Super Rugby Team of the Week: week 1

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 27 Feb 2013 at 08:40
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Finally Super Rugby has returned and we can again keep an eye on the stand-out players in the South African conference with, what we now call our Bok barometer – Super Rugby Team of the Week. We saw some great rugby this past weekend, especially from the New Zeeland sides that dished up some superb open running rugby and as usual the two South African derbies were a battle up front to try and prove dominance early on, while the Kings surprised and with a decent victory against the Force in their first game ever.

This week the three winning South African teams are well-represented in our numbers, The Sharks have 5 players this week just ahead of the Kings with 4 and the Bulls with 3. The two losing South African teams, the Stormers and the Cheetahs, get 2 and 1 respectively.

15. Zane Kirchner
He was solid as usual at the back and with his flyhalf executed the kicking game plan that the Bulls successfully instilled against the Stormers with great control and accuracy.

14 Sergeal Petersen
What a way to start your Super Rugby career, three months out of school, your first game and you already scored 2 tries for your team. A little pocket rocket, full of energy and great potential.

13. Jean de Villiers
He got his team over the advantage line even when they did not look good as a team and when they did start to get it together he was central to their mini comeback to give their scoreline some respectability.

12. Wynand Olivier
Fresh back from his stint in Japan and sporting a new hairstyle, the Bulls veteran inside centre did not have that much to do in his team’s game-plan, but when he did he showed why he’s an automatic pick in the Bulls backline.

11. Bryan Habana
He had to wait until the second half to get any quality ball, but when he finally did, he looked dangerous.

10. Patrick Lambie
He has added another layer to his game and used it perfectly this weekend. He controlled the game well with his tactical kicking and a 100% kicking record will always be valuable in this competition.

9. Cobus Reinach
He produced a clinical performance, providing quick and clean ball for his flyhalf to work off.

8. Philip van der Walt
A strong ball carrier for the Cheetahs, he got his team over the advantage line with every run and even created the comeback try for his team, pulling in the defence and making the inside pass to put his flanker over the line.

7. Jacques Engelbrecht
He didn’t start the game, but made a huge impact when he came on with every ball carrying opportunity he got.

6. Jacques Botes
Injuries to a few key players probably gave him his starting spot and it looked like he was out to prove that he still has something to offer the Sharks in his position, making quite a few steals for his team.

5. Steven Sykes
Maybe the best game I’ve seen him play. He was a strong physical presence in the loose.

4. David Bulbring
I thought the whole Kings pack was quite impressive in getting the ball over the advantage line for their team and making big tackles, Bulbring was just one of the stand-outs.

3. Jannie du Plessis
A dominant scrum performance like that needs no further support.

2. Chiliboy Ralepelle
One of the Bok Hooker contenders, Chilliboy will do his chances of pushing for selection no harm with clean performances like this one.

1.Tendai Mtawarira
He made a couple of his trademark runs again, but it’s his dominance at scrum time that was most impressive

And just to give things perspective here’s an idea of how we thought SA players faired in the competition as a whole:

15 Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 14. Frank Halai (Blues) 13. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 12. Francis Saili (Blues) 11. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 10. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 9. Piri Weepu (Blues) 8. Jake Schatz (Reds) 7 Jacques Engelbrecht (Kings) 6. Ed Quirk (Reds) 5. Ali Williams (Blues) 4. Craig Clark (Chiefs) 3. Jannie du Plessis (Sharks) 2. Siai Fainga’a (Reds) 1. Beast Mtawarira (Sharks)


  • Strictly speaking it is week 2, although I must say I could not be bothered with week 1

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.13 08:54:13 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : fair enough!

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.13 08:57:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Seeing the pre-halftime score at 5-10 to the Force I did not feel bothered to watch the rest of that game. Must say, reading the ‘begrafnis’ articles, I am actually disappointed for missing that

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.13 09:41:27 by Die Kriek Reply

  • The Super Team is a more accurate reflection of where the SA and Ozzie teams stand in comparison to the Kiwi teams. They don’t look rusty which doesn’t bode well for us.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.13 09:52:51 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 3) : half watched the first half and was skipping between that game and the eng vs france but the second half became so intriguing i watched the whole second half. Very good performance. Englebrecht did loads of great drives and runs

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.13 09:53:55 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 5) : Can’t believe the Sharks didn’t sign him up when we had the chance. Apparently he played SA 7’s. He certainly has good ball skills.

    Glad to see some new faces getting a chance to shine. Put Engelbrecht in a stronger pack and he’ll do some damage!

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.13 10:30:40 by ChrisS Reply
  • Hougaard, Steyn?

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.02.13 10:31:34 by McLovin Reply

  • I was not that impressed by Zane this weekend. Got it wrong on defence a couple of times. But then again no fullback really stepped up this weekend. Not so much a choice as a lack of options.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.02.13 10:44:53 by Viking Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : I also thought Hougaard had a good game. But Lambie and Steyn were both very even and considering this is a shraks site we have to give preference to Lambie 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.02.13 10:45:57 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 9) : Of course. :mrgreen:

    And they’re Bulls, which also carries an automatic penalty. 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.02.13 10:49:04 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.02.13 10:50:57 by Viking Reply
  • Go Kirchner!! WOOHOO!! 😈 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.02.13 11:03:36 by wpw Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 8) : Rubbish – Daniller caused us all sorts of problems. He probably made more meters than any of the Sharks. He is just another of those players that absolutely cannot be picked. Ever. 😕

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.02.13 09:14:53 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 13) : You’re right, according to rugbystats.com.au he made the most meters of all the SA fullbacks. Jaco Taute was second best on that stat though an if you didn’t watch the game, I can tell you that he had a horrible time of it.

    Now that you mention though, Daniller did make a few good runs, but probably only at the back end of the game. On the other hand a few of those runs almost stole a win for his team.


  • Comment 14, posted at 28.02.13 09:36:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 14) : rugbystats did not credit PSDT with any metres – even if I recall his nice barnstorming run on the sideline. I am not sure how much I trust their stats.

    The same site credited Spies with most of Coetzee’s tackles in a 4N match last year.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.02.13 11:08:36 by Bokhoring Reply

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