Super Rugby: Team of the Week

Date published: May 9 2016

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

The Crusaders, Force and Sharks feature heavily in our line-up. Read on to see who made the cut and be sure to comment below.

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round 11

15 Israel Dagg (Crusaders): Another classy display from the New Zealand international as he laid on two tries in their win over the Reds. With all his experience, surely he is very much in the thinking of Steve Hansen at the moment, but shifting Ben Smith is going to require plenty more performances like this. A mention must go to Waratahs youngster Andrew Kellaway, who impressed once again.

14 Waisake Naholo (Highlanders): Gets our nod at number 14 for his powerful display of rugby on his return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines. He proved all the difference for his team, scoring a double en route to a 26-13 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton. Mentions must go to JP Pietersen, Melani Nanai and Reece Robinson of the Sharks, Blues and Waratahs respectively, who also had big games.

13 Marcel Brache (Western Force): The first part of our Force centre combination is Brache, who scored a hat-trick against the Sunwolves. Paul Jordaan of the Sharks also had a good game but after that treble, it was difficult to go with anyone else but Brache.

12 Kyle Godwin (Western Force): His return to the Force midfield played a large part in how they operated as his heads-up style led to a few classy tries for the Perth outfit. A mention for Kurtley Beale but Godwin sneaks in after that fine display in Tokyo.

11 Jone Macilai (Crusaders): A sensational display as he crossed the line on no less than three occasions in the Crusaders' comprehensive 38-5 victory over the Reds. The Crusaders had to shuffle their back three for this clash after Nemani Nadolo was suspended for four weeks and Macilai stepped in and delivered the goods. Any Crusaders fans fearing they would miss Nadolo were duly proved wrong.

10 Garth April (Sharks): Directed traffic at fly-half for the Sharks nicely and set up some wonderful breaks along with his two conversions and one penalty kick in knocking over the much fancied Hurricanes in Durban on Saturday afternoon. Mention for Ihaia West.

9 Mitchell Drummond (Crusaders): First off, mentions for Alby Mathewson and Michael Claassens for their workmanlike shifts for the Force and Sharks respectively. But we go for the under-rated Drummond after another intelligent display. He spotted the mismatch from the scrum that led to his team going left for Macilai's first try and his performance did not dip. Another classy New Zealand nine.

8 Daniel du Preez (Sharks): The bulky number eight was in great form once again as he made a few critical turnovers in the Durban side's first bonus-point victory of the season. Du Preez even got his name on the score-sheet, this after he collected the ball at the back of the scrum and crashed over. The 20-year-old back-row gained 57 metres which included nine carries and beating four defenders.

7 Ardie Savea (Hurricanes): Despite being on the losing side, Savea put up a stellar performance once again. His display of talent and sheer pace saw him chase down Sharks centre Jordaan who was destined to run in for a sure try. The flanker made a staggering 16 tackles and effected two turnovers, one which followed his try saving tackle on Jordaan. Opposite number Keegan Daniel was also very good.

6 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders): In the nicest possible way, Taufua's rugged style means his team knows what they will get from him week in week out. That's a plus for his coach as once again the blindside flank was his physical self but also threw in a few touches of class to boot. His try down the right wing deserved the applause it got as he showed pace and threw a dummy that embarrassed Eto Nabuli.

5 Stephan Lewies (Sharks): Making seven tackles and one turnover on Saturday, the second-rower has been impressive each week. Not only does he get his line-out set-piece basics right, he also adds huge value on attack for the Durban side where he was seen beating defenders with ease. Lewies' impact was instrumental at the breakdown as well, complimenting the likes of Du Preez and Daniel.

4 Scott Barrett (Crusaders): Continues to grow as a player in Christchurch, hitting a good line that saw him over the line against the Reds. Barrett is only going to get better playing alongside Sam Whitelock, Kieran Read and others so one to keep an eye on.

3 Mike Alaalatoa (Crusaders): Losing Nepo Laulala to the Chiefs was a pre-season setback for the Crusaders but Alaalatoa's shift on Friday shows they have a capable back-up to Owen Franks. Busy in the loose and solid at the scrum, the former Waratah went well.

2 Stephen Moore (Brumbies): The Brumbies miss him when he's not in the thick of things. His battle with Adriaan Strauss was always going to be key on Friday and Moore came out on top, leading his side well once again. He has a calmness that his team and also the referee often respects. James Parsons also deserves a mention for his performance for the Blues in their impressive triumph at the Kings.

1 Reg Goodes (Hurricanes): Gets our nod as loosehead prop as his combination play with hooker Dane Coles in the Hurricanes front-row caused all sorts of problems for the Sharks in a losing effort. Goodes had a good all-round match and ran a beautiful line to crash over for the Hurricanes' first try of the game. Class play all round from the busy loosehead prop, who sees off Dan Lienert-Brown.

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