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Super Rugby team of the week: Week 8


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 9 Apr 2013 at 10:37
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We had to wait all weekend for it, but the match between the Cheetahs and the Stormers lived up to its hype. For the Cheetahs it was another step in proving that they are strong contenders this year, for the Stormers however another lifeline was cut and they are probably now hanging on by a thread.

The Kings delivered another surprising performance to snatch victory from the table topping Brumbies and get away with an impressive draw and the Sharks did what they haven’t been able to do since they topped the Super Rugby table in 2007 and with their victory against the Crusaders held on to their conference lead.

In the New Zealand derby over the weekend the Blues came out with the win against the Highlanders, and the Rebels won against the Force, which messed up my SuperBru even further. There was no surprise when the Hurricanes won against the Waratahs.

The Sharks and the Cheetahs with their impressive victories during the weekend dominate our team with 5 sections each, 3 Kings players got the nod this week and the Stormers got 2.

15. Hennie Daniller

He’s always solid from the back, has a big boot and with his big frame is able to carry the ball from the back to set up clean ball for his team.

14. Willie le Roux

As the Cheetahs have had some bad luck with injuries to their fly halves, Le Roux has stepped in and taken more and more of that first receiver responsibility on his shoulders.

13. Juan de Jongh

He looked threatening with ball in hand, and only in his second week back from injury.

12. Robert Ebersohn

Pure class! His selection to the Bok squad is long overdue.

11. JP Pietersen

His best game of the year. He didn’t hang around waiting for the ball to come to him either, he made sure it did.

10. Patrick Lambie

His kicking was brilliant, but the way he can take control of a match is even better.

9. Cobus Reinach

Still a little rough around the edges, but certainly he has shown some glimpses of brilliance.

8. Cornell du Preez

Not only did he score the try to take the draw, he was huge in every carry throughout the match.

7. Wimpie van der Walt

He’s been good for the Kings all season, big on defence and strong with ball in hand.

6. Heinrich Brussow
South Africa has a shortage of out and out fetchers at the moment and Brussow highlights the importance of this role every time he steps on the field.

5. Andries Bekker

He was schooled by the Crusaders locks last week, but bounced back this week and put in a big performance in a losing cause.

4. Pieter-Steph du Toit

He’s taken his opportunity to feature in Super Rugby with both hands. The Sharks haven’t had such a strong carrying lock in a while.

3. Coenie Oosthuizen

Again he was used of the bench and made his impact.

2. Kyle Cooper

Injuries and strong opposition for his spot has kept him waiting on the side lines for way too long.

1. Schalk Ferreira

A yellow card tainted his performance, but the effort he put in on defence and his overall work rate, could not be overlooked.

International team:

15 Israel Folau, 14 Jason Woodward, 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Piri Weepu, 8. Cornell du Preez, 7. Ardie Savea, 6. Steven Luatua, 5. Ali Williams, 4. Hugh Pyle, 3. Angus Ta’avao, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Schalk Ferreira



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