Aussie Super Rugby Team of the Week – Qualifying Finals

Aussie Super Rugby Team of the Week – Qualifying Finals

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

With a great win by the Brumbies and a disappointing Reds loss, who makes this week’s team?

scott sio profile1. Scott Sio

Very strong at the breakdown this week, creating a number of turnovers. Also demonstrated his continually improving scrummaging, absolutely dominating the Cheetahs.

saia faingaa profile2. Saia Fainga’a

Tried hard in a thoroughly beaten side, showing his strong defence. Also threw immaculately in the line-out to earn the nod over Moore.

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3.Ben Alexander

A vital cog in a dominant pack. Destroyed opposing loose-head, enabling front foot ball off set-piece for the Brumbies.

fardy profile4. Scott Fardy

Strong in all facets of the game this week, won lineouts, influenced the breakdown and provided a strong running game. Also got through a momentous 15 tackles, the most in the team.

sam carter profile5. Sam Carter

With Horwill clearly hampered by injury, Carter gets in this week with his consistent hard-working and mistake-free game.  

kimlin profile6. Peter Kimlin

Great game by Kimlin, who was a definite attacking linchpin. Involved from the start with a number of close-in runs. Consistently managed to generate quick ball when in average positions with good footwork and strength.

gill profile7. Liam Gill

A bright spark in a disappointing loss. Stood up big time, giving the Reds steals, important tackles and 10 hit-ups. The hardest-working and most impactful player on the Reds, maintained some semblance of respectability.  

ben mowen8. Ben Mowen

Ran well given a bit more space this week, bending the Cheetahs line on frequent occasion. Also provided his usual suburb work at line-out time  

nic white profile9. Nic White

While Genia tried hard, White was the beneficiary of a dominant pack and exploited the space given to him well. A few good kicks and creative runs as well as some important cover work in defence.  

Matt+Toomua+deDc4GE5jHWm10. Matt Toomua

Provided with quick ball, Toomua was always dangerous running hard and flat at the line, continuing the Brumbies quick phase play. Directed the forwards well  

 rathbone profile11. Clyde Rathbone

A quiet performance, but enough to get over a battered Shipperley. Ran and tackled extremely hard at every opportunity.

lealiifano profile12. Christian Lealiifano

Despite not kicking his best, was very important defensively. Textbook technique, allowing the Brumbies to come over the top and slow down midfield rucks.  

Tevita+Kuridrani+profile13. Tevita Kuridrani

Played well in defence alike his center partner. Was also able to add a few good runs, proving very difficult to bring down.

henry speight14. Henry Speight

Without the ability to give the award to the entire Brumbies pack, Speight gets MOTW. Extremely explosive runner, breaking tackles and making metres every touch. Definitely a game-changer heading into the championship rounds

jesse mogg15. Jesse Mogg

Relatively quiet game, but did enough with his booming kicking game and positional play, both important in the Brumbies field position advantage.  


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