Heading deep into the second half of the Investec Super Rugby competition, the chances for rookies are reducing but there was still enough opportunities for them to shine across an important weekend.
Here's our three standout rookies from round 11:
3: Sevu Reece (Crusaders)
Given the three-quarters on call for the Crusaders it is essential to take chances when they come and wing Sevu Reece certainly did that in the win over the Lions. His first try, a bumping, bruising affair that left its mark on Kwagga Smith, and his chip ahead and recovery to score his second were complemented by his backline incursion and over the head of the defender pass to centre Braydon Ennor which set up a superb opening try for the Crusaders.
The Bay of Plenty half is always going to struggle for game time when TJ Perenara is available but as he showed against the Chiefs, he is not slow in showing his own skills. With the Hurricanes well on top by early in the second half he got an extended stint and made his own contribution with consistent distribution while also not being afraid to take on the Chiefs around rucks and mauls. His work on the blindside for Salesi Rayasi's try was perfect.
Try assists: 2
Tackle success: 87
3: Kane Leaupepe (Hurricanes)
At 26, lock Kane Leaupepe is making his way impressively since being called up as injury cover for his first season of Super Rugby and while his opportunities have been reduced, he has still been able to make his mark. His try, from a lineout maul, out from the Chiefs line was a classic tight forward's effort, low to the ground and unstoppable. A true worker in the tight quarter he played a key role in the Hurricanes subduing the lively Chiefs pack.