FAN VOTING: Who is the Hurricanes MVP?

MVP NOMS CANES

Four players have been selected from each team and now it is over to fans to vote for their MVP based on the first seven rounds of Super Rugby. Here are your four options from the Hurricanes:

 

Ngani Laumape

Coming into the season with plenty to prove after being left out of the All Blacks' World Cup squad, Ngani Laumape was straight into action in his typical manner, proving one of the harder men to stop when he had the ball in hand. He had made 11 clean breaks (fifth on the overall series list), had beaten 23 defenders and had made 58 carries that ranked him 15th overall. Now an assured older head in the backline, he has put himself right back in contention to claim a place in the All Blacks although once again the pressure is on for the role.

 

Ben Lam

The sight of wing Ben Lam breaking the line, lengthening his stride and pouring on the pace is one that has thrilled Hurricanes fans in recent seasons, and while scoring five tries for the side in games to date, he has lived up to his performances in the past. Overall, he made 355m with his carries and had made eight breaks. That has reminded fans what a loss he will be when heading overseas at the end of the season. When paired with new wing Kobus van Wyk it makes for pretty heavy traffic for opposing sides to deal with and there is no respite.

 

Du'Plessis Kirifi

It's testimony to the impact that Du'Plessis Kirifi has made on the side of the Hurricanes scrum this year that he has proven so durable with an average of 62.7 minutes per game. He's not the biggest flanker around but he has been a tough nut to crack. He has a 94 percent tackle success rate and averages 9.7 tackles per game from 58 tackles overall. He's also been effective with ball in hand having made 91 metres during the season.

 

Jordie Barrett

In the absence of his older brother Beauden, Jordie Barrett has stepped up on the goal-kicking front for the Hurricanes and in games played he had scored 42 points. He had also been an important attacking weapon when running the ball back from fullback and working with the highly-effective Hurricanes rearguard. He had made 57 carries, made 283 metres in beating 15 defenders. He had also made four clean breaks, offloads and try assists. Clearly growing within himself, Barrett showed he was becoming a key influence in the Hurricanes backline.