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Currie Cup team of the week: Week 8


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 2 Oct 2013 at 09:29
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The Sharks and Western Province continued their run for home semi final spots with good victories against the Lions and the Cheetahs respectively. As usual in this competition these two games produced two tight finishes with the two top teams showing just a little more resolve and character to set themselves up nicely for a battle for the top spot, a battle that could likely end in a winner-takes-all scenario when the two teams meet in two weeks time at Kings park.

The Lions are still in this battle though and a win against Western Province this weekend could see them sneaking into second or even first spot. The Cheetahs, on the other hand, suddenly find themselves hanging on to a play-off spot, with the ever fighting Blue Bulls team seemingly finding a bit of form with an impressive away win against the Griquas, which will certainly give them a confidence boost and some belief that they can still save their campaign.

Lets have a look at the players who stood out in this round:

15. SP Marais
He has aspirations of wearing the green and gold and certainly if he could carry his Currie Cup form into Super Rugby next year, he might just get his wish.

14. Gerhard van den Heever
It seems that whatever van den Heever lost when he made the move to Cape Town is slowly returning this season.

13. William Small-Smith
What a debut and he couldn’t have asked for a better game to make his first start. The Bulls played with some spirit and when the game opened up, Small-Smith could really shine.

12. Robert Ebersohn
I don’t know who will cover his position for the Cheetahs when he leaves, but he will certainly be missed. Absolute quality!

11. Cheslin Kolbe
Another player that I am very excited to see in Super Rugby. Kolbe is a cut above the rest in Currie Cup, but will he be able to duplicate this in a tougher competition?

10. Fred Zeilinga
So how many people knew his name before this season or could even pronounce it (some still can’t)? Another talent unearthed by an excellent competition and for the Sharks in a position where they dearly needed it. Super Rugby will be the real test though.

9. Charl McLeod
If ever the coaches’ line of “competition is healthy” rung true, it must be in the case of McLeod. After a slump of form of late and his spot being taken by young Cobus Reinach, Mcleod has come out with some of his best rugby in quite a while and his put the pressure back on Reinach to keep his spot.

8. Boom Prinsloo
His team couldn’t do enough for a win, but Prinsloo’s superb carries and breakaway runs kept them in the game until the end.

7. Tera Mtembu
It’s amazing how much he’s matured in a couple of months of senior rugby. He’s smart with ball in hand and for any bulk he might be missing he makes up with excellent skills with ball in hand.

6. Deon Fourie
Province is a different team with him scavenging around the rucks. The type of game he played against the Cheetahs last week has already won his team one Currie Cup trophy.

5. Franco van der Merwe
The Lions will miss him this week, that’s for sure.

4. Paul Willemse
He still has a few too many “headless chicken” moments, which must be concerning for his team, but everything else he does will be concerning to his opposition.

3. Ruan Dreyer
As the Sharks coaches have stated this week, the scrums are a bit inconsistent lately, with teams being up the one week and down the next, but certainly Dreyer and his pack seemed to have the upper hand over the Sharks this time around.

2. Kyle Cooper
The scrums was a bit of a shocker and the line-outs didn’t function well at all, especially in the second half, but the work Cooper puts in for the Sharks with ball in hand is invaluable.

1. Steven Kitshoff
It seems that Kitshoff forms part of the most consistent scrum in this competition – Western Province of all teams. His involvement in the loose and work with ball in hand was also prominent for Province against The Cheetahs



1 Comment

  • I really don’t like Fourie but he’s a handfull at 6. If I was coaching him I would have him move to 6 full time and forget about playing 2 again.

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