Currie Cup team of the week: Week 1

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 14 Aug 2013 at 10:04
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Currie Cup is already underway and what a start to the competition! All three opening games ended with only one score separating the winners from the losers with the Bulls and Western Province ending their first round in a draw.

Here’s the team of the week:

15. Odwa Ndungane
While Province’s Gio Aplon played a big game too, we felt that Odwa had a huge outing for the Sharks and deserves the nod based on his newness in the position.

14. Nico Scheepers
A thorn in the flesh of the Sharks, Scheepers couldn’t miss on the day.

13. Stokkies Hanekom
What a find for the Lions, he has deceptive pace and runs great lines.

12. Howard Mnisi
I was wondering why the Sharks let him go while watching the game. He was quite a handful all night.

11. Cheslin Kolbe
It wasn’t a vintage weekend for the number 11s. We went with the youngster, who just pipped Lions man Anthony Volminck, based on delivering the same sort of numbers, although with less experience.

10. Marnitz Boshoff
He is in excellent form at the moment and looks really comfortable in the role at fly-half he has adopted for the Lions.

9. Sarel Pretorius
It’s not a bad position to be in if you can leave your Bok on the bench and play an in-form Sarel Pretorius; he can be devastating when he is in the right mood.

8. Jacques Botes
It took a really big game from Botes to upstage Philip van der Walt, but the Sharks skipper scored two great tries and generally came up well in all the key stats.

7. Jacques du Plessis
A big figure at the side of the scrum and at 2 meters tall and 120kg’s he’s not an easy guy to bring down.

6. Boom Prinsloo
He’s been handed the Cheetahs captaincy and put in a solid performance for his team, leading them to a win.

5. De Kock Steenkamp
An always reliable replacement for WP, who have lost a few players to the Boks during the Currie Cup.

4. Lood de Jager
His hands still sometimes let him down. Just when you want to praise his burst through the defence he loses the ball going to the ground. Still the best of the 4s on show.

3. Lourens Adriaanse
Continued his good form in the scrum from scrumming down for the Cheetahs in the Super Rugby. The Sharks were under pressure in just about every scrum.

2. Scarra Ntubeni
Relishing the chance to start, Ntubeni was all over the field making a contribution. He’s another player who could benefit from controlling his still youthful exuberance on the field.

1. Morne Mallett
The Bulls decided on going with their young props for the first game of the Currie Cup and it paid off for them.

1 Comment

  • Next week Elton Jantjies will be there at 10 👿 👿 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.08.13 11:46:23 by Lassy_lion Reply

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