Welcome to the second Windhoek Lager Team of the Week for the Super Rugby season. We have decided to make it an all South African team and base it only on the weekend match. So if your favourite player did not play on the weekend, he will not be in the team.
Thanks must go to Windhoek Lager for sponsoring this weekly Team. We will have a Team of the Year competition at the end of the season, so make sure to take note of certain players who consistently make the team.
Quite a few of the players managed to remain in their spots from last week:
1. Beast Mtawarira – Yet another superb performance from the big man in the front row, putting the Force scrum under pressure and proving a menace at ruck time.
2. Bismarck du Plessis – Almost certainly his best game of the season so far, was strong up front, had a few good carries and his lineouts were pretty spot on.
3. Jannie du Plessis – The full Sharks front row, you may think that is biased, but you cannot argue with the form they showed compared to the other SA teams.
4. Steven Sykes – Quietly going about his business in the rucks and mauls, and was superb in getting his hands on the ball to score that try.
5. Alistair Hargreaves – He had a really good game in both the line outs and linking up on the run. Consistent in all facets of the game. He is really coming into his own.
6. Derick Minnie – The Lions back three were really good on Friday night, and each of these players deserve their spots. Great work from the big man.
7. Josh Strauss – The big beard was everywhere on Friday night, with great play in the loose. Well deserved!
8. Warren Whiteley – This man had a few storming runs and was in great form. He will only get better as time goes on.
9. Fourie du Preez – Slowly starting to get back to his best. He is showing signs of what we saw a few years ago in dominating a game, just a shame the rest of the Bulls players didn’t get the memo.
10. Pat Lambie – Every week we ask whether he can get better, and he just blows us away all over again. He showed this week what a mean tackler he is, and really outshone O’Connor.
11. JP Pietersen – Started slowly, but showed he has the gas and the evasive running in him after all his injuries. Just a shame he is imjured.
12. Doppies la Grange – This centre combination may not feared over the world, but they make a heck of a combination. Doppies’ distribution and defence is great, just what the Lions need.
13. Waylon Murray – Has found some of that magic he had when playing outside Brad Barritt. This combination with Doppies will win the Lions a few games this season. They did not step back against the much hyped Stormers centre pairing.
14. Lionel Mapoe – Mapoe showed for the first time this year what the Sharks must have seen in him at the Cheetahs 2 years ago. Good active play, getting involved as much as he can.
15. Louis Ludik – He has made the Sharks fullback jersey his own, with great hands under the high ball and countering at full pace, he is the form South African fullback.Tweet