Super Rugby: Team of the Week 9

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, EP Kings, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 16 Apr 2013 at 09:00
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There was a lot of close battles and upsets in an exciting weekend of round 9 Super Rugby. The Brumbies redeemed themselves from a shock draw with the Kings and solidified their place at the top if their conference and the overall log by putting in another classy performance against the Highlanders, the Reds went to Waikato stadium and with their Genia/Cooper pairing back to top form, showed that they still got what it takes to win this competition with a convincing win against the Chiefs and in an Australian vs New Zealand whitewash the Force held on to a 2 point lead to stun the Crusaders.

The Blues and the Hurricanes showed of in the one New Zealand derby of the weekend, but all the excitement and firepower the Hurricanes had last year are quickly fading into memory, while the Blues continue to make a surge up the log.

In the South African conference it was the derby matches that everyone waited for, but the Kings’ overtime drop goal victory against the Rebels was a nice surprise, with the Kings showing guts and character in the last few minutes of that game. As usual both South African derbies were tight affairs and both the Stormers and Bulls had to grind out victories against the opposition.

The Kings and the Stormers have 6 players each in our team this week and the Cheetahs and Sharks rounds it out with 2 and 1, respectively. The Bulls although they won did not have any stand out players.

15. George Whitehead

He has been playing really well wherever they have asked him to play, from the back his decision making is good, he drops his kicks in behind the outside backs and joins the line to create space for his team.

14. Willie le Roux

This time he was in the losing team, but he continues to be central to the Cheetahs’ attacks.

13. Juan de Jongh

He runs great lines and with a world class inside centre next to him, these running lines will be rewarded.

12. Jean de Villiers

Still world class, with an inexperience Flyhalf on his inside he took control of the game and showed why he has been playing for the Boks all this time.

11. Ronnie Cooke

He was moved to the wing this week, but continues his good form.

10. Demetri Catrakilis

He has been doing plenty of good things this season, but that drop kick was a thing of beauty.

9. Shaun Venter

What a talent, his decision making his great and he delivers good clean ball to his runners, but then he also has an eye for a gap.

8. Cornel du Preez

The Kings’ loose forwards has been a revelation this year, I won’t be surprised to see one or two of them called into the Bok group.

7. Wimpie van der Walt

Not one of the Bok ball carriers has looked as good carrying the ball as this guy and his team mates, Lappies Labuschagne is another that has been showing them how.

6. Siya Kolisi

Kolisi’s defense was immense against the Sharks, he didn’t just bring them down, he smashed them backwards, got up and contested the ball. Great intensity.

5. Andries Bekker

He keeps showing the rest how it is done. The Line outs are a given, but his work rate and effort around the field are influential.

4. Pieter-Steph du Toit

The only guy in the Sharks forwards, with maybe Kyle Cooper, that looked willing to carry the ball with some purpose.

3. Frans Malherbe

We need another tighthead in this country and I’m not saying Malherbe is it, but standing up to the Sharks’ scrum and showing them a thing or two, cannot be ignored.

2. Adriaan Strauss

This is a tough call, as he just couldn’t keep his team together to take a victory that were in their hands, but they got close and his runs and carries throughout the game, could not be ignored.

1. Steven Kitshoff

He’s had a quiet season, but came up against the Bok tight head and scrumed him of the field.


15. Charles Piutau, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Richard Kahui, 12. Jean de Villiers, 11. Rod Davies, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Richard Brown, 7. George Smith, 6. Steven Luatua, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Ged Robinson, 1. Ben Franks


  • Demetri Catrakilis, This is the only guy in SA that can slot a drop with both feet.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.13 09:28:49 by Uli Reply
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    Uli Boelie
  • How awesome are Kings loosies? The 2nd best trio in the comp for me after the Cheetahs combo

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.04.13 01:12:45 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 2) : I see the combo has been changed – Luke back at 8 in place of du Preez who moves to 7

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.04.13 07:52:10 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 2) : I’d be in favour of including Luke in the Bok team if it means Spies stops getting a starting berth.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.04.13 09:59:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : I’d actually prefer it to have Luke at openside and Cornel at 8, but who knows what will happen in the match

    @vanmartin (Comment 4) : I think Vleis wouldn’t look out of place in that Bok no.8 jersey

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.04.13 10:54:12 by Ludz Reply


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