The Queensland Reds recorded their second win of the season while the Waratahs scored a last minute try to steal the victory over the Stormers, but who made Team of the Week?
1. Toby Smith
25 run metres and four defenders beaten is unheard of for a frontrower. Toby Smith continued his solid season for the Melbourne Rebels.
2. Andrew Ready
Really starting to assert himself as the starting hooker in 2016 after the departure of James Hanson. His aggression around the ruck is something to behold.
3. Greg Holmes
The Reds veteran can’t put a foot wrong. Holmes leads a front row that causes havoc at scrum time and will be ready for Michael Cheika’s call later this month.
4. Luke Jones
Continuing a consistent season with another influential game. Jones has stepped up this season for the conference-leading Rebels.
5. Sam Carter
In a reshuffling locks department, Carter has been a rock for the Brumbies this season and was a light in a tough loss.
6. Hendrik Tui
Fresh off signing a new deal with the Reds, Tui continued his breakout season, making the most run metres of any forward and winning also winning a turnover in defence.
7. Michael Hooper
A Man of the Match performance from the under-fire Waratahs skipper. Led his team to their second away win on the trot as he scored the match-winning try in the dying seconds. Also had a game-high 15 tackles.
8. Curtis Browning
Given the opportunity to start since Jake Schatz went down with a knee injury, Browning has stepped up and is starting to live up to the potential he showed as a youngster.
9. Nick Frisby
Could he be a Wallabies bolter for the June Test series? Stamping his authority of the Reds number nine jersey, Frisby scored a double to set up their victory over the Cheetahs.
10. Bernard Foley
The Waratahs backline is starting to flow and it’s no coincidence that it’s since Foley returned to full fitness. Foley has led the dynamic Tahs backline with purpose and authority over the last two weeks.
11. Rob Horne
Would be close to locking in place on the wing for the Wallabies come June. Horne was at reliable best for the Waratahs. Solid in defence and capped off with a try.
12. Kurtley Beale
On fire in the number 12 jersey of late, Beale set up Folau for a five-pointer and even scored one himself. The centre pairing is looking more dangerous every week.
13. Israel Folau
His best game to date at outside centre, Folau is starting to find form at the right time of the season. Highlight of the night was the line he ran to break the Stormers defence and score one of the tries of the round.
14. Sefania Naivalu
One things for sure, Super Sefa hasn’t lost his speed since breaking his leg late last year! Naivalu adds firepower to an exciting Rebels backline, with defence unable to stop him when he’s in full flight.
15. Dane Haylett-Petty
Continues to be a be a shining light it what has been a dismal season for the Sea of Blue. Always relied upon from the back, Haylett-Petty even stepped up with field kicking duties and set.