Semi-final Team of the Week
15. Ben Smith (Highlanders)
Gained the most metres of any player (111), beat nine defenders – three more than anyone else - assisted a try and didn’t miss a tackle.
14. Sam McNicol (Chiefs)
Made an equal highest three clean breaks from his nine carries, beating two defenders in the process.
13. Lionel Mapoe (Lions)
Gained the third most metres of any player (92) and beat four defenders while in defence he made 10 tackles – equal highest of any back.
12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Lions)
Gained 74 metres from just four carries, beating four defenders in total and crossed for a try.
11. Courtnall Skosan (Lions)
Crossed for a try and gained 91 metres from just six carries, making three clean breaks and beating three defenders.
10. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)
Landed four out of five kicks at goal, scored a try and assisted another and gained 99 metres from four carries.
9. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes)
In defence he won two turnovers and didn’t miss a tackle (5/5) while he gained 25 metres from his four carries.
8. Victor Vito (Hurricanes)
Crossed for a try and beat two defenders from nine carries while in defence won a turnover and made 7/8 tackles.
7. Ardie Savea (Hurricanes) Player of the Week
Made 16 tackles, five more than anyone else and didn’t miss a single hit while his three turnovers were the most of any player. In attack he beat the most defenders of any forward (5) and the second most overall, gaining 73 metres.
6. Jaco Kriel (Lions)
Made 9/9 tackles and won two turnovers and with ball in hand made 67 metres from nine carries and scored a try.
5. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)
Won seven lineouts for his side, including one steal and also made 10 tackles and won a turnover.
4. Dominic Bird (Chiefs)
Made the equal highest number of carries for a forward (11) while he didn’t miss with any of his seven tackle attempts.
3. Atunaisa Moli (Chiefs)
Part of a Chiefs front row that didn’t lose a single scrum on their put-in while he didn’t miss a single tackle of his six tackles, no prop made as many without missing.
2. Ricky Riccitelli (Hurricanes)
Made the equal highest number of tackles (9) of any front rower while he also made eight carries – more than any other hooker.
1.Loni Uhila (Hurricanes)
Made the equal highest number of carries of any forward (11), while in defence he made equal highest number of tackles for any front row player (9).