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Super Rugby Au – Round 2 – Team of the Week

Super Rugby Au – Round 2 – Team of the Week

1.Harry Hoopert – Reds

Part of another dominant scrum, Hoopert takes out his second #1 Jersey from GAGR’s TOTW.

2. Robbie Abel – Tahs

The only standout hooker performance on the weekend, the journeyman hooker kept his team’s lineouts ticking along – a far cry from the Brookvale mess.

3. Pone Fa’amausili – Rebels

Despite being part of a losing scrum, Fa’amausili shook the Reds attack with a few big tackles as well as scaring the living daylights with Martin Lang-esque tap-ball run-up.

4.Jeremy Thrush – Force

Strong in the lineout, strong in defence (15 tackles) and in attack (18 runs), the former All Black showed his class against the Tahs.

5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto – Reds

Another solid display from LSL at lock, where he looks at home. Twice picked in GAGR’s Team o’ the Week.

6. Lachie Swinton

Swinton turned in another solid performance to nab himself a second pick in the GAGR Team. Faced off a strong opponent in the Force’s Samoan Henry Stowers.

7. Michael Hooper – Tahs

Single-handedly turned the game around on Saturday night. Just keeps going and going G&GR POTW

8. Harry Wilson – Reds

Made the most runs in match by any player since 2002 (34!!) and the most by a Reds forward (134m)

9. Ian Prior – Force

Seemingly being around for about 40 years, the 29-year-old Force scrumhalf put in an assured display in an otherwise disappointing round for scrumhalves.

Harry Hoopert had another strong game this weekend

10.  Will Harrison – Tahs

Nominated by Nick as his MOTM, Harrison is growing into his role more every game. Might have faced competition for his spot in the TOTW if the experienced 10s at Brookvale weren’t such bums. Good to also see Jono Lance back in Australia.

11. Marika Koroibete – Rebels

Still looking weird without a beard, Koro was a consistent threat on a wet and windy Friday night at Brookvale. Made 46 runs from 8 runs.

12. Karmichael Hunt – Tahs

Despite the weird bum hair, and starting the game from the mahogany, Hunt came on and steered the Tahs, with Hooper, to victory with commandeering playmaking and a steady hand.

13.Marcel Brache – Force

The 32-year-old American international impressed in defence for the Force, making 6 tackles, while also managing to make about 10m run in attack.

14. James Ramm – Tahs

The Randwick Racer, unheralded before the start of this season, put in another strong performance, making 85m and 4 tackle busts.

15. Jack Maddocks – Tahs

Looked dangerous almost every time he got the ball. Made metres and metres with both his getaway sticks and his boot. Rennie will be watching.

Michael Hooper – this week’s player of the week

  • Adrian

    No arguments from me Nick!

  • Hoppy

    Prior was good but how can you describe McDermott’s game as disappointing? The Rebels – Reds game seems to have been ignored in terms of performances but it was played in very different and more difficult conditions than the NSW – Force game.
    Wright again had a very good game over the whole match – unlike Swinton who was ineffective/invisible in the first half and often illegal throughout. One of his armless hits was so sloppy it could have taken out Simmons by mistake. He was certainly overshadowed by his Force opponent for most of the match.

    • McWarren

      Well said. How any Tah got in apart from Ramm is beyond me. Swindon was a shadow of himself the week before. I found myself searching for him most of the game, he did show some great hands though when taking a high restart on the touch line. If hunt makes it on second half impact surely CFS deserves a mention, he changed the game when he came on.

      • Hoppy

        Spot on.

  • Hoss

    Any winger who can make 46 runs from 8 runs is alright by me. Statistically speaking 60% of the time statistics are guaranteed to work all of the time.

    • Greg

      Has he moved to 4?

  • Brumby Runner

    Can’t disagree with those selections. But Hooper and Maddocks would be the only players piquing the interest of Rennie as Wallabies coach.


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