Super Rugby team of the Week: Week 14

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 22 May 2013 at 09:10
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Another grueling week of Super Rugby with a couple of surprising results has just passed and with only 6 weeks of rugby to go it would seem that anyone finding themselves in the bottom half of log has left themselves just too much to do to stay in contention for a playoff spot. You never know with the top 8 teams being very competitive this year, any team down to the Stormers on 30 log points, 11 log points behind the 6th placed Blues, could still sneak in if they managed to hit a purple patch in these final weeks. And lets not forget the 3 week international break that will also have its effect on teams.

With South African teams back to win 3 from 4 against Australian and New Zealand opposition lets see what the team of the week looks like this week.

15. Riaan Viljoen

At one point, when still playing for Griquas he was pipped for Springbok selection, with quality fullbacks in this country seemingly a rarity and Viljoen showing some good form, he might just be in with a shot again this year.

14. Willie le Roux

Is he a wing? Is he a fullback or is he a flyhalf? It’s hard to say, since he seems to be involved in everything everywhere on the field, even at times clearing the ball from the ruck to insure quick ball to the backs.

13. JJ Engelbrecht

Clearly even the Bok coach always saw potential in him, but it’s good to see that now that he’s been given the opportunity to play consistently he’s also proving his promise.

12. Robert Ebersohn

It’s surprising that a consistent performer like Ebersohn, who never lets his team down, has not been close to Springbok selection yet.

11. Bryan Habana

He seems well rested after his injury break. He takes everything on with exuberance and looks dangerous when the ball gets to him.

10. Morne Steyn

There’s nothing flashy about Morne Steyn, but he seems more confident again this year and that makes him make good decisions, kicking when he should and doing so accurately and passing when there is space.

9. Piet van Zyl

There’s a couple of young scrumhalfs in South Africa pushing for Springbok selection, Piet van Zyl has been one of them for a while and a performance like the one against the Reds will only help his cause.

8. Pierre Spies

Spies doesn’t seem to put fear into his defenders like he used to when he first came onto the scene, but he’s definitely been solid from the back of the scrum and made a few strong ball carries this season.

7. Willem Alberts

It’s only his second game back, his first starting, but Alberts is already making an impact.

6. Marcell Coetzee

His best game of the season by a long shot. Playing next to Alberts might have had an influence, taking the heat of Coetzee and giving him the ball in more space, but that’s the whole point of a loose trio. They have to complement each other.

5. Franco van der Merwe

We can all see that the Sharks’ line out has improved drastically this year, but it was about time for Franco to pull his weight around the field.

4. Eben Etzebeth

His team is not looking that good and are also suffering with a number of injuries, but his performance stood out among and error strewn loss for the Stormers.

3. Lourens Adriaanse

He forms a solid front row with Coenie and Strauss. You hardly ever see the Cheetahs’ scrum under pressure anymore and against the Reds they got a tight head when it counted.

2. Adriaan Strauss

How could this guy be a hooker and be absolutely everywhere on the field, rallying his team on behind him. He’s the Willie le Roux of the forwards. I hardly think that Bismarck will be able to do enough in a game of the bench to prove his worth over an in form Strauss.

1. Coenie Oosthuizen

His scrummaging is still a little iffy and some other refs might penalise him more than he has been recently, but his work around the field and his enthusiasm in doing it, has been outstanding.

International team:

15. Tom Taylor, 14. Peter Betham, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Berrick Barnes, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Morne Steyn, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Hugh Pyle, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Wyatt Crockett


  • Morne Steyn should stay in SA until the next WC…

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.05.13 09:19:25 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 1) : I still don’t think he’s the best option at 10 for the Boks. He’s been having a good season in a strong team. But just because he got TOTW this week, it doesn’t mean he’s better than the likes of Dan Carter, Aron Cruden, Beauden Barret, Quade Cooper, Bernard Foley and even Patrick Lambie and Elton Jantjies.

    It just means he was playing behind a dominant pack against an average team, and with the confidence he’s playing with and the options he has next to him, it would be hard not to put in a performance that gets the nod.

    It’s time to give our young players a chance. Morne is 29, still pretty young, but when their teams are dominating Patrick and Elton is better than Morne, and then there’s still Goosen and even Catrikillis has been in the ToTW more times than Morne.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.05.13 09:32:27 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) :

    I sort off agree with you but Morné Steyn fits the Heyneke Meyer gameplan better.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.05.13 09:39:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) :
    So if any of Dan Carter, Aron Cruden, Beauden Barret and Quade Cooper or James O’Connor was South African and available to Meyer, Steyn should still be picked because he fits his plan better?

    That wouldn’t make sense. You pick the best player and work with him so that he would adapt to your style, but more importantly when you have a good flyhalf available the coach should also be willing to adapt to his strengths.

    And during last years EOYT Meyer said he wanted Lambie to take on the line, because he knew that was his strength.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.05.13 09:46:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) :

    Not disagreeing with you but that is the way Heyneke thinks. Steyn executes the gameplan best so he’ll pick him there.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.05.13 09:58:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) :

    Oh you were talking about what Heyneke would be thinking. Yeah well, it didn’t work for him in the first 9 games as coach last year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.05.13 10:08:30 by Letgo Reply
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  • Habana was average at best, Mvovo was far better.

    Bekker was better than Franco by some distance.

    Labascagne was far better than Alberts at 7.

    While Coetzee was good at 6, Brussouw was better.

    Not sure what your issue is with Coenie’s scrumming, its been powerful all season. He is the only prop I have seen who has the brute strength to take an initial hit, re adjust and turn the tables on his opponent.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.05.13 10:29:33 by Saffex Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : Have you ever seen how MS owns everyone when his side is dominating? Same cant be said of either PL, or EJ.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.05.13 11:03:01 by Uli Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 7) : when a prop gets penalized regularly, then there is something wrong with his technique!!
    @Uli (Comment 8) : do you watch rugby?? MS has little over a 50% win ratio for the Boks…wow.
    Pat Lambie has dominated games in ways MS could never dream of. Currie cup final, both semis vs Bulls, etc…if you had said MS was on better form than PL then many would accept it, but don’t say foolish things like that.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.05.13 11:29:40 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 9) : I dont agree, have you ever watched a BULLS game? Oh hang on, must only tell how good Lambie is on this site…

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.05.13 11:38:52 by Uli Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 9) : Well Coenie is certainly not being penalized regularly this season, not even close

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.05.13 12:29:51 by Saffex Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 10) : yup. You’re learning.

    and remember to hate on Charl McLeod while you’re at it 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.05.13 12:31:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : lol

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.05.13 14:11:37 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 10) : Ja ou Bulletjie I have. I have never questioned Morne’s temperament. The man has ice in his veins…but lacks all round talent. Kicking goals is one aspect of flyhalf play…name one game where he dominated more than what Lambie ever has??

    Its got stuff-all to do with Bulls vs Sharks…no one here would question Victor Matfield over a Shark lock from the same era..

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.05.13 15:46:05 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 14) : Go look at every semi final and final he has played in super rugby, that should say enough. You can add CC finals too.

    I remember when the bulls played FS, in the final a few years back when they drew, he came on the last 20 minutes and single handily changed the game for the Bulls to salvage a draw for the CC.

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.05.13 15:55:30 by Uli Reply
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  • Uli ,Morne should go and play American foot ball where he can kick all he wants and do nothing else.

    I promise you now ,if we choose robotic players without any flash then we will fall apart once our structures are identified and weaknesses are exploited in them. Improvisation isn’t a virtue Morne Steyn has equipped in his rugby arsenal. When the chips are down the man will look woeful ,which has generally been the case.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.05.13 16:09:15 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 16) : Funny all the up stand but he is still the only flyhalf playing in SA with three super rugby titles. If he was that bad, would he have those? the same cant be said about any other fly half in SA.

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.05.13 16:18:59 by Uli Reply
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  • Just read an article about the ABs leaning towards a more improv style of play.

    Interesting ,would Morne cope without structure ?No he’d flounder like a non-amphibious creature trying to take its first step onto dry land ,in order to evolve ,and finding nature hadn’t equipped it with lungs -nope just gills-gargle, splat, puff …dead.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.05.13 16:19:24 by Talent Reply
  • @Uli (Comment 17) : Hmmm take out the foundation of that Bulls team -Bakkies ,Rossouw ,Matfield and FDP and all the other players begin to look ,not like world beaters, but rather egg beaters, spinning around aimlessly in their mediocrity.

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.05.13 16:22:43 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 19) : So yes they are a team? Correct? DUDE, you play for a team. not for your self. the same can be said, if they has some other fly-half they would have not even gotten there in the first place, and if they did prob not have won.

    So what you actually are saying , the two finals he actually played in he played crap? and wasn’t good at all? the fact that hes broken most springbok records? the fact that he has most super rugby records for sa player? mmm I think not.

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.05.13 16:27:13 by Uli Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 18) : So what are you saying you want a fly-half who plays unstructured rugby? it wont work in SA never, our skills are to terrible for something of that sort.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.05.13 16:28:22 by Uli Reply
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  • Don’t taint the minds of the readers of this fine blog with your badgering ,tainted rants 😆 .

    I can imagine you sitting there ,content with life ,sipping on your klippies and cola and opening the interweb, “Jasish what het ons heir??? SIES!! Hoekom is al die Bulle nie Bokke nie”- you spray your drink out like a water fountain all over the screen in disgust 😆 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.05.13 16:41:15 by Talent Reply
  • @Uli (Comment 21) : There’s alot I want to change ,but it doesn’t start with Morne Steyn being dropped. It starts with the entire philosophy adopted through the ages being dropped .Morne is a figurehead for that type of play.

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.05.13 16:47:22 by Talent Reply
  • It is actually quite simple. Morne can kick, probably the best in the world, but he can’t play rugby. Lambie is low on form at the moment, Goosen injured and Elton is simply not good enough for 80 minutes at international level. What is not simple is to make the choice of who to play.

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.05.13 10:55:59 by markp Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 21) : You are the type of ‘evil’, as I term it, that ruins any hope of future dominance for Bok rugby. Neither Talent nor I have stated Morne played badly in those games. Morne, when on form, can kicked teams into submission. He has a boot and has a calm temperament. However, he offers nothing else. And arguing this fact is borderline insane.

    As Talent mentioned, brilliant players like Matfield, Bakkies, FDP, Rossouw, etc won those games and Morne finished them off.

    Go to youtube and type in Morne Steyn = 4 drop goals, long penalties, etc………
    Type in Lambie = Ripping WP to shreds with his boot, his running and his offloads/creating the knockout try that kicked the Bulls (with Matfield, Bakkies, Rossouw, FDP,etc) out of S15 in 2011/making Morne look a headless chicken in the wet of Durban in the CC semis last year (mostly with his boot on the day).

    @Talent (Comment 23) : Amen my friend. And dont bother. you cant reason with them!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.05.13 14:29:36 by pienaar111 Reply


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