THE Rebels and Reds are teams reborn after last season’s struggles and that is reflected in Fox Sports Lab’s Super Rugby team of the week for round four.
Five players from those two clubs have been selected, including wrecking ball Samu Kerevi.
Read on for the full lineup and have your say in the comments section.
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Loosehead prop: Tetera Faulkner (Rebels)
Faulkner gets the nod against some tough competition at loosehead.
He was perfect in defence, making all 12 of his tackles and provided a solid scrum platform against Wallaby tighthead Allan Alaalatoa.
Faulkner also contributed with ball in hand, making six carries for 20 metres.
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Hooker: Agustin Creevy (Jaguares)
The Argentina captain was the standout player of the South African conference.
Creevy was uncompromising in defence, forcing three breakdown turnovers (one pilfer and two forced penalties) along with eight tackles.
He was also dominant with ball in hand — making 11 carries for 68 metres and two linebreaks — and solid with his lineout throwing, hitting 10 of his 11 targets (91%).
Tighthead prop: Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Jaguares)
The Pumas prop led from the front in Buenos Aires, helping force three scrum penalties and making seven tackles against the Waratahs.
He was also impactful with ball in hand, making seven carries for 34 metres and a line break.
Lock: Matt Philip (Rebels)
A key member of the Rebels engine room, Philip made 18 tackles, won four of his side’s six lineouts and carried the ball seven times for 29 metres.
One of the form second rowers in the competition.
Lock: Vaea Fifita (Hurricanes)
Yet another strong performance by the powerful second rower.
Fifita won four lineouts, carried the ball six times for 23 metres and made 13 tackles.
Blindside flanker: Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (Crusaders)
Was a standout for the Crusaders in just their second defeat since the start of 2017.
Won a team high six lineouts along with a team high 16 tackles and had six carries for 32 metres.
Openside flanker: Liam Wright (Reds)
The 20-year-old started just his second Super Rugby match and made contributions all across the park.
Wright had seven carries for 33 metres, a linebreak and four lineout wins.
In defence he made all nine of his tackles and forced a penalty at the breakdown.
No 8: Amanaki Mafi (Rebels)
The Japanese international was exceptional in his side’s record win over the Brumbies.
The strong running No 8 scored a try, had 16 carries for 124 metres, eight tackle busts and a linebreak.
Scrumhalf: TJ Perenara (Hurricanes)
A key performer in a rampant Hurricanes side, who in the opening 20 minutes against the Crusaders put the competition on notice.
Was excellent in defence, forcing two breakdown penalties, made five tackles, had seven kicks for 124 metres, and put the finishing touches on one of the best tries of the week.
Fly half: Robert du Preez (Sharks)
Helped guide the Sharks to their first win in 2018.
The Stormers recruit scored 13 points (five conversions, one penalty), had a strong defensive outing with eight tackles and showed pinpoint passing with three linebreak assists and two try assists.
Left wing: Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks)
The electrifying winger picked up his third Super Rugby double and extended his tryscoring streak to five consecutive matches.
He now has a staggering 14 tries in just 16 Super Rugby games.
Along with his two tries, Mapimpi carried the ball nine times for 143 metres, beat 10 defenders and made two linebreaks.
Inside centre: Samu Kerevi (Reds)
Has gone from strength to strength in a Reds side that has grown in confidence following their opening loss.
Kerevi led the competition in carries, running the ball 21 times for 151 metres, broke nine tackles and had one linebreak.
He worked hard on the defensive end as well, making 10 tackles including several big hits.
Outside centre: Rob Thompson (Highlanders)
He is giving All Blacks coach Steve Hansen food for thought after two impressive performances to start the 2018 season.
Thompson eagerly challenged the Stormers defensive line, beating seven defenders for two linebreaks in his 130 metres from 11 carries.
He also contributed a try assist and 11 tackles.
Right wing: Waisake Naholo (Highlanders)
One of the most devastating ballrunners in the game, the Fijian flyer did not let a few early errors spoil his night.
Naholo broke six tackles in nine carries for 117 metres, had two try assists, a try, and two linebreaks.
Fullback: Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes)
Set the game alight with a blistering run off the shoulder of Chris Eves, followed by a flick pass to set up TJ Perenara for the Hurricanes’ second try.
Barrett had six carries for 78 metres, three tackle busts and two linebreaks.
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