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Windhoek Lager Team of the Currie Cup


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 2 Nov 2010 at 12:55
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Tie to give away some awesome Windhoek Lager to the person who came closest to selecting the same Currie Cup Team of the Tournament as our panel of experts did.

So here’s how it worked… we got together a team of five of our most knowledgeable posters, KSA Shark, Letgo, Morne, wpw and Eben from BlouBulBlog.co.za and asked them to select the best team of the tournament. It was a long and tortuous process, conducted over numerous rounds of email and long Skype chats. The idea was to have a balanced panel that wouldn’t reflect any undue Sharks bias (and, in hindsight, that may have worked just a bit too well!) Each panel member put forward their own team and then they debated and discussed until a majority could be reached on who was the best player in each position. They also selected a bubbling under 15, of those guys who were unlucky not to make it in.

There were a few positions where genuine consensus could not be reached – and in these cases, Richard and I stepped in and made a call – i.e. we picked the Sharks player!

We need to remember that this team was selected and finalised BEFORE the Currie Cup Final took place. Had it been done afterwards, I’m sure at least one position would have gone to a different player… but it is what it is, I guess. So let’s start with each of the individual selections, before revealing our combined Team of the Currie Cup.

Morne: Jaco Taute, Odwa Ndungane, Juan de Jongh, Doppies la Grange, Bjorn Basson, Elton Jantjies, Francois Hougaard, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Keegan Daniel, Franco van der Merwe ,Steven Sykes ,Brock Harris ,Craig Burden, Coenie Oosthuizen
WPW: Hennie Daniller,Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh ,Pat Lambie ,Bjorn Basson ,Elton Jantjies ,Charl McLeod , Duane Vermeulen ,Willem Alberts ,Keegan Daniel ,Anton van Zyl ,Flip van der Merwe ,Brock Harris ,Craig Burden, Coenie Oosthuizen,
Eben: Hennie Daniller,Gio Aplon,Juan de Jongh,Stefan Watermeyer,Bjorn Basson,Elton Jantjies,Francois Hougaard,Ashley Johnson,Willem Alberts,Keegan Daniel,Franco van der Merwe,Flip van der Merwe,Werner Kruger,Adriaan Strauss,Coenie Oosthuizen
KSA Shark: Jaco Taute,Gerhard van der Heever,Stefan Terblanche,Jean de Villiers,Bjorn Basson,Pat Lambie,Francois Hougaard,Ryan Kankowski,Willem Alberts,Keegan Daniel,Franco van der Merwe,Flip van der Merwe,Jannie du Plessis,Adriaan Strauss,Coenie Oosthuizen
Letgo: Jaco Taute,Gio Aplon,Juan de Jongh,Meyer Bosman,Bjorn Basson,Pat Lambie,Charl McLeod,Ashley Johnson,Willem Alberts,Keegan Daniel,Franco van der Merwe,Steven Sykes,Brock Harris,Craig Burden,Coenie Oosthuizen

And finally here is the team:

15: Jaco Taute – won it by the narrowest of margins over Hennie Daniller
14: Gio Aplon – a clear favourite, with Odwa Ndungane the closest runner up
13: Jean de Jongh - again a very strongly-supported candidate, with Stefan Terblanche offering token opposition.
12: Doppies la Grange – a wide open race, which the Lions man takes ahead of bubbling under Bull Stefan Watermeyer
11: Bjorn Basson – A unanimous pick in all the teams. Lwazi Mvovo was clearly the next best, though.
10: Elton Jantjies – The panel felt he was just that little bit better at flyhalf than Pat Lambie. I disagreed, but had no casting vote here!
9: Charl Mcleod – It was deadlocked between him and the Bulls’ Francois Hougaard. Richard and I were asked to pick and we felt the Sharks man had had a greater impact.
8: Ashley Johnson – another close call, just pipping Duane Vermeulen
7: Willem Alberts – completely unanimous, we’ve given Juan Smith the runners-up slot
6: Keegan Daniel – Another unanimous choice. We felt the Lions’ Derrick Minnie was the next best.
5: Franco van der Merwe – Anton van Zyl was next best.
4: Flip van der Merwe – the panel could rech consensus here and had Flip neck-and-neck with Steven Sykes. Rich and I both backed the Bulls man cos it is always cool to have a lock combo with the same surname.
3: Brock Harris – I need to reiterate that the panel made this selection BEFORE the Final was played! Jannie du Plessis bubbling under.
2: Craig Burden – the discussions went long into the night on this one. Burden won it from Adriaan Strauss simply because his impact on his team’s fortunes was considered greater.
1. Coenie Oosthuizen – the likeable Free Stater was a simple pick. Beast Mtawarira was next best.

After finalising the team, we than analysed all the entries we’d received and checked who was closest. Nobody was completely spot on, but I’m proud to announce that Molly is our winner, as she picked the same player as our panel in 11 of the 15 positions going. In the other 4, she picked the bubbling under player and that was by far the closest anyone got (even family members of panel members weren’t quite as close!)

Congrats, Mols and thanks to Windhoek for sponsoring this great competition. Molly, we’ll give you a cup, but more importantly, will be in touch to deliver you two crates of Namibia’s finest beer. You must be warned, though, that since you’re a Capetonian, Morne will get hold of your address and insist on sharing it with you!



47 Comments

  • Congrats Molly!! You are a legend! Well done!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.11.10 13:01:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Flippin hey guys, that is sooper sweet. This nearly makes up for the weekend/week…

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.11.10 13:02:16 by molly Reply
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  • Well done Molls!

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.11.10 13:02:47 by Morné Reply
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  • Wow!! Congrats Molly!! :mrgreen:

    At least WP win some sort of Cup! :???: :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.11.10 13:04:38 by wpw Reply
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  • Molly how about posting your team for us?

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.11.10 13:05:36 by Morné Reply
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  • Congrats Molly :grin:

    Some interesting choices there…Ashley over Duanne? Jantjies over Lambie?

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.11.10 13:05:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Hang on, why are all the ladies walking off with the prizes??

    :shock: ;-)

    Maybe they do have more brains than us after all. :???: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.11.10 13:06:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : I thought you didn’t like players being played out of position. Lambie at 12??

    Well I suppose he’s going to be a Bok at 12 this weekend.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.11.10 13:07:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Thanks Sharkworld and Windhoek, you guys bloomin rock!

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.11.10 13:08:13 by molly Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) :

    The guy has the gift of foresight… Special one he is…

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.11.10 13:08:58 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 10) : He definately is ‘special’ :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.11.10 13:11:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • WTF!!!!!!! mAPOE sIGNS WITH lIONS….IS THERE NO LOYALTY WITH THIS PUNK!!!!! WHY IS HE NOT IN Durban Rob??? any inside Info?

    Mapoe needs to shake and bake with the sharks…being paying the boy a salary for what?

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.11.10 13:15:10 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • It appears that Mapoe has signed with the Lions :?:

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.11.10 13:15:32 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Mapoe-signs-for-Lions-20101102

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.11.10 13:16:11 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • is this how we kept JJP?

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.11.10 13:17:08 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) :

    I just thought that both him and Elton deserved to be in the team. :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.11.10 13:18:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 12) :

    Verster is refusing to release him to the Sharks, who offered the same as the Lions, but happy to release him to the Lions…

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.11.10 13:18:55 by Morné Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) :

    DJY!! :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.11.10 13:19:27 by wpw Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 12) : oops you beat me to it :oops:

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.11.10 13:19:28 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Congrats Molly. Well done.

    I’m impressed, I thought the best we would get was 8 or 9 out of the 15.

    Well done again, and THANKS WINDHOEK for sponsoring the competition.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.11.10 13:19:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • in this day and age with the pro era a Verster can still make or break your carreer…maybe mich will post him back to his mate Plum…a bit of inside trading;)

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.11.10 13:23:51 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 13) : So much for Sharks management negotiation skills . . .

    Well Done Lions!

    On a different note . .. How loyal is this Mapoe? Rocks up at the sharks while he`s still under contract with FS, courts had to order him back to Bloem, he flies right past Bloem and signs for Lions . . . :?:

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.11.10 13:27:03 by Original Champion Reply
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  • guys – there’s a thread up about Mapoe. Let’s rather discuss it there and not steal Molly and Windhoeks’ thunder here!

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.11.10 13:28:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Just regarding the Team, Ashley Johnson . .. really? Above Duane? Puzzling.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.11.10 13:29:19 by Original Champion Reply
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  • ROB please move my comments across? I can’t do it by phone

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.11.10 13:36:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : :shock:

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.11.10 13:48:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 24) :

    If you have a deep look at what each of the players contributed to their respective teams, you will see how awese Johnson was during the year!

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.11.10 13:50:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 27) : And the same can be said with Jantjies.

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.11.10 13:52:29 by molly Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 26) : I moved the comment to the correct thread.

    Now your comment looks out of place. sorry. :oops:

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.11.10 13:53:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 28) :

    Jantjes made it in as a result of being a better flyhalf, not a better overall player.. So yeah, you can ask the panel how long it took to reach consensus on some of these positions..

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.11.10 13:54:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 24) :

    I had the same thoughts during the discussion, but once I saw the figures I was easily convinced.

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.11.10 13:56:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 30) : he contributed HUGELY to the Lions campaign, almost single handedly turned their campaign around.

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.11.10 14:00:05 by molly Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 30) : for the record, I was going to veto the Jantjies selection, but wasn’t given the opportunity because the panel reached a majority verdict behind my back. Bastards! :)

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.11.10 14:01:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 28) : As you can see my 1st choice was Lambie. I chose Lambie because he has more experience, having played a full S14 already. That was not entirely fair on my behalf because we were picking a CC team. If we look at CC alone then Jantjies walks it.

    If we had selected our team after the final then I would have stayed with Lambie. His kicking didn’t let him down in the final. Had he kicked like that all season I would have stuck with him ahead of Lambie.

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.11.10 14:01:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : Behind your back?

    You make it sound like you had any say in the matter. :razz:

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.11.10 14:03:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) : yes, he definitely showed his pedigree in the final. I wasn’t the biggest fan of his (or rather, I didn’t get all the hype), but I mean, how can’t you be now?

    But Jantjies was running the show at Lions, and kicking like a champ as well.

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.11.10 14:05:23 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 36) : All the little wrong footed kicks and fancy stuff showed what a good mentor (Spencer) can do.

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.11.10 14:10:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : well now…

    I feel a diva moment coming on! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.11.10 14:12:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 9) : Well done and enjoy Victory has a sweet taste

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.11.10 15:51:14 by Fattmann Reply
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  • Wel gedan Molly.

    I guess you will be bringing the beer to the next braai then?

    Wpw will probably bake something nice.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.11.10 08:35:13 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 40) : A pie perhaps? So were the WP supporters weeping after the game?

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.11.10 08:41:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 40) : @Pokkel (Comment 41) :

    At least I didnt burn the meat!! :roll: :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.11.10 08:48:33 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 42) : You can’t blame BF for burning the meat in between all the excitement!

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.11.10 08:55:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) :
    Nah, they were good sports actually. Wpw even changed a nappy without a fuss! :shock:

    The meat wasn’t burnt; was actually very good – thanks to my marinades and smart choice, and Wpw’s braaing skills.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.11.10 09:08:25 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 44) : Cool :cool:

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.11.10 09:22:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • For the record, here is Molly’s team…

    Oosthuizen Coenie
    Burden Craig
    Harris Brok
    Sykes Steven
    van Zyl Anton
    Daniel Keegan
    Alberts Willem
    Vermeulen Duane
    McLeod Charl
    Jantjies Elton
    Basson Bjorn
    Grange la Doppies
    de Jongh Juan
    Aplon Gio
    Daniller Hennie

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.11.10 11:32:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • How far was I out, I dont have a copy of the team I entered :oops:

    Well done Molly :smile:

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.11.10 13:24:58 by Jarson Reply
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