Team Of The Week

Handre Pollard South Africa Springboks New Zealand All Blacks Rugby ChampionshipJust one Australian and three Argies have managed to sneak in between the two obvious front runners from Ellis Park this week.

1 – Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa) His best performance of the Championship. Strong in the scrum and threw in a few trademark Beast-mode charges.

2 – Agustin Creevy (Argentina) It had to be. Led his team superbly in an 80 minute effort.

3 – Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Argentina) Not as dominant as Ramiro Herrera has been, but handled James Slipper in the scrum. Positive impact in defense and with ball in hand.

4 – Tomas Lavanini (Argentina) Launched himself into the rucks and got through a massive amount of work. To get 80 minutes from the giant lock is amazing.

5 – Victor Matfield (South Africa) Big tackle on Owen Franks earned a turnover , supported well on attack. Primary source of possession at the lineout per usuale.

6 – Teboho Mohoje (South Africa) An even better performance after a good one last week. Big tackles, a key turnover, powerful at the breakdown and had a couple strong hit ups to boot.

7 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand) A legend continues. Relentless work ethic, put in loads of tackles and was the first man at the breakdown on countless occasions.

8 – Duane Vermeulen (South Africa) Outplayed Kieran Read for the second time this season. Monumental performance from the big man with bruised ribs.

9 – Francois Hougaard (South Africa) Scored a cracker and his service was accurate. Missed a couple tackles but added enough on attack to get the nod over Aaron Smith.

10 – Handré Pollard (South Africa) What a meteoric rise from the u20 player of the year. Two tries against the world’s best team, he’s getting better by the day.

11 – Julian Savea (New Zealand) His chip ahead set up the first New Zealand try. Made a huge number of metres and dragged in defenders with every carry.

12 – Malakai Fekitoa (New Zealand) Can’t be denied this week. Terrific with ball in hand, causing almost as much havoc as Savea and scoring a fine try..

13 – Conrad Smith (New Zealand) Classic outside swerve put Ben Smith over for a crucial score. Just edges unlucky Jan Serfontein who also played well.

14 – Juan Imhoff (Argentina) Another excellent performance, scored a try and constantly offered himself as an option. Shut down every attack that came in his direction.

15 – Israel Folau (Australia) Maybe kicked a couple away he should have, but once again a terror with ball in hand. If only he had seen the ball more!

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