Luke Robinson: Super Rugby Aotearoa Team of the Week, Round Three

OPINION: On a day where the conditions didn't allow for running rugby, fullback Will Jordan ran and ran well to set up the Crusaders win over the Chiefs. 

Combining with Sevu Reece for both his tries, the young fullback looks like an incredibly bright talent who will keep former All Black David Havili out of the No.15 spot.

Others to catch the eye during this week's Super Rugby Aotearoa round included:

1-Alex Hodgman

Beat a few defenders with some nice running, made loads of tackles and scrummed well. 

2-Codie Taylor

Was unreal this week, making 14 tackles, running the ball hard and throwing pretty well in terrible conditions. Superb outing. 

3-Michael Alaalatoa

Despite a few early scrum glitches, he had a really good game, making 14 tackles and only missing one. Good performance. 

4-Sam Whitelock

Very good outing from the former captain. In the absence of Scott Barrett, he stepped up and didn't miss a tackle. 

Shannon Frizell in action for the Highlanders
Shannon Frizell in action for the Highlanders. Photo credit: Photosport

5-Mitch Brown

Like Whitelock, didn't miss a tackle, was a bright spark in the Chiefs' tight five and looked threatening when he ran the ball too. 

6-Shannon Frizell 

Great performance in and around the breakdown, made lots of tackles and ran the ball hard, beating a couple of defenders. 

7-Dalton Papali'i 

Future leader in the Blues side, scoring two nice tries and making nine tackles in a starring role in the win. 

8-Whetu Douglas 

Super close this week. While Hoskins Sotutu could be picked just for the turnover he won late in the match, I went with the 'Saders No.8 who was great all game, with 13 tackles and none missed. 

9-Brad Weber 

A tough call this week, but I'm going with Weber over Aaron Smith. He looked threatening every time he ran the ball, beating three defenders. 

10-Richie Mo'unga 

Just beats out Mitch Hunt this week. The Crusaders playmaker was everywhere, kicking very well in the horrid Christchurch conditions and always looking for pockets behind the defence.

11-Caleb Clarke

What a game! Played incredibly under emotional circumstances, scoring a nice try, running for more than 70 metres and beating four defenders. 

Caleb Clarke eludes the Highlanders
Caleb Clarke eludes the Highlanders. Photo credit: Photosport

12-Anton Lienert-Brown 

In a pretty bleak week for second-fives, ALB ran the ball more than anyone else at 12 and didn't miss a tackle, so he gets the nod. 

13-Reiko Ioane 

Despite the yellow card, Ioane makes the team this week and is really finding his feet at centre, especially with Telea playing so well at winger. The Blues are rolling at the moment. 

14-Sevu Reece 

Combined with Will Jordan for his two tries and was pretty solid on the wing, beating a couple of defenders.

15-Will Jordan 

Starred with ball in hand in conditions that were horrendous for running rugby. A bright talent coming through the ranks, he ran for a week-high 98 metres.

Luke Robinson is a Newshub sports reporter

Luke Robinson: Super Rugby Aotearoa Team of the Week, Round Three