Super Rugby: Team of the Week

Date published: May 23 2016

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

The Reds and Lions feature heavily in our line-up after their impressive victories. Read on to see who made the cut and be sure to comment below.

15 Damian McKenzie (Chiefs): Did well as a playmaker in his side's 36-15 bonus-point victory against the Rebels, gaining a total of 102 metres with two clean breaks, three defenders beaten and three offloads. McKenzie didn't miss any tackles which is testament to his defensive ability and comes in ahead of the Force's Dane Haylett-Petty.

14 Ruan Combrinck (Lions): Ruan Combrinck was outstanding on attack against the Jaguares, gaining an astonishing 187 metres with six defenders beaten. Combrinck finished off with an 18-point haul which included two tries, two penalties and one conversion.

13 Samu Kerevi (Reds): Kerevi, who returned from injury at the weekend, certainly kept the Sunwolves' defence busy. He delivered a brilliant effort on attack as he gained a whopping 138 metres with 11 defenders beaten from four clean breaks and also managed two offloads. Beats out the Sharks' Paul Jordaan.

12 Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs): Lienert-Brown gained 69 metres on attack from two clean breaks and four defenders beaten in the Chiefs' victory over the Rebels Hamilton. Lienert-Brown also created chances for his team-mates and did his bit in defence with seven hits.

11 Courtnall Skosan (Lions): Skosan made full use of the opportunities presented to him as he ran in two tries en route to the Lions' convincing home victory. The flyer was always looking for work and reaped the rewards, finishing with 95 metres gained from 11 runs.

10 Pat Lambie (Sharks): Lambie had an absolute blinder in the Sharks' 53-0 demolition of the Kings. The Bok pivot scored two tries and kicked three penalties and two conversions which gave him 23 points and deservedly earned him the man of the match award. Richie Mo'unga also impressed for the Crusaders.

9 Billy Guyton (Blues): Guyton put in a stellar performance during the Blues' shaky win over the Force. He gained a valuable 49 metres, from a clean break and one defender beaten but it was his reaction time at the breakdown that allowed the Auckland side's backs to run with ease at the Force's defence. Guyton was also solid on defence by making seven tackles.

8 Curtis Browning (Reds): The loose forward not only got over for two tries in his side's win over the Sunwolves but his contribution to his side's overall performance made a big impact. Browning made seven carries and effectively beat two defenders for his two five pointers and finished 30 metres gained. Lions captain Warren Whiteley gets a special mention.

7 Lappies Labuschagne (Bulls): The former Cheetahs man was impressive in the Africa One Conference clash with the Stormers in Pretoria. Labuschagne's defensive was superb and he finished with 25 tackles as the Bulls pipped their traditional rivals. The Blues' Tanerau Latimer narrowly misses out on selection.

6 Cyle Brink (Lions): Brink was pure class at the breakdown against the Jaguares and proved to be a good link between his fellow forwards and the backline and even crossed for a five-pointer of his own. The rookie made two clean breaks and beat three defenders while also assisting in two tries.

5 Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers): Continued with his fine form in a losing cause against the Bulls. Du Toit impressed as a ball carrier, gaining 63 metres from two clean breaks with three defenders beaten and three offloads. Also did well in the line-outs with four takes and also managed to poach one ball.

4 Cadeyrn Neville (Reds): The former Rebel was one of the Reds' standout performers against the Sunwolves in Brisbane. Neville was superb with ball in hand, winning 60 metres from two clean breaks and two defenders beaten and won a handful of line-outs. Jason Jenkins of the Bulls also did well.

3 Marcel van der Merwe (Bulls): Van der Merwe was impressive in the scrums, and completely dominated his direct opponent, Oli Kebble, at the set-piece in the Bulls' triumph over the Stormers in Pretoria. The Bok front-row also put his body on the line in defence with nine tackles.

2 Cody Taylor (Crusaders): The All Black has made the Crusaders' number two jersey his own this year and impressed in their win over the Waratahs. Taylor was at the forefront of his side's forward effort and did particularly well in defence where he made 13 tackles. Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss is unlucky to miss out.

1 James Slipper (Reds): The Reds skipper led from the front against the Sunwolves with a superb allround display. Slipper was solid in the scrums, made five tackles and made 19 metres on attack, with one clean break, three defenders beaten and scored a deserved try. Edges out Joe Moody of the Crusaders.

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