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Sharksworld’s Team of the Week 8


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 17 Apr 2012 at 12:00
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We’re almost halfway through the competition and so far the South African teams have handled themselves fairly well but are probably not entirely on par with the New Zealand teams who only have one team failing completely. This may however change in the final week as most of the teams have a fair few local derbies to contend with in the final 10 weeks. This could boost the Australian teams as the New Zealand teams will have to battle it out against each other and a few of them would certainly then have to drop down the ladder.

This week, on request from a Sharksworld poster, I’m going to include a number in brackets behind the selected players names, these numbers represent how many times they have been selected in our team of the week this season. An asterisk (*) indicates a player’s debut selection. Remember we only started at week 2.

Our team is a pretty even spread this week with five Bulls members, four players each from the Sharks and the Stormers and the Cheetahs making up the numbers with two. For the second week in a row the Lions makes no contribution to our team.

15. Joe Pietersen (3)

He has really been finding his form in recent weeks. His first selection into our team was in week 5 and this week he retains his spot from last week. Not as exciting or flashy as last week but none the less a solid performance.

14. Akona Ndugane (2)

This is his first selection since week 2. He has been playing good rugby in a team that mostly opts for a game plan of kicking but when it does open up and they spread the ball wide Akona can be a great finisher. He was involved heavily in this weekend’s win against the Lions.

13. Robert Ebersohn (2)

It’s two in a row for Ebersohn, even in a losing battle for his team. He looked dangerous each time the ball got him and links well with his backs. A very exciting outside centre and improving with every game. Too bad the pressure from the Chiefs was too much and they couldn’t pull of two consecutive impressive wins.

12. Tim Whitehead (4) (Once at 13)

He plays like an inside centre should play. He straightens and cuts inside and supports the runs from the loose forwards and with Lambie inside him, it’s how he scored his “fortunate try”. He always threatens the defense. Sharks fans everywhere sigh another breath of relief.

11. Bryan Habana (3)

In the last four weeks Habana has been selected three times. It is not because he is scoring tries all over the place but rather because he is starting to look dangerous when he touches the ball. Defenders need to be on their toes again. This confidence is also starting to eliminate the silly mistakes we’ve become used to over the past year or two.

10. Patrick Lambie (3)

Lambie breaks the tie between him, Morne and Goosen. Neither Jantjies nor Grant has featured once even though the latter is playing very good rugby at the moment. The Sharks didn’t win just because Lambie was back but you could certainly feel the difference he was making in the team. He directs everything and it appears Lambie and Whitehead are starting to form quite a formidable combination.

9. Dewaldt Duvenage (2)

He is not the sniping, running, side-stepping, flashy type of scrum half and that’s maybe why this is only his second selection in our team but he hardly ever lets his team down. He does everything expected of him well and does not doubt in his own abilities when he gets a chance to run into some space. He is a solid and sometimes under appreciated scrummy.

8. Keegan Daniel *

The new captain of the Sharks has been more than disappointing on occasion this season. And for a captain he has been much too loose in his decision making as a player, but not specifically as a captain. He is still making a few too many silly errors but the rest of his game made up for that this week. He has been playing his heart out for sure and is starting to show some magic again.

7. Jacques Potgieter (2)

It’s the second time the silky haired openside flanker makes it into our team. It’s like something out of a horror film, the hair that is, not the way he plays. Reminds one of those little girls climbing out of the TV’s. Lucky for him it’s not his hair but his performances that gets him picked. He has been quite impressive all season and deserves a second mention.

6. CJ Stander *

Another young player proving his worth in place of a first choice player that is out due to injury. Stander is not really the fetcher type of loosie as we have become used to in South Africa. He is a very good supportive player and has a high work rate but probably won’t be able to contest with Brussouw when he’s back to his best.

5. Juandre Kruger (4)

There hasn’t been many positions with one dominating player this year, but lock has definitely been one of them. In the absence of previous shoe-in Victor Matfield, Juandre Kruger has certainly made a claim for the number five jersey with only Andries Bekker contesting with him.

4. Steven Sykes (2)

It has been good to have the experience of Sykes back. He probably could have been in our team a few times more this season if a certain Eben Etzebeth weren’t so dominant in his performances. Sykes has been good, but never great.

3. WP Nel (3)

Nel along with the rest of the Cheetahs pack has been solid this year, their scrums standing up to most teams and dominating a few others. The Chiefs gave them all their days but the Cheetahs scrum remained strong.

2. Chilliboy Ralepella (3)

It could so easily have been Burden this week, he played an excellent game and hopefully proved to Plumtree that he can make a good impact in the last 20 or even 30 minutes of the game. Ultimately Chilliboy just did the basics better and Burden has not enjoyed as much game time which shows in the set pieces.

1. Steven Kitshoff (4)

It wasn’t like any of the props stood out this week, at least not like some of the New Zealand props who scored two tries in one match but Kitshoff continues to do the things expected of a prop well.

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