It was really hard picking out a Bok barometer team of the week with last week’s results this time going against 3 out of the 4 South African sides. The Bulls and the Sharks were taught a lesson, first the Bulls by a Crusaders team who was out to prove that they are still to be feared and then the Sharks by a Brumby team who showed that they currently aren’t just the best of the Australian teams and climbed even further away from the pack on the log.
The Kiwi derby between the Highlanders and Hurricanes produced a nail biter; it’s so hard to predict which of these teams will come out with a win. Super Rugby is so tight that hardly any team can go into a game certain of a win, although maybe the Chiefs did against the Kings, but even their coaches looked uncomfortable in the dressing room, as the tight defence of the Kings held on. And in the Australian derby the Force gave another surprising performance after their well contested match against the Bulls at Loftus.
As the Cheetahs were the only winning South African team this weekend it was hard not to just pick them and move on to next week, but I spotted to positions in their team that were quiet in their win and those went to 2 Kings players.
15. Hennie Daniller
His work rate has been low this season, probably because he plays with a play-maker like Le Roux next to him, but he quietly did what his team needed for this win and didn’t make a mistake.
14 Willie le Roux
He’s everywhere on the field and central to many of his team’s attacks.
13 Ronnie Cooke
Sadie hardly ever touched the ball.
12 Robert Ebersohn
This guy probably should have been given a Test cap long ago. I haven’t seen him have a bad game. He’s so important to his team.
11 Raymond Rhule
His burst through the Waratahs defence, hardly touched, was brilliant. He’s quick and runs excellent lines, getting involved where he can.
10 Johan Goosen
It’s sad that we won’t be able to see more of him. What a time to get injured. His kicking is brilliant. He clears from within his in-goal, to 10 meters into the opposition half. That kills any chance of putting pressure on by kicking to the corners. He was also starting to do more in open play and pop up in the backline, where he created so much space for the Cheetahs with his runs.
9 Sarel Pretorius
When Sarel is up so are the Cheetahs. He’s looking pretty good right now, so that’s good news for them. Lets hope he can do it with some consistency.
8 Philip van der Walt
Another one of the players who could have been selected any of the weeks he played. He and the rest of this loose trio has been consistently good for their team.
7 Pieter Labuschagne
When I watched him play I wished the Sharks would learn from how he plays. He gets himself in good positions for runs instead of just standing deep and starting to run directly at the first tackler as soon as he gets the ball.
6 Heinrich Brussow
He came on early and was his usual self annoying the opposition at the breakdown.
5 Francois Uys
He made a few nice runs from line out ball and was available all over the field.
4 Steven Sykes
A solid defender and stood up nicely to captain his team, they will have to learn to play with the ball, more like they did in the second half.
3 Lourens Adriaanse
On loan from the Griquas I believe. He’s carried his form from the Currie Cup over into this competition.
2 Adriaan Strauss
Always leading from the front, always putting his body on the line. Bissie will have to make a few of his barging runs and bone cracking tackles again if he wants his spot in the Bok team back.
1 Trevor Nyakane.
Part of a solid front row and also doesn’t shy away from work around the park.
15.Jesse Mogg, 14. Willie le Roux, 13. Conrad Smith, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Matt Toomua, 9. Alby Matthewson, 8. Fotu Auelua, 7. George Smith, 6. Liam Messam, 5. Francois Uys, 4. Peter Kimlin, 3. Paddy Ryan, 2. Hika Elliot, 1. Ben FranksTweet