Currie Cup team of the week: Week 5

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 10 Sep 2013 at 09:24
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The past weekend’s results have really tightened things up on the log and now any win or loss could be crucial. The top 4 are all within a win of taking top spot again and the Bulls, with their strong win against the Cheetahs, have shown that they are never out of the running. They hung in there against the Cheetahs, who looked like scoring throughout an open match, but weren’t allowed to cross the line by a spirited Bulls side.

The Lions had a few nippy moments in their match against the Griquas, who although they will have a tough road to make the semi’s are not out of it yet. The biggest match of the weekend delivered some sublime rugby from Western Province, who swept the Sharks off their feet in the first few minutes of their match. The Sharks fought hard to get back within 7 for a bonus point, but they were never going to win against the home side that just looked in the mood to win.

Here are the players that stood out in this round:

15. Gio Aplon
He’s finding some of that magic again, weaving through defences.

14. Gerhard vd Heever
He’s been quiet all Currie Cup, or maybe even since arriving in Cape Town, but started off this game with a bang, which looked to give him confidence for the rest of the game.

13. Juan de Jongh
He pops up everywhere and manages to get across the advantage line with almost every touch.

12. Howard Mnisi
With his burst of speed and strong step, he has been breaking the line more than most this Currie Cup season.

11. Raymond Rhule
The Cheetahs were a little guilty of just shoveling the ball on to the last man in the line, which left no space for the wings, but Rhule does what a few other wings can when hee joins the line and looks for opportunities.

10. Elgar Watts
His try was absolutely outstanding.

9. Marnus Hugo
His service was integral to a few of his teams more electric plays that almost saw his team cause the upset.

8. Jaco Kriel
He’s really quick and he uses it to his full advantage.

7. Jacques Engelbrecht
The Bulls played it smart this week and kept the ball with their big forwards to rumble it up until a few spaces opened up, Engelbrecht managed to get them going forward for most of the match.

6. Deon Fourie
Another vintage Deon Fourie performance, jumping, catching, running, stealing and tackling like a maniac. It seems if Fourie plays well, his team becomes a different challenge.

5. Lood de Jager
The big lock made sure that he got over the advantage line with every carry, even with a couple of defenders hanging onto him.

4. Paul Willemse
He was another one of the go-to guys for the Bulls to get some forward momentum.

3. Pat Cilliers
I don’t think the Sharks had one solid base to work from at the scrums.

2. Scarra Ntubeni
His enthusiasm is backed by his skill, putting Cheslin Kolbe over the line with a pass any scrumhalf would be proud of.

1. Steven Kitshoff
With their scrums demolished it was always going to be hard for the Sharks to get into this game. Kitshoff must have had fun out there.


  • It’s Kolbe not Colby. I thought he was outstanding and edged Rhule for me.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.09.13 09:50:44 by Ludz Reply
  • So much for Saffex saying Cheslin Kolbe was too small for SA u20 side, he’s enjoying a very good Currie Cup

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.09.13 10:01:06 by Ludz Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 1) : sorry – blame the editor. I’ll fix now

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.09.13 10:16:57 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : πŸ˜† I thought so, it’s all good Rob

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.09.13 10:23:05 by Ludz Reply

  • That team shows how many Sharks players pitched up at Newlands on Saturday.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.09.13 11:41:56 by markp Reply

  • @markp (Comment 5) : Probably just Kyle Cooper…(but only for his work in the loose)

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.09.13 11:49:45 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
    The Great Couch Shark
  • @Ludz (Comment 2) : It’s that scrumcap….why a backline girl feels the need to pay with a scrumcap is beyond me 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.09.13 12:14:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : It all adds to the drama within the netball team that’s why

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.09.13 12:31:49 by benji Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Of course “backline girls” don’t get involved in the physical aspect of the game these days so have no need to protect themselves from potential serious head trauma. I suspect you are still watching Naas Botha style rugby from the 70’s & 80’s.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.09.13 12:37:05 by markp Reply

  • @markp (Comment 9) : I take it you’re a backline girl? Or have you decided to stand up for their rights πŸ˜†

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.09.13 12:55:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • No I was actually a forward back in the 80’s lol. There was nothing more satisfying than crunching a cocky back line player, they didn’t mix it up with the forwards then like they do today. But what I am today is not stupid enough to think that just because you are a backline player you are not going to get a serious bang on the head and that a scrum cap is not going to protect you somewhat and that it is really just there for show and to make you look like a dick. It seems that many people could have benefited from wearing one. There is a school of thought that suggests Joost might have been better off having worn one to mention one of many.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.09.13 13:28:41 by markp Reply


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