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1. Tony Woodcock, Blues
Tony Woodcock makes our line-up for the second week in a row after leading the Blues' scrum with an impressive, albeit futile performance against the Brumbies, losing 26-9 in Canberra.
The New Zealand visitors won all eight of their own feeds at the set piece, managing to nick a few from their Australian hosts, too, but it was Woodcock's energetic total of 12 tackles in defence that stands out most.
2. Callie Visagie, Bulls
As was the case for a few Bulls forwards this week, Callie Visagie's discipline could have done with some curtailing, but the hooker managed to make up for his blips of judgement somewhat.
Twelve tackles is good going for any No. 2, and the 25-year-old's line-out throwing was good, if not spectacular, throwing with an accuracy of just over 85 percent.
3. Charlie Faumuina, Blues
Another fine component in that well-oiled Blues' scrum was Charlie Faumuina, who gave Jean-Pierre Smith a difficult day's work when it came down to scrum time.
Faumuina also held a good account of himself for the most part in defence, although he did miss two of his 11 tackles.
4. Brodie Retallick, Chiefs
While the Chiefs are showing some signs of wavering so far this term, one player whose lofty standards have been held up is Brodie Retallick, doing his credentials as a New Zealand starter this summer no harm with another fine display against the Cheetahs.
As part of the visitors' dramatic second-half comeback in Bloemfontein, Retallick managed to lend a helping his side score, but eight takes at the line-out and a respectable seven tackles were perhaps his most impressive contributions.
5. Flip van der Merwe, Bulls
The in-form Hurricanes had a mass of attacking pressure to pile on their visitors this week, but one of the Bulls' most promising defensive assets was Flip van der Merwe.
The lock lasted the full 80 minutes, crashing in with 22 tackles for an average of more than one tackle every four minutes, as well as standing tall to take six balls at the line-out.