The Super Rugby Player of the Week, Kwagga Smith (right), is a force to be reckoned with. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

SYDNEY – The Super Rugby Team of the Week is an interesting mix from the semifinals with the Crusaders leading the way with six players. 

However, the dynamic Lions' flanker Kwagga Smith is the 'Player of the Week'.

In an action-packed display, the backrower scored two tries in his teams' win over the Waratahs. He won three turnovers, carried 11 times for 109 metres and beat 10 defenders. 

Malcolm Marx, the Lions hooker, is the only other South African player to make the team.

Lions hooker Malcolm Marx also made the Super Rugby Team of the Week. Photo: Christiaan Kotze/BackpagePix
Lions hooker Malcolm Marx also made the Super Rugby Team of the Week. Photo: Christiaan Kotze/BackpagePix

The Super Rugby Team of the Week is:

15 Israel Folau (Waratahs): Beat eight defenders, the most of any outside back, made 11 carries, and crossed for a try.
14 George Bridge (Crusaders): Made two clean breaks from 10 carries, made 6/7 tackles, and scored a try.
13 Jack Goodhue (Crusaders): Made a round-high three offloads, beat four defenders, and made 12/13 tackles winning two turnovers in the process.
12 Kurtley Beale (Waratahs): Gained 52m from seven carries, made two clean breaks, and made 8/10 tackles.
11 Ben Lam (Hurricanes): Claimed a Super Rugby record by scoring his 16th try of the season.
10 Richie Mo'unga (Crusaders): Scored more points (15) than any other player, contributed a try assist, and beat a round-high 11 defenders.
9 TJ Perenara (Hurricanes): Made eight carries, the most of any scrumhalf, beat two defenders, and made an offload.
8 Kieran Read (Crusaders): Made 16 carries, more than any other player, as well as making 16/16 tackle attempts. 
7 Matt Todd (Crusaders): Made a round-high 21 tackles without missing a single attempt.
6 Kwagga Smith (Lions): Gained a round-high 109m, the most of any flanker since July 2017. He also won the most turnovers (3) and scored two tries.
5 Franco Mostert (Lions): Won a round-high seven lineouts, including one lineout steal, made 13/15 tackles, and 10 carries.
4 Scott Barrett (Crusaders): Made 14 carries, the third most of any player, beat a defender, and made 5/5 tackles.
3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes): Made 14 tackles, the most of any prop forward, won a lineout, and made three carries. 
2 Malcolm Marx (Lions): Made nine successful lineout throws, won two turnovers and scored two tries in his side's win over the Waratahs. 
1 Tom Robertson (Waratahs): Gained 17m from eight carries, beat two defenders, made 6/6 tackles, and crossed for a try.  

African News Agency (ANA)


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