Super Rugby Team of the Week: Week 12

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 8 May 2013 at 09:31
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Although only one South African team managed a win last weekend, there were a few tough battles and had both the Stormers and the Sharks had a little better luck or had a call or two or the bounce of the gone their way once or twice, both teams might have walked away with a win this weekend.

It’s been 12 grueling weeks and I think most teams, aside from maybe the Bulls and the Waratahs, will appreciate the upcoming 3 week break the incoming tours will will give them, none more so than the Sharks who have had a horrible run with injuries this year.

The winning Bulls have 6 players in our team this week, the Sharks and Stormers both come in with 4 and the Kings who got their first whipping of the season, got 1.

15. Riaan Viljoen

Aside from a one or two bad skews of the boot when clearing Viljoen had a great game, doing all the things expected of him and looking dangerous with ball in hand at times.

14. JP Pietersen

A yellow card in this first 6 minutes did not help his team, but his workrate, defence and threat on attack was outstanding after that incident.

13. JJ Engelbrecht

Last year his inclusion straight into the Bok team was questionable, in a strong Bulls team he has looked confident and proved some of his potential. Oh and he’s fast. Really fast.

12. Jean de Villiers

A class performance as player, when maybe lacking as captain. His two tries one of which from individual brilliance has just eclipsed the two-try performance of Meyer Bosman.

11. Lwazi Mvovo

It’s a darn shame that he had to break his thumb or whatever it was that kept him out for a couple of weeks. The Sharks have clearly missed his pace and powerful runs.

10. Morne Steyn

He hasn’t played like this in a while. Maybe taking the pressure of himself of having to make the Bok team by signing a contract in Europe was just the thing he needed. Only thing is, should he be selected when he won’t always be available for the Boks.

9. Jano Vermaak

He’s always been one of the better scrummies in South Africa and has enjoyed game time behind a strong bulls pack.

8. Jacques Engelbrecht

He was part of a hopeless cause, but amazingly he still managed to stand out.

7. Rynhardt Elstadt

Valiantly tried and made the metres only for his team to give up possession at the most inopportune time.

6. Siya Kolisi

Tackled like a beast and worked hard all over the field to give clean ball to his team, but as with Elstadt, his team gave it away when they could least afford it.

5. Andries Bekker

One of the most consistent performers this season.

4. Pieter-Steph du Toit

It’s like he’s trying to prove something. He’s everywhere on the field and effective at what he does.

3. Werner Kruger

As always the Bulls built their momentum with a solid base.

2. Chiliboy Ralepelle

Another strong performer from another one of SA’s great hookers.

1. Dean Greyling

He’s been quiet for a while, which with his record with penalties must be a good thing. He was rewarded with a try for his hard work.


15. Isreal Folau, 14. Cam Crawford, 13. Tim Nanai-Willimas, 12. Jean de Villiers 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Dan Carter, 9. Andy Ellis, 8. Scot Higginbotham, 7. George Smith, 6. Steven Lautau, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Piet-Steph du Toit, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 2. Heath Tessman, 1. Ben Robinson


  • Disagree, Visser was better than Viljoen. Vermeulen was far better than Engelbrecht at 8. The rest I agree with except I’d probably go with Malherbe ahead of Kruger at 3.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.05.13 10:32:24 by Saffex Reply
  • That’s fair

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.05.13 11:11:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • Not sarcastically, 😀

    I really mean that both the players you’ve mentioned could easily also have been selected.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.05.13 11:12:01 by Letgo Reply
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  • PSD is playinh awesome rugby at the moment. 14 tackles, 12 carries (for 60 metres gained), 14 rucks and mauls attended and three turnovers. A bok in the making…

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.05.13 11:17:16 by Viking Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : I like the look of Visser for the Bulls, he looked the part in last years CC.

    Vermeulen had a very good game.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.05.13 12:29:02 by Saffex Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 4) : He is the perfect partner for Etzebeth. Its just a pity Plum keeps playing the average Franco at 5 for the Sharks. It should be Bresler at 4 with PSDT at 5…..it would do the Sharks and Bok rugby a service

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.05.13 12:30:37 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 6) :

    Agreed, a lock pairing of PSdT at 5 and Etzebeth at 4 for the Boks for the next 10 years is a hell of an exciting prospect. The could be the next Matfield and Bakkies. Matfield just needs to teach PSdT all his line-out secrets. PSdT already works harder than Matfield in general play.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.05.13 12:49:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : Yep, these two should go on to greater things than even Bakkies and Victor. Etzebeth is harder than Bakkies and more athletic, hard to believe but true. PSDT is far more physical than Victor, but has similar athleticism. Neither have Victor’s line-out prowess, but then no-one has. They have the potential to make an awesome pair. Etzebeth needs to take PSDT under his wing in the gym

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.05.13 13:20:52 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 8) : At the rate theat PSDT is going I can guarantee you that he will be wearing the 5 jersey for the boks come the first test. I can’t wait to see PSDT and Etsebeth pair up and would definitely not want to play against them.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.05.13 14:02:28 by Viking Reply
  • I reckon Etsebeth should’ve made the team of the week, if only because he’s now off the injury list!

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.05.13 14:20:57 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 8) :

    Reckon psdt should come home and he and etsebeth could play together in super rugby too…

    Mouth watering prospect seeing them playing together in the gng.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.05.13 14:22:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 11) : Thank goodness Meyer has picked up on the need to move PSDT to 5. Agreed cant wait to see them play together. As a pair they will take physicality to another level.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.05.13 17:02:16 by Saffex Reply

  • Don’t worry @VinChainSaw Plum will stuff PSDT round between 4,5 and 7 untill he leaves like the other young locks. Just hope for you that Stormers have the money to buy him when that happens.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.05.13 17:40:13 by JD Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 12) : @JD (Comment 13) :

    It seems to me every few years a player comes along and changes the game.
    We saw it when Lomu hit the scene, then the mastery of the Matfield/Botha show, then McCaw came along and showed everyone how to steal a ball, then Carter etc.
    These two young bucks are going to do just that – change the way the game is played.

    The funny thing is that it wasnt too long ago that Schalk Burger was the toughest guy on the block. I wonder if Schalk would liek to get in the ring with either of these two?

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.05.13 18:18:54 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @JD (Comment 13) :

    We’ll be waiting with open arms my friend…

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.05.13 18:19:16 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw I’m hoping that Plum will leave and that PSDT will stay. Btw your welcome to have Plum, think how great your coaching team will be.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.05.13 18:47:10 by JD Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 14) : No-one in their right mind would want to pick a fight with Etzebeth. I read that he comes from a line of pub brawlers.

    These two young lads are as hard as nails, add Bismark to that equation and the Bok scrum is going to have some real punch, not to mention big Coenie

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.05.13 00:21:59 by Saffex Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 4) : where u finding ur stats? Can’t seem to find a reasonably reliable site lately..

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.05.13 09:27:08 by Ice Reply
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