Sharksworld’s Team of the Week 14

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Admin, Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Stormers on 29 May 2012 at 10:33

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This weekend a few more of the results went the way of the chasing pack as three of the top 4 lost their games this weekend. First the Bulls went down to the Chiefs, giving the Stormers the opportunity to take the table lead again this week, but they couldn’t manage a win against the determined Sharks and before that the Brumbies were beaten by the Reds in a tight Australian derby. It is a very congested log and anyone can still take the top spot. Even though the loss to the Sharks made it a little more difficult for the Stormers, they still look like the favourites to take it.

It is a dominating Sharks team this week, so if you don’t like a little Sharks bias avert your eyes, because we have 9 Sharks in our team this week. The Cheetahs have 3, then it’s the Stormers with 2 and the Bulls 1.

15. Patrick Lambie (6) (5 at flyhalf)

His first start at fullback this week. There aren’t many fullbacks that get involved as much as he does from this position.

14. JP Pietersen (4) (2 at Inside Centre)

JP had a monster of a game, especially on defence where he put in a few massive hits. His involvement on attack was limited, but his influence in those opening minutes was lasting.

13. Juan de Jongh (4) (1 at Inside Centre)

Again it was mainly the loose forwards in the South African conference who were asked to make most of the metres and de Jongh was kept in check by his opposition pretty well, but out of all the South African outside centre’s he was involved by far the most on attack and defence.

12. Meyer Bosman (3)

His defence was outstanding and his passing to the outside backs accurate.

11. Willie le Roux (5)

You can see the Cheetahs are relying on him to take some of the responsibilities of the first receiver in the absence of Goosen, he is doing this and cutting through the defence very well.

10. Peter Grant (4)

Again our Frenchman isn’t eligible for this team, but he sure is for France and in this form they won’t be able to ignore him. Grant was the next best thing in the SA conference. He is a solid performer and won’t let any team down.

9. Piet van Zyl *

He’s been threatening to get into this team for a very long time now and this week he just can’t be ignored. He’s another one of those quick attacking scrummies with a crisp pass and should he continue to play like this will be one of the stars of the future.

8. Keegan Daniel (4)

I called for his head at the start of the season, now I’m calling him captain fantastic. He’s come back into some excellent form still doing all the excellent things we’ve become so used to over the seasons, but now he’s doing it with the composure of a captain. I am happy to say, Keegan is proving me wrong at the moment.

7. Willem Alberts (2)

All I can say is – This is not even his best!

6. Marcell Coetzee (9) (6 at Blindside Flank)

Who’s with me lets all say it together. Make Marcell Coetzee a Springbok loose forward!

5. Anton Bresler (4)

After Anton and co made the best lock combination in the WORLD EVER, look like a fumbling pair of rookies, we had to have him in this team. He has improved in leaps and bounds over the weeks and looks to be getting a few good go forward ball carries in for his team too.

4. Flip van der Merwe *

It’s the first time that he’s mentioned in this team, it could be that he’s been feeling the pressure from a few other locks that have been putting in strong performances week after week. Surely he’s not been the form lock, but he could be devastating when on form.

3. WP Nel (7)

He’s been our most consistent tighthead this season, but we won’t be seeing him in South Africa for much longer, as he is leaving for Europe at the end of Super Rugby 2012.

2. Bismarck du Plessis (7)

Another contender for the Springbok hooker position bites the dust. Now it’s just Chiliboy in week 17, I can’t wait to see what Bissie delivers in this game.

1. Beast Mtwarira (3)

What a joy to have him back and he has proven that he’s not just a loosehead that can make a few runs, his work in the scrums has been huge for the Sharks.

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  • Even if Beast had had his worst game ever I’d have put him in the team for his circus act combination with Bresler 😀 That was phenomenal stuff!

    First time was good…second time was just showing off 😆

    Seriously though, he’s come back better than ever!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.12 10:52:19 by ChrisS Reply
  • Where is Coenie-whats-his-face? Just a pretender to Beast’s throne. Bresler is improving steadily, Lambie is so bleddie awesome no matter where you put him, and the Bone Collector is back. Now just think of the guys still on the bench like Deysel, Pieter-Steph, Ludick and Viljoen, Our depth at the moment is scary, except we need some decent cover at scrumhalf.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.12 11:11:49 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 2) : Coenie could still be a useful bench player for the Boks though

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.12 11:18:25 by Bokhoring Reply
  • You’ve got to worry when the best thing to come out the Lions camp this year has been the captain’s beard. 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.12 11:18:40 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : They should try Le Roux at fb, like the way the cheetahs use him

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.12 11:38:45 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 5) : They might have to do that with Hennie Daniller out with a broken thumb.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.12 11:44:05 by Letgo Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 4) : And I fine beard it is too! 😀

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.12 11:50:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : That should read “a fine beard” 😳

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.12 11:56:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Letgo how many people voted for this team?

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.12 12:18:06 by Ben Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 5) : I agree..

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.12 13:19:48 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 9) : Why are you asking… then I’ll tell you. 😛

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.12 14:28:19 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 11) : Just want to know how many people agrees with me that JdJ is the best 13 in SA. 😀

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.12 14:40:23 by Ben Reply
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  • Of the Sharksworld group who usually selects I was the only one who put up a team this week. I had to recruit a few family members and friends to try and see if we can select a team that’s fair. Just so you know out of the 5 teams picked 4 said JDJ. Only one of them hangs around Sharksworld, every now and then.

    I had one Bull supporter, one Stormer and two Sharks that helped me make the picks.

    Yes, I know what you’re thinking, I have a family member or friends that supports the Bulls who I still call family/friend. 😯 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.12 15:06:10 by Letgo Reply
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  • Btw, with Jaque Fourie’s departure it seemed that JdJ would automatically get the best SA 13 tag, but he’s been up and down this year. Delivering a few great performances, between just solid performances. I think any of the other young outside centres if given a shot could give de Jongh a go for that spot. Robert Enersohn has looked potentially great. Johan Sadie (if not for injuries) could have dismantled de Jongh and Whitehead although he now plays 12 has also looked good at 13 and should not be discounted. Then there’s Jordaan and given a few more games might just be the best of all of them.

    So I don’t know if JdJ is the best, but I think he is still the best for now, as none of these other guys have done enough to take that 13 spot for the boks.

    Then he may be the best outright 13 option, but if Steyn gets pushed into that midfield he may not even make the Bok bench.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.05.12 15:11:01 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : Hey! I gave you some input!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.05.12 15:24:11 by Ice Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 14) :

    I agree with Ben that JDJ is the best 13 in SA. 😀

    I think what needs to be taken into account is the Stormers’ utter garbage of a backline coach and the pragmatic game plan that mainly focuses on defense. 😕

    The other players you mentioned are yet to play test rugby and with the exception of Tim Whitehead (who mainly plays 12), none of the others have been consistently good.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.05.12 15:32:11 by wpw Reply
  • @Ice (Comment 15) : fair enough I had Marcell Coetzee from 1 to 15, but nevertheless… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.05.12 15:34:57 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 12) : @wpw (Comment 16) : I disagree, in case someone missed it… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.05.12 15:38:23 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 14) : None of those 3 guys can even be put close to in the same category as JdJ. Sadie and Jordaan have proved nothing yet and Robert Ebersohn’s defence is far too poor.

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.05.12 15:49:22 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 17) :

    That’s only because Oupa Stef isn’t playing anymore. 😈 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.05.12 15:53:46 by wpw Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 19) : To be fair to JdJ, if I was Bok selector and had to select a team to face the English, I would probably select him as my 13 at this point. Just not convinced he is the long-term answer…

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.05.12 15:54:32 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 20) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.05.12 16:02:15 by Ice Reply
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  • I wrote it earlier, deleted it, wrote it again, deleted it and here it comes again… well the fact that JdJ has mad this team (maybe fairly) says a lot about the problem we have in this position. De Jongh did not threaten once in the game, we knew exactly what he was going to do and buttoned him up whenever he tried anything – its easy when you know he is not going to pass and which way he will be breaking.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.05.12 16:03:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) :
    Thanks for saving me the typing!

    That’s my point – he may be the best of the current crop; but that’s not the same as saying he is good.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.05.12 16:23:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) : Over the weekend he was the 13, who touched the ball by far the most and made the most tackles. No fireworks, but everything was done effectively.

    So definitely true, he was the best of pretty average this weekend. (Jordaan has major potential, but he is seeing far to little of the action to be rated and compared fairly).

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.05.12 16:39:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 19) : Yes, that’s why I said he JdJ is the best for now – but there is a few others that looks like they might be just as good or better, given time.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.05.12 16:44:29 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 21) : @Letgo (Comment 26) : Just remember JdJ is also still young and I’m sure he’ll improve as well..

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.05.12 16:47:08 by Ben Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 24) : Pleasure.
    @Letgo (Comment 25) : One thing about JdJ, he is damn strong on his legs, there was a passage of play when he cut back infield, into traffic, from close to the touchline and the Sharks tried to bundle him into touch without much luck, he managed to go to ground and the ball was recycled back to the Stormers.

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.05.12 16:48:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 27) : He’s 24 now.

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.05.12 16:52:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 29) : I thought he was younger – 22/23…hell time flies.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.05.12 16:55:59 by Salmonoid Reply
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