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1. Pauliasi Manu, Chiefs
The Chiefs may not be in jovial mood following their loss to the Brumbies this weekend, but their visiting outfit's scrum was one dimension of their efforts working in a well-greased fashion.
Pauliasi Manu helped his team steal four opposition feeds, but also made 10 tackles and made up 21 metres from a busy 10 carries.
2. Liam Coltman, Highlanders
Restraining one of the most devastating attacking set-ups in Super Rugby is work that requires all components moving in fluid motion in order to be pulled off to good effect.
So it's a good thing the Highlanders were able to rely on Liam Coltman in contributing a massive defensive shift as they rode to victory over the Sharks, the hooker making 13 tackles in total, a match-high sum.
3. Sekope Kepu, Waratahs
The Waratahs were spotless in protecting their own scrum during Round 11's trip to Auckland, and Sekope Kepu's performance at tighthead contributed a good deal of stability in that regard.
However, Kepu also showed a great need to make an impact in the loose, making six tackles and, albeit a small average, carrying for a 13-metre total that was superior to all but two of his pack team-mates.
4. Beau Robinson, Queensland Reds
The only Reds player managing to squeeze their way into our line-up this week, Beau Robinson continued to shine for the Queensland side against the Hurricanes.
The lock teamed up well with Quade Cooper's dazzling technique to put James Hanson in for a 66th-minute score, registering 15 tackles.
5. Victor Matfield, Bulls
Another week and another round where Victor Matfield shows that his retirement was most definitely premature, despite the Bulls' 15-9 loss in Perth.
But that result doesn't indicate that Matfield wasn't testing of his Western Force hosts, who were helpless but to watch the South African lock claim no less than seven balls at the line-out, making 11 tackles, too.