Super Rugby Team of the Week: the Qualifiers

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Jul 2013 at 10:20
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The Super Rugby qualifiers have been completed, with the Crusaders coming out on top of the Reds and the Brumbies struggling to a close victory over the fighting Cheetahs. Since only one South African team was involved in the qualifiers and only one remains for the semis and possibly the final, there will be no more South African team of the week, but we will look at all the players who performed the best over the course of the qualifiers.

Here’s our team of the qualifiers:

15. Isreal Dagg

He always does something when he touches the ball and in this game even had an influence from first receiver to open up some space on his inside and create a try for the Crusaders.

14. Tom Marshall

The Reds could not stop him. Not on the wing and especially not when he joined the line and got involved closer to the contact area.

13. Ryan Crotty

Crotty was all over the show keeping the Crusaders backline on the go and scoring two tries in the process.

12. Christian Lealiifano

Calm and collected. When you play for Jake White you have to have a good head on your shoulders and this guy does.

11. Henry Speight

He’s electric and difficult to stop given any kind of space. The Brumbies didn’t score, but Speight always looked like he might.

10. Dan Carter

He’s just quality. Since his return he has quietly found his form and seems to be in the type of form that could just get the Crusaders first to the finish line.

9. Nic White

Nic White doesn’t always get the praise, as he is a more passing and kicking scrumhalf, but his calm head and smart service is probably exactly what a coach like Jake White wants. He was integral in this game for the winning team.

8. Philip van der Walt

He made plenty of meters for his team and again showed some of his more nifty ball skills.

7. Matt Todd

Another one of the Crusaders who stood out in their dominance of the Reds, Todd was one of the players who showed how important it is to stay in support and why the Crusaders are one of the best teams in keeping the ball alive.

6. George Whitelock

It must be nice playing behind forwards that give you front foot ball with almost every carry. Whitelock was in a running mood and the Reds had no answer.

5. Sam Whitelock

He has been outstanding all season, but in a dominant performance against the Reds he showed that he is more than just a line-out lock.

4. Lood de Jager

He tried hard, he made the meters, but his team just couldn’t get together to pull of their first play-off win.

3. Ben Alexander

For keeping the Cheetahs on the back foot in the scrums throughout the game, this was a big part of where the game was won and lost.

2. Stephen Moore

Adriaan Strauss may have been the obvious choice, but for me, on principle Moore has to get it. Strauss played too loose for a hooker and at times was nowhere to be seen at contact areas. Moore probably was more quiet, but he quietly taught his opposite number a few good lessons.

1. Scott Sio

Again, neither Cheetahs props who scrummed against him could get a hit on him. It cost the Cheetahs dearly and got his team out of big trouble.

1 Comment

  • Well for me it will be a Bulls vs Saders final.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.07.13 21:11:50 by JD Reply
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