Team of the week: A cut above the rest
SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Players from the Crusaders and Blues dominate our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round Five.
Those two teams have three players each in our XV after they recorded big wins over the Western Force and Bulls respectively.
The Jaguares have two players in our team after their win against the Reds. The Stormers, Cheetahs, Melbourne Rebels, Sharks, Southern Kings, Lions and Bulls have one player each in our selection.
In the back three, we have Dillyn Leyds, Matt Duffie and Melani Nanai, while our midfield picks are Francois Venter and Reece Hodge.
Curwin Bosch is our pick at flyhalf with Jaguares' Gonzalo Bertranou at No.9.
In the pack we have Jerome Kaino, Andisa Ntsila and Jaco Kriel in the back row. The Crusaders duo of Samuel Whitelock and Luke Romano are our choices in the second row.
In the front row, we have Owen Franks, Agustin Creevy and Lizo Gqoboka.
Team of the Week - Round Five:
15 - Dillyn Leyds (Stormers)
He looked good with ball in hand at the back and made some telling runs to the line against the Sunwolves.
Bubbling under: Malcolm Jaer (Southern Kings)
14 - Matt Duffie (Blues)
He was amazing against the Bulls out wide and he scored two tries as well.
Bubbling under: Shota Emi (Sunwolves)
13 - Francois Venter (Cheetahs)
His work rate was second to none in the midfield this weekend. He broke through a number of tackles and scored a try as well.
Bubbling under: EW Viljoen (Stormers)
12 - Reece Hodge (Melbourne Rebels)
The Wallaby scored 20 of his team's 25 points against the Waratahs, including two tries.
Bubbling under: Derek Carpenter (Sunwolves)
11 - Melani Nanai (Blues)
He was deadly on attack and he made over 160 running metres with ball in hand against the Bulls. He also crossed the whitewash in the win.
Bubbling under: Raymond Rhule (Cheetahs)
10 - Curwin Bosch (Sharks)
The youngster played a big role in the Sharks' win over the Cheetahs. He contributed 18 points with the boot and marshalled his backline well in Bloemfontein.
Bubbling under: Bernard Foley (Waratahs)
9 - Gonzalo Bertranou (Jaguares)
His decision-making at the breakdown gave the Jaguares a distinct advantage over the Reds and his distribution was excellent once again.
Bubbling under: Mitchell Drummond (Crusaders)
8 - Jerome Kaino (Blues)
The All Black was brilliant in the physical exchanges against the Bulls. He also put in some big hits on defence.
Bubbling under: Warren Whiteley (Lions)
7 - Andisa Ntsila (Southern Kings)
The 23-year-old caught the eye with some silky skills out wide and he made a nuisance of himself at the breakdowns against the Lions.
Bubbling under: Tomás Lezana (Jaguares)
6 - Jaco Kriel (Lions)
He was immense in open play again against the Southern Kings. He also bagged himself a try as well.
Bubbling under: Scott Barrett (Crusaders)
5 - Samuel Whitelock (Crusaders)
He produced another outstanding performance in the engine room for the Crusaders.
Bubbling under: Patrick Tuipulotu (Blues)
4 - Luke Romano (Crusaders)
He carried the ball like a monster against the Western Force and he was solid in the line-outs as well.
Bubbling under: Liaki Moli (Sunwolves)
3 - Owen Franks (Crusaders)
He complemented his strong scrummaging performance with a high work rate in open play against the Western Force.
Bubbling under: Charlie Faumuina (Blues)
2 - Agustin Creevy (Jaguares)
The Pumas captain proved why he is one of the best players in the world. He put his body on the line on defence and showed his power and skill in open play against the Reds.
Bubbling under: Tolu Latu (Waratahs)
1 - Lizo Gqoboka (Bulls)
He impressed with ball in hand in a losing causing against the Blues. He also scored one of his team's two tries.
Bubbling under: Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks)
Our individual selections:
Tauriq Ebrahim XV: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Paul Dobson XV: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Warren Fortune XV: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Matt Duffie, 14 Francois Venter, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Jan de Koning XV: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Shota Emi, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Teams of the Week - Round Four: 15 Shota Emi (Sunwolves), 14 Vince Aso (Hurricanes), 13 Jan Serfontein (Bulls), 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Lions), 11 Courtnall Skosan (Lions), 10 Mitchell Hunt (Crusaders), 9 TJ Perenara (Hurricanes), 8 Leonardo Senatore (Jaguares), 7 Sam Cane (Chiefs), 6 Pablo Matera (Jaguares), 5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 4 Marcos Kremer (Jaguares), 3 Owen Franks (Crusaders), 2 Dane Coles (Hurricanes), 1 Jacques van Rooyen (Lions).
Team of the Week - Round Three: 15 Damian McKenzie (Chiefs), 14 Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares), 13 Samu Kerevi (Reds), 12 Ryan Crotty (Crusaders), 11 Kenki Fukuoka (Sunwolves), 10 Curwin Bosch (Sharks), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs), 8 Leonardo Senatore (Jaguares), 7 Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), 6 Philip van der Walt (Sharks), 5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 4 Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes), 2 Agustin Creevy (Jaguares), 1 Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks).
Team of the Week - Round Two: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder (Hurricanes), 14 Waisake Naholo (Highlanders), 13 Nico Lee (Cheetahs), 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Lions), 11 James Lowe (Chiefs), 10 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs), 8 Warren Whiteley (Lions), 7 Teboho Mohoje (Cheetahs), 6 Jaco Kriel (Lions), 5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 4 Dominic Bird (Chiefs), 3 Owen Franks (Crusaders), 2 Tolu Latu (Waratahs), 1 Retshegofaditswe Nché (Cheetahs).
Team of the Week - Round One: 15 Joaquín Tuculet (Jaguares), 14 Vince Aso (Hurricanes), 13 Rieko Ioane (Blues), 12 Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes), 11 James Lowe (Chiefs), 10 Ihaia West (Blues), 9 Gonzalo Bertranou (Jaguares), 8 Leonardo Senatore (Jaguares), 7 Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), 6 Scott Fardy (Brumbies), 5 Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes), 4 Rory Arnold (Brumbies), 3 Wilco Louw (Stormers), 2 Hika Elliot (Chiefs), 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (Stormers).