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Super Rugby: Team of Round Seventeen

Round Seventeen of our Super Rugby fantasy game was an enjoyable one for many of you! The strong community average we had last week has been maintained with the Crusaders scoring 66 points against the Rebels who failed to score any. Despite the reigning champions having a bye next week, it always looked sensible to fill your team with Crusaders players given the weak Rebels starting lineup but I'm not sure anyone could have expected quite so many points!

Here's a look at the TOTR in full along with this week's top scoring Superbru team which managed an incredible 340.5 points.



Most represented teams in this week's TOTR: Crusaders (4 players), Blues, Brumbies, Reds, Stormers (2 players).

Sevu Reece continues to star in this Super Rugby season as he is the ideal captain yet again in our TOTR. Reece bagged a hat-trick to score 39.5 points in this round and plenty of you captained him. He is now comfortably the highest scoring non-kicking Outside Back of the season at Superbru, 23 points ahead of his teammate David Havili who as you can see also had a very good round to make the TOTR.

Braydon Ennor, who played on the wing this week, and Richie Mo'unga are the other Crusaders to feature in the XV. Had it not been for the limit of four players per team, Ryan Crotty would also be involved having scored 26.5 points (even without the kicking points for that late conversion!). So in summary, pretty much any of the starting Crusaders backs will have given you a kind return but the notable non-Crusaders top performer was Emiliano Boffelli who returned for the Jaguares. With the Argentine side facing the Sunwolves next ahead of the play-offs that they are likely to have a strong seed in, he's well worth a look.

Moving on to the forwards then and Jaco Coetzee (Stormers), Scott Higginbotham (Reds) and Folau Faingaa all scored very nicely this week. It's also impressive that Ardie Savea has kept up his record of practically always being in the TOTR despite starting on the bench for the Hurricanes in Round 17. We're now at the stage where you need to start guessing who will actually make it to the playoffs this year when making your fantasy transfers - which is made more difficult by the SA conference being so tight - however, it's worth remembering that you will have an increased number of transfers (6) and the players from one team limit will also increase to 6 following Round 18.

As mentioned earlier, this was a very good fantasy week for a lot of brus with well over 100 of you breaking the 300-point mark. The man at least 9 points ahead of the rest though was Adam Briesies from South Africa who scored 340.5 points! You can check out his team below which features all of the TOTR Crusaders players with Reece as captain.

Adam's team:

In our daily Super Rugby fantasy game - a different kind of test as you select five players you believe will perform best on each day of the Super Rugby season from lists we provide - the best possible selections were as follows:

Friday: Tupou, Higginbotham, Thompson, Naholo, Hegarty (102.5 points)
Saturday: Faingaa, Coetzee, Crotty, Reece, Mo'unga (156.5 points)

Good luck to all in Round 18, the final round of the regular season, which begins with the Highlanders facing the Waratahs.
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