Team of the Week: Super Rugby

Date published: April 27 2015

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Now that the dust has settled in the southern hemisphere, we select the men who stood out during Round Eleven of Super Rugby.

No team dominates this week's XV, with the Chiefs and Stormers providing the most players with three after their wins over the Force and Bulls.

The Lions also impressed in their high-scoring win over the Cheetahs, while there are a few players from losing sides who managed to get the nod. 

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round Eleven

15 Tom Marshall (Chiefs): Marshall sees off his brother James of the Hurricanes here as his form over the past few rounds has been brilliant. He took it to a new level against the Force with 169 metres from 19 carries making him a threat at the back. Top class.

14 Ruan Combrinck (Lions): It was a crazy derby in Johannesburg last Saturday as 63 points were scored. Combrinck's long-range effort was one of the lasting memories of the game, as his statistics saw him run for 125 metres while he also set up two tries for his side.

13 Samu Kerevi (Reds): Tough on Lions centre Lionel Mapoe as he was excellent against the Cheetahs while Rebels back Tamati Ellison gave everything in defeat at the Waratahs. However, the Reds go-to-man Kerevi's two-try showing sees him make our line-up.

12 Ma'a Nonu (Hurricanes): Played a key role in his side's four tries on Sunday as his form continues to impress – his best Super Rugby season in years. Steve Hansen will be happy with what he's witnessed thus far in 2015 from Nonu as he sees off Harold Vorster and Francois Venter as our 12.

11 Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs): A mention first to Nemani Nadolo who showed his skills again for the Crusaders. However there was a versatile Chief in excellent form over the weekend as Nanai-Williams made 13 carries for 115 metres in his try-scoring showing.

10 Elton Jantjies (Lions): The Springbok pivot is in red-hot form at the moment and helped his side to a memorable win over the Cheetahs in Johannesburg. Jantjies contributed 14 points via two penalties and four conversions in the 34-27 victory but it was with ball in hand that he proved almost unstoppable. Gained 53 metres thanks to two clean breaks with four defenders beaten and an offload in the process.

9 TJ Perenara (Hurricanes): Continued with his fine try-scoring form as he got two five-pointers in his side's victory over the Reds in Brisbane. Perenara won his personal duel with Will Genia and made 50 metres with two clean breaks and one defender beaten.

8 Duane Vermeulen (Stormers): Returned after a two-week break and made a big contribution in his side's win over the Bulls at Newlands. Vermeulen was a willing ball carrier with 17 runs and one defender beaten. Also captained his side well, especially in the latter stages of the second half when they were under severe pressure and beats out impressive Lions skipper Warren Whiteley.

7 David Pocock (Brumbies): Scored a hat-trick of tries off line-out drives against the Highlanders but also caught the eye in other areas of play. Made 46 metres on attack with two clean breaks and two defenders beaten but was solid on defence with nine tackles made. Wallaby rival Michael Hooper kept up his own fine form with a try for the 'Tahs.

6 Akira Ioane (Blues): Delivered a busy shift in the Blues' loss to the Crusaders in Christchurch. Ioane gained 54 metres with ball in hand with one clean break and four defenders beaten while he made eight tackles. Edges out the Brumbies' Scott Fardy and Jacques du Plessis of the Bulls.

5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs): Outstanding against the Force last Friday. Retallick's soft hands in the wide channels sets him apart from other locks while he was also physical up front alongside Matt Symons. Lions second-row Franco Mostert deserves a mention.

4 Grant Hattingh (Bulls): He might have started in jersey five, but we had to get Hattingh into this team. With Victor Matfield out, Hattingh has grabbed his chance, and he was very involved against the Stormers. Two line-out steals, as well as 16 tackles and while it wasn't quite enough for the derby win, the Bulls got a huge game out of their second-row. A mention also for Will Skelton who continued his fine form for the Waratahs, playing another 80 minutes.

3 Frans Malherbe (Stormers): Dean Greyling was given a torrid time by Malherbe as the Stormers edged to victory in a hard-fought South African derby. The home side's success was effectively built on the power of their scrum, with Malherbe earning four penalties. Between him and Vincent Koch, the Stormers look to have the best collection of tightheads in this year's comp.

2 Codie Taylor (Crusaders): Coming in for Ben Funnell, Taylor had a great game against the Blues. As well as his second-half try, Taylor was very active around the park, with some good carrying while chipping in as part of the defensive effort. He edges out Hika Elliot who scored a try of his own in the Chiefs' win over the Force.

1 Steven Kitshoff (Stormers): Perhaps not quite as eye-catching as front-row partner Malherbe, but Kitshoff's stock continues to rise and he was part of a powerful Stormers scrum. He's more than just a scrummager though, as his 12 carries showed including a couple of clean breaks. That's enough to get him in ahead of JP Smith who impressed for the Brumbies.

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