The Offload’s Top 3 Super Rugby Performers from Round 12
May 16, 2017
There was plenty to talk about this week in yet another round of unpredictable Super Rugby results.
The Kings made it three on the bounce with a win over the Sharks, the Highlanders snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the second week running, and the Crusaders remained unbeaten with an impressive victory over the inform Hurricanes. It was a tough task this week but we’ve managed to narrow the top performers down to three…
The midfield general was back with a bang! Defensively Crotty was fantastic; keeping this year’s Super Rugby top try scorers Ngani Laumape and Vince Aso at bay – he made sure that they never had the chance to get going. There has been a lot of debate about who should wear the #12 jersey for the All Blacks this summer, but after this performance Crotty is surely the front runner to take on the Lions.
It was a day to remember for the veteran winger. A lethal attacking display saw the Kings winger run for over 120 metres, beating 5 defenders in the process. Bock scored two tries out of the top draw in his sides victory over the Sharks, as well as setting another one up. We don’t see the 34-year-old getting a Springbok call-up any time soon, but this is a day he won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
Another Crusader who stepped up in the New Zealand derby this weekend was Codie Taylor. He was a key member of a dominant Crusaders front row, and his line-out throwing was also spot on. The hooker didn’t shy away when it came to ball carrying either, running for 23 metres which included a clean break. With Dane Coles still on the side-line, Cody Taylor is doing everything he can to impress Steve Hansen ahead of the Lions tour.