Super Rugby Team of the Round – round 2

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Feb 2014 at 15:39
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Let’s have a look at the South African players across Super Rugby this weekend and see if we can pick a local 15 based on the best individual performances.

I’ve decided to keep this local only since Super Rugby really is a very big competition and my feeling is that it’s just too darn hard to compare every single player performance across seven games. This week, we at least saw all five of the South African teams in action, so let’s rather focus on a shadow Bok team based on this weekend’s games alone.

15. Can there be anyone more deserving than Cheetahs Bok Willie le Roux? He shone like a lone bright light in an otherwise dismal game. Honourable mention to the Sharks’ SP Marais.
14. Not a position where anyone really stood out. Let’s give it to Deon van Rensburg of the Lions this week, just ahead of Cornall Hendricks and Odwa Ndungane. Not a lot to choose from, though.
13. Another Lion wins this one – take a bow Stefan Watermeyer. There was nothing to say about the centres in the Bloem derby, while Paul Jordaan in Durban battled to get his hands on the ball. The latter is runner up.
12. Frans Steyn was the best on show in the 12 jersey this week, while Frans Venter did a few decent things for the Cheetahs.
11. This one goes to Sharks man Lwazi Mvovo, for a strong game that included a match-securing intercept try. There was not a lot for Bulls fans to smile about, but Bjorn Basson at least made a decent fist of chasing high balls and is our runner-up.
10. Marnitz Boshoff. I don’t think I need to say any more about a man who scored 29 points on his own, including three drop goals. Pat Lambie, in our opinion, shades Johan Goosen for the backup spot.
9. Lions man Faf de Klerk takes the spoils here and completes a backline that has a very red look to it indeed. Shaun Venter gets our somewhat grudging nod as the next best man.

8. He may be playing in red, but Warren Whiteley is still a man that Durban will claim, thank you very much. We felt that, on balance, his individual performance was a bit more significant in the context of the game than that of our close runner-up, Ryan Kankowski.
7. Willem Alberts was the pick of the blindsiders over the weekend. Credit to Schalk Burger for trying hard, while Lappies Labuschagne and Derick Minnie ensured that this was a closely contested fight (as always).
6. Best opensider goes to Lions man Jaco Kriel, with Boom Prinsloo’s ball-stealing heroics against the admittedly poor Bulls earning him the runner-up spot.
5. We thought Franco van der Merwe had a big game in the number 5 shirt for the Lions, while Pieter-Steph du Toit was very nearly as good for the Sharks.
4. Not a position marked by great individual performances this week. Lood de Jager was, on balance, about the best, while opposite number Flip van der Merwe was a ray of light in a generally poor Bulls pack.
3. Jannie du Plessis take a bow, for destroying your opposite number in the scrum. Unheralded Julian Redelinghuys takes the runner-up spot ahead of Coenie Oosthuizen, whose scrum work cost him.
2. There’s no better hooker on the planet than Bismarck du Plessis and he proved it again this weekend. Scarra Ntubeni was the best of the rest and looked one of the few Stormers to be genuinely up for the game.
1. Beast Mtawarira completes an all-Sharks front row, which is just rewards given the scrum performance against the Hurricanes. Schalk van der Merwe of the Lions was also good while namesake Marcel did reasonably as a replacement for the Bulls.

What do you think, fans? Agree or disagree?

We’ll repeat this exercise next week.


  • “There’s no better hooker on the planet than Bismarck du Plessis”
    should read “There has never been a better hooker on the planet”

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.02.14 15:44:39 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 1) : LOL! yes agree!

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.02.14 15:49:22 by R Hayward Reply

  • Shew gone are the days when I had to defend Bissie on this blog I see πŸ˜‰ Dying to say I told you so, but I wont πŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.02.14 15:50:27 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • thank you Rob ! awesome .

    will be interesting to see what happen to guys like Watermeyer and Faf De klerk at the end of the season if they keep up the good form .

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.02.14 15:51:42 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 4) : Well done Zibbie! Since Ackers joined the Lions they have become my second team of choice far behind my Sharks but I am loving this new pride. (Of course this will change next week ;))

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.02.14 15:57:47 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Why have you “begrudgingly” acknowledged Shuan Venter?

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.14 16:02:28 by Jacques Venter Reply

  • Watched a bit of Shaun Venter from last year as well…he reminds me of a young Ruan Pienaar. Exceptionally talented with the complete skill set for #9, and such a balanced runner. He should thrive in an attacking Cheetahs team!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.02.14 16:06:21 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Jacques Venter (Comment 6) : is he your brother? πŸ™‚

    I didn’t think the Cheetahs halfbacks were really that good, but Venter wasn’t too bad either.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.02.14 16:06:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think vd Walt was once again immense in difficult conditions. Him and Lappies were once again trojans on defence in very trying conditions.

    He will never be counted amongst the anko faithful, but many other pundits really rate his play

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.02.14 16:08:41 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Ah, ok.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.02.14 16:09:38 by Jacques Venter Reply

  • @Jacques Venter (Comment 10) : answer the first question πŸ™‚

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.02.14 16:10:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : No, not my brother, although my brother is named Sean. I was just curious as his name does attract my attention and I thought he was rather good last season as well if I recall correctly.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.02.14 16:11:19 by Jacques Venter Reply

  • The Lions would do well to stick to exactly what they are doing.

    They don’t have the players to play an expansive game and not concede points. They don’t have the forward bulk required to maul teams to death or strangle them. Stay humble, keep their defense pressing on the opponents and keep it clinical, take whatever points are on offer.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.02.14 16:11:32 by Talent Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 9) : vd Walt had a pretty useful game, but we didn’t think it was better than either Whiteley or Kanko. Plus, he’s never represented the Sharks at any level…. makes you think πŸ™‚

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.02.14 16:11:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 9) : He played out of his brains, really rate him.

    That being said Kanko is red hot at the moment. Kanko and Vd Walt are SA’s form 8th men.

    What is so encouraging about Kanko is how he is mixing it up. He is carrying with purpose, and I think in this regard he has been more prominent than Alberts or Coetzee, while mixing up his game with some impressive foot work and link play.

    Duane Vermulen is the safe pick at 8…Kanko, is my pick.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.02.14 16:16:29 by Talent Reply
  • @pienaar111 (Comment 7) : Kiss of death right there 😈 πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.02.14 16:17:18 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Marcel Coetzee is another who has turned up in early season. He has clearly put in some work in the breakdown compartment, he wants that Springbok 6 jersey.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.02.14 16:20:06 by Talent Reply
  • I dont think PSDT’s biggest concern is Matfield; this De Jager kid has been monumental for the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.02.14 16:25:31 by Talent Reply
  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 3) : πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.02.14 16:32:05 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Agree with most comments. Francois Venter made the overrated springbok Jan Serfontein’s name GAT. I have said this on a few occasions. PSDT plays rugby like a flank, not a typical 5 lock ? If he is allowed to develop as a flank he will play the same role as Juan Smit played for many years. Eben Etzebeth is the only enforcer 4 we have in the country- world class. Lood is a good prospect.

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.02.14 16:37:43 by Observer Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 17) : True, but he’ll have to keep improving as he was shaded a bit by Jack Lamb on Saturday but he’s definitely heading in the right direction.

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.02.14 16:50:50 by Jacques Venter Reply

  • @Zibbie (Comment 4) :

    haha . for 2 hours on saterday , i had no mother πŸ˜› im still not sure she loves me after that match haha πŸ˜›

    ill hate you guys for 2 hours next week and then back to normal afterwards πŸ˜›

    the lions have surprised even me … gee wizz !! [hope they can keep it up !

    dont expect us to beat everybody … evening making the playoffs is a bit high to aim in my onion . but if we can win 6 games this season ill be happy

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.02.14 18:33:18 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 22) : hell, as long as you guys can just be competitive against NZ/Aus sides, I’ll be happy. You don’t need to win, but at least just look like you’re trying

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.02.14 19:07:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Team of the week for me was:

    15. SP 14. Mvovo 13. Watermeyer 12. Serfontein 11. de Allende 10. Boshoff 9. de Klerk 1. Beast 2. Bismark 3. Coenie 4. Lood 5. PSDT 6. Coetzee 7. Alberts 8. Kankan

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.02.14 01:00:08 by Saffex Reply

  • @Observer (Comment 20) : Ah yeah and how exactly did he do that……what crap

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.02.14 01:01:10 by Saffex Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Yeah perhaps…but has any player nailed down a spot at international level after being stuffed around for so long??

    @Talent (Comment 15) : Here is my ideal loose trio (for what it’s worth)…6. Flow 7. Duane 8. Kanko!!! And that is with a fit Burger, Alberts, etc…

    Pace, Power, brain and brawn…Duane plays like a 7 from the back of the scrum anyway. Imagine having two players who are excellent on the ground giving turnover ball to Kanko to cause havoc!! My idea anyway

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.02.14 02:06:41 by pienaar111 Reply

  • This is a true reflection on how the sharks team did or didnt perform this weekend. Fair reflection i feel. Always great to see the lions and cheetahs winning as well.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.02.14 07:24:35 by Dunx Reply

  • Interesting side, if Meyer picks on form for the June Internationals his side could look very different to last year. I still wonder how overseas based players will be treated. I believe June International should be local players, end of year tour should be predominately foreign based guys and the Rugby Championship should be the mix of our best. That allows local and foreign guys a chance to prove their worth as well as putting your best team out against the top sides in the world.

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.02.14 08:45:16 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 25) : just when I think you coming around, you always spoil it for me :(. Not the best team by a mile mate. Serf, Coenie and de Allende have no place there.

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.02.14 18:50:49 by Ludz Reply


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