Week 3 of the Super Rugby competition had the Brumbies being blown away by the Hurricanes, the Rebels with a good win against the Highlanders and the Reds being outclassed by the Crusaders. Check out our team of the week!
1. Tetera Faulkner (Rebels)
The Rebels prop didn’t have the classiest game but made 4/4 tackles and was decent at scrum time.
2. Folau Fainga’a (Brumbies)
Even with the Brumbies being put on the sword, Fainga’a managed to have a decent game. 8/8 tackles, 10 runs for 13m and 100% win ratio at the lineout with 13/13 throws.
3. Sam Talakai (Rebels)
Another prop who had a tidy game with nothing too flashy. 6/7 tackles and contributed to a strong Rebels scrum.
5. Harry Hockings (Reds)
A whopping 19 tackles (19/21) and a few decent hits in those. Very solid defence effort from the young Red.
6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (Reds)
An okay performance from Lukham. 8/8 tackles. Gets the spot this week due to no one else standing out.
7. David Pocock (Brumbies)
Not the best David Pocock performance we have ever seen, which included a yellow card. Did make 15/17 tackles, 14 run metres and earned a few penalties at ruck time.
9. Will Genia (Rebels)
Another commanding performance from the Wallaby number 9. Controlled the game with his kicking. A nice line break contributed to his 50 run metres.
10. Quade Cooper (Rebels)
Not as good as his previous game but his X-factor did give him two great try assists. 10/13 tackles which is a good week for Quade.
11. Marika Koroibete (Rebels)
Marika looked fearless with ball in hand with his 89 run metres which included 3 defenders beaten, 2 clean breaks and an offload. Also made 6/7 tackles.
12. Samu Kerevi (Reds)
Even though he shifted to 13 after his centre partner was injured, he was once again was the heart of the Queensland attack. 73 run metres, 3 defenders beaten, 2 clean breaks and 4 offloads. Solid in defence also with 10/11 tackles.
13. Tom English (Rebels)
A stellar week for the Melbourne 13. 49 run metres, 4 defenders beaten, 2 clean breaks and 2 meat pies to top it all off.
14. Sefa Naivalu (Reds)
Cutting in from his wing to shut down the over lap on a few different occasions probably saved the score line for the Reds this week. 8/8 tackles which included a few good shots. Chimed in with 20 run metres and a defender beaten.
15. Dane Haylett-Petty (Rebels)
Had a very good week all round. 8/8 tackles in defence which is good, but really shined with the ball in hand. 81 run metres with 5 defenders beaten, 2 clean breaks, 2 offloads and a try assist.
On the fringe of selection:
James Slipper – Relegated to the bench this week, he was only given 30 minutes on the park. Showed why he should be starting above Sio as the Brumbies scrum started to look dominant when he came on. 5/5 tackles also.
Billy Meakes – Another very good week from the Melbourne Centre. 12/12 tackles. Had 24 run metres and a try from a lucky bounce. Only misses out due to Kerevi being the heart of the Reds attack.
Luke Jones – Did lots of dirty work this week. 15/16 tackles in a very solid effort in defence. Had 11 run metres too. Only misses out due to 3 handling errors and a penalty conceded.
Brumbies Wingers – After a very good week last week, Peni and Muirhead looked lost in defence, often cutting off their wings and not trusting their inside man. When they made the right call on defence they still missed 7 tackles collectively.
Jordan Petaia – After making his name known last week, Petaia came off injured 15 minutes into the game. Hopefully Jordan has a speedy recovery.
Irae Simone – After leaving the Waratahs looking for more gametime, Simone made some crucial mistakes putting the Brumbies even further on the backfoot. His kicking for touch was extremely average. Had an okay week outside of that. 11/14 tackles and 38 run metres.