Super Rugby team of the week: Week 10

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Apr 2013 at 09:28
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Last weekend produced a few more upsets and interesting results that have opened up the standings in such a manner that the 10th placed Stormers are only 10 points behind the log leading Brumbies, who have played one more game than most of the other teams. As I’ve heard it said somewhere else, this year the top six won’t be determined until right at the end.

The Hurricanes, Crusaders and Bulls did what they were expected to do by getting past the Force, Highlanders and Kings, some of them more convincingly than others. The Reds and the Brumbies were in a battle for top spot in the Australian conference and only confirmed how close they are with a devastating draw and now only 2 points separating them on the log.

The Cheetahs surprised the Sharks at Kings Park, when they held them in a stranglehold for most of 80 minutes, pouncing on the errors that was forced, scoring two tries and allowing the struggling Sharks side only two penalties. The biggest surprise of the weekend was the Waratahs denying the Chiefs a win, making this the second weekend in a row that they have gone down to an Aussie side.

Our team of the week reflects the winning South African teams again, conditions at Kings Park didn’t allow for the most entertaining rugby though so the Bulls dominate the numbers with 8 players, the Cheetahs came second with 5 players, all in the forwards, and the Sharks and Kings each got one player in our team.

15. Riaan Viljoen

He was the only Sharks player to do the basics right and look dangerous on attack.

14. Akona Ndungane

It was a free flowing game for the backs and Ndungane enjoyed the open game.

13. JJ Engelbrecht

He is forming a strong partnership with young Jan Serfontein.

12. Jan Serfontein

He’s proving to be as good as we thought he would be and enjoyed some freedom to play with good front foot ball.

11. Lionel Mapoe

He still looks better at centre, but joins the line frequently enough and looks strong when he gets the ball.

10. Morne Steyn

Controlled the game with his boot and spread the ball well to his dynamic centres.

9. Jano Vermaak

His experience and form and the absence of other scrummies makes him the frontrunner to for the Bok jersey.

8. Pierre Spies

Spies is playing some of his better rugby and is looking in good form.

7. Lappies Labuschagne

He’s been one of the best loosies in the competition this year and continued to do well against the Sharks.

6. Heinrich Brussow

A thorn in the flesh of the openside-less Sharks.

5. David Bulbring

He plays the enforcer role as well as he calls the line-outs.

4. Lood de Jager

Another strong performance from him this year, combining with an uncompromising Cheetahs pack.

3. Lourens Adriaanse

They had the Sharks covered before Beast went of and turned the pressure on when scrumming against two tight heads.

2. Chiliboy Ralepelle

An almost flawless game from another one of the South African hookers vying for that Bok jersey.

1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Moved to the loose head side of the scum and looked to be under pressure against Herbst, but improved in this area as the game continued and never let up with his work rate at the breakdown and around the field.


15. Israel Folau, 14. Rod Davies, 13. Robbie Fruean, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Pierre Spies, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Dave Dennis, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

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