Two Lions players and as many Stormers cracked the nod as Sanzaar, the body overseeing Super Rugby, named its Home Team of the Decade.
With no live-action underway currently, Sanzaar has been crunching the numbers to compile various best XVs over the past decade.
Four South Africans crack the nod
Stats were again at play on Wednesday, as the best players on home soil were picked in a fantasy team.
South Africans made up half of the forwards named in the home XV, with Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff lining up alongside Lions hooker Malcolm Marx in the front row while – in the second row – it’s reigning World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit who rounds up a trio of World Cup-winners.
Another Springbok named in the team is loose forward Jaco Kriel who, unlike the other three, did not make the triumphant trip to Japan.
The former Lions flanker packs up alongside All Black pair Ardie Savea and Keiran Read in the back row.
Kriel and Savea are the only forwards to have beaten over five defenders on home soil in Super Rugby in the past decade.
No South African has cracked the nod for backline slots, as Aussies and Kiwis fill up the seven spots.
Australian scrumhalf Will Genia pairs up with former Hurricanes – now Blues – flyhalf Beauden Barrett, with Semu Kerevi and Jack Goodhue of the Reds and Crusaders respectively slotting in at the centre of the park.
The back three is made up of Crusaders’ George Bridge and Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders on the wings, with Chiefs’ utility back Damian McKenzie grabbing the no. 15 shirt.
In an “Away from Home Team of the Decade” named last month, former Bulls and Springbok centre Jan Serfontein cracked the nod in the backline, with Marx and Kitshoff also making the cut.
The fourth South African in the mix was another World Cup winner in ex-Bulls lock RG Snyman.
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Super Rugby Home Team of the Decade
Backs: Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo, Jack Goodhue, Samu Kerevi, George Bridge, Beauden Barrett, Will Genia.
Forwards: Kieran Read, Ardie Savea, Jaco Kriel, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Luke Jones, Allan Alaalatoa, Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff.