Team of the Week: Super Rugby

Date published: March 20 2017

Now the dust has settled after Round Four of Super Rugby our writers sat down and put our heads together to pick our Team of the Week.

The Chiefs and Crusaders made it four wins from four in Super Rugby while there were also handsome victories for the Jaguares and Lions.

Without further do, let’s see who made our selection.

Super Rugby Team of the Week, Round 4

 15 Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes): A crucial tackle on Malakai Fekitoa helped keep the Highlanders out early in the game and he went on to set up two Hurricanes scores on Saturday. The first assist was beautiful off the boot before his second was an offload out the back door. Both were special as he sees off Lions full-back Andries Coetzee for this jersey. The South African beat eight Reds defenders.

14 Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares): Vince Aso and Henry Speight are unlucky to miss out as both scored a brace for the 'Canes and Brumbies respectively. But Moyano's treble showed a clinical edge to his game that the Jaguares will need in 2017 if they're to be a threat.

13 Jan Serfontein (Bulls): It was an impressive return to action for the former South Africa U20 star. His powerful finish early on against the Sunwolves boosted his confidence before he finished from 40 metres out in the second-half. That double sees him edge out Chiefs centre Anton Lienert-Brown, who made 11 runs. The Bulls and Springboks will now hope for an injury-free spell for this centre.

12 Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes): The explosive centre carved through the Highlanders on Friday. His biggest contribution to the side was his 10 points that he scored through two tries in the corner. Laumape was ahead of George Moala and Rohan Janse van Rensburg – of the Blues and Lions respectively – but only just, after Moala's double against the Crusaders and Janse van Rensburg's try against the Reds.

11 Courtnall Skosan (Lions): The flyer has been unusually quiet this competition but reminded Super Rugby spectators of his prowess over the weekend after scoring an incredible four tries to equal the Super Rugby record. Skosan showed an array of skills to get over the line, through intelligent support running, pace and a good boot when he kicked up field and judged the bounce perfectly to score.

10 Mitch Hunt (Crusaders): The Crusaders playmaker beats Jaguares pivot Juan Martín Hernández to the punch after scoring a vital try against the Blues to snatch the victory from the jaws of defeat. After being the hero against the Reds in the previous week, he was at it again. Hernández meanwhile showed his experience in his side's win after kicking 14 points and controlled the line with precision.

9 Augustine Pulu (Blues): The nippy number nine was electric for the Blues as he kept the Crusaders on the back foot for most of the game through sniping runs and quick, flat passing. Pulu also contributed a try and assisted another for his side. Faf de Klerk gets a mention for constantly keeping the Reds guessing through his own breaks over the advantage line and beating two defenders in the process.

8 Whetu Douglas (Crusaders): Possibly the find of the Super Rugby season so far, 25-year-old Douglas impressed again for the Crusaders. Their come-from-behind victory over the Blues saw him make seven carries and 17 tackles, with skills aplenty on show once again.

7 Jaco Kriel (Lions): One try, seven carries and a whopping 17 tackles from Kriel in an impressive performance against the Reds. Tomás Lezana was excellent for the Jaguares alongside a bruising back-row, but Kriel edges him and Blues flanker Blake Gibson here.

6 Pablo Matera (Jaguares): It was a destructive display from the Argentinean flanker as he carried with force throughout the game against the Cheetahs in Buenos Aires. 10 carries and 14 tackles all made an impact as the imposing Matera gets our number six jersey.

5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs): The All Black stalwart was in fine form in his side's come-from-behind triumph over the Rebels in Melbourne. Retallick impressed on attack, gaining 23 metres from nine carries with four defenders beaten, two offloads and scored a try. Beats out Crusaders enforcer Sam Whitelock and Michael Fatialofa of the Hurricanes.

4 Dominic Bird (Chiefs): Like his team-mate Retallick, Bird was rewarded with a try after a busy shift in Melbourne. The All Black finished with 24 metres gained from eight runs which included one clean break. Bird also defended well, making five hits and comes in ahead of Irne Herbst of the Kings and the Jaguares' Marcos Kremer.

3 Lourens Adriaanse (Sharks): Although the Sharks struggled against the Kings, the Springbok prop had a memorable game as he crossed for a deserved try in his 50th match for the men from Durban. Adriaanse also impressed when cleaning out the rucks and stood his man in the scrums.

2 Dane Coles (Hurricanes): The Hurricanes skipper was in top form in his side's one-sided win over the Highlanders in Wellington. Coles was solid in the forward exchanges but, as usual, also popped up in the wide channels to support his backs. His leadership was also impressive and he shone in his defensive duties with 10 hits. Malcolm Marx of the Lions also impressed.

1 Pierre Schoeman (Bulls): The burly front-row was strong with his core duties in his side's win over the Sunwolves in Pretoria. He performed well at the coalface of his side's forward effort and was rewarded with a try. Tom Robertson of the Waratahs also impressed.

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