Rookie Watch: Grace climbs to the top

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3 points: Cullen Grace (Crusaders)

 

Cullen Grace continues to pile on the positives and in 80 minutes against the Highlanders he made 57 metres, had 10 carries, made three clean breaks and passed five times while also getting off two offloads. Throw in one try assist, 15 tackles made and two turnovers won and that represents a more than healthy night at the office.

 

2 points: Mark Telea (Blues)

 

Revealing once again his nose for the goalline, wing Mark Telea got over in the corner to score a vital try for his side in the Pretoria game at the weekend, his fourth for the season. He also backed that with 35m gained in six carries, second only to Hoskins Sotutu for the Blues while his five tackles was the best defensive effort among his backline.

 

1 point: Tom Christie (Crusaders)

 

Openside flanker Tom Christie remains a key contributor to the Crusaders' fortunes, not least in the tackling department where he made a game-high 20 tackles against the Highlanders while also making 23m and eight carries and also picking up his first try in Super Rugby for good measure.

 

 

LEADERBOARD

 

6 points: Cullen Grace (Crusaders, Tom Christie (Crusaders)

5 points: Mark Telea (Blues)

3 points: Leicester Fainga’anuku (Crusaders),

2 points: Marino Mikaele-Tu’u (Highlanders)

1 points: Quinn Tupaea (Chiefs), Teariki Ben-Nicholas (Highlanders)

 

NOTE: The qualification for rookies is players that are either playing in their first season of Super Rugby or who are playing their first season as a contracted player and have played less than five games prior to 2019.

 

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