Round Six of Super Rugby Pacific had it all - from upset victories to high-scoring thrillers - showcasing why the competition is one of the most exciting in the world
Across the games, there were several players that stood up for their club, nominated for this week's Super Rugby Pacific MVP.
It starts in Auckland with Moana Pasifka's historic win over the Hurricanes at Mt Smart Stadium. Backrower Henry Time-Stowers was immense, winning several key turnovers whilst scoring a crucial try in the golden-point victory. Meanwhile, Jordie Barrett was at his best, scoring a brilliant solo try along with recording four tackle busts and a game-high 76 metres.
The action then headed to Melbourne as the Rebels recorded their first win of 2022 over the Fijian Drua. Cult hero Cabous Eloff was a key figure in their breakthrough performance, setting the tempo with a number of key carries along with a try as well as earning several scrum penalties that ultimately secured the win. Vinaya Habosi continues his breakout year with the Drua, breaking an incredible ten tackles along with three offloads, two line breaks and a try.
The triple-header finished in Perth as the Brumbies out-gunned the Western Force in Perth. The wingers shined in this contest with a hat-trick to Andy Muirhead securing the victory for the visitors. As for the Force, Manasa Mataele was unstoppable, scoring a double to go with 177 metres, three line breaks and seven tackle busts.
Saturday's action began in Dunedin as the Blues held off a valiant effort from the Highlanders. Lock James Tucker was inspirational for the visitors, producing a number of damaging runs to put them on the front foot. As for the Highlanders, Scott Gregory excelled in attack and defence, keeping the hosts in the game until the end.
This was followed by the Super Rugby Aotearoa rematch, with the Crusaders gaining a matter of revenge over the Chiefs after their round four defeat. Will Jordan was the game-breaker, running for a game-high 152 metres to go with three tackle busts and a try. Alex Nankivell was a shining light for the Chiefs, scoring a double whilst setting up their third try as he tried to will them to victory.
Rounding out the action, the Reds thrived in the wet conditions to defeat the Waratahs in Brisbane. Taniela Tupou was at his dominant best, bullying the Tahs at scrum time as well as diving over for a try. Winger Mark Nawaqanitawase produced an incredible performance for the visitors, producing three line breaks, three tackle busts and a key try assist.
To vote for your MVP, go to mvp.super.rugby before voting closes on Wednesday 5pm (AEDT)/7pm (NZT)