Sharksworld’s SA-Conference Team of the week

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 7 Mar 2012 at 12:29
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After missing the first week, team of the week is back, and this week it’s the Bulls who dominates the numbers after their convincing victory against a disappointing Cheetahs side. Our selectors are mainly Sharks and some Stormers, but clearly we can all be relatively objective with 8 Bulls making the cut this week. The Stormers, the other South African team who was victorious this weekend has half as many with four and the Sharks and Lions make up the numbers with 2 and 1 respectively.

15.  Zane Kirchner (Bulls):

With a dominating performance from his team Kirchner had a lot of space to work with, as always he was solid at the back, but also made a few good breaks from aimless Cheetah kicks and joined the line nicely to create space for his wings. Joe Pietersen and Riaan Viljoen also had a mention, but with their game being a much closer battle, they did not have as much chances to shine.

14. Akona Ndugane/ Lwazi Mvovo (Bulls/Sharks):

Akona is looking good in his comeback, getting involved as much as he can. His inside pass to Kirchner just before the end of the half shows the kind of class that you don’t lose with age. Lwazi tried to sneak in on the wings, as most of us felt that he was the second best wing with his strong runs down the sideline in a good Sharks attack, but it was also agreed that he was not the best left wing of the week.

13. Wynand Olivier (Bulls):

It’s the first game back for the fair haired centre and with his younger centre partner showing some good form to retain his place at inside centre, Olivier had to go out in the somewhat unfamiliar position of outside centre, but again, when your team dominates like the Bulls did this weekend it makes it much easier to look good and Olivier took this chance with both hands.

12. Meyer Bosman (Sharks):

After being dropped to the bench for the first game of the season, Meyer looks like he wants to proof a point. Going up against the Springbok centre, who also got a few votes for our team this week, Meyer not only got the Sharks over the advantage line with his strong runs, but also put his players into space with accurate passing. Both our centres did good in the first two weeks and it will be interesting to see who Plumtree backs for the third game.

11. Bjorn Basson (Bulls):

Basson got all the votes for left wing from us, this guy has something special. The Bulls clearly has one game plan for attack that revolves around him, kick the ball and have Basson retrieve it, and it works. His pace and creativity thrived on the space given to him.

10. Morne Steyn (Bulls):

He fits into the game plan of the Bulls perfectly and no matter what you think of the guy his consistent form since his inclusion in the Bok team has created a player who plays with confidence and composure and this has become very valuable for the Bulls. Elton Jantjies just missed out, a completely different player to Steyn, attacking the line and breaking it at times, but Elton was on the losing side and I suppose this counted against him.

9. Dewaldt Duvenhage/Sarel Pretorius (Stormers/Waratahs):

Sarel got a few votes because he has been proving his worth for the Waratahs, it is possible that all of us did not watch that game, as this is a SA-Conference team, but he is a South African and well worth a mention. Francois Hougaard also had a great game for the Bulls, but with a red card against him for a lack of concentration and a tip tackle we had to go with the steady Dewalt Duvenage.

8. Warren Whiteley (Lions):

The only Lion that made it into the team this week as part of a very youthful Sharksworld team of the week loose trio. Pierre Spies was the player battling it out for this spot. Whiteley is an exciting player who reminds me of Kanko (back in the day I suppose), his fast and quick to spot a gap, but also very strong.

7. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks):

Another one of the stand out players, getting all our votes for this position. Marcell has a very high work rate, and got the Sharks over the advantage line almost every time he touched the ball. Where he might lack something in size he makes up for it in agility and a mind to spot a gap. Too bad he knocked that last ball and I would like to see him pass every now and then, but he was still the best in his position by far.

6. Siya Kolisi (Stormers):

To round out our loosies, another young up and coming player. Kolisi is only starting because the Stormers captain is out with an injury, but he’s more than standing his ground while the captain is out. Another strong and exciting runner, Kolisi also runs good supportive lines and has a nice offload to go with it.

5. Juandre Kruger (Bulls):

You lose a world-class lock and replace him with a young player who is showing the potential to become a player in the same mould. Kruger has taken control at line-out time and is an annoyance on opposition line outs, he has definitely taken a leader role in the front row.

4. Eben Etzebeth (Stormers):

It’s hard to believe he’s only 20 and it’s great to see that South Africa is producing so much young talent. Already a great enforcer and will only grow with time.

3. Werner Kruger (Bulls):

A very high work rate and a dominant scrum. The Cheetahs pack did not know how to counter the force of their opposition. They were on the back foot all day and a lot of the damage was done by strong drives from Kruger, he was even given a freeby of a try.

2. Chilliboy Ralepelle (Bulls):

Part of that dominating Bulls pack, you just had to pick Chilli, no matter how much effort other players put in individually. A clinical showing by the player in a clinical performance.

1. Steven Kitshoff (Stormers):

Another 20 year old Stormers playing at a maturity level that his age usually does not allow for this position. A strong player and enforcer with ball in hand, but more impressively for the first time in a while a more than solid force in the Stormers scrums.

That’s how we saw it this week, what do you think?


  • Sounds fair.

    I didn’t see the bulls/Cheetah’s game though.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.03.12 12:46:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Just one question? Surely Sarel Pretorius shouldn’t qualify for this team?

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.03.12 12:48:49 by Ben Reply
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  • 9. Dewal Duvenhage/Sarel Pretorius (Bulls/Waratahs):
    What is wrong with this picture? ;-)

    Only watched the important game so I cant really comment much

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.03.12 12:53:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) :

    Tend to agree with you on that..

    But then again, he is a Saffa..

    Ek weet nie, ek skryf maar net hier…

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.03.12 12:55:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • U guys seen Lions team? Whitehead vs Butch, Herbst/Jannie Vs Clliers(at loosehead) and Adriaanse Vs Chadwick…Sharks gonna dominate.

    Have to dominate the scrum, and Whitehead will be able to step James easily, we all know james is never in a good tackling position/body position to stop a good stepper.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.03.12 12:56:12 by JJR Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : The name says it all. “Sharksworld?s SA-Conference Team of the week”

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.03.12 13:02:20 by Ben Reply
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  • I personally thought Pat Cilliers was better than Werner Kruger..

    I hated myself for putting Wynand Olivier in my team, but he was far and away the best 13 last weekend.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.03.12 13:08:45 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : Would have thought it would have been more painful to put “one dimensional” Krusty’s name in there. :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.03.12 13:12:35 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Dewal? Duvenhage, Bulls?? :shock:

    We need proofreaders. :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.03.12 13:12:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : He`s a Saffa !

    I get that Krusty and Meisiekind had great games, but I couldn`t select them either.
    Majority rules though LOL

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.03.12 13:17:37 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    Ek bly maar stil..

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.03.12 13:18:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.03.12 13:19:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Pat Cilliers should be there! I am glad to see Warren Whiteley’s excellent work was picked up, great player and link man. I real exciting prospect and what sublime hands. He should not have been replaced.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.03.12 13:19:40 by Grasshopper Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) : So what if he is a Saffa? Why don’t we put in the Saffa players that are playing in Europe? :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.03.12 13:20:30 by Ben Reply
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  • 8 and 9,not to go back to Koster,but really now. Hougaard because he got a red card,which must said was rather harsh,tell you what,was great to see Wynand back

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.03.12 13:25:52 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 15) : Did he learn to pass or were my eyes deceiving me? :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.03.12 13:30:21 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 15) :

    Do you think Koster player better than Spies did on the day?

    I know it was two completely different games, one a close encounter whilst the other being a hiding, but I actually thought Spies was good. A lot better that he has looked in the past.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.03.12 13:31:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 15) : Also think the red card was a bit harsh. Yellow it should have been imo. Hougaard is a special player. WP must be kicking themselves so hard for losing him.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.03.12 13:31:51 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 16) : that story about a broken wrist was just a smokescreen, he actually had corrective surgery on his wrist to improve his passing game. :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.03.12 13:33:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 14) : I actually saw Sarel play ;-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.03.12 13:34:45 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : That makes sense. Now only if they could implant some male hormones and he should be a far better player. :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.03.12 13:36:38 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 15) :
    @Ben (Comment 18) :

    The STARTING point for lifting a player past the horizontal and not bringing him to ground safely is a redcard, unless there is some mitigating circumstance. There were no mitigating circumstances in this case IMO. :( Red was deserved.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.03.12 13:37:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 20) : Stefan Terblanche had a great game. Would put him at 13 ahead of Wynand! :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.03.12 13:37:49 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : I get that but the ref’s are allowed to use common sense. I don’t think it was Hougaard’s intention to spear him. Like was the case with Andries Strauss.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.03.12 13:40:06 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : :shock: Oops. Sorry.

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.03.12 14:17:07 by Letgo Reply
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  • Hahaha. The man can pass,think it was Bjorn Basson who he put away for a try,look Koster didn’t even get a mention,don’t get me wrong both Spies and Whitely looked good,albeit against a woeful Cheetahs in Spies’ case. I just feel Koster maybe deserved a mention. Is it me or should Andries Bekker start getting worried if Kruger continues in this rich vein of form

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.03.12 14:36:57 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 26) :
    Are you related to Koster? :roll:

    I must admit that I’m not too impressed with Basson. Still seems to 1-dimensional to me. Great on the kick-chase and even in space, but no good at creating his own opportunities, tackling or any other aspects of wing play.

    Maybe a possible fullback!

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.03.12 16:11:02 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Like him or absolutely loathe Morne Steyn; he is reliable, he is dependable and he is consistent. If he can work on more dynamic distribution and better defence he would always be my Bok flyhalf… Lambie much is expected of him, because even though he is fantastic at Fullback, he can’t be picked there if he aint playing there (for The Boks)… Interesting.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.03.12 16:23:17 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • Hmmmmm, is the tide turning as to which position Lambie should be playing?

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.03.12 16:46:26 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • You guys CLEARLY are not objective. I mean, selecting Whiteley over Koster, what are you guys smoking?? :twisted:

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.03.12 16:48:12 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Come on lads. Other than his boot. Morne Steyn has nothing to offer.

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.03.12 16:49:46 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 29) : absolutely not…
    LAMBI @ 10 and that’s that…

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.03.12 17:04:12 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 30) : Im still peed off that Koster got the MOM over Coetzee on Saturday. Its not Kosters fault that he got the nod but hell…..

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.03.12 17:06:27 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 33) : I’m with you on that. I thought Koster was competent, nothing more. Completely overshadowed by both Kolisi and Coetzee.

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.03.12 17:14:26 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 27) : Either that or Ludz is actually a CT journalist.

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.03.12 17:19:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 29) : Well apart from the stat I gave you yesterday, I saw they said something along the same lines ( lambie better at 15 ) on supersport. :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.03.12 17:45:49 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • proof != prove

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.03.12 18:42:17 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 27) : Absolutely agreed. Chasing down kicks won’t cut against every team out there.

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.03.12 18:43:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I’m neither gentlemen,just happen to think that when credit is due,then the player must get it and Koster at the very least deserved a mention amongst the standout 8thman,Koster has been attacked here before and I haven’t argued,but now he doesn’t deserve to be shot down like that

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.03.12 18:51:28 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 31) : agreed on Lambie @ 10, but like I said he must start putting in some special performances to crack a nod ahead of Steyn @ Flyhalf… Why? Because Meyer is coach. And Meyer is conservative. And Meyer likes combinations. Hougie / Steyn or worse FDP / Steyn… Lambie will need to show us something special – for his Bok aspirations. Wallabies play Boks at Loftus, Steyn beat Lambie at Loftus – this how coach thinks. And can we blame him, he needs to win…

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.03.12 18:52:24 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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