Here it is – the G&GR writers’ Super Rugby team of the week for round 13.
Two victories and two close losses. Who deserves to make the lineup?
1. Benn Robinson
Add to his resume massive hits in defence. Ask Frans Malherbe
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau
Was critical in smashing through the Stormers white wall
3. James Slipper
Another massive effort around the park.
4. Hugh Pyle
Is now looking like a senior member of the team. Manages wide running with hard work.
5. Kane Douglas
Didn’t look out of place against two of South Africa’s best locks.
6. Ed Quirk
Part of a Reds back row that didn’t let the Sharks get comfortable at the breakdown.
7. Liam Gill
Another mountain of work. He ruled the tackle contest for the Reds.
8. Scott Higginbotham
Worth it just to see the fend on Ali Williams while scoring his try.
9. Will Genia
Had the mojo working with Cooper. Also some key tactical kicking.
10. Quade Cooper
Close to his best on Saturday. The pass that made Saia’s try was vintage
11. Digby Ioane
Made metres, made tackles, didn’t stop.
12. Rob Horne
His first team of the week this year! Great direct running at 12.
13. Chris F Sautia
The mature way he played his role in the 100m try shows the class beyond his years.
14. Rod Davies
Brought his usual pace, but with a more ruthless execution.
15. Israel Folau
Would be interesting to see just how many of the Tahs tries he has a hand in. Both on Sat.
We can’t choose a man of the week – you tell us!
Aussie Player of Round 13