It is time for Planet Rugby's weekly wrap of who has their name in lights right now...and who is making the oval ball headlines for the wrong reasons...
You can't touch this!
New Zealand: It wasn't the most convincing All Blacks performance, however there were clear signs that the current world champions will be the side to beat in the Rugby Championship. They were rusty at times but still managed to dominate the Wallabies - in the opening 40 minutes especially - to win last Saturday's opener and now have one hand on the Bledisloe Cup which has been in their possession since 2003. Watch this space...
South Africa: The Boks will be disappointed at missing out on a four-try bonus point at home against Argentina, but their defensive platform was sound. The men in green and gold simply refused to give a inch at the gainline, which in turn nullified the Pumas' threat. They head to Mendoza with their tails up.
Israel Dagg: New Zealand backline coach Ian Foster has clearly given his full-back licence to express himself, and it was good to see Dagg back to his free-running best against the Wallabies in Sydney after a below-par Super Rugby season by his own standards with the Crusaders.
Morne Steyn: After a poor Super Rugby campaign and patchy performances in the June Test series against England, the Springbok pivot entered the Rugby Championship under immense pressure to produce the goods. But boy did he deliver! The 28-year-old repaid Heyneke Meyer's faith by playing a key role in the victory over the Pumas, converting all four of his goal attempts, put Zane Kirchner in for the opening try and was responsible for the perfectly weighted cross-kick that resulted in Bryan Habana's touchdown in the second half.
Graham Henry: Sir Graham gave the struggling Blues a massive boost by agreeing to assist in the same role (defence coach) he had the last time he worked with the Super Rugby team in 2003 - the season when the Auckland franchise won the Super 12 title. He just couldn't stay away could he?
The Sharks: The only side undefeated after two rounds in the Currie Cup, but their latest victory would have been particularly sweet in light of last year's final defeat against the Lions and gives the Sharks the early running in South Africa's domestic competition.
Edwin Maka: How this for making a great first impression: the 19- year-old loose forward plays one game for Toulouse (off the bench) on debut, helps set up the match-winning try and gets rewarded with five-year deal with Europe's biggest club.
Someone turn on the heater...!
Alain Rolland: The Irish referee dished out 28 penalties in Sydney with his non-stop whistle, contributing to a rather poor Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship opener. Lets hope his Northern Hemisphere colleague Nigel Owens can holster that whistle for a little longer in Auckland...
Kurtley Beale: While Israel Dagg put in one of his best performances ever in a black jersey, the complete opposite holds true for Wallaby full-back, who had a shocker of epic proportions. Everything Beale seemed to try did not come off and his misery was compounded when Dagg raced around him to score New Zealand's opening try.
Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu: After upsetting everyone from the Samoan Rugby Union to the IRB, it seems like rugby's serial tweeter broke new ground by getting on the wrong side of his...wife! Fuimaono-Sapolu did the unforgivable and, as usual, took to Twitter to vent his feelings. "Lets face it, where ever you live, whoever you are, whatever culture, race or religion, YES, it IS a crime to forget you wife's birthday!" he tweeted. Doh!
Cheeky Watson: Despite seeing his franchise being awarded a spot in next year's Super Rugby tournament the Kings' president was everything but happy because SARU's decision came with the provision that the South African team at the bottom of the table would have to take part in a promotion/relegation play-off to secure their spot for 2014. Watson said SARU's decision doesn't make sense "in church." Huh?
Toulon: Perpignan coach Marc Delpoux slammed Toulon's negative tactics after his team's loss at home in their Top 14 opener last weekend. Delpoux accused Toulon of breaking the world record for lack of passes and making only about 12 passes in the entire match which did not produce a single try! We think he has has a case as Toulon also failed to score tries in last year's Top 14 semi-final and final.
Leinster: Things went pear-shaped for Europe's leading side in their pre-season match against Northampton at Franklin Gardens. The Heineken Cup champions suffered a humiliating 43-0 defeat against a star-studded Saints team. Granted, Leinster were not at full strength but they will certainly want to rectify things soon as the start of the new season is imminent.