The Brumbies and Force had cause to celebrate last weekend.
Who were the standouts across the Australian conference?
1. Toby Smith
Toby Smith has bounced back from a long-term hamstring injury to be a cornerstone of the Rebels’ scrum. A reminder of why he was in the Wallabies World Cup mix just 18 months ago.
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau
Tatafu Polota-Nau was influential coming off the bench for the Force against the Reds on Friday, helping the WA franchise to a crucial win over Queensland.
3. Allan Alaalatoa
Allan Alaalatoa has done his Wallabies chances no harm with another strong performance in the Brumbies scrum. The 22-year-old was consistent again in Buenos Aires.
4. Sam Carter
Sam Carter has been a workhorse for his team this year and again set the tone in Argentina. Was rewarded with a try in their biggest overseas win since 2002.
5. Adam Coleman
Adam Coleman was the enforcer for his side against the Reds, but that was just a part of his influence. The Force’s lineout has found its way again with his return and that was critical on Friday night. The lock might not be meeting up with Stephen Moore for a coffee anytime soon, though.
6. Scott Fardy
Scott Fardy has rediscovered some of his pre-2016 form this season and was again a pillar in the Brumbies lineout. Finished with 13 tackles and a monstrous three turnovers.
7. Chris Alcock
Chris Alcock proved he has a few tricks up his sleeve, setting up a superb Tom Banks try with a pinpoint accurate kick on Sunday morning. The hardworking openside flanker finished with 12 tackles in Buenos Aires.
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8. Amanaki Mafi
Amanaki Mafi is a beast and he proved that again, as a shining light on a tough Rebels’ night. Finished with an immense 13 tackles and a turnover, as well as a lazy 129 run metres.
9. Nick Phipps
He only played 50 minutes but Nick Phipps was the Waratahs’ best when he was on the field, with the 28-year-old having worked his way back to form in recent weeks. An ankle sprain curtailed his night but provided plenty of spark in Dunedin.
10. Peter Grant
Peter Grant’s kicking proved the killer for the Force on Friday night, with the flyhalf slotting 18 points as the WA franchise got a big win over the Reds. Grant has come a long way, returning to the starting side after being out of favour for much of the year.
11. Henry Speight
Henry Speight is back to his 2014 form, after another super effort in the Brumbies’ win over the Jaguares. Finished with a try, but also made eight tackles against the elusive Argentinians.
12. Bill Meakes
Bill Meakes continued to bring what he has this season at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, but added a little bit of polish too. Meakes’s pass to put Curtis Rona in a gap proved crucial in the match as the Force ran out winners.
13. Tevita Kuridrani
Tevita Kuridrani has the inside line for the Wallabies’ 13 spot, after another consistent effort. He and Samu Kerevi have been neck and neck all year but the Brumbies centre may have just edged him,with 94 run metres and seven tackles against the Jaguares.
14. Aidan Toua
Toua seems to be finding his feet on the wing and added some explosive power for the Brumbies in Argentina.
15. Tom Banks
Tom Banks showed off some of his potential with a brace against the Jaguares on Sunday morning. Showing some Chris Latham-esque qualities, and his stocks are rising quickly.