1. Dean Greyling, Bulls
Stellar loosehead performances were few and far between this weekend, but Dean Greyling managed to have his wits about him in Dunedin, even if his display did come in the midst of a 27-20 loss to the Highlanders.
The South African visitors did manage to dominate at the set piece, however, stealing no fewer than five of their opponents' scrums and nicking two line-outs, with Greyling also pitching in with a respectable six tackles and 18 metres made with ball in hand.
2. Rhys Marshall, Chiefs
The Chiefs weren't always in a confident mood as they ran to a 22-16 win over the Rebels on Saturday, scoring just three second-half points as their Australian foes attempted to launch a late comeback at the Waikato Stadium.
The game did feature two impressive hooker performances, however, with Shota Horie scoring a consolation try for the Melbourne hopefuls. However, Rhys Marshall stood out more against his Rebels counterpart, making 12 tackles and showing an admirable thirst to make yardage, making up 37 metres from just five carries.
3. Kieran Longbottom, Western Force
The Western Force's defensive game has been the crux of their rise to fourth in the Super Rugby rankings, and Kieran Longbottom again showed this week that it's not just the backs who can get about the pitch.
The tighthead made 12 tackles, a big tally for a No. 3, and forced two turnovers as he followed up some slick speed with fine graft in the ground game.
4. Michael Fitzgerald, Chiefs
Brodie Retallick's status as one of the Chiefs' pack stars can tend to draw the spotlight toward his significant frame, but it was lock partner Michael Fitzgerald who led the way this time around.
Grabbing the hosts' only try of the game in the 15th minute, Fitzgerald also did well to make 14 tackles in defence, claiming two balls at the line-out and helping his side drive on to a spotless scrum performance.
5. Will Skelton, Waratahs
It may have come on the way to seeing the Waratahs lose 28-16 to Australian rivals the Western Force, but Will Skelton still managed to come out of Saturday's Perth fixture with pride somewhat intact.
And the second-rower's biggest contributions came in the loose as Skelton carried 12 times, making 43 metres, but also beating three defenders and pulling off four offloads, too.