All Blacks snubbed in Rugby Championship Team of Week

Try-scoring wing Rieko Ioane was the only New Zealander in the Rugby Championship Team of the Week selected by Planet Rugby.

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Try-scoring wing Rieko Ioane was the only New Zealander in the Rugby Championship Team of the Week selected by Planet Rugby.

The All Blacks have been snubbed in an international rugby website’s Team of the Week with only wing Rieko Ioane making the cut.

Steve Hansen’s world champions provided six players in Planet Rugby’s Team of the Week for the first and second rounds and supplied nine after the victory over Argentina in Nelson.

But Ioane was the sole Kiwi in the Week Four all-star lineup after last Saturday’s home defeat to the Springboks.

Ioane earned the nod over Argentina’s Ramiro Moyano with Planet Rugby noting the Aucklander was “unfortunate to be on the losing side as he made five clean breaks while beating six defenders. His run down the blindside for his second try was simply world class as he managed to keep himself within the field of play despite all odds.”

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Ben Smith was the only All Black in the Sydney Morning Herald's Team of the Week.

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Ben Smith was the only All Black in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Team of the Week.

No other New Zealander was even mentioned in dispatches. Not even right wing Ben Smith – one of the All Blacks’ best in Wellington – who had been the only All Black selected in the Team of the Week for the first three rounds.

The All Blacks were also overlooked in the Sydney Morning Herald’sTeam of the Week with Smith the sole selection in a lineup led by 11 South Africans.

Eight Springboks – fullback Wille le Roux, wing Aphiwe Dyanti, halfback Faf de Klerk, backrowers Warren Whitely and Pieter-Steph du Toit, lock Franco Mostert and frontrowers Frans Malherbe and Malcolm Marx – were joined  in the Planet Rugby XV by five Pumas with centre Reece Hodge the Wallabies’ sole representative.

Dyanti was hailed for “bagging two tries and producing a try-saving tackle on All Black captain Kieran Read. Showed a fantastic step off his left foot to cut inside for his second try.” 

Faf de Klerk was one of eight Springboks to make Planet Rugby's Team of the Week.

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Faf de Klerk was one of eight Springboks to make Planet Rugby’s Team of the Week.

De Klerk “gave Aaron Smith little respite” and “made nine [tackles] and put pressure on Smith as the All Blacks struggled to get front-foot ball for much of the contest”.

Whiteley was “absolutely monumental … simply superb in defence, making 20 tackles in all, with one in particular standing out as the Lions man showed impressive athleticism to track down TJ Perenara and prevent the replacement scrum-half from scoring”.

Blindside flanker du Toit  “was in tears at the final whistle … after a performance which saw him give his all – mentally and physically – to the cause”.

Mostert, while “not one of the biggest locks in the Test arena, put his body on the line and emptied the tank during a hard-working 80-minute shift”.

Planet Rugby commended Malherbe’s scrummaging solidity and said he “carried well … with 21 metres gained which included one clean break and a defender beaten”. He also made 12 tackles.

Marx showed “great mobility around the park but also knuckled down to do the hard work at the coalface. Eventually gained 18 metres on attack and crossed for a deserved try off the back of a lineout maul”.

 – Stuff

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