Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg leads the Round #1 Team of the Week that includes players from 10 different teams.

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Israel Dagg

Crusaders

Made the most carries of any player in Round 1 (21), gaining 111 metres in the process, and he assisted two of Crusaders' three tries against the Brumbies.

14

Waisake Naholo

Highlanders

Beat 10 defenders, two more than any other player in the opening round and the most by a Highlander since 2013.

13

Rieko Ioane

Blues

Became the first Blues player to score a hat-trick in Super Rugby since Frank Halai in 2013 (also v Rebels), also gained 144 metres thanks to five clean breaks and four defenders beaten.

12

Ngani Laumape

Hurricanes

Beat seven defenders from 10 carries, assisted two tries and crossed the whitewash for one of his own.

11

Vince Aso

Hurricanes

Gained the most metres of any player in Round 1 (164) and made the joint most clean breaks by any player in the Super Rugby era (6), as well as crossing for two tries.

10

Lionel Cronje

Kings

Landed 6/6 kicks off the tee at goal, beat four defenders - no fly half beat more - and made all eight of his attempted tackles.

9

TJ Perenara

Hurricanes

Scored a try, assisted another and also won two turnovers for his side.

8

Leonardo Senatore

Jaguares

Gained 136 metres, the only forward to hit triple figures, thanks to three clean breaks. He also crossed for a try in Jaguares' victory.

7

Ardie Savea

Hurricanes

Beat four defenders from five carries and found his way across the try line twice.

6

Phillip Van Der Walt

Sharks

Made the joint most tackles in the opening round (18) while maintaining a 100% tackle success rate, in attack he beat two defenders from his seven carries.

5

Will Skelton

Waratahs

Beat five defenders from eight carries, crossing for a try in the process, and in defence made all his tackles and won a turnover.

4

Rory Arnold

Brumbies

Scored a try, made two clean breaks from his six carries and in defence maintained a 100% tackle success rate (8/8).

3

Allan Alaalatoa

Brumbies

Didn't lose a single scrum while he was on the pitch, and put a strong defensive shift in, making 11/11 tackles in just 48 minutes.

2

Malcolm Marx

Lions

Hit his man with nine lineout throws and was busy with ball in hand, no hooker made more carries (8) and Marx was the only one to make more than one successful offload (2).

1

Jacques Van Rooyen

Lions

One of just six props to last more than 70 minutes, he made seven tackles missing just one.