Sharksworld’s Team of the Week 4 – (Update, highlighted word)

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 21 Mar 2012 at 14:33
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Only three South African teams played over the weekend and all of them came away with a victory. The Stormers with their dominant display over the Blues reigns in the numbers department this week with 8 of their players making the team. The Sharks make up most of the other half of the team with 6 players making the cut. The Cheetahs contribute 3 of their players to make up the difference. There’s a three way split in one position this week which results in a squad of 17 players in total.

Surprisingly it’s the Sharks that dominate the backs and the Stormers the forwards. We have 4 Sharks featuring in our backline and 7 Stormers propping up the scrum. As an added bonus our selectors have given us a clear insight into what they thought were important factors in two of the victories this week.

15. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks)
He has been pushing for a spot for quite some time now. He’s really growing in his role at the Sharks and scored a great try with a beautiful step.

14. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs)
He’s almost 23, played for Boland and scored 16 tries in their 2011 season before moving to Griquas at the end of that year. He is definitely making a name for himself, an exciting player with a great step.

13. Tim Whitehead (Sharks)
He setup the try for Mvovo even though it didn’t count and although he didn’t have many other chances on attack he must be part of the Sharks’ backline turnaround. In this round it was his great defense in the midfield that was most impressive.

12. Jean De Villiers (Stormers)
I guess carrying the “best centre in the world” tag for a few years now doesn’t wear off that easy. Jean is still brilliant and it seems like the competition for his position provided by Frans Steyn especially has him playing some of his best rugby again this week.

11. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks)
If it’s possible, it seems like the man is improving with each game. Most importantly we’re seeing Lwazi with ball in hand way more than before and it’s a sight to behold every time.

10. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs)
The young hyped-up player makes his first team of the week this season after a fighting win for his team against the Rebels. He still looked a little indecisive at times, but he’s accurate kicking and a number of exciting and important runs edges him just ahead of Lambie this week.

9. Charl McLeod (Sharks)
Sharks fans has been calling for his inclusion in the starting fifteen for weeks now and the experienced scrumhalf who now boasts 60 caps for the Sharks didn’t disappoint. Not only was his quick and crisp service to the backs a welcome return but he also sparked the Sharks’ comeback with a fine break from the base of a ruck and a brilliant offload to put debutant Jandre Marias away for a try.

8. Nick Koster (Stormers)
It was the forwards’ dominance that was the key to this victory for the Stormers. He’s still only 23 years old but seems like he’s been around forever and brings the experience of 19 caps to the Stormers. A strong runner with great ball skills, he’s part of the big talent pool South Africa has in this position.

7. Duane Vermuelen (Stormers)
Another one of South Africa’s strong ball carrying forwards, many feels like he should already have gotten the call to pull on the green and gold. A very abrasive and in your face performance from the player.

6. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks)
It’s the fourth time in four weeks that Marcell has impressed enough to make our team of the week. And he still has room to improve! Managed well, this kid is going places.

5. Andries Bekker (Stormers)
One of rugby’s tallest players is back from a long term injury that kept him out of the World Cup and is gaining back some of his best form. For such a lanky player he has deceptive power. He was great on defense (as was the whole Stormers pack), not giving the opposition an inch.

4. Eben Etzebeth (Stormers)
Those that might have been worried that we wouldn’t find a replacement for Bakkies Botha need look no further. But if you do, Super Rugby debutant Juandre Marais also proved a few points in his performance this week.

3. Brok Harris (Stormers)
As mentioned earlier, the Stormers dominates the forwards this week and with good reason. They didn’t give their opposition a chance in this game.

2. Bismarck Du Plessis, Adriaan Struass, Tiaan Liebenberg (Sharks, Cheetahs, Stormers)
We have a deadlock in this position and I wasn’t willing to break it. All three players are playing great rugby in their own right at the moment. Bismarck is fighting to show that he’s the best and with his competition snapping at his heels, he will have to put in everything every week.

1. Steven Kitshoff (Stormers)
He’s the youngest player in the Stormers squad but at only 20 years old he’s already punching well above his age. He looks to have a good future ahead of him.

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  • Surprising as you say indeed. Who would have thought the notorious light 5 would dominate and who would have thought the Sharks from last season would do so well in the backs.

    Things HAVE changed.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.03.12 14:45:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Willie le Roux is the business guys. To think he’s actually a flyhalf. Or well that’s where he played for Boland.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.03.12 14:57:04 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Hi, how about creating a “team of the week” category for us for this? Then all of them are in a group and also easy to refer back for the Competition? 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.03.12 14:59:58 by Ice Reply
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  • An interesting mix this team is… There are many challengers for the crown… For the first time in a long time you could field three Bok teams and all will give each other a good go…

    Each team has serious players in each position, its great to see the depth that the SA Rugby pool is creating… The fantastic thing is the conversion rate of the youngsters turning pro, and making it in the big time.

    Goosen; smoke up is arse or not, is a prodigous talent…
    Lambie –
    Elton –

    Morne Steyn might be a points machine, but each of these players are far more dynamic than him. Tactical kicking, playmaking, defensively sound – its really a joy…

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.03.12 15:17:08 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : And when all The Sharks are fit, the team looks fairly balanced, scary up front with exceptional gamebreakers in the backs…

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.03.12 15:18:16 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 2) : Willie le Roux just seemed to come out of nowhere (from my perspective at least, not knowing the Boland side). Free State keeps fielding these overlooked gems season after season. Would be a huge pity not seeing this team turn out for next year’s SR.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.03.12 15:43:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Nick Koster,good to see him get a mention,I truly believe he will come good with the consistent gametime he’ll get. Marcell Coetzee is the best loose forward in South Africa at the moment

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.03.12 15:48:36 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 7) : Koster is a bloody good rugby player… Of that there is no doubt… Spies is still custodian of the Number 8 Bok jersey, but the more Koster does, the more seriously he needs to be taken… A fantastic prospect… Also good to see Duane finding his feet again, his pace seems a little off, but if you consider his injury, that is understandable, just great to see him back on the park…

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.03.12 15:52:03 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 8) : Yeah it’s good to see Duane coming into his own again,fully agree on Koster,he’s starting to show touches of what he’s made of

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.03.12 16:11:11 by Ludz Reply

  • I wouldn’t go overboard with Willie Le Roux just yet.
    He deserves his place in the team of the week of that there is no doubt. He had a great game against the Rebels but it was the REBELS.

    How many tries has he scored this season? (on my phone so I can’t check the stats)

    Let’s wait a while before we say he’s the business, because before you know it he will be the next Bok 11 in all the media. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.03.12 16:37:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Not calling for him to play for the Boks at all!

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.03.12 16:41:37 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : As you say been good against The Rebels, but was also good against The Bumblebees the week prior. By no means a Bok, but by no means a joke, a talented kid, doesn’t hold a candle to Lwazi Mvovo – he is becoming a king…

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.03.12 16:46:52 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : He scored a brace against the Brumbies as well if I am not mistaken, if I am mistaken he definitely scored at least 1 try against them(Brumbies)…

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.03.12 16:48:22 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : Isn’t he contracted too griquas? so I think the credit must go too them, yes he is playing for freestate but I think if griquas haven’t spotted him he would have been overlooked.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.03.12 16:50:37 by BR Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : He has been good in all their matches so far, good not brilliant and also not a bok yet

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.03.12 16:54:37 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 14) : I honestly have no idea and that’s exactly my point. I struggle to keep track of lesser known players and I don’t always have the time to follow ‘development’ rugby. If it wasn’t for the Cheetahs, someone like me would never have known about him.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.03.12 16:59:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Like the article says he’s an exciting player with a great step. Oh boy this guy can side step. If I’m not mistaken he scored a try against the Brumbies and made one basically on his own, can’t remember who he passed to, to score that try.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.03.12 17:00:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 15) : He has been brilliant against the Brumbies and the Rebels.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.03.12 17:01:32 by Ben Reply
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  • When a player deserves credit,lets just give it to him,le Roux has been very good for the Cheetahs thus far,by no means Bok contention yet,but who knows at 23,he’s still very young

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.03.12 17:06:26 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 18) : And if I’m not mistaken he was in the Sharksworld’s team of the week last week as well.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.03.12 17:10:06 by Ben Reply
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  • All I really was trying to say when I said he was the business is that I really rate him. Glad we got that sorted out. 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.03.12 17:11:43 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 3) : I’d actually prefer it not be created. 😈

    That way those who read it every week will reap the benefits over someone who comes in on the last week and just clicks and goes back through the articles in 10minutes and comes up with the phrase.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.03.12 19:17:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Okay I didn’t mean don’t praise the guy, I am just suggesting we be cautious in the praise lest we create another Goosen style monster.

    BTW I’ve checked he’s scored 3 tries so far this season. 1 against the Brumbies and 2 against the Rebels, none against the Lions and Bulls.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.03.12 19:24:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : too true, but having to rely on SW on your phone as you are blocked at work, would make it easier. However, I need to ask, can one see the word on phone version?

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.03.12 19:40:11 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 24) : either I am blindish or there is not a word this week?

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.03.12 19:43:44 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 24) : Yes I saw it last week pretty clearly. This week I can’t even see it on the PC. 😀

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.03.12 20:15:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : One, two, three: ” LETGO!!!!!!!” 😆

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.03.12 20:22:55 by Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : That makes him the leading try scorer in this years competition – along with Bjorn Basson, TJ Perenara and Taumalolo (yes, a prop is jointly leading the try scoring stats after 4 rounds)

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.03.12 20:59:21 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : the only coloured words are the links.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.03.12 21:20:01 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : Thanks for those stats.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.03.12 21:26:56 by Ben Reply
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  • Marcell Coetzee needs to learn to (i) pass and (ii) off load in the tackle so that he can add a few more strings to his crashball bow, and I have also noticed he is prone to knock on every now and again. Other than that, he has been very impressive.

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.03.12 00:35:55 by siorc Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 29) : Yes. We are working on getting it resolved.

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.03.12 04:33:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 24) : I have to do the same thing, it sucks not having SW at work. 🙁

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.03.12 04:35:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 27) : Sorry it was a holiday, my brain was only working on about 34%. 🙂

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.03.12 08:06:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • I am loving the youth that’s coming through the ranks and putting up their hands for bok selection. If Heyneke starts to include some of these young guys we will have a unbelievable team in 3 years time for the next WC.

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.03.12 08:24:20 by Viking Reply

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