The GAGR Super Rugby Team of the Week Round 8 - Green and Gold Rugby

The GAGR Super Rugby Team of the Week Round 8

The GAGR Super Rugby Team of the Week Round 8

Here it is – the G&GR writers’ Super Rugby team of the week for round 8.

With the Tahs and the Force sitting out this week, the door was opened for a few of the players from the Australian conference’s poorer performing teams to step up and stake a claim for the coveted GaGR Team of the Week jersey.  So who made the cut?

Sio Scott Brumbies

1. Scott Sio

Was a rock in the scrum and ran like a man possessed. One GAGR writer had him as Aussie player of the round!

LEAFA Pat Rebels

2. Pat Leafa

Ran the ball well and got the Rebels over the gain line on more than a few occasions. Worked hard on attack and defence.

Greg Holmes Reds

3. Greg Holmes

Was the cornerstone of the Reds 7 man scrum holding their own against the Rebels 8 man scrum for the best part of the match.

Enever Blake Brumbies

4. Blake Enever

Ran hard, tackled hard and well, worked hard all night. If only all of our Aussie locks could play like this all the time.

TIMANI Lopeti Rebels

5. Lopeti Timani

He’s a big man but he seems to play even bigger. He used his big frame to excellent effect in the rucks and carrying the ball.

MCMAHON Sean Rebels

6. Sean McMahon

He ran well. Didn’t make massive metres but his runs broke tackles and beat defenders giving his team valuable front foot ball on the next phase.

Lisam Gill Reds

7. Liam Gill

20 Tackles with only one miss. He did the work of two men and was probably the main reason that the Rebels didn’t run away with the game having a one man advantage for 60 mins.

Butler Jarrod Brumbies

8. Jarrad Butler

I think all three No 8’s were quiet over the weekend.  This guy went about his work quietly though and gets through on that alone.

White Nick Brumbies

 9. Nic White

Had an excellent run almost setting up a try.  Was a general around the field, communicated well with his forwards and gave good service to his backs.


10. Jack Debreczeni

A cracking game from the Rebels first five. Made some great breaks and took good options most of the time. Rated amongst many of the fans here as one of the Rebels best on the night.

James O'Connor Reds head shot 2015

 11. James O’Connor

Being a winger when your team only has 30% of the ball is tough. He had a huge night on defence and gets the call up for that alone.

Lealiifano Christian Brumbies

 12. Christian Leali’ifano

Scored 15 of the Brumbies 20 points. Was elusive with the ball in hand and found space for his outside men.

Speight Henry Brumbies

13. Henry Speight

‘A revelation at 13′ was just one of the plaudits for him from the GaGR writers.  Although he might have marked himself hard on the night, the rest of us loved what we saw!

Dargaville James Brumbies

14. James Dargaville

Set the tone early by smashing the Cheetahs #7 from the kick off. Was a handful for his opposite man in both attack and defence. Love the look of this guy!

Coleman Robie Brumbies

 15. Robbie Coleman

As always, punched above his weight. Lethal in space and gutsy in traffic. Hard not to like him.

Honourable Mentions

There were a few guys unlucky to get a call up this week.

David Pocock was into everything. Ran well and seemed to be really enjoying himself which is good for Australian Rugby.  Samu Kerevi had a great night at 13 for the Reds in a performance that would’ve seen him picked most weeks. Couldn’t have him in front of Speight though.

The big one though was Sefenaia Naivalu.  Missed out due to ineligibility for the Wallabies but his performance on the weekend could not go without a mention. 192 run metres. 192!  But wait, that’s not all. He also clocked up 5 clean breaks, 5 defenders beaten, 4 offloads and 2 turnovers.  With numbers like that, I hope he hangs around long enough to gain eligibility for the Wallabies!

  • Steve

    I often like to compare Paul Cully’s XV to GAGR’s; this week they are completely different and really not sure how I understand Cully’s.

    How he could select against Sio I don’t know, and Enever/Timani lock pairing had a much better game than the Carter/Jones one I thought.

    For me Gill, Sio and Speight the real standouts of the round.

    • Utah

      I agree. Was shocked to see Cully select Slipper over Sio. Makes you wonder whether or not he saw the game. Sio was immense around the park, and had a small win over the Springbok tight head at scrum time (and I believe Oosthuizen was angling in illegally all game).

      • Glenn

        totally agree.

  • brumby runner

    It’s all subjective to a large degree, but I would have to disagree with a few of these selections.

    I have no real problem with the front row, although I think it was a toss up between Leafa and Moore.

    In the second row, I thought Jones had a better game than Timani. No 6 is where I think the biggest mistake has been made. Scott Fardy was immense and very instrumental in the Brumbies’ forwards finishing well on top of the opposition. And to emphasise the point, I believe the Cheetahs forward pack were a step up from either the Reds or Rebels.

    I wouldn’t personally rate Debreczini’s game as good as Matt Toomua’s, but Jack certainly improved a lot on his recent outings.

    JOC at wing is a real travesty. He was simply outplayed and outgunned all night by Naivalu. Look at your own comments about Sefa’s game. 192 run metres, 5 clean breaks and 5 tackle busts all in direct opposition to the wonder kid. O’Çonnor’s defense was way sub par and he would be lucky to keep his spot in the Reds’ side if they had some half decent performers waiting on the bench for a start. IMO doesn’t matter what Naivalu’s status is, he was far and away the best performing winger on the weekend and ought to be included in TOTW.

    And to show my lack of bias, I thought both Turner and Harris had better games than Robbie at 15. Like JOC, Robbie’s defense was sub par in one on one tackle situations, and he spilt the pass that should have resulted in a try for the Brumbies. I like his heart and his attacking style, but atm is the weaker link in the Brumbies backline.

    • Pedro

      It’s a thing GAGR are doing because it’s a world cup year. Only players eligible for wallaby selection are included in the team of the week.

    • Liam

      I think I see a lot of brumbies bias going around

      • Glenn

        Bias or the basis for why they are at the top of the conference? hmmm

    • rugbynut

      I too thought Jack had very a good game but he didn’t play at 10….
      Harris was at 10 all night from my observation of the game and linked well with Jack coming in as a wide second playmaker from 15. Worked well too

    • Gottsy

      It’s interesting that a lot of people are saying JoC had a shocker, I’ll have to go back and watch the game again. I thought he did ok given that they had a 1 man overlap for most of the game? Cfs on the other wing though is another story… I thought that O’connor was the next best winger to naivalu on the weekend

  • Bobas

    KMH and Horwill must’ve been so close.

  • Hambone

    im glad u mentioned Naivalu, was an absolute gun against the reds as was debreczeni interchanging with harris at first 5… a pleasure to watch.. JOC i think is living off rep more than anything, dont agree there at all sorry… for wallabies call ups aswell i think there are plenty in front of the guy.. Gill killed it.. tomani surely must be getting the tap on the shoulder soon.

  • Dean

    Three rebel forwards selected when they were mostly outplayed by a 7 man reds pack (largely due to Adam Thomson). 3 brumbies forwards from a pack that absolutely dominated a decent Chiefs pack.

    But the biggest omission, without even an honourable mention, Scott Fardy.

    • Pedro

      I agree with you, but it’s always a hard thing to put these teams together. There’s often a certain position where 5 players play well and another where no one stands out. Fardy was good though, especially that kick, it’s a very Australian thing to appreciate a well taken general play kick from a forward.

      • Dean

        Haha. So true.

  • Brucey

    With Naivalu, Is it not time to revisit eligibility for team of the week? I recall Adam Thomson and Jackpot being featured previously, and Speight prior to his Wallabies eligibility?


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