Sharksworld’s Team of the Week 8

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 17 Apr 2012 at 12:00
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We’re almost halfway through the competition and so far the South African teams have handled themselves fairly well but are probably not entirely on par with the New Zealand teams who only have one team failing completely. This may however change in the final week as most of the teams have a fair few local derbies to contend with in the final 10 weeks. This could boost the Australian teams as the New Zealand teams will have to battle it out against each other and a few of them would certainly then have to drop down the ladder.

This week, on request from a Sharksworld poster, I’m going to include a number in brackets behind the selected players names, these numbers represent how many times they have been selected in our team of the week this season. An asterisk (*) indicates a player’s debut selection. Remember we only started at week 2.

Our team is a pretty even spread this week with five Bulls members, four players each from the Sharks and the Stormers and the Cheetahs making up the numbers with two. For the second week in a row the Lions makes no contribution to our team.

15. Joe Pietersen (3)

He has really been finding his form in recent weeks. His first selection into our team was in week 5 and this week he retains his spot from last week. Not as exciting or flashy as last week but none the less a solid performance.

14. Akona Ndugane (2)

This is his first selection since week 2. He has been playing good rugby in a team that mostly opts for a game plan of kicking but when it does open up and they spread the ball wide Akona can be a great finisher. He was involved heavily in this weekend’s win against the Lions.

13. Robert Ebersohn (2)

It’s two in a row for Ebersohn, even in a losing battle for his team. He looked dangerous each time the ball got him and links well with his backs. A very exciting outside centre and improving with every game. Too bad the pressure from the Chiefs was too much and they couldn’t pull of two consecutive impressive wins.

12. Tim Whitehead (4) (Once at 13)

He plays like an inside centre should play. He straightens and cuts inside and supports the runs from the loose forwards and with Lambie inside him, it’s how he scored his “fortunate try”. He always threatens the defense. Sharks fans everywhere sigh another breath of relief.

11. Bryan Habana (3)

In the last four weeks Habana has been selected three times. It is not because he is scoring tries all over the place but rather because he is starting to look dangerous when he touches the ball. Defenders need to be on their toes again. This confidence is also starting to eliminate the silly mistakes we’ve become used to over the past year or two.

10. Patrick Lambie (3)

Lambie breaks the tie between him, Morne and Goosen. Neither Jantjies nor Grant has featured once even though the latter is playing very good rugby at the moment. The Sharks didn’t win just because Lambie was back but you could certainly feel the difference he was making in the team. He directs everything and it appears Lambie and Whitehead are starting to form quite a formidable combination.

9. Dewaldt Duvenage (2)

He is not the sniping, running, side-stepping, flashy type of scrum half and that’s maybe why this is only his second selection in our team but he hardly ever lets his team down. He does everything expected of him well and does not doubt in his own abilities when he gets a chance to run into some space. He is a solid and sometimes under appreciated scrummy.

8. Keegan Daniel *

The new captain of the Sharks has been more than disappointing on occasion this season. And for a captain he has been much too loose in his decision making as a player, but not specifically as a captain. He is still making a few too many silly errors but the rest of his game made up for that this week. He has been playing his heart out for sure and is starting to show some magic again.

7. Jacques Potgieter (2)

It’s the second time the silky haired openside flanker makes it into our team. It’s like something out of a horror film, the hair that is, not the way he plays. Reminds one of those little girls climbing out of the TV’s. Lucky for him it’s not his hair but his performances that gets him picked. He has been quite impressive all season and deserves a second mention.

6. CJ Stander *

Another young player proving his worth in place of a first choice player that is out due to injury. Stander is not really the fetcher type of loosie as we have become used to in South Africa. He is a very good supportive player and has a high work rate but probably won’t be able to contest with Brussouw when he’s back to his best.

5. Juandre Kruger (4)

There hasn’t been many positions with one dominating player this year, but lock has definitely been one of them. In the absence of previous shoe-in Victor Matfield, Juandre Kruger has certainly made a claim for the number five jersey with only Andries Bekker contesting with him.

4. Steven Sykes (2)

It has been good to have the experience of Sykes back. He probably could have been in our team a few times more this season if a certain Eben Etzebeth weren’t so dominant in his performances. Sykes has been good, but never great.

3. WP Nel (3)

Nel along with the rest of the Cheetahs pack has been solid this year, their scrums standing up to most teams and dominating a few others. The Chiefs gave them all their days but the Cheetahs scrum remained strong.

2. Chilliboy Ralepella (3)

It could so easily have been Burden this week, he played an excellent game and hopefully proved to Plumtree that he can make a good impact in the last 20 or even 30 minutes of the game. Ultimately Chilliboy just did the basics better and Burden has not enjoyed as much game time which shows in the set pieces.

1. Steven Kitshoff (4)

It wasn’t like any of the props stood out this week, at least not like some of the New Zealand props who scored two tries in one match but Kitshoff continues to do the things expected of a prop well.

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  • burden is nowhere near chili…

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.04.12 12:06:54 by Megatron Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 1) : Burden had a great game last week

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.04.12 12:11:20 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Thanks for the added number Letgo, didn’t think anyone read that request. Feels nice to know I made a contribution in my little way 😛

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.04.12 12:23:53 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 2) : really? what aspect of his game were outstanding?

    go to the shark by number thread i’ve said my piece there and see if you have a counter.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.04.12 12:26:03 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 4) : meggy, you might just be missing the forest for the trees here. Remember that statistics in and of themselves never paint a complete picture of the impact a player has had on the game – particularly not the Verusco stats which track fewer than 10 metrics, most of them quite subjectively.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.04.12 12:31:18 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : isn’t that what i’m looking for in asking claytie for a counter? you can also weigh in with your own analysis if you have one instead of just pointing towards what i MIGHT be missing.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.04.12 12:40:01 by Megatron Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : If Burden did not score the intercept, would you have rated his as highly in the game?

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.04.12 12:41:27 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Just to keep things in perspective – Kyle Cooper in 8 minutes made 3 tackles vs Burden who in 72 minutes made 4.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.04.12 12:44:45 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : did burden have a great game because the four tackles he made were try-savers r he tackled the player backwards or he ripped the ball from the player while tackling?

    his 3 passes, were they try assists, after a linebreak, cut-out passes that exposed the defence and made full use of an overlap?

    how effective was he at ruck time, how many times did he slow opposition ball?

    this is what i’m looking for…team of the week should have this kind of clarity & analysis.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.04.12 12:50:21 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 6) : wouldn’t be fair of me to comment – I didn’t see the game.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.04.12 12:51:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : so any and everything you say today re this game is pie-in-the-sky or hearsay? good to know 😀

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.04.12 13:01:10 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 11) : how does that differ from other weeks? 😯 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.04.12 13:41:34 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • Scrumhalf a shocker…how the hell do you look past a man who certainly right now is the best scrumhalf in the Southern Hemisphere

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.04.12 14:03:10 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 13) : hmm agreed. How did I get out voted??

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.04.12 14:21:16 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Ludz (Comment 13) : We don’t select the players based on overall form or ability, we rate them on the game they played over the weekend. The majority of the voters selected Duvenage this week. Tell my why Hougaard was better than Duvenage this week and I’ll tell you why Duvenage was the best scrummy this week.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.04.12 14:52:31 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : Though it would be awesome to have every selection backed up by that sort of analysis, I doubt any one person has the time to go into that level of detail (let alone the group who vote on team of the week). I think it’s well understood though (on all websites that do a team of the week) that the selections will as a result be very subjective.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.04.12 15:11:49 by vanmartin Reply
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