jaguares' back row. Gets the nod ahead of Ardie Savea.

6 Hendrik Tui (Reds): Another Red who impressed despite ending up the losing side. Tui's work-rate has been a highlight for the Reds all season and the Japan international flanker contributed with six carries over the gain line and 12 tackles for the Queenslanders at Loftus.

5 Franco Mostert (Lions): The Lions lock has played every minute of the Johannesburg side's season so far. Applied consistent pressure on the Stormers lineout spoiling their first phase ball. Mostert was not just exceptional in the first phases but also made nine carries, gained 25 metres and had to make seven tackles. A special mention needs to go to Cheetahs' second-row Francois Uys for missing out on selection this week. 

4 Luke Jones (Rebels)Despite being on the losing side, the former Force lock comes in ahead of Crusaders' Scott Barrett. Jones kept the Hurricanes defenders busy with 17 carries and gained 38 metres for his side. He also put in a stellar defensive effort making eight tackles. 

3 Charlie Faumuina (Blues): The 29-year-old is an obvious choice for our tighthead selection this week. Faumuina delivered an outstanding performance not only at scrum time, but also on defence making eight tackles and missing none. The All Black came out on top against the formidable and seasoned Sharks' prop Tendai Mtawarira

2 Stephen Moore (Brumbies): The Brumbies' hooker made telling carries and even got on the scoring sheet from the back of a maul. He was instrumental on attack which resulted in the Canberra side outscoring the Waratahs four tries to two. Moore gets the nod ahead of Bulls skipper Adriaan Strauss.

1 Dylan Smith (Lions)The loosehead was up against a strong Stormers pack but stood up to the challenge and ensured quality front-foot ball for the home side. The 22-year-old notably put in a gutsy performance against Springbok tighthead Vincent Koch. Trevor Nyakane misses out.

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