Sharksworld’s Team of the week 18

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 18 Jul 2012 at 14:11

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The final week of Super Rugby rounds produced some exciting games. First the Brumbies kicked themselves out of the playoffs, the the Hurricanes won, but did just enough to help the Stormers take top spot and the Reds took advantage of the Brumbies’ blunder and took the Aussie conference top spot with a convincing bonus point victory against the Waratahs.

The South African conference teams also had a lot riding on their games. The Stormers were not so convincing against the Rebels, but again did enough to take a win and with a total of 14 from 16 this season also took top spot on the overall log. The Sharks struggled through the first half against a spirited Cheetahs side, but with Heinrich Brussouw looking on from the side of the field and the Sharks going at full steam there was no way for the Cheetahs to stop them from moving on into the playoffs. The Lions also put up quite a fight against the Bulls in the final round match of Super Rugby 2012, going into halftime with the scoreboard level at 20 all, the Bulls also had to go out and show what they were made of in the second half to take 5th spot and a Crusaders quarter final.

The team of the week is dominated by the same Sharks players of last week, mostly based on the outstanding second half performances, 8 Sharks, 4 Stormers, 2 Bulls and 1 of each for the other 2 teams.

15. Louis Ludik (4)

After another great outing Ludik was benched a little unfairly for a player that was not completely fit, but after getting on the field half time, again showed his loyalty and commitment to the team, with another excellent performance.

14. JP Pietersen (6) 4 at Outside Centre

JP was my player of the weekend. He is playing some of his best rugby again and was the at the heart of the Sharks’ comeback against the Cheetahs.

13. Juan de Jongh (6)

He may not be in Meyer’s plans, but he has been in our team of the week more than any other centre. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s done enough to get the recognition from the Bok selectors.

12. Frans Steyn (2)

Too bad the Sharks will have to do without him this weekend. Steyn did a great job of helping the Sharks into the Quarters with his strong runs and big tackling (aside from the one that got him a yellow).

11. Bryan Habana (7) 1 at Centre

A confident Habana is a dangerous Habana and a good thing for SA rugby.

10. Peter Grant (7)

With no Lambie or Goosen competing against him and Elton Jantjies in a struggling team he had only Morne to compete with. Not only has his kicking average been better, but he has also consistently produced better more solid play in this position than the Bok incumbent.

9. Francois Hougaard (10)

Hougaard came up against last week’s scrumhalf of the week and was given quite a contest, but when the game opened up in the second half the Lions and so Bondisio had no answers for the Bulls attack.

8. Ryan Kankowski (2)

We just have to mention that the other best eighth man over the weekend was actually a hooker. Deon Fourie was one of the outstanding Stormers players against the Rebels, but just missed out to another blinder from Kankowski. It’s great to see Kanko in full flight. Two games in a row for Ryan, can we safely say he’s back or will we wait for his next game?

7. Marcell Coetzee (11)


He even scored his first try of the season and showed some gas in doing so.

6. Heinrich Brussouw (4)

Even if he’s not the best ball carrier or biggest loose forward and although he’s been having a quiet season by his standards, he still annoys the crap out of any opposition hoping for quick ball. The Sharks’ resurgence into the game coincided with Heinrich leaving the field, we’re not saying it would not have happened had he stayed on, but we’re sure glad we didn’t find out.

5. Andries Bekker (6)

When you’re that tall you’re obviously going to have an impact at line out time, but Bekker is also one of the locks in SA who likes to get his hands dirty around the breakdown and does so effectively .

4. Willem Alberts (3) 2 of which at flank

Before he left to play for the Boks Willem was having a somewhat average season and even got benched for Jacques Botes’ inclusion. He was one of the best players for the Boks though and luckily for the Sharks it looks like he’s continuing where he left off.

3. Jacobie Adriaanse *

His name is pretty new to me, but with the lack of tighthead depth in this country we may hear his name more in the future.

2. Bismarck du Plessis (9)

Was there actually a point at which we questioned his awesomeness? He and Alberts made a huge impact in getting the Sharks over the advantage line once they were brought on.

1. JC Janse van Rensburg *

Another player who’s a little unknown to me, but got on my radar sometime this season. He and his prop partner stood up to a 3 Bok front row challenge and came out tops.

That’s it for the round games of Super Rugby 2012, but lookout for our playoff teams from next week.

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  • “7. Marcell Coetzee (11)

    MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP!”


  • Comment 1, posted at 18.07.12 14:30:51 by Die Kriek Reply
  • Chuck Norris is afraid that Bismarck is under his bed

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.07.12 14:39:40 by KingRiaan Reply
  • Can we now see a team of the season?

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.07.12 15:43:50 by Bite me Reply
    Bite me
  • @Bite me (Comment 3) : Your request has been noted. 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.07.12 16:07:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • Has anyone seen re.union’s super xv of the season?

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.07.12 20:18:29 by Die Kriek Reply

  • One wonders if Heyneke Meyer will reward super rugby form in the Rugby Championship?? Because guys like Peter Grant, Juan DeJong,Louis Ludik and Gio Aplon have all put their hands up. I wonder too if Meyer will experiment against the Argentines? He has come out ans said that the best team will play every game, so will have to wait and see. Surely though he needs to find more answers in the front row?? And those answers do not start with Kruger and Greyling!

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.07.12 08:08:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : No, No and yes.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.07.12 10:02:08 by Letgo Reply
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