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With the Sharks on the bye for this week it left for some big name clashes and a truly entertaining weekend of rugby.
The Highlanders went down to the Reds in a nail biter that left the score board on 33-34.
The Hurricanes saw off the Southern Kings’ challenge in an entertaining match that was a high scoring affair (46-30).
The Chiefs showed their steel as champions by holding down the Blues in Waikato. (23-16)
Brumbies held on at home to see off the challenge of the Bulls. (23-20)
The performance of the weekend probably came from the Cheetahs who are in a very different place to their Australian visitors over the weekend as the Rebels brought their off field problems onto the pitch…. And it showed. (34-16)
The Crusaders overcame a handy Stormers side in Cape Town but are showing the physicality of the encounter with a number of injuries affecting there squad. 14-19 was the final score.
The final match saw a Waratahs victory in the Aussie derby match over the Western Force. Cheika’s men are beginning to roll into a team. (23-19)
Dream Team – No overall dream team players were present in the top band this week. The highest contributing team was the Reds with 3 players in this week’s dream team with the New Zealand conference contributing 7 players in the team of the week. Matt Todd was the players of the week with 57, the only man to break the 50 point mark.
Teams & Contributions:
Blues – Nobody made the dream team this week. From the backs, George Moala was the only man to break 20 points but he did make it to 32. The pack fared somewhat better with Steven Luatua (29) and Angus Ta’avao (32) hitting good numbers.
Brumbies – Mister consistent Stephen Moore (40) and Robbie Coleman (32) had storming weeks. The same cannot be said for Nic White who hit -17
Bulls – Some good scorers in the game against the Crusaders didn’t bring them the result. 6 men had very good points for the week but prop Morne Mellet brought the team down (-12)
Cheetahs – The men in the midfield made the dream team with Johann Sadie and Robert Ebersohn both reaching over 40. Points elsewhere came from Strauss, Labuschagne and Brussow.
Chiefs – You want points from these boys, pick their front row. 2 in the dream team and a combined total of 130 is a handy return. Sam Cane was not his usual self with 1 point and Richard Kahui has come flying back from injury (38)
Crusaders – How do you get a result against the Bulls? Have your pack front up which they did. 2 dream teamers and solid if not great performances from the rest of the pack.
Highlanders – Good points in most positions, goes to show that they are playing but the Highlanders just can’t seem to win the games.
Hurricanes – Brad Shields (48) and Alapata Leiua (41) had great games and there were a few more solid players. They generally performed well this week.
Rebels – Same old story for the Rebels, some good performances from the forwards but aside from James O’Connor (21) the backs should all have gone home.
Reds – Will Genia has come back and shown the whole Fantasy competition how to score points from scrum half, he may not be in the dream team but since returning he is always there or there about. Great backrow performance from the Reds. Best unit in the league.
Southern Kings – These boys had a good showing and scored well everywhere except in the outside back division. It’s why they lost the match.
Stormers – Front row stood well in the game and this shows in the points for the week. The rest of the team need to provide backup if they want to lead the conference. No one broke the 40 point mark.
Waratahs – AAC is the leading man in blue this week. 47 points helped his team to win the game as his try for the ‘tahs was ultimately the difference against the Western Force. He must have listen to Cheika’s screams and shout in the changing room.
Western Force – Backup Hooker Heath Tessmann proved more than capable as a replacement for Nathan Charles with 31 points. The rest of the team failed to break 30 points and only 3 others broke 20. Hard to see why the Waratahs only just beat them.
Another change at the top, with the top 4 a bit stretched for the first time in a while.
The followers have started to reel them in aswell. Only two players were above 300 points, and they have gone clear at the top, but there are 3 players with 290+ who are catching up on the rest.
With a new head to head league starting next week (spread the word) , there is all to play for.