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Windhoek Lager Team of the Week 2

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 8 Mar 2011 at 15:48
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Welcome to the second Windhoek Lager Team of the Week for the Super Rugby season. We have decided to make it an all South African team and base it only on the weekend match. So if your favourite player did not play on the weekend, he will not be in the team.

Thanks must go to Windhoek Lager for sponsoring this weekly Team. We will have a Team of the Year competition at the end of the season, so make sure to take note of certain players who consistently make the team.

Quite a few of the players managed to remain in their spots from last week:

1. Beast Mtawarira – Yet another superb performance from the big man in the front row, putting the Force scrum under pressure and proving a menace at ruck time.

2. Bismarck du Plessis – Almost certainly his best game of the season so far, was strong up front, had a few good carries and his lineouts were pretty spot on.

3. Jannie du Plessis – The full Sharks front row, you may think that is biased, but you cannot argue with the form they showed compared to the other SA teams.

4. Steven Sykes – Quietly going about his business in the rucks and mauls, and was superb in getting his hands on the ball to score that try.

5. Alistair Hargreaves – He had a really good game in both the line outs and linking up on the run. Consistent in all facets of the game. He is really coming into his own.

6. Derick Minnie – The Lions back three were really good on Friday night, and each of these players deserve their spots. Great work from the big man.

7. Josh Strauss – The big beard was everywhere on Friday night, with great play in the loose. Well deserved!

8. Warren Whiteley – This man had a few storming runs and was in great form. He will only get better as time goes on.

9. Fourie du Preez – Slowly starting to get back to his best. He is showing signs of what we saw a few years ago in dominating a game, just a shame the rest of the Bulls players didn’t get the memo.

10. Pat Lambie – Every week we ask whether he can get better, and he just blows us away all over again. He showed this week what a mean tackler he is, and really outshone O’Connor.

11. JP Pietersen – Started slowly, but showed he has the gas and the evasive running in him after all his injuries. Just a shame he is imjured.

12. Doppies la Grange – This centre combination may not feared over the world, but they make a heck of a combination. Doppies’ distribution and defence is great, just what the Lions need.

13. Waylon Murray – Has found some of that magic he had when playing outside Brad Barritt. This combination with Doppies will win the Lions a few games this season. They did not step back against the much hyped Stormers centre pairing.

14. Lionel Mapoe – Mapoe showed for the first time this year what the Sharks must have seen in him at the Cheetahs 2 years ago. Good active play, getting involved as much as he can.

15. Louis Ludik – He has made the Sharks fullback jersey his own, with great hands under the high ball and countering at full pace, he is the form South African fullback.


  • Fourie??? Team of the week? Come one, you must be joking! Fourie is nowhere near what he was…and somehow I wonder if he will ever be again…he has been lukewarm at best!

    Although he only played 18 0r 19 minutes I think Odders had an awsome game – no wonder he was taken out.

    Murray seems to have found his sweet spot again, like we use to know it..

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.03.11 16:06:50 by Ice Reply
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  • Looks good but Jano Vermaak had a better game than Fourie and I think Keegan deserves the number 8 spot.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.03.11 16:11:13 by Danman110 Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 1) : I tend to agree. Fourie spend more time moaning at the ref than anything else.

    Mapoe is actually smaller than I thought he was. I reckon Mvovo would have taken that spot had his 2 tries been awarded.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.03.11 16:13:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • No Stormers in the team?? 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.03.11 16:14:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : Tjarks and ex Tjarks and Lions… 😆

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.03.11 16:15:57 by Ice Reply
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  • Lionel Mapoe? How many tackles did he miss?

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.03.11 16:17:50 by Ben Reply
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  • Some changes I would make.

    8 Daniel
    9 Vermaak
    11 Mvovo
    14 JPP

    But there you go I don’t select the teams.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.03.11 16:22:26 by Ben Reply
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  • Letter in the Beeld:
    Net ’n paar aantekeninge uit my notaboek ná Saterdag se skandes op Loftus:
    Deon Stegmann: My ouma kon ’n plaasbrood vinniger uit die oond uit haal.

    Gerhard van der Heever: Jy het muisneste. Minder kuier in Hatfield!

    Oor Pierre Spies: Kies hom op vleuel as hy soos een moet speel en kies ’n agtsteman wat sy werk doen.

    Wynand Olivier: Totdat jy weer ’n bal kan vang, is borselkop jou voorland!

    Danie Rossouw: In die Super-reeks is daar nie meer ’n speler wat bang is om jou van vooraf te tackle nie. Werk eerder aan jou spoed.

    Victor: Jy het Saterdagoggend kwaad opgestaan en heeltyd die fout by die ref gesoek.

    Fourie du Preez: Wat trek jou aandag so af dat jy vyf minute vat om die oond skoon te maak? Wynand se hare?

    Miskien moet ons maar my ouma fiks kry?


  • Comment 8, posted at 08.03.11 16:23:50 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 8) : Hahahahahahaha :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.03.11 16:26:15 by Ben Reply
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  • Daniel definitely deserves the no. 8 spot

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.03.11 16:35:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 8) : Well put…

    You would think that two players of Matfield and DuPreez’s experience would know that whinging at the Ref ALL night is not going to win you the game!? 🙄

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.03.11 16:38:17 by CS Reply

  • @CS (Comment 11) : They were like 2 small boys who’s moms didn’t want to buy them a toy

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.03.11 16:40:36 by Ben Reply
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  • I think Warren Whitely actually deserves the number 8. He played incredibly well against the Blues, but only a shade better to keep Keegan out on his birthday.

    Didn’t see anything from Mapoe on Friday to justify his inclusion though.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.03.11 16:41:04 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Ice (Comment 8) : Hehehe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.03.11 16:41:56 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • I paid special attention to Mapoe, just to see what we are missing out on. I will look again this weekend and maybe will see it then.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.03.11 16:47:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 15) : Yeah I have to say I missed that part as well. IMO he had much better games the previous 2 weeks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.03.11 16:53:05 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 6) :

    I have to agree ..I actually thought he was very poor …missed 2 crucial tackles that led to tries ..

    Personally Id like to see Chavanga given a run.

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.03.11 16:58:43 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

  • Wow all 3 Lions loose forwards ..good work.

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.03.11 17:02:22 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 5) :

    Lions and ex Lions and Tjarks

    There fixed it for you 😛

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.03.11 17:05:52 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

  • We should have the BUD LIGHT WORST TEAM of the WEEK for the worst player in each position.

    Everyone lives to criticise. I think it would be fun.

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.03.11 17:41:09 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 20) :
    1) Pierre Spies
    2) Pierre Spies
    3) Pierre Spies
    4) Pierre Spies
    5) Pierre Spies
    6) Pierre Spies
    7) Pierre Spies
    8) Pierre Spies
    9) Wynand Olivier
    10) Wynand Olivier
    11) Wynand Olivier
    12) Wynand Olivier
    13) Wynand Olivier
    14) Wynand Olivier
    15) Wynand Olivier

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.03.11 18:23:09 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 21) :

    I’m glad you mention Spies.

    His poor performance to me is just further indicsation that he WAS on Roids when he wa pulled from the RWC squad.

    How does a player who ran over players suddenly become to soft to do that?
    How does a player who could run away from smaller faster wingers suddenly lose all that speed?

    Easy. Take him off Roids.

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.03.11 18:35:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : He was a mean machine before that WC and was never the same after that.

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.03.11 18:37:44 by Ben Reply
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  • Kuk team guys. Over and out.

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.03.11 19:56:25 by Speed7 Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 24) :

    Thank you for your great input.

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.03.11 20:01:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Mapoe`s defense sucked.

    Relieved we couldn`t get him.

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.03.11 20:40:44 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 25) : I wonder how much thought he put into that measured and detailed response… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.03.11 21:49:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 26) : Difference is the sharks has got proper coaches and we would have been able to improve his defense. 😉

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.03.11 23:55:29 by Ben Reply
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  • FDP was pathetic,really good at moaning though.

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.03.11 00:18:32 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 29) : The Best facets of his play were his arm waving and appealing to the ref for everything.

    I think he is going to become a cricketer when he retires.

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.03.11 04:12:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I thought the Lions played the Blues

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.03.11 08:16:17 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Good team….maybe we could do a “bubbling under” to give credit to guys like Keegs. Dont agree with Mapoe though, defintiely think mvovo should be there – even with the two spectator tries.

    Something has def. got up Victor and Fourie’s goat these days….absotluely not concentrating on their game…how come they became whingers. Its embarrassing…I dont even support the Bulls.

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.03.11 09:35:15 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • tough week to pick a representative team of the week, because only the Sharks played well.

    Rich did well to avoid the temptation to pick 15 Sharks guys, which would also have been the wrong approach. Give the guy some slack for doing a credible job in difficult circumstances.

    When somebody has put a lot of their personal time and effort into creating something, dismissing it as “kak” without even taking the time to explain what you disagree about and why is actually pathetic.

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.03.11 09:49:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 32) :
    Not only was Matfield whinging but at one stage even put his palm on the refs chest, in a stopping action, as if to say “hey ref Im still k*king you out, dont walk away.”

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.03.11 09:50:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : Robbo – you know as well as me – “it comes with the ‘IMO’ territory” we appreciate what Rich does, but surely could say if we do not agree? I am sure Rich can take a soft blow ar two – he sure can hand them out sometimes! 😉

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.03.11 09:59:08 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 35) : Having said that – I am also sure everyone knows “take it from whence it comes”.. 😉

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.03.11 10:00:47 by Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : I think he is going to get a job waving the ping pong bats at the airport!

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.03.11 10:01:06 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 37) : Nice hairdo! Well done! 😀

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.03.11 10:02:10 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : I’d have picked Odwa, he did in those few minutes more than others did in 80.

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.03.11 10:04:28 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Ice (Comment 38) : Thanks, damn cold though!

  • Comment 40, posted at 09.03.11 10:04:28 by Greg Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :

    I for one am pleased with the team ..Rich did well to include some Lions players that did play well ..even though he was supporting the Blues 😉

    Thanks Rich!

  • Comment 41, posted at 09.03.11 10:05:38 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 39) : same here – as discussed in comment one.. 😉

  • Comment 42, posted at 09.03.11 10:06:35 by Ice Reply
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  • Kak team. 😉 😈

  • Comment 43, posted at 09.03.11 10:06:48 by McLovin Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 42) : Once again i’ve been let down by my comment skimming.

  • Comment 44, posted at 09.03.11 10:12:36 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 44) : nah – I think its a sexist thing..your brain tells you to skip the comments from the females… 😈

  • Comment 45, posted at 09.03.11 10:13:54 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 35) : ja, but add an IMO then and explain what you mean.

    Just saying “this is kak” is incredibly insulting.

  • Comment 46, posted at 09.03.11 10:18:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : And that’s why I added comment 36…

  • Comment 47, posted at 09.03.11 10:19:40 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 1) :

    Fourie du Preez??

    You have got to be kidding me. He has played 3 Super rugby games where he hasnt reached his usual high standard and all of a sudden he is past it??

    Come on Ice, I know you better than that!! 😉

  • Comment 48, posted at 09.03.11 10:48:24 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 48) : Jy lees HALF! I was wondering if he will get back to where he was – I did not say he IS!

    Dont let this become the Habana saga – where I said he is passed his prime, you defended him last year with a vengeance – and all of a sudden about a week ago, if memory serves me right – you were “praising” his kak-ness.. 🙄

  • Comment 49, posted at 09.03.11 10:59:31 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 49) :

    There’s a difference between having THREE average games (Fourie) as opposed to a season of mediocrity (Habana)

    I was upset last week but I will support Habs cos that’s what supporters do!! 😈

  • Comment 50, posted at 09.03.11 11:01:38 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 50) : I am not a Habana or Fourie supporter – so I will do what a Sharks Supporter do! LOL

    BTW – so NOW you basically without saying it in so many words, are saying ” Sorry Ys, you were right about Habs…” 😈

  • Comment 51, posted at 09.03.11 11:05:19 by Ice Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 50) : You should rather support the fact that Habana should be dropped because it will do him a lot better in the long term. 😉

  • Comment 52, posted at 09.03.11 11:06:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I for one think it’s a great side, especially like the loose trio, and the midfield pairing 😆

  • Comment 53, posted at 09.03.11 11:19:29 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 53) : Not so keen on the tight five, or the halfback pair though :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 09.03.11 11:26:32 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 54) : Question mark over the left wing, and fullback as well, other wise, great side 😆 😆

  • Comment 55, posted at 09.03.11 11:28:44 by Greg Reply

  • Here’s supersport’s effort.

    15. Jaco Taute (Lions), Odwa Ndungane (Sharks), Stefan Terblanche (Sharks), 12. Doppies la Grange (Lions), 11. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), 10. Peter Grant (Stormers), 9. Jano Vermaak (Lions), 8. Warren Whiteley (Lions), 7. Willem Alberts (Sharks), 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp (Cheetahs), 4. Steven Sykes (Sharks), 3. Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), 2. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), 1. Beast Mtwarira (Sharks).

  • Comment 56, posted at 09.03.11 11:30:38 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 56) :
    Peter Grant?
    Wilhelm Steenkamp?
    Just to add value that everyone sees the game differently

  • Comment 57, posted at 09.03.11 11:51:09 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :

    Haha.. thanx Rob..

    But as we discussed when deciding on doing this, Im not scared to take a few..

    It comes with the territory.

    But thanx anyway!

  • Comment 58, posted at 09.03.11 16:59:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 35) :

    I know what you mean Ice..

    I dont mind criticism.. next time I’ll think about it before just posting the team.

    Maybe I should end my article with a big bold IMO..

  • Comment 59, posted at 09.03.11 17:00:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 56) :

    See now I do not agree with that, because Keegan was at 8 for the game..

    And to have Grant ahead of Lambie is just some sort of sick joke really..

  • Comment 60, posted at 09.03.11 17:06:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 58) : blame it on my overprotective nature? :mrgreen:

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