The Offload’s Top 3 Super Rugby Performers from Round 11
May 09, 2017
Week 11 and not a lot has changed in Super Rugby.
New Zealand sides continue to dominate with all five teams picking up victories at the weekend, while the Australians struggles go on. The Lions and the Sharks had impressive wins, while the Jaguares edged out a spirited Sunwolves in Buenos Aires. We’ve been back through the action and picked out our top performers from Round 11…
Trailing by 17 points with 76 minutes on the clock, most sides would accept their fate and try to see out the rest of the game, but not the Highlanders! What we witnessed was a breathtaking comeback, scoring 21 unanswered points in the final minutes to beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. After one of the greatest comebacks in Super Rugby history, the Highlanders will be looking to continue their winning ways this weekend when they take on the Bulls at Loftus.
The man is on fire! After he was named World Player of the Year in 2016, you’d think that teams would try and shut him down, but his unpredictability makes this almost impossible. A try and two kick-pass assists, Barrett tore the Stormers defence apart with his perfect all-round game. If the British & Irish Lions are to be successful this summer, then mission one will be to close this modern-day rugby freak down as quickly as possible.
Cronje has been second string to Faf de Klerk over the past couple of seasons, but has recently cemented his status as the Lions number one scrum-half after a strong start to 2017. It was another massive performance for the no.9 in Melbourne which included a try and a beautiful assist for Kwagga Smith. If Cronje continues this impressive run of form, we expect him to start getting some attention from the Springbok selectors.