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Super Rugby: Team of the Week

17th March 2014 13:57

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Super rugby Team of the week 5 2014

Leading the way: White and Whiteley

Now that the dust has settled in the southern hemisphere, we thought it only right to hand out praise to the stars of Super Rugby, Round Four.

Having notched up 60 points against the Cheetahs, the Hurricanes feature prominently as do the Brumbies, who now lead the Australian conference.

So without further ado, herewith our selection.

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15 Jesse Mogg (Brumbies): Mogg reminded everyone that Isreal Folau isn't the only quality full-back in Australia, outpacing his rival to score a crucial try against the Waratahs. A mention for Benji Marshall who scored a try and looked dangerous in his first start for the Blues.

14 Alapati Leiua (Hurricanes): The 'Canes speedster scored a try, and played a role in creating two others in the rout over the Cheetahs, making 105 metres with ball in hand as both he and Julian Savea had a field day out wide.

13 Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders): The Highlanders will be wondering how they conspired to lose against the Force but you can't fault their quick-stepping outside centre, who beat seven defenders and scored an excellent try. A shout out too for Conrad Smith, who touched down in his 100th game for the Hurricanes.

12 Tom Marshall (Chiefs): Scored a try and helped set up another against the much-vaunted Stormers defence. Marshall beat five defenders and made more metres than any other 12 this weekend.

11 Gio Aplon (Stormers): How wasted are Aplon's talents in a Stormers jersey? Once again he was the only real source of spark in an unimaginative attack and his try was out of the top drawer. A mention for his opposite number, James Lowe, who made a lot a ground with ball in hand for the Chiefs.

10 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes): The All Black fly-half put on his best performance of the season behind the steering wheel of a 60-point haul for the Hurricanes, scoring two of his team's nine tries. A mention for Marnitz Boshoff, who continues to keep the scoreboard ticking at an astounding rate for the Lions.

9 Nic White (Brumbies): A top-class performance from the Brumbies scrum-half who bagged 18 points, including a try, calling the shots as last year's finalists wrestled top spot in Australia off the Waratahs.

8 Warren Whiteley(Lions): The Lions are always a sure bet to have a tilt on attack but this year they're making their tackles too. The skipper is leading by example, making 20 hits against the Blues.Ben McCalman had his name pencilled into our team until he made a silly tip tackle in the dying minutes that almost cost the Force victory.

7 Tanerau Latimer (Chiefs): The defending champions' top tackler against the Stormers, Latimer also chipped in with a try on his 100th appearance. A mention too for the hard-working Boom Prinsloo, who made 21 hits.

6 Willem Alberts (Sharks): The Sharks pack continue to impress and Alberts reaped the rewards with a well-taken try. He also topped the Durbanites' tackle stats and beat three defenders when carrying.

5 Franco van der Merwe (Lions): Another telling contribution from the veteran lock, who had a good day in the air at line-out time and also put in a big shift on defence. A mention too for the Stormers' De Kock Steenkamp, who was the weekend's top line-out operator.

4 Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes): One of the most consistent second rowers this season, Thrush had another good game and was rewarded with a try. A mention for Leon Power of the Brumbies, who was a reliable target at line-out time and solid on defence.

3 Ben Alexander (Brumbies): An impressive display from the entire Brumbies front row, anchored by Alexander, who ensured his team had the upper hand over the 'Tahs at scrum time. A mention for Ben Tameifuna, who helped the Chiefs boss the Stormers for an hour.

2 Nathan Charles (Force): We love it when front rowers make backs look silly. The Force hooker's deft show-and-go to score the opening try in Dunedin was a classic. A big shout out for Stephen Moore, who was the weekend's top-tackling hooker and hit his line-out jumpers every time.

1 Ben Franks (Hurricanes): There were only five scrums in the game against the Cheetahs but Franks made himself useful anyway with 10 tackles, which is solid effort from a prop.

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