Sharksworld’s Team of the Week 12

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 15 May 2012 at 15:16

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This week all 5 South African teams took part in Super Rugby action. the Lions kicked things off on Friday with another woeful performance, getting thumped by another team struggling for form, the Blues didn’t need to be asked twice to take their first victory since week three, the hapless Lions although Jaco Taute looked quite good out of position at 12, has no players in our team this week.

Then there was the Bulls, they had an up and down performance, looking to dominate early on only to let the Waratahs back into the game with some poor defence and then by a brave captains decision snatched victory by another tight forwards try. Their backs can thank their forwards for this one as they looked clueless both on attack and sometimes on defence for most of this game, 4 Bulls make it into our team.

The Sharks dominated their opposition this week and just in case this victory is scoffed at as an expected result against an easy opposition let me put some light on the situation. This season the Force’s biggest losing margins before this game was 15 and 14 against the Reds and the Stormers, their other losing margins being, 2, 1,1, 8, 5, 4. They also won three games by 27, 26 and 1, against the Hurricanes, Waratahs and Reds. Then this weekend they lose by 42. You can say what you want about the opposition it takes some doing to put 50 up against any team and that’s why the Sharks dominate our selections with 10 players.

The Stormers vs Cheetahs was a tough battle, the Stormers showed their excellent defence again and the Cheetahs showed their resolve in going at it phase after phase, hit after hit, but just could not get across the line for the win. In a game like this it’s always difficult to pick players who shined, as a defensive unit the Stormers gets a huge kudos, but they did not look very good on attack and struggled to get out of their half. The Cheetahs on the other hand, although they showed their fighting spirit also showed that they lack a killer punch and couldn’t get over for the points even after multiple phases, only 1 player from the Cheetahs got selected this week.

15. Louis Ludik (2)

For the second week in a row Ludik has done enough to get the nod in our team. His unwavering commitment with every chance he has been given this year is something to be applauded.

14. Willie le Roux (5)

Le Roux edges out Akona Ndugane, who didn’t have the best of games on defence, none of our right wings had outstanding weekends in week 12, but le Roux makes up for that in the influence he has in the Cheetahs midfield, especially in the absence of Goosen. He was involved as a link in one of the tries and scored another by intercept.

13. Paul Jordaan *

Aside from his supportive run for his first Super Rugby try he didn’t have a big role to play on attack, but he was very good on defence and in a strong defensive effort from the Sharks he had his hand in putting a lot of pressure on the midfield of the Force.

12. Francois Venter *

He makes his first appearance in our team on a weekend where South African midfields hardly saw any good ball on attack. Jaco Taute was in fact the inside centre who made the most line breaks for the South African conference, I just thought Venter had the best overall game.

11. Lwazi Mvovo (6)

He has blinding speed and it was beautiful to witness in full flight this weekend.

10. Patrick Lambie (5)

Another selection that could be argued because of his departure from the field after only 40 minutes of play, but no one can deny he had a great 40 minutes and none of the other Fly halfs in the South African conference could deliver the same with 80 minutes of play.

9. Francois Hougaard (6)

Undoubtedly the best scrumhalf in South Africa and arguably the best in this competition.

8. Pierre Spies (4)

The role of captain fits him like a glove. His form has been steady and improving each week this season. Another solid game and strong captains performance from him this week.

7. Marcell Coetzee (7)

It is undeniable, Marcell is one of the finds of the season. He makes the meters week after week and he’s not even mixing up his game yet, with a few skills added to his ability to break the advantage line this kid will go far.

6. Jacques Botes (3)

Botes has come back and showed that he still has something to give to his team, the whole loose trio seems to function just a little better with him in the mix.

5. Anton Bresler (3)

The work he puts in on defence has been good all season, last week he competed with one of the best line-outs of the competition (as quoted by his coach) and he did it well.

4. Steven Sykes (4)

Another man who is always solid and always works hard. This week with a nice try to boot that is enough to give him a place in our team.

3. Werner kruger (3)

He put a lot of pressure on the opposition at scrum time with his pack, he has a high work rate and he scored a crucial try after the final whistle.

2. Bismarck du Plessis (4)

I think his determination to prove that he is the best is something that can cause him to be over-enthusiastic at times, that’s our criticism of the man, enthusiasm, it can at times influence his error rate, but it seems he may be getting it under control.

1. Tendai Mtwarira *

I would pick him only for the effect his return has had on the scrums, whether it is motivational or directly influenced by his skill and strength, it doesn’t matter much to me, he’s back and it clearly has had a positive effect on his team. Aside from this he is quietly getting through his work, I can’t wait for his flamboyant side to show again, but for now the quiet Beast is more than enough.

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  • It is a sad state of affairs if Spies is the best 8 we have.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.05.12 15:50:04 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) :


    I think he has done really well this season, lifting his own game while taking over the captaincy of a team expected to finish mid table, and seeing them to the top of the log?

    Not so sad? (In my opinion)

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.05.12 16:43:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Sharksworld as usual,this is an article I should try to avoid weekly

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.05.12 16:44:53 by Ludz Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : Problem is, there`s just no other option.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.05.12 16:52:15 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : He has been better but not really outstanding. I can’t disagree with the choice – we just don’t have anyone better right now

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.05.12 16:56:17 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : Almost as sad as it is to see Bresler and Sykes ahead of the Stormers’ lock pairing. 🙁

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.05.12 16:58:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 3) : Why not send in your weekly nominations to Letgo instead?

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.05.12 17:06:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 3) : Methinks Super Rugby on Kyknet select teams more to your liking.

    Join in the fun and give your alternates.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.05.12 17:08:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 3) : Let me guess. Steyn at 10? 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.05.12 17:11:32 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : LOL I did my best, got out voted! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.05.12 17:19:37 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Nope,not Steyn,the locks are questionable in my opinion,thought Flip had a strong game at 4 and Bresler was okay,so I guess he’s good considering Juandre and Bekker were rather average,under the circumstances Francois was nowhere on Saturday,but there isn’t an inside centre in the country who was useful this week,Wynand Olivier was missed,CJ Stander at 6,because when Arno came on he was more blindside and CJ openside. 10 has to be a KZN born boy Peter Grant

    I’ll make a point of submiting a team in future,just not this weekend,going down to KWT for the Dale-Queen’s clash,so don’t think I’ll see any Super Rugby action on Saturday

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.05.12 18:24:13 by Ludz Reply

  • Btw, who’s reffing the game? Verrryyy important (to some!)

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.05.12 19:17:14 by diablo Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 12) : What game??

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.05.12 19:33:54 by Ben Reply
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  • Don’t have a clue who’s reffing the game,let you know on Saturday morning once I get to Dale College,pretty important clash for all of us,Queenians and Dalians

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.05.12 19:41:31 by Ludz Reply

  • Seriously…not a single Stormer this week?
    Hell even the team we beat got a mention but nothing for us?
    You’d think when a team manages to hold out an attack on the five metre line for 28 phases with fourteen men, someone would get the nod.

    Now I need to go commiserate…hello Mr Jack Daniels, how are you today? And you brought your friends too, well isn’t that wonderfuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.05.12 20:37:11 by Leviathan Reply

  • @Leviathan (Comment 15) : You are allowed to argue with any pick except a Shark, this is Sharksworld after all

    P.S. Tell Jack I said hi, and he still owes me those good looks he promised

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.05.12 21:16:20 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Leviathan (Comment 15) :


    I agree with you..

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.05.12 22:51:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : let me ask you this?? When last did Pierre Spies have a storming performance – June 2007 vs England.
    The stats speak for themselves…Just comparing to Keegan Daniel:
    (stats not including round 12 games)

    Tackle busts: Spies 22 – 25 Daniel
    Line Breaks: Spies 3 – 7 Daniel
    Meters gained: Spies 405m – 593m Daniel
    Tackles: Spies 72 – 86 Daniel
    Tries: Spies 1 – 3 Daniel

    If we consider the OBVIOUS differences in physique..ie 15kg difference Spies should be miles ahead. And to top it all off Spies has been playing in a dominating pack all season whereas the Sharks are only starting to hit their straps now…

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.05.12 01:36:02 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 18) : Not that I dissagree, but could you also add tackles missed, turnovers made, turnovers conceded, and penalties for fairness

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.05.12 06:40:42 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 18) :


    You make a few very good points.

    Consider the following though:

    1. The Sharks have played one more game than the Bulls
    2. You fail to list the stats where Daniel gets penalised or gets isolated and loses the ball
    3. You have to take into account the style that each team incorporates, where the Sharks place a lot more reliance on Daniel to get go forward.

    My point is that if you had to choose between these two players right now, to be the Bok 8 and to lead the team, there is simply no chance that Daniel would get the nod. Spies’s play in terms of consistency, so far this season, even though he has had to come to terms with leading a team for the first time, impresses me.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.05.12 07:40:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I don’t just select Stormers because they’re Stormers….I only do that with Sharks. 😉

    If you read the article you would have seen that I said the Stormers did really well as a defensive unit, but rarely ever does one player stand out in such an effort. They had less of the possession and got stuck in their own half for long periods of the game, basically they were dominated, but still had a good enough defence to pull it through. They won’t against stronger teams, or in the Semis and Finals. This was one of their bad games, again kudos to their defence for pulling it through.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.05.12 08:12:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 21) :

    But you have to agree that it is rather strange that, of the five South African teams that played this weekend, only three won, yet only two of those have players in our team?

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.05.12 08:18:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : For interest sake I have summed both Pierre and Keegans stats for the entire season so far (from rugbystats.com.au)

    KD PS
    Mins Played 842 806
    Tackles Made 107 100
    Tackles Missed 21 19
    Offloads 16 4
    Kicks 7 2
    Kick m 223 114
    Runs 87 70
    Run m 668 443
    Line Brk 6 1
    Try Assists 3 0
    Ruck/Maul 61 68
    Pen 9 6
    T/Over 21 8

    Keegan played only 35 minutes more than Pierre, and 82 of those were not at 8 but at open side

    Keegan leads substantially in offloads (16-4), line breaks (6-1), try assists (3-0), Meters (668-443). Tackles made (107-100) and missed (21-19) are pretty even. The only areas where Pierre performs better are in penalties conceded (9-6) and turnovers conceded (21-8)

    So if Keegan can cut down on the turnovers he concedes, IMO he would be by far the better 8 than Pierre

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.05.12 08:39:08 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 23) :


    Great stats, again, I cannot argue with the figures..

    But would you, as a Bok coach, select Keegan at 8 for the Boks?

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.05.12 08:46:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 24) : Probably not. He is probably a few kilos too light for test level, and the number of turnovers he concedes would concern me.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.05.12 08:49:55 by Bokhoring Reply
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    His game simply does not suit that of International Rugby. It is unfortunate, but it is the truth..

    Spies will be selected by Meyer as the Bok 8, and my original comment was made in the sense that he has improved his game and there are no better 8’s in the country, which justifies his inclusion.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.05.12 08:53:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 26) : Although he got his only test chances at open-side – which I do not actually rate him as much as 8.

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.05.12 09:13:27 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 23) : the difference in line breaks and metres gained is huge!

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.05.12 09:20:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : And from the difference in turnovers and penalties conceded it looks like most of those linebreaks and meters gained by Daniel ended in the opposition getting the ball either through a penalty or turnover to them. THAT is the worrying part.

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.05.12 09:30:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : That is surely not to be blamed on the player doing the break, but on the poor support play from the rest of the Sharks.

    I suspect most of his turnovers come from handling errors though

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.05.12 09:34:11 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 30) : If you rate the player you could say it was because he didn’t have support from his team mates. If you don’t rate the player you could say it was because he ran away from his support or didn’t look for his support. 🙂

    If most of those are from handling errors then that is another reason (area) Spies is better than Daniel (in) and then there is that all important area…leadership… Spies wins that hands down before even getting on the field.

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.05.12 09:48:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : Personally think Keegan tries to construct to much sometimes – such as trying to get the offload away when it is not on. Still think he is by far our most skilled loose forward by far

    I agree – don’t think the captaincy suits him. He just does not seem to have the motivating type personality – geeing up the troups

    Not calling for him to be Bok 8, but if I have to choose between him and Spies as Sharks 8, will choose Keegan any day

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.05.12 09:54:09 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 32) : I’d go with Spies any day, then Kankowski and then Daniel.

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.05.12 10:04:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) :

    No Vermuelen?? Watson?? 😈 😉

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.05.12 10:18:33 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 34) : My choices for 8 would be either Nick Koster or JP du Plessies. 😈

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.05.12 10:24:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : Are we talking for Sharks or Boks?

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.05.12 10:25:22 by Bokhoring Reply
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