1. Tendai Mtawarira, Sharks
The Sharks' effort in the set piece gave Waratahs one constant threat in need of restraining, with Tendai Mtawarira's performance in the scrum helping to ensure the hosts lost none of their own feeds.
However, it was in the loose that "The Beast" was more fiendish, adding seven tackles to his season tally and forcing one turnover from a rabid rucking performance.
2. Stephen Moore, Brumbies
For the second time in a week, Stephen Moore's active and energetic showing was among the most impressive in the Brumbies' pack, this time in a losing display against the Rebels.
The hooker's 17 tackles stand as the joint-second-highest amount managed by any visiting player on the day, and Brumbies were solid at the scrum, helped in large by Moore's easy translation to the new laws.
3. Chris King, Highlanders
Jeff Toomaga-Allen looked as though he could be on track for a blockbuster performance against the Crusaders were it not for an early injury forcing him off after 14 minutes, so the Hurricanes prop is beaten by Chris King to our team of the week.
King's 14 tackles for the Highlanders weren't good enough to prevent the Blues triumphing in Auckland, but his individual additions can't be denied.
4. Luke Jones, Rebels
Making eight tackles and 47 carrying metres against the Brumbies, Luke Jones was more of an attacking force for the Rebels than some of his side's backs.
5. Brodie Retallick, Chiefs
Brodie Retallick's claims for maintaining his prominent placement in Steve Hansen's All Blacks team look to be in safe hands with performances like this.
The Chiefs lock made nine tackles in defence against the Bulls, making a lot of his yardage with ball in hand, too, and taking a couple of throws at the line-out.