Reds winger Rod Davies was the www.testrugby.com Super 15 Rugby Player of Round 9. The speedster was electric against the Chiefs in the Reds upset victory.
There were some impressive performances from some exciting young players with Blues players James Parsons, Steven Luatua and Charles Piutau joining the reliable Chris Noakes in the Super 15 Rugby Team of Round 9.
Luatua plays at loose forward despite being listed as a lock, but both him and Crusader Luke Romano scored plenty of points from lock which is rare.
Australian loose forwards George Smith and Richard Brown showed that experience counts for plenty with strong games.
Gareth Anscombe continues to be impressive for the Chiefs after being surplus to requirements at the Blues for 2013 and is a regular in the Super Rugby team of the round.
Bundee Aki and Joseph Tomani were impressive midfielders (as listed in www.testrugby.com) even though Tomane actually plays on the wing for the Brumbies.
Despite a poor weekend by most New Zealand teams, there are eight kiwis and four Australians in the Super 15 Rugby team of the round. The South Africans didn't make the cut this round!
Before buying the four Blues players who made the Super 15 Rugby Team of the Round, remember that the Blues, Stormers and Rebels have the bye next weekend.
Super 15 Rugby Round 9 Team of the Round
Rank Player Name Pos Team Games Total Avg Price
1 James Parsons FR BLU 1 365 365 $690,000
2 Corey Flynn FR CRU 1 345 345 $1,100,000
1 Luke Romano LK CRU 1 430 430 $1,030,000
2 Steven Luatua LK BLU 1 385 385 $920,000
1 Richard Brown LF FOR 1 440 440 $1,035,000
2 George Smith LF BRM 1 335 335 $1,062,500
1 Gareth Anscombe HV CHF 1 410 410 $1,152,500
2 Chris Noakes HV BLU 1 395 395 $802,500
1 Bundee Aki CT CHF 1 375 375 $592,500
2 Joseph Tomane CT BRM 1 340 340 $1,002,500
1 Rod Davies OB RED 1 470 470 $885,000
2 Charles Piutau OB BLU 1 440 440 $855,000
Which player impressed you the most in Super 15 Rugby Round 9? Steven Luatua was my favourite player of the round and looks like an ideal replacement for Jerome Kaino's All Blacks Number Six jersey. He is very physical defender, a great ball carrier and runner and he even takes his fair share of lineout ball.