Super Rugby Team of the Week: Week 4

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 12 Mar 2013 at 13:20
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What a great weekend for South African rugby. And yes since last year with the new conference system any win for other South African teams basically counts against your team, but any proud South African rugby supporter no matter how provincial they are must have felt some satisfaction from this weekend’s New Zealand whitewash. First the Cheetahs, with probably the biggest surprise of the weekend, then the Stormers in an absolutely scintillating rugby match and finally the Bulls in their first win ever in Auckland.

So I’d like to pose this question, is the standard of South African derbies lower than that of New Zealand and Australia, or are our teams so closely competitive that these matches are fought out more like Test matches?

There were also a couple of Australian derbies this weekend, where the Brumbies again showed their dominance in their conference with another clinical performance and the Reds battled it out with the Rebels in a game that either showed great improvement from the Rebels or the start of a Reds backslide, it can’t be clear until these teams step out of their conference. The Crusaders and Hurricanes exchanged a few tries in a poor defensive display, the Hurricanes came out tops, but both teams have a few things to work on.

This week our team is pretty evenly spread between the 3 teams involved in the Kiwi clean sweep, with 5 for the Bulls and for the Cheetahs and Stormers 4 each, with the Sharks making up the numbers.

15. Joe Pietersen

He looked good in a more attacking Stormers backline, joining the line often and taking the ball up from the back.

14. Akona Ndungane

Experience doesn’t count for nothing in this game. So many of SA’s younger more explosive wings can still learn a thing or from both Ndungane twins.

13. Jean de Villiers (c)

He got over the advantage line with every carry and created space for players on both sides of him.

12. Robert Ebersohn

He’s consistently putting in solid performances for his team, probably for the past two years. I can’t remember a time he’s had a misstep.

11. Lionel Mapoe

He was back on the wing, but often looked for work in the midfield.

10. Morne Steyn

He had an up and down game, mixing in a few bad things amongst the good, but ultimately his team got over the line and recorded their first win in Auckland.

9. Sarel Pretorius

These are the performances we got used to 2 years ago.

8. Pierre Spies (c)

Sprints like that down the blindside used to be a staple in his arsenal, it’s more like an eclipse now, but when it happens, you can’t help but admire. Now he just needs to produce these runs and performances more consistently.

7. Pieter Labuschagne

Sir John Kerwin said it best during the halftime interview when he said that you can’t play rugby when you’re bullied. This honour can be ascribed to Labaschagne and the rest of the Cheetahs loose trio.

6. Siya Kolisi

The backs scored the tries, but the platform was laid by ball carriers like Kolisi who was immense on the night.

5. Andries Bekker

I don’t know why more SA locks can’t run and carry the way Bekker does, this from the tallest man in the competition.

4. Flip van der Merwe

Etsebeth will have to put in a few big hits of his own when he comes back, because Flip is out to prove a point.

3. Jannie du Plessis

In the first half a penalty try from a 5 meter scrum seemed almost a sure thing. Now I’m not technically astute when it comes to scrum time (I hardly think anyone but front rowers can say that), but common sense tells me the ref got it wrong in the second half.

2. Adriaan Strauss (c)

He seems to be able to lift his team to put everything on the line and maybe that’s because he’s willing to do that himself.

1. Beast Mtawarira

The same applies here as with Jannie du Plessis, as both David Campese and Nick Mallett said after the game, a ref should not even out a contest when one team is dominating.

Our international selections:

15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Rene Ranger, 12. Charlie Ngatai, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Pierre Spies (c), 7. Pieter Labuschagne, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Ben Afeaki, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Ben Franks


  • even the commentators were saying how the calls were shocking. Why would a team so dominant in the scrum bring the scrum down

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.03.13 13:28:22 by Dunx Reply
  • I thought Willie Le Roux had another brilliant game. He is looking in top form this year.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.03.13 13:35:58 by Orelando_G Reply
  • Labuschagne from the Cheetahs is the form loosie of the competition, he’s had 2 sensational games. Aplon was good..but requires Stormers to give him some ball, which they hadn’t before Sat!

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.03.13 23:07:30 by Villie Reply
    Competition Winner
  • Oh boy, and the Morne Steyn love affair continues 🙄

    But then again, we’ll be accused of being impartial if we select Lambie, even when Lambie did everything 100% without fault. 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.03.13 10:13:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • My player of the week goes to DeKock Steenkamp ❗ I have never rated him ever and didnt think it possible he could impress me even if he shot lazers out of his eyes but the lad played the game of his life on Saturday.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.03.13 10:27:59 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) : Don’t think anyone will ever accuse this site of being ‘impartial’. 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.03.13 10:53:14 by McLovin Reply


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