The following team of the week is from Planet Rugby:-
15 Kurtley Beale (Australia): In the absence of Israel Folau, there were concerns as to who would fill the full-back role, but the Waratahs player has stepped up superbly and was outstanding as the Wallabies thrashed the All Blacks. Beale was a constant threat from the back, making over 100 metres, and was rewarded with the team’s final try. Alongside Christian Lealiifano and James O’Connor, they have plenty of ball players in the back-line and it bodes well for the World Cup.
10 Handre Pollard (South Africa): The standout performer at the weekend after accruing 31 points, which included two tries, three conversions and five penalties. Pollard controlled the game magnificently against Argentina, while he was also a constant threat with ball in hand. After spending a significant amount of time out of the game due to knee and shoulder injuries, which almost saw him have his arm amputated because of complications post-surgery, the pivot is back to his best and will play a huge part in the Springboks’ World Cup campaign.
7 Michael Hooper (Australia): Australia’s skipper was in the thick of the action and put his body on the line during a memorable win over the world champions in Perth. Hooper was involved in a memorable breakdown battle with All Blacks tearaways Ardie Savea and Sam Cane but the Wallaby came out on top in the end. Hooper also ran hard and eventually finished with 41 metres gained from 18 carries. Also completed eight tackles.
5 Rory Arnold (Australia): The Toulouse-bound second-row got through plenty of work in that win over the All Blacks in Perth and was one of the Wallabies’ star performers. The 29-year-old did well in the lineout, was a willing ball carrier and also defended impressively, making six tackles, but made his biggest contribution in the loose and finished with a try assist. Franco Mostert of the Springboks was next best
4 Izack Rodda (Australia): Springbok enforcer Eben Etzebeth impressed in his side’s win over Argentina in Salta but Rodda gets the nod for our team after a superb all-round effort in his side’s demolition of the All Blacks. The Queenslander did his bit in the lineouts but also did well on attack, with 19 metres gained from 12 carries, and on defence with seven tackles.
Not much comment other than on Pieter-Steph du Toit. Mozart and his co-liar AO tried to demean and blame Du Toit for being defective and they did not mind lying and distortion in that effort. Time to be aware of what these two and their faithful assistant are up to. BS in buckets and they are a serious discredit hen it comes to discuss rugby on site.