Rugby Championship: Team of the Week

There were wins for the All Blacks and Argentina in Round 2 of the Rugby Championship, but who stood out to make our combined Team of the Week?

15 Jordie Barrett (New Zealand)

While his brother stole the limelight with a sensational display, the younger Barrett also gave the Wallabies a few nightmares on attack. His positional play was superb, and he was part of a back three that ran rings around the Australians' defence on the counter. The All Blacks have so many good players in so many positions. Ridiculous.

14. Ben Smith (New Zealand)

Smith is one of the very best in the business, and he showed it with another electrifying display. After running out at fullback in Bledisloe I, Smith showed his class with a seamless transition to the right wing. His ability under the high ball is almost unmatched, while he was involved in most of the All Blacks' counter attacks and tries.

13. Matias Moroni (Argentina)

The Pumas' outside centre had a hand in three of his team's tries, as he showed his vision and excellent distribution skills against the Springboks. Moroni also played a key part in Argentina's rush defence, which put a lot of pressure on the South African backs and forced them to make mistakes behind the gainline.

12. Ngani Laumape (New Zealand)

The Hurricanes centre is hard to stop when he gets going, and he punched many holes in the Wallabies' defence. Laumape made 106 metres from 14 carries at Eden Park. He made two line breaks and managed to give the All Blacks momentum every time he had the ball in his hands.

11. Bautista Delguy (Argentina)

The flying winger's brace between the 19th and 23rd minutes in Mendoza basically killed off the Springboks. It was a great exhibition of finishing, as he made the most of Moroni's wonderful running lines and passing. He was also very good under the high ball and on defence.

10. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

You have to feel for Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez, who basically had the match of his life against the Springboks but it was still not good enough to make this team. Barrett is simply on another planet right now, with his four tries showcasing his unmatched attacking prowess and pace. Simply ridiculous.

9. Aaron Smith (New Zealand)

The Highlanders scrumhalf is a machine behind that All Blacks pack. His service is fast and crisp -- his passing is always where Barrett or any other player needs it to be. Smith is also one of the best kickers of a rugby ball from the base of the scrum. Basically the full package.

8. David Pocock (Australia)

Pocock is not a traditional No. 8 by any stretch of the imagination, but he is one of the best in the world at reading the play, slowing down ball and basically putting his body on the line for the cause. The Brumbies man made a few crucial steals, which prevented the All Blacks from getting past the 50 mark.

7. Siya Kolisi (South Africa)

The Springboks captain led by example with a few busting runs and scored a great try. The No 7 position -- the South African blindside flank -- suits him perfectly because of his ability with ball in hand. Kolisi made 114 metres from 12 carries, which included three linebreaks and seven tackle busts. He also made nine tackles.

6. Pablo Matera (Argentina)

Matera was the Pumas' main man in the physicality stakes against the Springboks. He brought the heat in a big way by hitting the rucks and the Springboks ball-carriers with the same force. He made 12 tackles in a spirited display. We know that we've named two blindsides in the backrow, but David Pocock can play the role of fetcher in the loose.

5. Guido Petti (Argentina)

Petti was another player to bring the heat after Argentina's lacklustre forward display in Durban. He carried strongly and even had a linebreak for his effort. However, his main contribution came in tight and in the lineouts. Pettii made 13 tackles, while he managed to steal two of the Boks' throws.

4. Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

Retallick has no peer at the moment. His power, athletic ability and rugby intelligence makes him the best lock of his generation by quite some distance. The Chiefs man was everywhere on the field, setting up tries and tackling his heart out. Top player.

3. Owen Franks (New Zealand)

The veteran prop celebrated his 100th cap with a powerful performance at scrum time and in open play. To make 12 tackles as a tighthead prop (he was replaced in the 52nd minute!!!) is simply unreal, while he also carried well and won a crucial scrum penalty for his team.

2. Codie Taylor (New Zealand)

The All Blacks are hardly missing Dane Coles, as the Crusaders hooker has been in sublime form in the first two matches of the Rugby Championship. Taylor gets through a ton of work around the park, but he also plays a massive role in terms of carrying the ball in the wide channels.

1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Argentina)

Chaparro was in beast mode on Saturday against the Springboks, and he gave Frans Malherbe a good run for his money. Argentina's scrum has always been the cornerstone of their play, and in Chaparro coach Mario Ledesma has found a player with whom he can rebuild their set piece with.