CAPE TOWN – An all-South African frontrow has been selected for the Super Rugby quarterfinals Team of The Week.
The frontrow named includes loosehead prop Ruan Dreyer (Lions), hooker Malcolm Marx (Lions) and loosehead prop (Tendai Mtawarira) and could easily be the next Springbok unit for the upcoming Rugby Championship Tests.
The third Lions player is centre Harold Vorster who produced a workmanlike performance both on attack and defence.
The Super Rugby Team of the Week has players from six of the eight teams reflecting the closeness of the quarterfinals last weekend that eventually saw the home teams advance to the semi-finals. Waratah flyhalf Bernard Foley is Player of the Week.
The 'Tahs flyhalf scored two tries in his teams' come from behind win over the Highlanders. He also scored 25 points in the 30-23 victory and is currently the tournaments' top points scorer with a tally of 217.
The Super Rugby quarterfinals Team of The Week:
15 Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs): Made more carries (14) than any other fullback, provided a try assist, and made two clean breaks.
14 Brayden Ennor (Crusaders): Gained more metres (91) than any other bench player during the round, as well as beating six defenders and crossing for a try.
13 Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs): Made a round-high five clean breaks, two more than any other player, and crossed for a try.
12 Harold Vorster (Lions): Made 14 tackles, the second most of any back, 12 carries for 28m gained and a try scored.
11 Ben Lam (Hurricanes): Scored his 15th try of the campaign, equalling the record for most tries in a single Super Rugby season.
10 Bernard Foley (Waratahs): Made a round-high 14 kicks in play and finished with a personal tally of 25 points, the most of any Waratahs player in the last eight campaigns.
9 TJ Perenara (Hurricanes): Scored his first brace of tries in over two years, and made 12 kicks in general play, the second most of any player.
8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders): Won four lineouts, made 8/8 tackles, and 13 carries - the most of any number 8.
7 Matt Todd (Crusaders): Won three turnovers and made three clean breaks from six carries, also crossing for a try.
6 Lachlan Boshier (Chiefs): Made 13/13 tackles, the equal second most of any player not to miss an attempt, and made two clean breaks and scored a try from 12 carries against the Canes.
5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs): Won five lineouts, the equal second most of any player, made 15 carries for 30m gained, and beat three defenders.
4 Tyler Paul (Sharks): Made 19 tackles, the most of any player to not miss an attempt, beat two defenders, and won four lineouts including one steal.
3 Ruan Dreyer (Lions): Made 16 tackles, the second most of any prop, and made six carries for 10m gained.
2 Malcolm Marx (Lions): Won a round-high four turnovers, and made 13 tackles without missing a single attempt as well as crossing for a try.
1 Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks): Beat three defenders, a round-high among props, and gained 19m from eight carries, also making a clean break.
African News Agency (ANA)