Super Rugby: Team of Round 12
Now that the dust has settled over in the southern hemisphere, we thought it was only right to hand out praise to the stars of Super Rugby, Round 12
15 Israel Folau Waratahs: Was devastating on attack for the Waratahs in their hammering of the Kings. Folau's performance saw him gaining 194 metres with ball in hand, with 10 defenders beaten and a deserved try.
14 Cam Crawford Waratahs: Another player who caught the eye on attack against the Kings, scoring a hat-trick of tries and winning 89 metres. Just edges out Wallaby flyer Nick Cummins, who impressed in his comeback for the Western Force against the Reds.
13 JJ Englebrecht Bulls: Impressed on attack and defence in the Bulls' win over the Hurricanes. Scored an intercept try and was at the forefront of his side's defensive effort with 11 tackles made.
12 Jean de Villiers Stormers: Made a huge impact on attack in a narrow defeat to the Blues and was rewarded with two well-taken tries for his effort. Also did his bit on defence with 13 hits.
11 Digby Ioane Reds: In the week that he announced he was leaving the Reds, the Wallabies flyer showed that he is still very much committed to the Reds cause with a fine attacking display against the Force. Made 158 metres on attack, with an incredible 13 defenders beaten in the process. Just edges out Sharks speedster Lwazi Mvovo who also had a storming game in his side's narrow loss to the Highlanders.
10 Dan Carter Crusaders: Made a impressive return in the 'Saders' win over the Brumbies, contributing 15 points via accurate goal-kicking. Controlled proceedings and showed why he is rated by many enthusiasts as the greatest fly-half ever to play the game. Gets the nod ahead of Bernard Foley who also played well for the Waratahs.
9 TJ Perenara Hurricanes: Did well behind a retreating pack and was in the thick of the action in his side's loss to the Bulls. Was rewarded with a brace of tries and beats out Andy Ellis of the Crusaders who combined brilliantly with Carter against the Brumbies.
8 Ben Mowen Brumbies: Was one of the table-toppers' better players in their loss to the Crusaders. Carried well and helped his side to secure a losing bonus point with a late try.
7 Michael Hooper Waratahs: Australia are blessed with several talented openside flankers and Hooper is arguably the best of the lot on current form. Terrorised the Kings at the breakdowns and scored one of the Sydneysiders' 11 tries.
6 Dave Dennis Waratahs: Led his troops well in the demolition of the Kings. Scored a try but also stood out on defence with 17 hits made.
5 Hugh Pyle Rebels: Seemed to be all over the park as the Rebels gave their all in a bid to haul in the Chiefs. Crossed over for two tries and also won a handful of line-outs.
4 Luke Romano Crusaders: Another big game from the All Blacks enforcer, who carried well and stood out on defence with 12 tackles against the Brumbies. Waratahs hardman Sitaleki Timani also deserves a mention.
3 Chris King Highlanders: The veteran prop was one of the Highlanders' shining lights in their memorable win over the Sharks in Dunedin. Stood firm the scrums, made 14 tackles and gave the final pass in the build-up to Colin Slade's try.
2 Deon Fourie Stormers: Solid display from number two who worked hard in the Stormers' engine room against the Blues. Went on several attacking runs and made a nuisance of himself at the breakdowns.
1 Dean Greyling Bulls: Won the official man-of-the-match award in the victory against the 'Canes after a fine allround display which included a deserved try.
Compiled by David Skippers