Sharksworld’s Team of the Week & Competition… so far

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Admin, Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Springboks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 6 Jun 2012 at 14:27

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First off, here’s this week’s team:

15. Andries Coetzee (2)

14. Deon Van Rensburg *

13. Juan De Jongh (4)

12. Jean de Villiers (4)

11. Bryan Habana (4)

10. Elton Jantjies *

9. Francois Hougaard (8)

8. Josh Strauss *

7. Dewald Potgieter *

6. Siya Kolisi (5)

5. Juandre Kruger (6)

4. Eben Etzebeth (7)

3. Pat Cilliers (2)

2. Callie Visagie *

1. Dean Greyling (2)

This week’s team of the week has a little bit of a different feel to it. The Lions have the most players in this week’s team and I thought with the upcoming Bok match and most of the focus already on this coming weekend, I’d use our team of the week numbers to give an idea of which individuals we thought were the in form SA players this year.


Steven Kitshoff 5

Coenie Oosthuizen 3

Beast Mtwarira 3

Making up the numbers: Dean Greyling (2), Caylib Oosthuizen

We thought Kitshoff had a consistently good season, but he’s still young and has now been given a chance to represent his country at the under 21 World Cup. All in all it looks like Beast and Coenie were the right picks, especially given the fact that Beast had a late start.


Bismark Du Plessis 7

Chilliboy Ralepella 4

Adriaan Struass 3

Making up the numbers: Callie Visagie

This was one of the more obvious areas of selection. Early in the season there was question on who the starting hooker should be, I think Bismark has done enough to prove that he is now the best, but not without some pressure from Chilliboy and Struass.


WP Nel 7 (Leaving for Europe)

Werner Kruger 3

Pat Cilliers 2

Making up the numbers: Frans Malherbe, Brok Harris

WP Nel’s decision to leave for Europe may have affected this selection although Werner Kruger who played under Meyer and has those two test caps behind his name may have been preferred anyway.

Jannie du Plessis

He didn’t crack our team once, but his experience and combination with the rest of the Sharks front row makes him an automatic selection. In the 30 times he’s represented his country he has also never let a Bok team down.


Eben Etzebeth 7

Juandre Kruger 6

Andries Bekker 4 (Injured)

Anton Bresler 4

Steven Sykes 4

Making up the numbers: Goerge Earle, Andries Ferreira, Flip van der Merwe

It’s great to see that our two young locks were rewarded for their outstanding form throughout the season. They may even be trusted as the starting combination. Flip van der Merwe had an unusually quiet season but as far as an enforcer lock goes he has shown in previous seasons has what it takes and will be a good back-up for Etzebeth.

Franco van der Merwe

He never made it into our team, but this could be more due to the fact that the Lions have been struggling, rather than a good indication of his form. With the loss of experience due to players retiring and the recent injury of Andries Bekker, Franco van der Merwe seems like a fairly logical call up.

Loose Forwards

Marcell Coetzee 9

Siya Kolisi 5

Jacques Botes 3

Jacques Potgieter 2

Willem Alberts 2

Making up the numbers: CJ Stander (2), Heinrich Brussouw (2), Rynhardt Elstadt, Duane Vermeulen, Dewald Potgieter.

Another young player rewarded for good form, clearly Marcell Coetzee has something special and it has been evident to all throughout this season. No one is arguing his selection, but the omission of Kolisi who has also been impressive is a little surprising, as the young Stormers player has also been outstanding for his team. Although Alberts hasn’t been at his best his selection is understandable, as the coach has placed some trust in the players form before his injuries this year. Jacques Potgieter for Brussouw is one of the biggest surprises, clearly our new national coach places lesser importance on the value of a good ball fetcher and protector. He has also explained this selection by pointing out that other players in other positions can take this responsibility and has been doing this just as well and better than Brussouw this season.

No. 8

Pierre Spies 4

Keegan Daniel 4

Duane Vermuelen 2

Making up the numbers: Nizaam Carr, Waren Whiteley, Nick Koster, Ashley Johnson, Josh Struass.

Pierre Spies has returned to some form this year and with quite a number of injuries in this area was never going to lose his spot at the back of the scrum. Keegan has been selected as a loose forward. He has showed some of his best in recent weeks but his selection was still quite surprising.

Ryan Kankowski

He’s played very little rugby this year and has not been in the best of form of late. Apparently though, Meyer is just as big a fan of the player (as am I) and could have selected Kankowski based on what he could bring to the Boks if he plays to his potential.


Francois Hougaard 8

Dewaldt Duvenage 3

European selection: Ruan Pienaar

Making up the numbers: Jano Vermaak, Charl McLeod, Piet van Zyl

According to our selections Duvenage would have been a fair option as cover for Hougaard but as it is Ruan Pienaar may start and Hougaard used as a utility cover. Vermaak’s selection, a player who had to sit on the bench the whole season, is an indication of the lack of quality scrumhalves in this country.


Patrick Lambie 5

Peter Grant 4

Morne Steyn 2

Making up the numbers: Johan Goosen (2), Elton Jantjies

Morne Steyn was never going to lose his place in the team and although he only made our team twice and I’m not the biggest fan of how he plays, he has been solid and integral for the Bulls. Maybe Lambie or Jantjies will be given an opportunity at some point as both these players present an exciting prospect for the future. This is why the omission of Grant is a no brainer for me. The injury of Johan Goosen has left the “make-Johan-Goosen-the-Bok-flyhalf” debate wide open.


Juan De Jongh 5

Tim Whitehead 4

Jean De Villiers 4

Meyer Bosman 3

European selection: Frans Steyn

Making up the numbers: Paul Jordaan (2), Andries Struass (2), Robert Eberson (2), Jp Pieterson (2), Francois Venter, Bryan Habana, Jaco Taute, Wynand Olivier

Twelve players were selected in the two centre position over 14 weeks. Four players showed some consistency, but only one of them were selected for the Bok team. Wynand Olivier must be there for his experience, but relative to the Boks and how much he’s played for them and the fact that 3 of the centres selected are inside centres, this selection does not make sense to me.

JJ Engelbrecht

It’s interesting that Meyer would leave one of the most consistent performers in the centres out of the squad completely and replace him with a young player who never cemented his spot for his provincial team during this season. Having said that JJ is a good young player with a lot of potential so I won’t question his selection, but rather the omission of de Jongh.


Willie Le Roux 5

Lwazi Mvovo 5

Akona Ndugane 4

Bryan Habana 4

Making up the Numbers: Gio aplon (2), Odwa Ndugane (2), Jp Pieterson (2), Bjorn Basson (2), Danie Poolman

It’s hard to argue the four selections made for the wings. Habana has slowly been returning to form, not the explosive player he used to be, but still a 50 plus cap Springbok. Then there’s JP who had to cover the midfield for most of this season for the Sharks, although he also had a few good runs at the wing. It’s JP’s reputation more than anything else that has him penned into the Bok team. Mvovo was the form wing in the South African conference and given that Meyer has made it clear that he will be playing a Bulls’ or (his style) of rugby, Basson is just the man to contest the up and unders that Steyn and Hougaard will surely put up. The only man unlucky to miss out on a call up is Willie le Roux.


Joe Pietersen 4

Zane Kirchner 2

Making up the Numbers: Riaan Viljoen (2), Louis Ludik (2), Andries Coetzee (2) Jaco Tuate, Patrick Lambie

Zane Kirchner ahead of Joe Pietersen has been another big talking point. Joe has been really good for the Stormers, not just this season, but over the past few years. His size may be considered a problem, although this hasn’t stopped him from putting in more good performances than any other SA fullback. He’s also an excellent goal kicker and could have been an option if Lambie (who’s kicking has also improved, but may still not be up to standard) was to be given a shot at flyhalf. As mentioned before, Willie le Roux has also been in awesome form and has been one of the outstanding outside backs of the competition. He has mentioned that he prefers playing fullback and could have replaced the uninspiring Kirchner as fullback cover.

Joe Pietersen may also still be injured at the moment? He didn’t start against the Bulls and wasn’t on the bench either. That may be why he wasn’t considered for the final Springbok squad. Meyer may actually be a fan of his style of play – especially because he had such an educated boot.

All in all, I think Meyer did a pretty decent job of selecting his first squad. I really don’t think any of his selections were made based on Bulls’ bias. If anything he probably just feels that these are the best players for him to work with to produce his first win as the Bok coach and that should be enough reason for a selection. I say good luck to him and all the boys who made it into the team.

So our team of the competition:

15. Joe Pietersen

14. Willie le Roux

13. Juan de Jongh

12. Tim Whitehead

11. Lwazi Mvovo

10. Patrick Lambie

9. Francois Hougaard

8. Pierre Spies

7. Marcell Coetzee

6. Siya Kolisi

5. Juandre Kruger

4. Eben Etzebeth

3. WP Nel

2. Bismark Du Plessis

1. Steven Kitshoff


Beast Mtwarira, Chilliboy Ralapelle, Anton Bresler, Keegan Daniel, Dewaldt Duvenage, Jean de Villiers, Peter Grant

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  • Interesting!

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.06.12 15:21:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • So Willie le Roux – would there have been a greater focus placed on his innovative play if it weren’t for the fact that he’s in the same team as Johan Goosen?

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.06.12 16:37:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : I think we could have a Bok 15 in the making.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.06.12 17:37:18 by Ben Reply
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  • The future of SA rugby looks bright indeed.

    If I may make a prediction, the 2015 RWC possible team
    1. Beast/Kitshoff
    2. Bissie
    3. ? Still Jannie?
    4. Etzebeth
    5. Kruger
    6. Kolisi
    7. Marcell
    8. ? Keegs? Strauss? Spies?
    9. Hougaard
    10. Lambie
    11. Lwazi
    12. F. Steyn
    13. Jordaan/de Jongh
    14. le Roux
    15. ? maybe Taute? If he plays like he did last year and the start of this year

    Just a quick thought, the ones with ? no one realy shows true staying power

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.06.12 21:33:14 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 4) : You know that JPP is still just 25 right. So his name should probably be at that right wing before le Roux’s.

    Pat Cillier could be one of the looseheads that can still grow into a test player. He’s also something like 25.

    I also think Taute is a great fullback option, but they shouldn’t be shifting him into the centres when they need midfield players he should stay at the back.

    Andries Coetzee who filled in for him also looks like he’s a good prospect.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.12 07:35:42 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : I like Pat, but with Beast, Kitshoff, Coenie all there as well he may not quite make it into the Bok team.

    As for JPP, he has played two world cups, has the maturity of a 100cap veteran, so I often forget how young he still is.

    Personally I’d play Jannie du Plessis at fb before I choose Kirchener there, hope Taute gets a contract at a team that will help him grow to his true potential, he can become a legend

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.06.12 06:38:49 by Die Kriek Reply


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