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Super Rugby Team of the Week – Round 6

Super Rugby Team of the Week – Round 6

Here it is – the G&GR writers’ Super Rugby team of the week for round 6   .

In a strange week where despite 3 of the Aussie teams losing, it could be argued none of them played badly. Which of the players made the G&GR writers, Team of the Week.


1. Scott Sio

Sio Scott BrumbiesBattled manfully against Kepu, but really helped the Brumbies get on top after Ryan came on

2. Tolu Latu

LATU Tolo Waratahs  Really stepped up in Polota Nau’s absence. Seemed to be in everything and scored a great try to seal the win.

3. Sekope Kepu

KEPU Sekope Waratahs  Appeared to be in some pain in the second half and was subbed early, but showed again why he is the incumbent TH prop in Australia when the Tahs had a mini period of scrum dominance.


4. Will Skelton

will SKELTON Waratahs  Continues to grow in stature. Used this game to dispel two of his biggest criticisms by being a genuine line out option and 80 minute player.

5. Adam Coleman

COLEMAN, Adam Force  Carried with strength and defended with venom. Scored a great try also. Was yellow carded when the referee mistook him for Faulkner (because they look so similar). Unfortunately gave away a penalty at the death to lose the game but was trying to be dominant and unfortunately due to height difference it came off looking a little reckless. But a real RWC squad prospect.

6. Sean McMahon

MCMAHON Sean RebelsThe Rebels busiest player again with 9 runs and 2 tackle busts.


7. Michael Hooper

HOOPER Michael Waratahs Made a key try saving tackle when the game was still in the balance and lead from the front.

8. Ben McCalman

MCCALMAN, Ben Force The Big Dog barked in Pretoria. Massive involvement and more importantly impact. Was rightly recognized by the Supersport team as MOTM in a losing team.

9. Nic Stirzaker

STIRZAKER Nic RebelsHad another great game for the Rebels. Probed close to the ruck all night keeping the defence honest and played an up tempo game keeping the Rebels on the front foot.


10. Matt Toomua

Toomua Matt Brumbies Gets the nod for a bit of individual brilliance to score the Brumbies only try. Foley was good but did nothing decisive.

11. Joe Tomane

Tomane Joe Brumbies In a week without any standout wing performances, Joe was again abrasive and made the best of his limited opportunities.

12. Luke Burton

BURTON, Luke Force Despite having a poor night with his place kicking (Siiiiaaaassss, take the ball mate), Burton showed he is ready for this level and contributed with vigorous phase play. One to watch for the future.


13. Kyle Godwin

GODWIN, Kyle Force Finally showed some of his missing 2013 form. Broke the line for a good individual try and defended brilliantly.

14. Taquele Naiyaravoro

NAIYARAVORO Taqele Waratahs Made some excellent runs down the right wing. Kept his feet through contact and was in the right place at the right time while holding difficult passes. Showed all of the key skills Cheika fast tracked his recruitment for.

15. Israel Folau

FOLAU Israel Waratahs Folau’s best game this season. Was involved in 3 of the Tahs trys, scoring one himself, breaking the line to setup Foley’s and made the last pass to Latu for his. Was too much to handle for the Brumbies defence and is the G&GR Player of the Week.

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Growing up in regional WA, Rugby was a mythical beast. A mystery in my child mind to rival the Bermuda Triangle. The 2003 World Cup opened my eyes. The inclusion of the Force in 2006 ignited my passion for the game.

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