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Tuesday, March 12, 2019    allblacks.com    Getty Images

Every week throughout Super Rugby we will award points to the three best performing rookies and at the end of the season a New Zealand Investec Super Rugby Rookie of the Year will be named. 

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Here are our three stand out rookies from round four:

3: Sevu Reece (Crusaders)
It took just ten minutes for Sevu Reece to make his presence felt in the Crusaders crushing 57-28 win over the Chiefs with two opportunist moments. The first came when he pounced on a Damian McKenzie crosskick to set up the Crusaders first try. Just moments later, he was in on the act again with an intercept try of his own to give the Crusaders the early advantage. Reece was dangerous throughout the match and showed electric pace to lay on a try-assist for Bryn Hall late in the game.

Games: 1
Points: 5 (1 try)
Run metres: 153
Carries: 16
Clean Breaks: 5

2: Liam Mitchell (Hurricanes)
Rookie Hurricanes second rower Liam Mitchell seems to get better and better every week. The 23-year-old has racked up an average of 68 minutes per game to show the faith Hurricanes management have in his abilities. While very capable at set piece and committed on defence, Mitchell showed his ball playing abilities against the Highlanders with a searing line break to set up Ngani Laumape for one of his two tries.

Games: 4
Carries: 38
Run metres: 88
Tackles: 34

1: Harry Plummer (Blues)
Making his first start for the Blues at first five-eighth, rookie pivot Harry Plummer helped guide Leon Macdonald’s side to their first win in 2019. Plummer put in a tidy display in the 28-20 victory over the Sunwolves and will gain plenty of confidence from being on the winning side. The 20-year-old showed great game management and was sound tactically throughout his 63 minutes on the field. One area to improve for Plummer is goal kicking with just three successful attempts out of eight shots at goal so far this season.

Games: 4
Points: 7 (1 pen, 2 con)
Carries: 14
Run metres: 74

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.