Luke Robinson: Super Rugby Aotearoa Team of Week, Round Two

OPINION: Blues skipper Patrick Tuipulotu has found his feet as the leader of the Blues, and wow has that transpired through him onto his teammates' performance on the field, hasn't had a bad performance this year, in fact, he's been incredible in all of them.

Dare I say it, the Blues are the real deal, and he is a massive part of that. 

1-Joe Moody (Crusaders)

Veteran outing from the All Black, scrummed well, was great on defence and ran the ball with some intent. 

2-Samisoni Taukei'aho (Chiefs)

Decent outing from the hooker, in a match week where there were no standouts, 

3-Ofa Tuungafasi (Blues)

Scrummed well and didn't miss a tackle, solid performance. 

Blues prop Ofa Tuungafasi.
Blues prop Ofa Tuungafasi. Photo credit: Photosport

4-Patrick Tuipulotu (Blues)

Another remarkable performance from the Blues skipper continues to lead well and is transpiring his leadership on the park.

5-Naitoa Ah Kuoi (Chiefs)

Continues to look good on the park, runs the ball strongly, tackled very well and was decent at the lineout. 

6-Akira Ioane (Blues)

Solid outing at flanker from Ioane, didn't miss a beat on defence and was solid at the breakdown. 

7-Lachlan Boshier (Chiefs)

Just beats DuPlessis Kirifi and Dalton Papali'i this week, was incredible at the breakdown once again and didn't miss a tackle.

Lachlan Boshier.
Lachlan Boshier. Photo credit: Getty

8-Hoskins Sotutu (Blues)

Another great outing from the young man looks destined for greatness, keeping Ioane out of the No. 8 spot for good if he continues this. 

9-TJ Perenara (Hurricanes)

Inspirational outing from the halfback won turnovers, ran well and provided great passes for his backs. 

10-Jackson Garden-Bachop (Hurricanes)

Outperformed his counterpart Richie Mo'unga. he made some nice runs and broke the line, kicked pretty well. 

11-Ben Lam (Hurricanes)

Close this week, just beats Sean Wainui and George Bridge, but Lam offered a little more on attack and beat more defenders, was a constant threat down the left edge. 

Ben Lam.
Ben Lam. Photo credit: Getty

12-Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs)

It wasn't a strong outing from the second-fives around the competition this week, but Lienert-Brown was his solid self, he makes tackles, runs the ball well and is ever reliable. 

13-Quinn Tupaea (Chiefs)

Too hot to handle for the Blues, he ran amuck in the midfield, beat seven players and made 10 strong tackles on defence. 

14-Sevu Reece (Crusaders)

Just gets the nod over Mark Telea, was dynamic in the first half against the Hurricanes, scored a try in the first minute… he's back. 

Will Jordan.
Will Jordan. Photo credit: Getty

15-Will Jordan (Crusaders)

This guy just keeps getting better, ran the ball so well this week, over 100 metres, and beat eight defenders as he proved more than a handful for the Canes' defence. 

Luke Robinson is a Newshub sports reporter. Join us for live updates of Super Rugby Aotearoa next weekend.