Sharksworld’s Team of the Week 6

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 4 Apr 2012 at 12:07
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The Cheetahs started things off for the South African teams in week 6 with a bang when they stunned the Hurricanes by turning a more than 20 point deficit into a 9 point victory. It was an awesome game to watch, but the Cheetahs will certainly have to concentrate on delivering full performances if they would like to continue their winning ways. A few hours later the Sharks claimed the second victory for the South African conference against Aussie opposition on home soil to continue the South African dominance over their opposition downunder this year. The Lions fumbled what could have been a solid victory to build on for the rest of the competition in the second half of their game, then the biggest game of the weekend delivered a tight contest, a great battle of the forwards and showed why the Stormers are still unbeaten this year

The numbers are pretty evenly spread this week. The South African conference leaders and table topping Stormers, also lead the numbers this week with 5 players making it into our team, but with a very good showing on the weekend from most of our teams we have a pretty evenly spread team, 4 each for the Cheetahs and Sharks and 3 for the Bulls, the Lions missed out completely this week and only two of their players got a mention from our selectors.

15. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks)

Some were not sure whether Viljoen would be money well spent, but surely most must be convinced by now. He has been putting solid performances in week after week and last week was no different. He found himself in the right place to score two tries, the second especially was not just coincidental.

14. Odwa Ndugane (Sharks)

Even though (according to the Australian commentators) it looked like Odwa was running on a treadmill, not one of the Brumbies could catch him when he intercepted a pass that could have lead to a try. The ball was instead snatched by Ndugane who cleverly linked up with his support on the inside, throwing an excellent wide pass to finish off for a turn around try. Not many would have had the mind or execution to complete this move.

13. Juan de Jongh (Stormers)

I suppose lines like – filling big boots, putting his hand up, taking his chances and proving himself would be appropriate around the young centre. He has been playing for the Province that had contracted the Bok centre pairing and still seemed to find himself as their backup in the Bok setup and it is because he has shown his potential every chance he has been given. A solid game when there was not much space for the backs to work with on the day, he kept his team on the front foot.

12. Jean de Villiers (Stormers)

Frans Steyn is coming back to South Africa and looks to be ready to take over at inside centre and maybe this is pushing Jean to perform at his best. It happened at the World Cup, when Jean came on to replace Steyn he broke the line and tackled and played like he hasn’t played for a while. Jean won’t give up his spot easily. He was involved everywhere in this game, getting his team over the advantage line with his centre partner.

11. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks)

If we are only selecting him for that try he scored would you be mad at us? When last have we seen a Sharks wing leave his defenders in the dust like that? His sheer pace and power is something to marvel and enjoy. What a player he is turning into.

10. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs)

I must say he (not separate from his team) had a few nervous moments of fumbles, bounce passes and missed tackles in those first 30 minutes, but then more than made up for all of it with the 50 minute comeback of his team. He breaks the line at least once a match, usually from broken play, he spreads the ball cleanly to his backs and takes on the line when he sees an opportunity. There definitely is some talent. South Africa is in a healthy flyhalf position.

9. Francois Hougaard (Bulls)

We all know he is the best scrumhalf in South Africa at the moment. He keeps the defense guessing, making breaks in a tight game, his service to the backline is crisp and clean and is it just me, or did he acquire a pin point accurate box kick, which was one of the major ways of getting the Bulls over the advantage line on a day that making metres was hard to come by with strong defence from both teams.

8. Pierre Spies/Ashley Johnson (Bulls/Cheetahs)

We just could not get to a consensus. Spies definitely had a solid game again and had a much tougher defensive unit to deal with than Johnson did. Johnson on the other hand was part of a major comeback and made many metres for his team, bashing over the advantage line like he always does.

7. Willem Alberts (Sharks)

Welcome back Willem! It took only three games, he is not at his best yet, but a few of those runs, when the opposition got him and thought they already stopped him and then he made a few more two, three meters were just magical to witness.

6. Siya Kolisi (Stormers)

One of our players has been pushed off his throne after 4 straight weeks as the undisputed loosie. Marcell did not have a bad week, but with the strong loose forward contest in this country even a good week can have you replaced. Heinrich Brussow pushed for this spot, not just with his ground play, but also strong ball carrying and hand off, but it is the other youngster who takes over this week. Kolisi has been big for the Stormers since their captain has been out injured.

5. Andries Bekker (Stormers)

It seems Andries is another one of the players that is starting to get his form back after a lengthy injury kept him out of the game. Always a big presence in the lineouts, Andries has also been strong and in your face on defense.

4. Eben Etzebeth (Stormers)

We are a third of the way through this competition, what else can I say about this kid? Surely a Springbok jersey is somewhere in his future. Week in and week out he delivers strong performances. I don’t know the stats, but I bet he is one of his team’s biggest ball carriers with Kolisi.

3. WP Nel (Cheetahs)

It was after a complete domination of the Hurricanes scrum that the Cheetahs set up a ruck, the ball came back to Nel and he was over for one of their six tries, the try is sweet, but the dominated scrum is awesome.

2. Chiliboy Ralepelle (Bulls)

Chiliboy gets the nod this week. It could have been any one of, Adriaan Strauss who motivated his team to an unlikely comeback and showed a deft touch with a tip pass to setup the first of the comeback tries or Tiaan Liebenberg who stood strongly against the Bulls hooker and then there is Bismarck, who most probably has the highest work rate of any hooker in the competition, but this week Ralepelle pips the contenders for this spot with a classy performance in a close loss.

1. Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs)

I have mentioned the scrums, but Coenie’s real magic goes further than just that, he carries the ball like any loose forward would be proud to do, in fact, I bet he made more meters for his team than any other forward in this match and then there’s that goose step that no other prop would dare to do in fear of breaking or pulling something, but Coenie does it so well, like only Coenie can. Hopefully he builds on this performance.

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  • I missed a stat that would have made me change my submission for fullback, Hennie Dannilers running meters were insane.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.04.12 12:40:13 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Mvovo’s try was a thing of beauty… The way he hit the afterburners and smoked those two defenders made my whole Saturday…

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.04.12 12:40:44 by The Quirk Reply
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  • I think Hennie Daniller had a pretty good game until he was replaced. I do think Odwa is losing pace but he had awesome presence of mind to look for support. His defense was awesome, he was in 1 on 1 situations a couple of times with plenty of space around him but he did really well to make the tackles. Mvovo you beauty! At first i thought what the hell is he doing… passsssss!!!! And then bam turbo kicked in and it was all over. All 118kg of Alberts cant be pleasant to stop at that kind of pace. He is a monster and I would gladly guide him through my channel if it ever came to it. I was chatting to someone yesterday and said I hope Coenie is a tighthead but its not to be. Imagine having two busy props on the field for the boks, in beast and Coenie at the same time.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.04.12 12:50:09 by Ozbok Reply

  • @Ozbok (Comment 3) :

    Coenie played a couple of games at tighthead didn’t he?

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.04.12 12:55:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : I think he started out there

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.04.12 12:58:10 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 5) : Yes I’m pretty sure he can play both sides of the scrum.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.04.12 13:38:31 by Ben Reply
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  • Great to have a win.
    Shame that we got spanked by the home sides.
    It would be great to get a real coach.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.04.12 14:55:50 by Duiwel Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : Yet but Danniler played in a very loose game which means the meters he made was because he was put into space or something, not that I’m saying he didn’t play well, he has been every week, but I thought last week where he really got his team over the advantage line when no one else could was more important than this week.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.04.12 14:56:35 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 8) : I can’t change my Yet to a Yes… 😐

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.04.12 14:58:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Duiwel (Comment 7) : where on earth have you been? 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.04.12 15:00:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : Hey Pokkel, check out Duiweels big one. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.04.12 16:08:43 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Odwa!?

    Seriously guys, a wing must do one thing properly and thats finish chances. Half chances especially.

    Any one of Sithole, JP, Mvovo, Jordaan, etc would have finished that intercept off themselves.

    There comes a time when the opportunity cost of a missed chance far outweighs that of a wing who ‘does a good holding job’.

    We said the same thing about Oupa last year.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.04.12 16:16:41 by John Galt Reply

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  • Just watched parts of the game again. Despite Odwa losing his pace he had a very solid game. I dont think he did anything wrong. If you watch that intercept again look at the cross defence. By running toward support he drew guys that would have been covering Viljoen. I dont think any wing would have scored in that situation. Why cant Jordaan play 13 and JPP move back to wing?

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.04.12 02:57:09 by Ozbok Reply

  • Jeeez guys. Why criticize Odwa? If he was faster the players chasing him would still not have caught him but he would have run into the cross cover quicker. I would also be surprised if there is more than a second between Odwa and Mvovo over an 80m sprint.

    Duiwel (7) wth?! Everybody keeps complaining about Plum but you forgot that he won all his home games, just lost away to the two other powerhouses in SA, whilst not having a number of his stars such as Beast, Deysel and Alberts! In my books that is really good. Not only were the results ok, we are playing a decent brand of rugby: we keep it close and maintain control and spread the ball when we have earned it. Compare that to the coach everybody loves – Mitchell – who loves to spread the ball from one touch line to the other. You know who his season is going, right?

    It is time to realise that you have different players with different attributes and you play your game accordingly.

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.04.12 07:10:28 by King Shark Reply
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  • Eben Etzebeth,what more can I say?

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.04.12 07:28:23 by Ludz Reply

  • @John Galt (Comment 12) : While I agree in general with your argument regarding a wing’s role, I disagree with the contention that Odwa “does a good holding job”. Sure, he may not be the world’s biggest speed merchant, but he compensates with a workrate, positional play and reading of the game few other wingers can match. His stats may show that he’s not scoring many tries, but what they don’t show is how often (at provincial, franchise and national level) he’s the player making the scoring pass.

    It’s true that he is nearing the end of his career, but right now he’s still creating more opportunities than he loses out on, and calls for him to be put out to pasture is premature, in my opinion. And even when he is no longer the first choice right wing, I think he could still offer a lot from the bench for a season or two, covering wing, fullback and probably even outside centre.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.04.12 07:30:07 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I wouldn’t have played Siya Kolisi above Coetzee. Kolisi is giving away unnecessary penalties. Coetzee is paving his way to Player of the season if he keeps his performance up. At the moment i think he one of the sharks MVP’s 😎

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.04.12 08:26:48 by Scott B Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 16) :
    Wanted to mention the 13 jumper for Odwa as well.

    If JPP is the classic wing (which he is by the way 😉 ), why not swop him and Odwa around? Stef played wing and fullback during his earlier career. When he lost his pace, he was moved into 13 where his other skills/attributes could still be utilised.

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.04.12 08:26:56 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 18) :

    I’m not saying Odwa should play there, and keep others like Tim and Jordaan on the sidelines. Just a thought on where he COULD be utilised.

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.04.12 08:28:55 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 18) :
    @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 19) :

    Rather him at 13 than Marius Joubert

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.04.12 09:06:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Scott B (Comment 17) : “kolisi is giving away unnecessary penalties” – clearly you’re watching another competition and not Super Rugby 🙄

    Most Penalties Conceded
    1. Derick Minnie (Lions) 12
    2. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 11
    2. WP Nel (Cheetahs) 11
    4. Dean Greyling (Bulls) 10
    4. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 10
    6. Dean Mumm (Waratahs) 9
    6. James Horwill (Reds) 9
    6. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 9
    9. Ben May (Hurricanes) 8
    9. Benn Robinson (Waratahs) 8
    9. David Pocock (Force) 8
    12. Ben Daley (Reds) 7
    12. Ben Tameifuna (Chiefs) 7
    12. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 7
    12. Daniel Braid (Blues) 7
    12. James Slipper (Reds) 7
    12. Jason Eaton (Hurricanes) 7
    12. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes) 7
    12. Sekope Kepu (Waratahs) 7
    12. Werner Kruger (Bulls)

    where is Siya on this list?

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.04.12 09:10:32 by Megatron Reply

  • the file size of the photos on this thread is KILLING my 3G account. 😳

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.04.12 10:11:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 21) : incognito!

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.04.12 10:16:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 21) :

    Kolisi has blown me away this season what a player !

    I find it funny that there are people out there questioning this kids talents.

    Koster who ?

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.04.12 10:16:29 by csb Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 21) :

    Minnie top of the list ..Aaai 🙄

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.04.12 10:17:31 by csb Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 21) : You just had to Bold Bismarck’s name in that list didn’t you. 😉

    The comparison was made between Kolisi and Marcell and my argument would have been, yes Marcell definitely has been playing excellent for the Sharks and may even be MVP for the Sharks so far, but we all thought Kolisi and even Heinrich Brussouw had a better game than Marcell did last weekend. He still didn’t have a horrible game, but the contest between the loosies is a tight one and if you’re not going to deilver your abselute best one weekend, you will be pushed out by one of the many other loosies in the South African conference.

    And yes, I have not noticed that he has given away more penalties than other players. In fact, I don’t even think he has a very high error rate in general.

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.04.12 10:26:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : Sorry, make it smaller next time.

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.04.12 11:22:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • I’ll make it smaller, is what I meant to say.

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.04.12 11:34:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 21) : ahhh Megatron, while you are correct he is not on that list, i was not talking about overall penalties (i think even Captain keegan beats Kolisi in the standings) I do feel that he cost the Stormers a try on the weekend for diving in and i think he gave away another 2 (stand to be corrected), I do not dispute this man has loads of talant but I didnt feel he deserved a place in team of the week. well thats my opinion anyway 😛

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.04.12 13:04:52 by Scott B Reply
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  • @Scott B (Comment 29): WELL, if your opinion was based on FACT rather than conjencture and i presume a bit of bias then maybe it would wash but NOPE, you have no factual basis to suggest that siya conceded more penalties than marcel! granted marcell has played more minutes than siya & the storers have had a bye, the stats from verusco show that up to Week 6 of Super rugby Marcell has given away 3 penalties and siya has given away 2.

    so you see, the fact that what you say is your “opinion” doesn’t mean we have to listen or even entertain it.

    “I wouldn’t have played Siya Kolisi above Coetzee. Kolisi is giving away unnecessary penalties”


  • Comment 30, posted at 05.04.12 14:56:15 by Megatron Reply

  • Kolisi and Marcell are both brilliant players, still think Marcell is one step ahead of Kolisi though.

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.04.12 15:11:43 by underdog Reply

  • “so you see, the fact that what you say is your “opinion” doesn’t mean we have to listen or even entertain it.”

    And yet you do.

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.04.12 15:13:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 32) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.04.12 15:29:44 by Ice Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 30) : Granted but the 2 penalties Kolisi gave away was during the bulls game (unconfirmed fact). I don’t expect you to agree or disagree with my opinion cause it is just that ‘MY’ opinion. Let’s just agree to disagree on this and i don’t expect you to listen to entertain this post 😉

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.04.12 15:51:31 by Scott B Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 32) : i’m not etertaining it, i’m rubbishing it – big difference.

    for the benefit of all those that read it and thought “hhmm that might be true” and next thing at the braai “kolisi gives away unnecessary penalties and marcell doesn’t”

    that’s how quickly fiction spreads in rugby.

    @Ice (Comment 33) : oh look @ the poppie hehehe, entertained?

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.04.12 15:52:49 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 35) : please accept that Marcell is just better than Kolisi, and that’s it? Thanks. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.04.12 15:55:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Scott B (Comment 34) : “Granted but the 2 penalties Kolisi gave away was during the bulls game” there you go again making unverified assertions/claims…

    haven’t you made your name gat enough for one day? 😆

    you are talking kak chap.

    @robdylan (Comment 36) : another opinion :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.04.12 16:01:52 by Megatron Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : that is certainly not what dawie theron thought last year innit? 😕 😯 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.04.12 16:08:04 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 37) : you win. have a good weekend. thanks for the facts. 😎 catch you all next week

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.04.12 16:09:54 by Scott B Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 38) : ja, and fat lot of bloody good it did us too…

  • Comment 40, posted at 05.04.12 16:10:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Scott B (Comment 39) : cheers mate… have a good Easter. Thanks for the great contributions

  • Comment 41, posted at 05.04.12 16:11:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 38) : Who even cares about last year? So who is better right now? Kolisi or Coetzee? In your opinion.

  • Comment 42, posted at 05.04.12 16:16:32 by Ben Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 35) : You said listen and entertain, and you certainly were listening.

  • Comment 43, posted at 05.04.12 16:30:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 42) : oh dear 🙄

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.04.12 16:35:51 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 38) : There are many reasons why someone doesnt get chosen for a team, and they dont all have to do with ability.

    Anyway Marcel and Siya came up against each other in the CC game at Newlands last year and Coetzee walked away from that 6-0 up, ask wpw he was keeping the score. In this years SuperRugby game at Newlands Coetzee should, by all counts have been MoM, but somehow or other Koster burgled it, much the same way as Liebenberg did this last weekend (from Houghgaard)

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.04.12 16:37:00 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 42) : Marcell is on top.

  • Comment 46, posted at 05.04.12 16:37:57 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 44) : Did you not understand the question? 🙄

  • Comment 47, posted at 05.04.12 16:39:10 by Ben Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 46) : Your opinion is not wrong. 😎 🙂

  • Comment 48, posted at 05.04.12 16:44:37 by Ben Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 35) : Testosterone levels a bit high today, Megs..?

  • Comment 49, posted at 05.04.12 17:19:22 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 48) : yeah my opinion is based on objectivity rather than which team i support & thus have to birsmirch other players with imaginary penalties to punt my guy.

    there’s no sharks player i’ve ever come here & criticised based on fallacious info drummed up in my head, not one. if i say deysel is a penalty liability @ the ruck sometimes because of his technique, it is something i’ve observed. 😉

  • Comment 50, posted at 05.04.12 21:00:01 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 50) : You’re a machine Megs! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 51, posted at 05.04.12 22:29:57 by Ben Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 50) : touché 🙂

  • Comment 52, posted at 05.04.12 23:05:10 by Megatron Reply


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