Currie Cup team of the week: Week 6

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 17 Sep 2013 at 08:36
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Both the Sharks and Western Province pulled away just a little from the rest of the competition to confirm their spots as the log leaders last weekend. The Sharks struggled to beat their Currie Cup bogey team and took yet another victory coming from behind, while Western Province put up a convincing enough performance to hold on and build on a lead after losing one of their players to a red card, late in the first half. They certainly look like the team to beat.

Meanwhile the Cheetahs just held on to their first half lead by converting a last minute penalty and kept themselves on even terms with the Lions on the log.

No team is out of this race yet though, a few good performances and you’re back in it.

Let’s see who’s the top performing players for round 6:

15. Gio Aplon
He’s just having a ball in this years Currie Cup, popping up everywhere to get involved and create opportunities.

14. Riaan Smit
By far one of his best games since returning from injury. He looks as though he’s got some of his confidence back.

13. Johann Sadie
Another guy who seems to have benefited from confidence, this time maybe from his coaches, having started every game since his first with the Cheetahs.

12. Damian de Allende
He’s forming part of the most dangerous back-line in this Currie Cup, Aplon and Kolbe might be getting most of the honors, but it’s in the midfield where space is created for these guys.

11. Cheslin Kolbe
The player of the month certainly isn’t letting up now.

10. Elton Jantjies
He is still lacking a bit of maturity, but when he goes on the run it’s hard for defenses to stop him.

9. Sarel Pretorius
He creates a lot of opportunities for his team with the attacking way he plays.

8. Nizaam Carr
A strong game from the whole Western Province pack really, completely showing the Bulls up, Carr just stood out amongst them this time.

7. Burger Schoeman
A thorn in the flesh of the Sharks, he completely eliminated the Sharks’ biggest forward threat.

6. Warwick Tecklenburg
He worked hard and got involved at line-out time, a valiant effort that saw his team almost make an incredible comeback.

5. De Kock Steenkamp
What is it about captaincy that brings it out of some players? Steemkamp definitely put in one of his strongest games for Western Province.

4. Edwin Hewitt
I’ve been impressed with the improvement in his conditioning and haven’t seen him drop a ball in a while. The had work must be paying off.

3. Pat Cilliers
I must say it’s a shame that Heyneke is not even having a look to find one potentially great tight-head in South Africa. A couple of names have popped up during this Currie Cup, Cilliers might be one of them.

2. Scarra Ntubeni
He’s just getting better and better, just when you think he thrives only in the loose stuff, he gets stuck in when his team needs to win a tight battle.

1. Steven Kitshoff
Kitshoff is showing some of his better form that we got used to during Super Rugby 2012.


  • WP players are really putting their hands up. 14 players for over 40mins and still walking away winners and keeping the Bulls from getting a bonus point takes some doing. Great for them.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.09.13 09:03:49 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Just a few comments. WP look good I must say. They are playing Super rugby in the Currie Cup. By that i mean their defense is good and they look to move the ball wide and attack as much as they can. Some Currie Cup teams forget about that ‘defense’ word. Of concern for me are the backup props, inside centre and locks for the Boks. Could any of these guys make the step up…

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.09.13 09:09:49 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : I agree on the props and locks but I reckon the Boks are sorted at 12 with Serfontein and Lambie on the bench and le Roux being able to pretty much play anywhere in the backline. Don’t forget that Frans Steyn should also come back into reckoning fairly soon.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.09.13 11:46:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : So that would make DeVilliers, Engelbrecht, Serfontein and Steyn as the 4 centre options. Not too bad. Id still like to see if Robert Ebersohn could make the step up as he is very talented and with guys like Serfontein,Engelbrecht and even DeVilliers on his outside I reckon he could create havoc.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.09.13 12:01:53 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : I suspect a lot of us would like to see Ebersohn given a shot but at best he’s fourth in the current food chain behind de Villiers, Serfontein and Steyn. One or two injuries could change that very quickly though.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.09.13 13:36:56 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : With his pending move to France I think he is further down the chain now. i would still love to see a Local vs Overseas Bok game or games before the June so that we could really select the best team. Im sure they would get people down to watch that game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.09.13 13:59:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) :

    Would be great, but would never, ever happen.
    Insurance for a game that doesnt count?

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.09.13 16:16:06 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 7) : I agree, cant see it happening. Professionals are too worried about injury and with the amount of game time required from them you cant blame them. Still would be 1 hell of a game and would be a return to the old springbok trials.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.09.13 16:23:34 by SheldonK Reply


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