Super Rugby Rd.10 Team of the Week: The Reds lock who is becoming a James Bond assassin

Super Rugby - AU
by Christy Doran

Well, just like that the regular season of Super Rugby AU is done and dusted.

The penultimate match of the season was as crazy as Cameron Orr thinking he was a fly-half with a long spiral pass to hit a flying Reece Hodge. Oh stop it, Cam, stop it.

So who made the Super Rugby AU team of round 10?

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1. Cameron Orr - Rebels

We hinted about it earlier, but the 25-year-old showed off his ball-playing skills once again against the Force.

He was strong up front, good in the loose and he's a loose-head prop who is just getting better and better with each match.

Is he Test ready?

Probably not, but he's developing into a fine Super Rugby player.

2. Andrew Ready - Force

Such was the polished performance of Ready on Saturday that there were cries of frustration when the former Red wasn't included in Dave Rennie's PONI squad on Sunday.

Ready scored a brace of tries and was strong over the ball - an aspect of his game that's always been a strength of his.

More than that though he regularly hit the mark with his lineout, and that's more to say than most of Australia's hookers at present.

The key for Ready going forward is to work on his fitness.

3. Taniela Tupou - Reds 

One of the best hole runners in Australian rugby and he's a tight-head prop.

The Brumbies were filthy that Allan Alaalatoa was penalised at scrum time, but the stats show that Tupou forced a number of penalties at the set-piece.

4. Angus Blyth - Reds

There's a lot of talented young players earning the headlines at the moment but the Reds' second-rower is someone Australian rugby fans should be excited about.

Blyth is like Jaws from James Bond.

He's an assassin on the field and does it all with that gigantic smile of his.

Blyth's work in the lineout was strong, he forced a scrum feed by holding a Brumby up off the ground too.

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5. Trevor Hosea - Rebels 

The Rebels' young lock is just about the breakout star of Super Rugby AU.

The 20-year-old has gone from strength to strength throughout the tournament and is poised to be included in Rennie's Wallabies squad later this month.

He made a crucial charge down that led to Hodge's try in the first half.

His lineout work was great too.

6. Liam Wright - Reds

Scored the Reds' opening try and made 10 tackles.

Wright's defensive work, leadership capabilities and work on the ball will see him press for a spot in Rennie's 23.

7. Richard Hardwick - Rebels 

One of the Rebels' best.

Hardwick is getting back to the form that saw him debut for the Wallabies back in 2017.

The 26-year-old was strong over the ball and made a couple of crucial turnovers.

A big finals series could put his name back into the Test fold.

8. Pete Samu - Brumbies 

One of a few Brumbies who played well against the Reds on a disappointing night for the minor premiers.

Samu scored one, helped create another break and was constantly a threat.

9. Tate McDermott - Reds

Probably the man of the match on Saturday night.

McDermott's defensive work is becoming a real feature of his game.

He helped save the Reds on three occasions against the Rebels last month and once again the halfback's never-say-die attitude helped prevent another try on Saturday night as he forced an error from Tevita Kuridrani.

McDermott scored one and was a constant threat at the base of the ruck.

10. Matt To'omua - Rebels 

Bombed an early try with his pass just going fractionally behind Michael Wells, but other than that To'omua's poise was a big reason the Rebels managed to scrape into the finals.

Kicked beautifully off the tee too.

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11. Filpo Daugunu - Reds

My winger of the competition.

Daugunu made 68 run metres and bumped away another three defenders.

Poised to make his Wallabies debut later in the year.

12. Hamish Stewart - Reds

The rock in the Reds' defence and a big reason why Brad Thorn's men are winning.

Stewart has found his home in the centres.

As a teen Stewart was a flanker and that time in the forwards has helped his defensive work and strength on the ball, but his ball-playing and ability to drop the ball on the toe has given the Reds another string to their bow.

13. Jordan Petaia - Reds

Absolutely lethal with every touch of the ball.

Three tackle busts and two offloads showed that the Brumbies found him a handful and the 61 run metres from seven carries was statistically the best per carry across the field.

Defensively, too, Petaia made a couple of great reads as he trusted his man on the inside and slid out.

14. Chris Feauai-Sautia - Reds

If this man manages to stay fit, he could earn a recall to the Wallabies.

It's crazy to think that Feauai-Sautia is only 26 given he's been around since 2013 and made his Test debut that year, but the outside back is still a force to be reckoned despite a long list of injuries over the year.

Back in the starting side, the winger neatly finished off the Reds' second try.

15. Jock Campbell - Reds

I've said it before, but Campbell is the most elusive player in Australian rugby.

He doesn't look all that but Campbell continues to prove a handful for defences.

His passing game challenges Jack Maddocks for the best passing game of any fullback in Australian rugby, but it's the minimal fuss that he plays with that goes unnoticed yet is hugely effective.

Campbell made two linebreaks against the Brumbies.