OPINION: The Hurricanes put together their best performance of the season this week to top the previously unbeaten Sharks.
Inspiring that win was an Jordie Barrett, who gave fans a timely reminder of his class.
He kicked six of seven from the tee and provided three try assists in his best showing of the season so far, making him almost an automatic choice at No.15 this week.
Who else impressed through round three of Super Rugby? Read on below.
1-Fraser Armstrong (Hurricanes): Impressed at scrum-time against a very good Sharks pack.
2-Bradley Slater (Chiefs): Turned around the Chiefs lineout this week, conceding no turnovers on his own throw. Looks a strong contender for that No.2 jersey going forward.
3-Tyrel Lomax (Hurricanes): The Hurricanes clearly worked on their scrum in the build-up to this match and Lomax's definitely made his presence felt. Has thrived in this pack since his move north.
4-Scott Barrett (Crusaders): A good outing from the skipper, who made 10 tackles and led his side well.
5- Josh Dickson (Highlanders): Was a menace in the lineout, causing all sorts of problems on the Brumbies throw. Missed one tackle in a solid performance.
6- Shannon Frizell (Highlanders): Didn't miss a tackle, was solid at the breakdown and ran the ball with purpose.
7- Tom Christie (Crusaders): Another 23 tackles from the 21-year-old. He is a standout on defence and handy with ball in hand.
A bright spot at flanker for the Crusaders.
8- Hoskins Sotutu (Blues): The dangerous ball-carrier powered his way past five defenders and stood out for a pretty average Blues side.
9-Brad Weber (Chiefs): Close between Weber and Aaron Smith this week, but the Chiefs halfback had slightly more impact. He set up Damian McKenzie for his try, made a try-saving tackle and offered loads going forward.
10-Kaleb Trask (Chiefs): An impressive 80 minutes from the young first-five. Beat defenders, scored his first try and made the second-most tackles in the match.
11-Ben Lam (Hurricanes): A massive game from the left-winger. Broke the Sharks open at the start of the second half with two impressive tries to open up a 14-point lead.
12-Jack Goodhue (Crusaders): A delicious offload to set up George Bridge's try, then scored one of his own in a classy performance.
13-Quinn Tupaea (Chiefs): His best game yet in a Chiefs jersey. The 20-year-old is making every post a winner, as he brings his explosive running game to the competition leaders.
Finished with five clean breaks and eight defenders beaten.
14-Wes Goosen (Hurricanes): Was a valuable cog in the Hurricanes backline, scored a nice try and proved a handful for the Sharks defenders.
15- Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes): Player of the Week for me. Thirteen points off the tee and three try assists - the standout player in an impressive Hurricanes performance.
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