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Aussie Super Rugby Team of the Week Round 3

Aussie Super Rugby Team of the Week Round 3

Here’s our Aussie Super Rugby team of the week for Round 3, as chosen by the writers:

1. Benn Robinson – Seems a boot up the bum is what was needed. Back in beast mode.

2. Ged Robinson – Had a great game round the park and hit his jumpers

3. Laurie Weeks – Solid in a scrum under pressure and handy around the park

4. Hugh McMeniman – Dominant tackles, bustling runs, smashing rucks, clean line-outs. He’s back

5. Hugh Pyle – Continues to do everything well for the Rebels, stats to prove it

6. Angus Cottrell – Not just a spectacular intercept meat pie, but worked hard all game

7. Liam Gill – fantastic match. Earns GAGR Man of the Round and quite probably another award as well

8. Scott Higginbotham – Got through some work this week, best stats of the 8’s

9. Brendan McKibbin – Kicked 6 from 7 and worked hard behind the Tahs pack

10. Kurtley Beale – Got involved – ran more metres than any other Aussie player this round.

11. Drew Mitchell – Starting to see those sparks of danger of when he’s at his best

12. Ben Tapuai – Keeps putting in more than solid performances. Some great touches and breaks

13. Mitch Inman – Starting to make the impact in performances that you’d expect from his size

14. Digby Ioane – Always a threat, finished nicely

15. James O’Connor – Settled all round performance, captaincy looked good on him, boot was accurate.

Interestingly the two Aussie teams that lost this week have dominated the side. Is that because neither winning team put in a solid 80?

What’s your view, and who was your player of the week for round 3?

Aussie Player of Round 3

  • Barbarian

    I’d have TPN in there instead of Robinson. Even though he picked up a yellow, I thought he made a big impact around the park and got the Tahs going forward. He also threw a sublime offload which created a line break. His best game of the year for mine.

    And I’d have Kane Douglas over McMeniman too.

    • That’s interesting Baabaa, as Douglas didn’t make your original cut!

      • Barbarian

        True, but then I rewatched the Tahs game. He plays so tight you barely notice him, but he gets through a tonne of work and the Tahs would be much poorer without him. Putting his hand up for the Wallaby TH lock spot.

  • Anyone would think the Waratahs and the Reds lost their games.

    • Question is – which players would you put instead and why based on their performance – not the team’s

      • Newter

        The glaring mistake here is Beale at 10. Seriously? With all the ball in the Tahs’ red zone he couldn’t generate a single try. Bernard Foley made three tries happen with his running and selfless passing.

        • Er, you mean discounting the one Beale scored single handedly?

      • Newter

        Also the two Reds’ locks put in more quality at the ruck, lineout and pick and drive than anyone else.

  • Wheatman01

    Surprised the forward dominance I felt the Reds had over the Hurricanes wasn’t rewarded more. Gill was fantastic but there were plenty more who put their hand up. Looking at these picks, people must expect Hurricanes to lose to both Tahs & Rebs. Good to see Force players in there.

    • BloodRed

      Indeed. Not one comment about ruling the breakdown and scrum dominance including a tighthead.

  • Scott Allen

    Having now watched Force game, MMM and Cottrell both really good.

    Neither Reds or Tahs were dominant. Force and Rebels both competed well – results in all three matches involving Aussie teams could have gone the other way without too much changing in the way the matches were played.

    Reds won the game but not playing that well. Thought Holmes was pretty good and Simmons played a lot better, focussing on rugby rather than niggle.

    Tahs were poor in first half but good in second half. Thought Douglas and Chapman were both good. Nice to see Robinson playing near his best again. Ryan did well in his limited game time.

    Compared to some of the rugby coming out of NZ conference, Aussie teams really need to start lifting their game.

    • MMM really stood out against all other Aussie locks this weekend I thought

      • David

        Simmons and the reds lineout was much improved but can’t compare as didn’t see force game…along with GIll who was outstanding (form 7 in comp) thought Quirk had another very good game….no other 6 in Australia especially the “incumbent” Dennis would have got close to catching that kick, let alone the point of difference defence that he brings….he definitely needs to continue playing well but what he has done so far this season dwarfs any contribution from most other Aussie 6s.

    • Parra

      How did you rate Higginbotham? He gets a ”Got through some work this week, best stats of the 8′s” rating here.

      His intercept really answered two of the questions I poised about him earlier:

      1. That’s a typical (and valuable) thing for him to pull off in his ‘wide ranging’ style.
      2. The way he was easily reeled in by Folau and another defender pours cold water on the idea of him running in the centres.

      Good to see Benn Robinson playing well. One thing I think which is constantly overlooked about him is his scavenging work over the ball – great body shape for the job and often supports the #7 with a few steals of his own.

  • Pedro

    Fuck yeah, McMNMN! great to see a bit of depth in the locks. Plenty of young guys, not enough proper tight ones that free up the back row, until now.

  • Stin

    Laurie Weeks?!!!

  • Antony

    I’d have Phipps in there instead of McKibbin. Don’t rate him usually, but I thought he was pretty strong on the weekend.

  • The Ham

    Too many Rebels in that lineup. Ged Robinson? Nah. TPN and even Charles and Fainga’a were better.

    • Patrick

      Pretty hard to pick TPN over Robinson when Robinson bagged a meat pie running straight through TPN’s defensive channel when TPN was….oh that’s right, sitting on the bench for a silly foul 10 yards out from his line. If the Tahs had lost that probably would have been the pivotal moment.

  • David

    G&GR should put the aussie player of the week back on the homepage. It was entertaining.

  • wowjiffylube

    Good to see big names starting to stand up.

  • brumby runner

    I thought Saia was the best 2 this week, though I didn’t watch the Force game. Also, Higgers is a penalty magnet. Must have given away about 6 on the weekend. Wouldn’t have him until he corrects this aspect of his play.

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