Round 3 has come and gone and we’re starting to really get into the swing of things.
Our leader sexkitten is still out in front and has opened up an even bigger lead over her hubby flop. Her lead at the top is now almost 13 points, but the field is starting to close in behind her. bstott, walter and hellbent make up the rest of the top five.
Looking at the scores for round 3 only, walter was our MVP and took home a credible 58.75 points, including the 5-point MVP bonus. bstott was just a whisker behind, before the bonus really pulled walter ahead. wpw and sexkitten followed in 3rd and 4th spots respectively, with Fattmann and hellbent in joint fifth.
One thing that is becoming apparent is that the value of kickers cannot be overestimated. The stupid laws that are being applied in the Currie Cup are unfortunately killing off any prospect of tries being scored, with penalties the order of the day. Hopefully this will change as the players become accustomed to the strange laws and even stranger interpretations thereof. Certain players, like Tiger Mangweni and Earl Rose did manage to shake off the chains, though, and netted good returns for those who own them.
Looking at the players who’ve done the best this round, it hardly comes as a surprise that Earl Rose’s triple hat trick (3 tries, 3 penalties and 3 conversions) makes him top of the pops for round 3, with 10.25 points. Morne Steyn came in a distant second, with 5 points, while the three winning captains, Wikus van Heerden, Baywatch Grobbelaar and Gcobani Bobo each weighed in with 4 points. The low scoring games between WP and the Cheetahs and Griquas and Boland meant there was precious little to write home about in terms of high player scores.
Overall MVP is still Willem de Waal with 16 points from 3 games (average 5.33) but his average round 3 return means that Earl Rose is now breathing down his neck in second (15.75 points from 3 games). Justin Peach is not far behind either (14.75) but the Valke duo of Jacques Schutte and True Blue Smit (each on 11.5) are sure to fall away as they are both unlikely to play for a few weeks due to injury. Chris Rossouw is bubbling under in 6th position and Bulls try-machine John Mametsa will fancy his chances of proving his worth as the season progresses.
With only a single strength-v-strength clash coming up in round 4, expect to see some good scores next week as the big 3 aim to rack up big scores against the minnows.Tweet