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Team of the Week - Highlanders forward pack dominates

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a man wearing a football uniform: Liam Coltman © Image - Photosport; Video - Sky Sports Liam Coltman
Round 10 of the Super Rugby competition started with an upset, the Lions pulling off a 23-17 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton.
 
The second match looked to be heading the same way before the Hurricanes came from behind to beat the Sunwolves 29-23.
 
The final match match from the Kiwi's was a derby - where the Highlanders recorded their first win since round two with a 24-12 victory over the Blues. 
 

Here's how the Kiwi's rated for round 10. 

1-Karl Tu'inukuafe (Blues): The Blues had the wood over the Highlanders until the pushover penalty try - big Karl was a huge part for that.

2-Liam Coltman (Highlanders): He was destructive this week, the best player on the pitch in Dunedin.

3-Tyrel Lomax (Highlanders): One of the form tighthead's in the country, had a huge performance against a very food front row.

4-Patrick Tuipolutu (Blues): Another inspiring performance from the captain - was influential in a fighting loss.

5-Jackson Hemopo (Highlanders): Was everywhere all night, making tackles and supporting runners going forward.

6-Shannon Frizell (Highlanders): Leading the competition in tries for forwards, solidifying his position as the best man for the All Blacks blindside spot.

7-Lachlan Boshier (Chiefs): Was the solid point of a Chiefs scrum which was dominated by the rampaging Lions - leading the NZ conference in tackles made.

8-Elliot Dixon (Highlanders): Three years after becoming an All Black the man from St Bede's College is battling to earn a startingrole in the Highlanders - playing like he means business the last few weeks.

9-TJ Perenara (Hurricanes): He showed his class and experience to get the Hurricanes back into the match with a well taken try - lead the team to a come from behind win.

10-Josh Ioane (Highlanders): Had a great night with the boot and looked the part going forward in a game where selecters would have kept a close eye after the injury of Damian McKenzie.

11-Ben Lam (Hurricanes): A week where the left wingers in New Zealand were surprisingly quiet, Lam had a good game in Tokyo - scoring a try early in the second half to get the Canes back in the game.

12-Ma'a Nonu (Blues): Turned back the clock once again with a gorgeous run slicing the Highlanders defence open to set up the opening try, perhaps further proving his worth to the national side come September.

13-Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs): Another player who ticks all the boxes, he does nothing wrong and makes very little mistakes - he was the same against the Lions.

14-Sean Wainui (Chiefs): Was one of the best players on the field for the Chiefs, scoring a try and starting the run where Laulala scored, gets the nod over Matt fades who was also very good.

15-Ben Smith (Highlanders): Mr Reliable at the back, making tackles and creating plays all night long for the Landers.

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