Super Rugby Team of the Week: Week 7

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 3 Apr 2013 at 09:14
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Another week where the Cheetahs were the only South African side to come up with a win over the course of the weekend’s matches. They looked good against the Rebels to equal their record of four straight wins in Super Rugby.

The Kings, again did not look so bad against the Hurricanes, but couldn’t manage a second win and it won’t be getting any easier for them this week, as they will be taking on the Brumbies. The Bulls played it too safe against a very astute Brumbies side and left it too late to turn the match around and the Stormers weren’t able to add “best Super Rugby team ever” to their list of impressive victories this season.

The Highlanders took on the Reds in the first match of the weekend, where the Reds, with their pivot partnership of Genia and Cooper back, showed glimpses of the Champion team they were in 2011. And the two derby matches of the weekend produced two tight games with the Chiefs and Waratahs coming out on top.

The Cheetahs being the only victorious side again, they take up 9 places in our team this week, while the Stormers and Kings have 2 each and the Bulls 1.

15. George Whitehead

He got his team over the advantage line every time he touched the ball.

14. Willie le Roux

After the game he said: “I don’t want structure, or kicking, I just want to play the ball”. And it is evident in the way he plays.

13. Johann Sadie

His best game of the season. Enjoyed the open game, which ensured that he got more possession in space.

12. Robert Ebersohn

It’s hard to imagine him not getting a call up to the Boks if he continues to play like this.

11. Raymond Rhule

Strong and fast and always looking for work.

10. Burton Francis

Pinpoint accuracy with his boot. He kept the Rebels playing in their half.

9. Jano Vermaak

He’s doing an excellent job in the absence of Hougaard, who will now have to prove himself as the best option again when the latter comes back.

8. Jacques Engelbrecht

Even against the big loose forwards of the Hurricanes he was able to make good meters when he carried the ball.

7. Lappies Labuschagne

One of the South African standouts this year. It’s great to see a South African forward not just trying to run over the opposition.

6. Siya Kolisi

Tried his best in a losing cause, but there’s not much you can do when your team can’t maintain possession.

5. Francois Uys

The Cheetahs never seem to have any trouble with their lineouts.

4. Steven Sykes

He’s carrying the ball like he never did before and looks to be the man in the forwards that the team rally around for inspiration and guidance.

3. Coenie Oosthuizen

He came on as an early replacement and as usual was everywhere on the field.

2. Adriaan Strauss

It’s hard to leave him out of any team. He’s another player who gets involved everywhere on the field.

1. Pat Cilliers

He looked good in his first game back and was strong in the scrums.


15. Israel Folau, 14. Willie le Roux, 13. Richard Kahui, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Matt Todd, 6. Brad Shields, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Ben Afeaki, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Toby Smith


  • I love seeing the Cheetah’s do well. 😀

    Willie le Roux’s comment probably cost him a spot on the Bok team. Heyeneke Meyer will never have somebody in his team with that attitude. 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.04.13 10:49:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Wow, you have to be kidding. Vermaak was awful for the Bulls. JJ Engelbrecht was better than Sadie at 13. Bekker was better than Uys at 5, de Jager was better than Sykes and Nkanyane was better than Cilliers at 1.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.04.13 16:09:52 by Saffex Reply

  • Sheeslikit Saffex – that’s YOUR opinion. Perhaps start with “I think” or “in my opinion”. You are extremely abrupt and bashing.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.04.13 16:29:57 by Ice Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 2) : Dude, you earn no friends by putting down another person’s opinion. We’re here to discuss and share ideas, no one is ever always right the whole time.

    For example, you say Bekker was better than Uys. I disagree. Now I can say: “Are you mad? Look how many lineouts the Stormers lost! Don’t show your ignorance.” or I can respect your opinion and put mine forward by saying: “I disagree about Bekker. The Stormers lost too many lineouts and Bekker surely must take the blame for calling to much ball onto himself.”

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.04.13 16:46:41 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 4) : lol well said

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.04.13 00:02:03 by Stiko85 Reply

  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 4) :

    You lot are far too bloody sensitive, get a grip man. All I said was you have to be kidding selecting Vermaak who along with Kircher, were liabilities for the Bulls. So you are now reacting to me saying you have to be kidding – how bloody pathetic

    As for Bekker missing the line-outs, you are exposing your ignorance – its common knowledge that Deon Fourie had a mare of a game with his line-out throws.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.04.13 10:33:32 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 6) : No, I think the ignorance is in your court. Many of Fourie’s throws were on target but the ‘Saders were getting their men up in front of the Stormers’ jumpers. Bekker called a lot of ball on him that was stolen and he didn’t change tactics. I saw De Kock Steenkamp catch two balls at the front of the lineout when eventually the ball was called on him. Bekker still called more for the middle though.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.04.13 16:20:09 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Agree completely on Ebersohn, he’s just playing superbly, reminds of his days at Grey Bloem.

    It’s about time he showed his true potential too and he seems to play with a renewed confidence in the no.12 jersey.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.04.13 20:58:08 by Ludz Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Not convinced of the cheetahs yet the best team they have won is the Waratahs 😯 that doesn’t say much but I do like the way they play and maybe they can convince me when they play the big teams 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.04.13 21:41:52 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 9) : You’ve provided a reason to why I believe the Stormers will be victorious on Saturday.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.04.13 22:56:03 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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