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1. Wyatt Crockett, Crusaders
A sturdy scrummaging display from the Crusaders set a strong foundation for the New Zealand outfit on their way to a closely fought 18-17 win over the Chiefs.
Wyatt Crockett's performance at loosehead was a vital aspect of the pack that won nine successful scrums and lost none. And, while his on-the-ball influence was minimal, a tackling total of 13 puts the veteran in a very respectable light.
2. Deon Fourie, Stormers
His yellow card in the 21st minute may have marred the outing somewhat, but Deon Fourie still gave a brilliant account of himself as the Stormers beat South African rivals the Lions 18-3.
From seven carries, the hooker made a remarkable 42 metres—an average of seven metres per carry—and an outstanding defensive display saw Fourie pitch in with 15 tackles, despite the 10 minutes he spent cooling off in the first period.
3. Kieran Longbottom, Western Force
Though the Western Force saw their five-match winning streak halted by the Rebels at the weekend, Kieran Longbottom once again shone as a defensive beacon in Michael Foley's pack.
The tighthead books another place in our Super Rugby line-up thanks to an outing that constituted of 13 tackles in the lose, although the Force could do with some tightening up at the set piece.
4. James Broadhurst, Hurricanes
He wasn't as prominent at the line-out as lock partner Jeremy Thrush, but James Broadhurst was a far more mobile asset with ball in hand for the Hurricanes this weekend.
The 26-year-old carried for 40 metres and made a very respectable 11 tackles, helping his side win 11 of their 12 scrums and steal a number of Blues line-outs as they ran out 39-20 victors.
5. Luke Jones, Rebels
No Rebels players attempted more runs against the Force than Luke Jones on Friday evening, with the second-row totem carrying 17 times for a gain of 44 metres in Melbourne.
The Rebels dominated their Perth visitors at the set piece, and every member of the host pack contributed to their three scrum steals and a pilfering performance at the line-out.