Team of the Week: Round five

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by Matt Lewis

1. Allan Alaalatoa

Replaced Wallaby prop Scott Sio in the 29th minute and more than held his own against the Cheetahs' forward pack. A silky offload to Ben Alexander set-up his fellow prop to get over the tryline.

2. Stephen Moore

While there was no clear standout hooker over the weekend, Moore played almost 80 minutes as he led his team to their fourth victory of the season.

3. Greg Holmes

Team of the Week number FIVE for the Reds veteran. The Reds forward pack annihilated the Tahs scrum for the full 80 minutes. Holmes continues to lead the charge for the struggling Queensland side.

4. Sam Carter

A nice trigger pass from the big man set-up Ita Vaea for the Brumbies first try, while Carter was a key figure in a brutal forwards battle. He will be disappointed missing an important tackle that led to the Cheetahs only try.

5. Cadeyrn Neville

Continues his fine season at his new club. Neville was strong in both attack and defence, highlighted by his 30m break that led to the Reds try in the opening half.

6. Scott Fardy

Teamed up nicely with David Pocock to cause havoc at the breakdown, winning three turnovers.

7. David Pocock

Another Pocock masterclass in a man of the match performance against the Cheetahs. Amazingly Pocock amassed SIX turnovers and a game-high eleven tackles! Huge numbers from the Wallaby backrower.

8. Jed Holloway

Re-gained his spot in the Waratahs starting XV after a dominant display off the bench last week. Holloway was vital to the Tahs attack, making breaks and creating some handy offloads.

9. Nick Phipps

A Waratahs-high 10 tackles from the halfback, Phipps was see all over the park and set up Israel Folau's second try of the match with his 20m cutout pass.

10. Bernard Foley

Foley didn't miss a beat in his return from injury for the Tahs. Showed some attacking flair and his usual composure as he slotted the match winning penalty.

11. Semesi Masirewa

It was a tough night for the Force, but one of their shining lights was the attacking prowess of the Super Rugby rookie. Masirewa broke the game open on numerous occassions and had a Force-high 98 run metres.

12. Anthony Fainga’a

Fainga'a was brutal in defence for the Reds and was used as their hitman in the centres.

13. Ben Tapuai

Thriving at his new club, Tapuai is growing with confidence with every match as he continues to take the game on. Tapuai scored the only try for the Force in a disappointing loss.

14. Dom Shipperley

Was one of the Rebels best players on the night, finishing with a team-high for run metres and carries. Shipperley continues to be a threat with the ball in hand.

15. Israel Folau

Give him a little, and he'll break the game open. Folau had a double by halftime and was the most attacking threat throughout the match.

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