Super Rugby Team of the Week: Week 15

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 29 May 2013 at 11:56
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Last week I was still holding on to some hope that, should the Sharks get a good win against the Bulls, they could still make the playoffs. Everything last weekend fell into place for them to be well placed to take a spot in that top 6. After their loss the Crusaders would have been only 5 points ahead of us, the Rebels once again putting in the performance of their lives against the Waratahs would have had us only 2 points behind them. The Brumbies kept the Blues on 42 points also just 5 points ahead of us had we taken a win and the Stormers hung on for a win, which would have kept another team, the Reds, in reach of the Sharks.

The Bulls and Cheetahs however have kept their hopes for this years title on track with their wins this weekend and the Brumbies and the Chiefs remain the front runners for the Aussies and New Zealand. A lot can still happen though, even if it is not the Sharks sneaking into the top 6 this year.

Here’s this weeks team:

15. Riaan Viljoen

Once again Viljoen was one of the only backs to show some spark in a losing cause for the Sharks.

14. Bryan Habana

He continues to impress since his return, playing with the maturity one would expect from him.

13. Johann Sadie

He’s looking better and better next to Ebersohn and becoming more and more prominent in their performances.

12. Damian de Allande

It’s his best position and he showed that would the Stormers captain be unavailable for any reason he could step in to fill his boots.

11. Willie le Roux

Again his creative hand was involved everywhere around in the field.

10. Morne Steyn

It’s nothing to write home about, it just seems that the young flyhalves that put the pressure on with their performances last year, have lost their touch, temporarily at least.

9. Piet van Zyl

Again the young scrumhalf showed what he can do, with a marked difference in the standard of his kicking being more prominent this week.

8. Philip van der Walt

He and Labuschagne has combined so well this season and has been a big part of their teams success.

7. Lappies Labuschagne

He may not be as bulky as some of the other flankers in South Africa, but he’s by far the inform flanker.

6. Siya Kolisi

Another man that impresses with his workrate around the field.

5. Eben Etzebeth

It’s hard to look past him when he’s fit and playing.

4. Pieter-Steph du Toit

It would be great to see him partner with Etzebeth for the Boks, just to see what they can do.

3. Jannie du Plessis

His scrumming put pressure on the Bulls all night, unfortunately his team could not convert, but most teams would make more of the opportunities he gave them.

2. Adriaan Strauss

My criticism of him has always been that he plays too loose for an international hooker, he still plays as always, but consistently he’s been impressive enough that I just don’t care.

1. Coenie Oosthuizen

His scrummaging technique could still be an issue going forward, but he’s work in the loose is second to none in the front row.


15. Ben Smith, 14. Tom English, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Willie le Roux, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Nic White, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Eben Etzebeth, 4. Craig Clarke, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen


  • I presume that the international selection is not yours but from another source / panel.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.13 12:17:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 1) :

    Well, considering that Beast made the international team and Coenie the local team, one would have to assume that??

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.13 12:20:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 1) : no, rather assume that the site editor fucked up. It’s fixed now.

    Panties can go back on.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.13 12:28:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • There has been no better loose forward in the competition this year than Lappies Labuschagne.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.13 12:35:01 by Ludz Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : Yep.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.13 12:48:09 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : @robdylan (Comment 3) : Too bloody late, panties are hanging from the door handle and the Mexican gardener has just walked in.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.13 12:49:58 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I like Damian de Allande.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.13 13:15:37 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 7) : you also like the Bulls……

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.13 13:20:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 4) : Yet Arno Botha ,not even a regular starter for his province ,looks to be higher in the pecking order than him. The sooner Meyer goes and the sooner we get Mallet back in contention with the Boks the better.

    I don’t think Meyer will ever recognize the floors in his philosophies.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.13 13:31:49 by Talent Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) :
    😈 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.13 13:58:40 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Ok to add my 2 cents I see no scrum half was good enough to make the international 15. Hahahaha

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.13 14:16:55 by JD Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 9) : exactly, quite sad that an oke who’s been the best loose forward in the competition, forget being the best in SA, will probably not even get a test cap

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.13 15:41:07 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 12) : Meyer has gone to the Super Sport website and chosen the fan favorites to lay off some heat .He may even give one or two a cap, but he will drop them at the first chance he gets.

    As far as Im concerned he doesn’t posses the lateral thinking needed to make the Boks a truly potent rugby team. The All Blacks will be because their coaches implement the basics well and they also empower players to play less towards structure and more towards whats in front of them, making any analysis on them incredibly difficult; therefore they will be hard to play against.

    The idea that we cant adopt a similar approach because we don’t have the players to do so makes me furious -I just got up and punched a door 👿 😡 only idiots backing Heyneke regime will spew that garbage.

    The Springboks need to play a more dynamic game of Rugby ,but for that to happen we need to drop the coach.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.13 23:59:55 by Talent Reply
  • JP du Plessis off to Montpellier!!! 😯

    there will be tears in Cape Town for sure 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.05.13 07:50:52 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : But at the same time there will be celebrations in France to receive such a gifted player 😛

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.05.13 08:15:23 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : Not to mention New Zealand (or is it Aus) or where ever it is that Hendrik hangs out

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.05.13 08:46:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 13) : I agree completely, I’m at a point where I wouldn’t mind ending last on the Rugby Championship just so we can see Heyneke Meyer show the door

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.05.13 09:10:31 by Ludz Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : Wellington, NZ

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.05.13 09:14:01 by Megatron Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 17) : Geez Ludz, where’s your Bok gees chap? 😀

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.05.13 09:15:24 by Megatron Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 17) : 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.05.13 09:46:41 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 20) : @Megatron (Comment 19) : I just wanna see the oke gone 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.05.13 10:00:00 by Ludz Reply

  • For some or other reason I always thought that Letgo was a dude… Assumptions! 😳

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.05.13 11:43:43 by King Shark Reply
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