Super Rugby Team of the Week: Week 6

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 27 Mar 2013 at 08:53
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South African teams had another successful weekend winning three from four against Australian opposition, the Sharks putting up a record score against the lowly Rebels and the Stormers taking down the log leading Brumbies. The Kings, as expected went down against a classy Crusaders side that seems to be getting back to form and the Cheetahs continued their good run in Australasia, finishing of their tour with a good win against the Force, their third win on tour.

The Highlanders tried to put a choke hold on the Chiefs in the only derby match over the weekend and were seemingly successful in the first half, but the champion Chiefs side got just enough ball in the second to come away with a comfortable win in the end. And the Waratahs surprised when they beat the Blues in a composed second half comeback.

This week our team are made up of 9 Sharks – their opposition might not have been strong, but their performance remains sublime, 5 Stormers and 1 Cheetahs player.

15. Louis Ludik

Mr Consistency was rewarded with two tries for his hard work during the season.

14. Gio aplon

He has magic feet and is one of the most dangerous players when given some space.

13. Juan de Jong

A good game back for De Jongh, nothing major, but every other SA 13 was anonimous.

12. Meyer Bosman

He really stepped up to the plate in this game and made a big difference in getting the ball wide for the Sharks.

11. Gerhard van den Heever

He has not had the best time of it since making the move to the Stormers from the Bulls, but it seems with more game time he is getting some of his confidence back.

10. Elton Jantjies

Controlled the game nicely, and created spaces for runners coming of his shoulder.

9. Cobus Reinach

Some real potential here. Given time and experience he could be pushing for higher colors.

8. Keegan Daniel

He said he wasn’t pleased with his performance against the Brumbies. This was as good as I have seen him play in a long time. A good turn-around for the Sharks captain.

7. Ryan Kankowski

Although he didn’t start the game, he made a big influence when he came on. He and Daniel combine beautifully to create spaces for each other to run into.

6. Heinrich Brussow

He is so annoying to play against. He was central to his team staying in this match and eventually getting over the line.

5. Andries Bekker

He scored two tries in this match, but it’s his work around the field that remains impressive.

4. Pieter-Steph du Toit

In his first super Rugby start the young man made sure John Plumtree will think twice about dropping him to the bench again.

3. Wiehahn Herbst

The Rebels scrum never had a chance. The Sharks scored 10 tries and it started with the tight five stepping up.

2. Kyle Cooper

Another player who got a chance to start and who would like not be dropped to the bench any time soon.

1. Beast Mtawarira

He is well and truly back. The big man smashed his opposite number at scrum time.

International team:

15. Louis Ludik, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Adam-Ashley Cooper, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Drew Mitchell, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Kieran Read, 7. George Whitelock, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit 3. Paddy Ryan, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Beast Mtawarira


  • de Jongh was more anonymous than the rest of the SA 13’s. He went awol. The best SA 13 was JJ Engelbrecht of the Bulls.

    You have to be kidding selecting Bosman ahead of Jean. Bosman did nothing of note in a one sided affair. Selecting him for the international team is laughable.

    Kankan ahead of Elstadt and Labascagne is a big no, no…..both these players were huge on the weekend.

    Malherbe cracks the nod for 3 and Strauss the nod for 2.

    Team of the week was:

    15. Ludik 14. Aplon 13. JJ 12. Jean 11. v/d Heever 10. Jantjies 9. Reinach 1. Beast 2. Strauss 3. Malherbe 4. Steph du Toit 5. Bekker 6. Brussouw 7. Elstadt 8. Vermeulen

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.03.13 11:57:59 by Saffex Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 1) :

    Difficult to compare because the games played out so differently.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.03.13 12:03:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel – well one has to take the opposition into account for a start. The Sharks had a one sided affair where the forwards provided most of the play.

    I struggle to see what Bosman added to the equation for a start and certainly do not buy into the call that he was better than Frans at 12. I have been of the opinion that Jean is past his best and I stand by that. I would not select him for the Boks, we need to move on from these old timers. However, having said that, Jean was far better than Bosman was this weekend.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.03.13 12:10:09 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (comment 3). Will Bosman ever do something good in your eyes. Its always a pity that if somebody don’t like a player (don’t even know them) they don’t see the good in him. The last 3 years Frans did not play good rugby. As Pokkel said, you can’t realy compare.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.03.13 12:24:52 by springbok Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 1) : @springbok (Comment 4) : Anyone that picks Malherbe as their first choice TH can’t be taken seriously.

    Pudding face will be schooled this weekend by the Crusaders. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.03.13 13:08:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @springbok, what are you on about? I dont know anything about Bosman as a person, its not the issue. He is an ordinary rugby player – he proved that years ago.

    @Fire, Malherbe is a good prospect and is in good form this year. He has rightly displaced Cilliers for the tighthead spot and was awarded with a Bok call up last year. I have a feeling you dont know what you are talking about. The Stormers pack will struggle against the Saders without Liebenberg at 2 and Etzebeth at 4. Fourie is a great player, but a liability in the scrums. de Kock Steenkamp is just a liability in general, although I must admit he had a solid game against the Brumbies, if solid is good enough, which it is not.

    Malherbe is a good tighthead, he is better than Herbst – who is a handy prop

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.03.13 13:46:03 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 6) :
    Calm down. Difference of opinion is welcome on SW, but on this blog belittling others wins you contempt, not respect.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.03.13 14:00:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 6) :

    Let me guess, you’re a Stormers supporter?? :mrgreen: πŸ˜†

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.03.13 14:08:29 by wpw Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 6) :

    try using the grey arrow next to the name of the person you want to reply to.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.03.13 14:09:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Those bastards are everywhere. No manners too. πŸ˜‰ 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.03.13 14:15:17 by McLovin Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) : Who am I belittling?

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.03.13 14:20:55 by Saffex Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Nope, come from Grahamstown, but have been in England since 99. I support all the SA sides – have no affiliation to any of the sides

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.03.13 14:23:02 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 1) : That’s your opinion, and I also thought Jean was good. I didn’t think JJ did much tough, but since I didn’t think any SA 13 did much this weekend I won’t fight you on that one.

    As far as Jean ahead of Bosman, it could easily have happened given the fact that the Stormers was playing tougher opposition and Jean’s influence in that game, to me the international 12 had to go to one of them and since Bosman was selected for the SA team it would have been weird to pick Jean in the international team.

    Labaschagne, I thought had a pretty quiet game, compared to the rest of his season, and that was in a struggling game, against a side that handed the Rebels their first win in the competition (I know the force improved and it was in Australia, but still).

    Although all the Stormers forwards had a solid game, including Elstadt and Vermeulen, I thought the way Keegan and Kanko combined was huge in the way the Sharks came out and scored a few more tries at the start of the second half.

    Strauss is always a contender, but given the nature of the two games and the impact Cooper had on the sharks game, I thought he was deserving.

    Everyone has there opinion though, and you are welcome to differ from mine any time.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.03.13 15:11:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 11) : You said: “I have a feeling you don’t know what you are talking about.” – What makes you think anyone of us here knows more than the other. We don’t have credentials – my only credential is “Addicted to rugby, since I can remember”.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.03.13 15:14:14 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 6) : Aaah come on man, even Burden got a Bok call-up last year πŸ˜†

    Malherbe will come second against any half decent loose head, as he has in the past.

    I think our best young hope at TH is wors, I wasn’t a fan of his initially, but he’s proving to be quite the understudy to Jannie.

    But if Malherbe comes to the party at TH, it will be a good thing for SA as we are quite thin in that position.

    Wish SR had the 23 players per side rule already, which would have allowed the Sharks to blood Dell as well as Wors for the front row – blerrie ozzies 😈 .

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.03.13 15:37:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 13) :

    Yes its an opinion thing and in my opinion Bosman added little value to the Sharks cause with ball in hand. Jean was far better. Ebersohn for the Cheetahs was better than Bosman.

    Elstadt was the best 7 of the weekend. I am not a fan of Daniel at 8, he is too small for 8 and should only play 6. Great player, but Vermeulen was better.

    Cooper was good against the Brumbies, nothing significant against the Rebels. Strauss was better

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.03.13 16:13:08 by Saffex Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 14) : Thats not belittling

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.03.13 16:14:17 by Saffex Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) : Nope Malherbe is better than Herbst……my issue with Herbst is that he looks to be a little light at 114kg. The same can be said of Dell who is lighter. Top props these days need to be closer to 120kg. Herbst needs to add 5kg of muscle

    Coenie is playing 3 and has the strength to make tighthead his own. He will have to work on his technique, which will be Os’s job.

    Other good prospects at 3 are Marcel v/d Merwe who is injured and has moved to the Bulls. I also like the look of Frik Kirsten of the Bulls.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.03.13 16:18:45 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 18) : Problem with Coenie – he has been with Os now for quite some time, but he does not seem to understand this technique thing all too well! πŸ˜†

    Oh and Wors are getting hitched now – he will add that 5kg in NO time at all! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.03.13 16:57:11 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 19) : Problem with Coenie is that he keeps getting injured

    Good call on Wors!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.03.13 17:35:14 by Saffex Reply

  • Meyer Bosman sure proved a point in that Plumtree is scratching his head with regards to Frans Steyn. Bosman played better than Steyn at 12 and Ludik is our best fullback. Where does Frans Steyn go in the backline?

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.03.13 11:23:59 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 21) : reserve orange peeler.

    Frans and Tim Whitehead on the bench for saders

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.03.13 11:26:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Whitehead back is exciting news. The Sharks have real backline competition at the moment amongst the centers/wings/fullbacks. Flyhalf is being owned by Lambie and scrumhalf by Reinach. The loosies will be a huge headache when Alberts and Deysel return!

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.03.13 11:32:49 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • IMO PSDT was the player of the weekend. Would love to see him and Etzebeth together in Green and Gold in a year or so.

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.03.13 11:56:09 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 24) : yes, that’s the combo that’s going to do it. Etze moving to 5, I think.

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.03.13 12:54:11 by robdylan Reply
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