The first round of the 2010 Currie Cup has come and gone, with a surprising (or was it?) loss for the Sharks to a strong Griquas team, and their players were rewarded by being chosen in the Team of the Week, as selected by the Rugby365 website.
The Sharks managed one mention in the starting line up and a close second, which is a near miss and nothing really to brag about with only 8 teams in the competition.
Rugby365 reported the following team:
15 – Hennie Daniller (Free State Cheetahs):
Not only did he set up the Cheetahs’ only try with a delightful little chip-’n-chase, but his boot often helped the visitors out of trouble.
Close second: Riaan Viljoen (Griquas)
14 – Gerhard van den Heever (Blue Bulls):
He showed his class in the Super 14 already, and the Pumas found out why in their first game back in the big league.
Close second: Tonderai Chavhanga (Lions)
13 – Stephan Dippenaar (Blue Bulls):
A lot is expected of this young man and cutting his teeth at Currie Cup level will do him wonders for the future.
Close second: Marius Delport (Lions)
12 – Matt Rosslee (Griquas):
Not bad for a young man who was still playing Varsity Cup a few months ago. And he’s not a shabby flyhalf either.
Close second: Paul Bosch (Western Province)
11 – Bjorn Basson (Griquas):
Somehow it seems an injustice that a man who did not let the Springboks down in his rare appearances in June should sit at home. At least he let Bok coach Peter de Villiers know that he is still around.
Close second: John Mametsa (Blue Bulls)
10 – Naas Olivier (Griquas):
There are still those who doubt his ability to step up to a higher level, but at the weekend his was the general that directed Griquas to victory.
Close second: Willem de Waal (Western Province)
9 – Sarel Pretorius (Griquas):
Another player that will not disgrace the Springbok team, who seems to be in dire need of a quality scrumhalf.
Close second: Jano Vermaak (Lions)
8 Keegan Daniel (Sharks):
One of the few Sharks players who really stood out in a disappointing day at the office for them.
Close second: Duane Vermeulen (Western Province)
7 – Franco van der Merwe (Lions):
He is one of those workhorses that seldom get recognition, but always deliver.
Close second: Francois Uys (Free State Cheetahs)
6 – Wesley Wilkins (Griquas):
Another former Varsity Cup star that has made a successful transition to the Currie Cup stage.
Close second: Pieter Louw (Western Province)
5 – Anton van Zyl (Western Province):
A real warrior who always puts his body on the line for the cause.
Close second: Cecil Kemp (Griquas)
4 – Flip van der Merwe (Blue Bulls):
He is carried his good Super 14 form into the June Tests and now into the Currie Cup. The Boks can do with a hard man that knows where to draw the line.
Close second: Adriaan Fondse (Western Province)
3 – Brok Harris (Western Province):
The cornerstone of a solid Province tight five.
Close second: Werner Kruger (Blue Bulls):
2 – Gary Botha (Blue Bulls):
Another player that can feel aggrieved that he is not on international duty.
Close second: Craig Burden (Sharks)
1 – Wikus Blaauw (Western Province):
Also carried his good Super 14 form into the Currie Cup.
Close second: Coenie Oosthuizen (Free State Cheetahs