Nz team of the week. After watching all but hurricanes game some good play. For me highlighted by established ABs playing well.
15 BFA- solid display
12 Leinert-brown. Actually thought he stood out for chiefs.
As said without seeing hurricanes. But a few Cld swap rnd with others
The Canes best were probably TJP and Laumape.
Smith still gets in ahead of TJP as he was instrumental for the Landers in the 2nd 40.
Laumape was very strong with ball in hand but it wasn't a really stand out performance, more a good game compared to some of the dross served up around him.
So I don't think any Canes make that team this week.
Nigel Yalden's NZ team of the week:
Sanzar rugby site has an overall team of the week. Seems a bit light on NZers
I'm fairly certain that Super Rugby Team of the Week is based purely on statistics so very similar to a Fantasy Rugby team.
For example, a halfback like Pulu is typically going to score higher than Aaron Smith because he generally runs more and tackles more - even though Aaron Smith outplayed him in round 1 - accuracy/quality of passing isn't a stat that is as easily measured as run metres/tackles broken.
Long story short - I wouldn't read too much into that team from a form point of view.
Thought Duffie was pretty handy on Friday, Thompson at centre as well (but no reall drama with Goodhue). ALB didn't play 12 at all, so shouldn't get picked there.
Ofa T getting not much love but i thought he was really good on friday (that horrible knock-on in a dangerous position aside). He created one try by getting his side of the scrum right up. Good in the loose as well. He gets absolutely no love on here, at all. Even from the Blues guys.
Ofa T gets plenty of love from me at AB level, I've never seen him have a bad test. But I don't really watch the Blues.
So as an outsider looking in I'd guess he has suffered from creating an early bad impression at SR level, issues when he plays Loosehead, and probably a hunch that he's suffered a bit from having a custard-scrummaging Blues golden boy packing behind him.
I'm surprised to see Retallick in the OP's list - he's a great player but was rusty as hell in his first outing for months. I'm sure he'll be smashing it come the business end of the season but he was off the pace, and a little ill disciplined last round.
NZ Form Team - Round Two