The Round 8 team of the week has a formidable and experienced backrow in Kieran Read, George Smith and Jerome Kaino. It is led by mercurial Hurricanes fly-half Beauden Barrett who ran for 204 metres, made four clean breaks and beat 9 defenders against the Blues in Auckland.
Players from 8 different teams make this weeks team that is led by Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie who continues to be one of Super Rugby's most potent attacking players with 16 carries and 132 metres gained against the Stormers in Cape Town.
The Hurricanes are by far the most potent attacking team in the competition so far in 2017; their 285 points scored in just six games so far are 44 more than any other team in the competition and 85 more than the next most potent New Zealand outfit.
Players from 11 different teams make this weeks team that is led by Stormers fullback SP Marias who ran for 98 metres, produced seven offloads and assisted in four tries - which is the most since 2011 - against the Cheetahs in Cape Town.
The starting point for more tries than any other source this campaign, the lineout is the crux around which a Super Rugby attack is built and in 2017 there is already a clear cut strategy from teams to ensure they retain possession as often as possible from the throw.
It’s not enough to have a starting XV capable of controlling the game anymore; an experienced and ample helping of bench players is crucial to maintaining a consistent performance across an 80-minute Super Rugby fixture.
Only four times in Super Rugby history has the team with the best defensive record in the regular season lifted the trophy but effective defence remains a cornerstone of a tilt towards championship success.