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Two very different semi finals were dished up last weekend, with the Sharks’ domination of a full strength Bulls team in wet Durban weather. After 9 minutes their opposition was allowed only 30% possession and 1% territory, setting the tone for most of the rest of the game. WP on the other hand looked like they would be on the losing side for most of their semi final, before waking up in the second half and with 20 minutes to go bombarded the Lions with a surge of attacks that could not be stopped by the home side. WP snatched their second final spot of the weekend (as the u/21’s did the same thing against the Sharkies earlier that day).
Our numbers reflect the performances as the only team that delivered a full performance was the Sharks, they have 9 players in our team this week, with the Lions and WP sharing the rest with 3 each.
15. Louis Ludik
After a long injury, Ludik is back to his best. One has to remember, even before this injury as a youngster playing for the Lions, he was seen as a Bok contender. Now an older and wiser, probably improved Ludik, must have a shot in a position that lacks depth in South Africa.
14. JP Pietersen
In this game he never got the chance to make one of his classic breaks, but his defence was great and his work on the ball although not as spectacular as usual was just as important.
13. Juan de Jongh
Struggled with his whole team for the first 60min, but after that was the spark his team needed to push for the 2 tries they needed to take the game.
12. Tim Whitehead
Whitehead has slotted into the Sharks midfield perfectly this year and with his classic style at inside centre has been quite a revelation for the Shark’s backline.
11. Bryan Habana
Worked hard the whole game and looked like he will be carried off before giving up and in the last 20 minutes, with De Jongh helped his team over the line.
10. Pat Lambie
Some brilliant touches, still a few individual errors that show his rustiness, but overall his control of the game from this position is the most impressive part of how he plays at 10.
9. Cobus Reinach
He showed a lot of maturity, although at times the exuberance of youth got the better of him, it was an overall complete performance.
8. Warren Whiteley
A mobile Eighth man with great ball skills and massive potential that has started to blossom this season. Hopefully being contracted to the Lions in 2013 won’t stunt his growth.
7. Jean Deysel
Another strong game from Deysel. He must be feeling the pressure of the return of two Springbok flankers, but has stood up to the challenge and improved since their return.
6. Marcell Coetzee
Never lets his team down in gaining good front foot ball and made a few huge tackles putting the opposition on the back foot.
5. Anton Bresler
He has grown a lot this season. His work rate was huge in this semi final and his defence always stand outs, not just in numbers, but in the effort in each of those tackles.
4. Eben Etzebeth
Another one of WP’s players that was important in the turn around.
3. Jannie du Plessis
With Jannie there the Sharks’ scrum always looks stronger and he got around the field and put in a few hits before going just before the end of the half.
2. Callie Visagie
He’s had a great season and made a name for himself as a great potential talent, which hopefully he too, as a Lions player, will be able to showcase next season.
1. JC Janse van Rensburg
He put in another big performance, but just couldn’t get his team to the final.
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