Super Rugby 2020: Team of the week - Round five

OPINION: The Blues have sprung into life with two wins on their trip to South Africa, now sitting one point off the top of the New Zealand conference.

As a result of their clinical victory, they dominate our Team of the Week for round six.

Here are the players who stood out this week. 

1-Tyrell Lomax (Hurricanes): Continues to improve after his move north to the 'Canes, scrumming very well too! No coincidence the scrum has improved since he arrived. 

2-Asafo Aumua (Hurricanes): Threw it pretty well, ran well and made all his tackles. 

3-Karl Tu'inukuafe (Blues): 'Big T' looks to be improving week by week this season, scrumming well and hitting tackles hard.

4-Jesse Parete (Highlanders): Starred for the southern side in their loss to the Rebels, some very nice offloads, with a try assist and helping in the lead-up to another.

Fourteen big tackles. 

5-Patrick Tuipulotu (Blues): The Blues captain didn't miss a tackle, beat two defenders with ball in hand and led very well. 

6-Tom Robinson (Blues): In tandem with Dalton Papali'i, Robinson had a very nice game to continue his good season. 

7-Dalton Papali'i (Blues): Very nice outing from the youngster, looks like a future leader in this side, scored a nice try too.

8-Gareth Evans (Hurricanes): Just gets the nod over Hoskins Sotutu, made all his tackles and was confident off the back of the scrum.

Aaron Smith.
Aaron Smith. Photo credit: Image: Getty

9- Aaron Smith (Highlanders): Led his time around the field as well as he's ever done. Scored a good try, and was a handful for defenders. 

10-Otere Black (Blues): Probably the best game he's ever had in a Blues jersey. Seven from seven off the tee, 18 points in a superb performance. 

11-Mark Telea (Blues): Proved a nightmare for the South African defenders, looks like he might stay on that left wing, if he keeps this form up.

12-Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes): In true Laumape fashion, he was a wrecking ball against the Japanese side, nearly 100 running metres and scored a nice try. 

13-Vince Aso (Hurricanes): A huge performance from the centre, with 120 running metres, six clean breaks and seven defenders beaten. 

14-Jacobus van Wyk (Hurricanes): A hat-trick for the South African-born winger, beat four defenders in a classy attacking performance. 

15-Stephen Perofeta (Blues): Beat five defenders, busted through the line twice and defended well.

Luke Robinson is a Newshub online sports producer.