Super Rugby 2019: Team of the Week, round 11

Round 11 in the Super Rugby competition began with a Super Rugby final replay, as the Crusaders met the Lions in Christchurch, where the hosts prevailed 36-10.

The Highlanders thumped the Sunwolves 52-0 in the second game of the round.

The final match was a Kiwi derby, where the Hurricanes beat the Chiefs 47-19 in Wellington. 

Here's how this week's team stacked up.

1-Fraser Armstrong (Hurricanes): Best loosehead prop this week. Did well in a forward pack that has been struggling for the most part, while up against a pretty decent Chiefs pack.

2-Liam Coltman (Highlanders): Makes the cut again, just ahead of Codie Taylor, after setting up a try and scoring one of his own against the Sunwolves. Back-to-back stand-out performances for the big man.

3-Tyrel Lomax (Highlanders): A beast again this week to earn yet another nod. Certainly the form tighthead in New Zealand.

4-Quinten Strange (Crusaders): The 22-year-old edges Tom Franklin. Strange was very good against a solid Lions team.

5-Jackson Hemopo (Highlanders): Outstanding in the Highlanders' thrashing of the Sunwolves. Starting to form a formidable locking duo with Franklin.

6- Luke Whitelock (Highlanders): Made an impact in his return to the starting XV. Making plenty of tackles and helping to dominate at scrum time.

7-Ardie Savea (Hurricanes): Once again, the best player on the park - making tackles, creating turnovers and using his brute strength to score a fantastic try.

8-Kieran Read (Crusaders): The All Black captain was very good all night for the champions, making tackles and inspiring the team around the field against a strong Lions pack.

9-TJ Perenara (Hurricanes): Just pips Aaron Smith for the nod at halfback. Was influential in the Hurricanes victory, played a huge part in setting up Savea's try and bagged one himself.

10-Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes): In a week where Josh Ioane and Richie Mo'unga both impressed, the Hurricanes first-five was just a little better. Everything he did against the Chiefs was outstanding. Also kicked a near-perfect six-from-seven in windy Wellington conditions.

11-George Bridge (Crusaders): A great outing in his return to the side. He scored two tries in two minutes and continues to impress for the Crusaders.

12-Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs): Had another near-flawless night. Some great runs on attack and kept Ngani Laumape very quiet, which has become almost impossible of late. A constant threat, who is leading the competition in offloads.

13-Braydon Ennor (Crusaders): Another eye-catching performance from Ennor, who was well up for the challenge of filling in for Jack Goodhue. 

14-Sevu Reece (Crusaders): Another superb display for the in-form wing. Two incredible tries make it six in his past five games, while he's also second in the competition for line-breaks.

15-Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes): Blew the game open with two solo tries in just four minutes against the Chiefs. Played a crucial hand in another try and was a rock at the back defensively, removing any doubt that 15 is his best position.


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