Fans of Super Rugby will be thrilled to have the southern hemispheres premier competition back in action and can only be left wanting more after a jam packed rugby weekend. The pre-season prediction of the Blues being a team to watch proved true as powerful centre Rieko Ioane burst into the season with a hat-trick. The Hurricanes gave the Sun Wolves a huge wake-up call in their first game against New Zealand opposition, beating them 83-17. The Stormers look to be early South African title contenders whilst the Reds got the season off to a strong start with their win over the Sharks in Brisbane.

Team of the week:

15: Israel Dagg (Crusaders)

14: Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders)

13: Rieko Ioane (Blues)

12: Rohan Jane van Rensburg (Lions)

11: James Lowe (Chiefs)

10: Ihaia West (Narrowly ousted Otere Black based on strength of opposition)

9: TJ Perenara (Hurricanes)

8: Scott Higginbotham (Reds)

7: Ardie Savea (Hurricanes)

6: Siya Kolisi (Stormers – Wore the number 7 but a notable performance and couldn’t be left out)

5: Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes)

4: Eben Etzebeth (Stormers)

3: Jeffrey To’omaga-Allen (Hurricanes)

2: Hika Elliot (Chiefs)

1: Beast Mtawarira (Sharks)

Honorable mention: Samu Kerevi (Reds)

Next week the match to watch comes up early as the Chiefs take on the Blues in Waikato. The Sharks facing the Brumbies should also be a good one as both teams look to bounce back and get some momentum going early in the season.


Written by Nicholas Halsey