Round 16 of Super Rugby sees only Australian and South African teams in action as New Zealand focus their attention on the deciding match between the All Blacks and touring British and Irish Lions. The round kicks off Friday night with two back-to-back Australia derbies.
The Round 14 Super Rugby team of the week has representatives from ten of the 18 teams after the nine-match round and includes three Highlanders and three Cheetahs. Player of the week is Sharks fullback David Havili who scored a try, carried 18 times, beat 10 defenders and ran for 191 metres.
The Round 12 team of the week has representatives from eight of the teams and includes four Reds and three Blues players. Player of the week is Reds captain and Wallaby Centre Samu Kerevi who scored two tries, beat 9 defenders and ran for 150 metres.
The Round 11 team of the week has representatives from seven of the teams and includes four Sharks and three Jaguares players reflecting the high scoring and open nature of the matches they won. Player of the week is Highlanders and All Black wing Waisake Naholo who scored two tries and beat 12 defenders - the most by any player in a match since 2013.
The Round 10 team of the week has representatives from seven of the teams and includes four Lions and three Kings players. Player of the week is Crusaders wing George Bridge who scored a hat-trick of tries for the second week in a row.
The Round 9 team of the week has representatives from nine of the teams with the player of the week being Highlanders centre Matt Faddes who scored two tries, had 15 carries and ran for 174 metres against the Sunwolves in Invercargill.
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.