Voting has now opened to decide your MVP for Super Rugby Pacific Round Three.
Across the competition, there were plenty of incredible performances as players looked to make their mark, with one player from each team nominated for the award.
This starts at Forsyth Barr Stadium as the Crusaders overcame a valiant Moana Pasifika. New recruit Pablo Matera was immense for the defending Aotearoa champions, leading the way with his physical edge and several crucial tackles. As for Pasifika, centre Levi Aumua looked damaging whenever he touched the ball, picking up where he left off for Tasman as he starred in attack and defence.
Following this, the Fijian Drua pulled off their first win in Super Rugby Pacific history as they defeated the Rebels on the Sunshine Coast. Apisalome Vota was incredible for the Drua, breaking eight tackles as he ran for 115 metres to go with a try and line break. Meanwhile, Tamaiti Ioane thrived in his first start for the Rebels as he smashed his way through the defence.
Rounding out Friday’s action in Perth, the Queensland Reds held off the Force on their WA return. This can be largely attributed to the freakish performance by James O’Connor, who had a hand in all four tries in a world-class performance. Richard Kahui turned back the clock for the hosts, showing all his class in nearly orchestrating the upset.
To start Saturday’s triple-header, the Blues survived a late penalty attempt to defeat the Chiefs. Fullback Stephen Perofeta was integral to their performance, setting up two tries as well as breaking several tackles. Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane was at his best, causing havoc at ruck time whilst inspiring the visitors in defence.
This was followed by another classic as the Hurricanes found a way to defeat the Highlanders. Ardie Savea once again lead from the front, leading their attack as well as earning key turnovers on a number of occasions. Thomas Umaga-Jensen was the main threat for the Highlanders whenever he touched the ball, finishing with nine tackle busts and two line breaks from just seven carries.
The action finished in Canberra with the Brumbies downing a brave Waratahs effort. Number eight Rob Valetini produced another world-class performance for the hosts as he bullied his way to a try and several key carries. Waratahs centre Izaia Perese looked electric with ball in hand as he tried to will the visitors to victory.
To vote for you MVP, go to mvp.super.rugby before voting closes on Wednesday 5pm (AEDT)/7pm (NZT)