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Super Rugby team of the Week: Week 13


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 15 May 2013 at 09:00
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I think after starting the year off by pointing out that the Australian teams are getting a bit of a free ride in the conference system, it is only fair to concede that although this was true of last year, in recent weeks most Australian teams have proven me wrong. The Waratahs especially are looking very strong; they have a few exciting backs, but also manage to put the phases together with their forwards. The Brumbies and Reds are still pushing on and even the Rebels and Force have played some passionate, committed and probably even entertaining rugby.

Some have said that this might be due to the motivation of selection for the Aussies for the Lions tour, which I suppose is a fair observation to make, but it shouldn’t affect South African teams so badly with both the Sharks and Stormers, top contenders last year, completely falling off the pace. The Bulls are looking strong again, but have also only just struggled past most opposition this year and although the Cheetahs are playing way above their own standard, they still only have an outside chance of making the top six.

In a weekend where only one South African team managed a win, (and can you believe that team was the Kings?), it is not the easiest thing to compile a team of the week out of only South African conference players. The Kings played their hearts out though and deserved their win and the 9 players represented in our team this week. The Cheetahs who almost came from behind to snatch a win against the Hurricanes have 3 players in our team, the Stormers 2 and the Sharks 1.

15. George Whitehead

He’s looked a good prospect since being called up for the injured SP Marias. He’s an attacking player and joins the line with ease.

14. Marcello Sampson

One of his best performances of the season. He was everywhere on the field and played with urgency that I would love to see some ‘other’ teams play with.

13. Ronnie Cooke

I didn’t think he would make this type of impact when the Kings signed him, but he’s also proven me wrong. His experience has been important and his play has been of a high quality.

12. Jean de Villiers

Again he put in a solid performance, it’s tough to always look at the captain, but his team let slip another result that could have been theirs.

11. Lwazi Mvovo

Lwazi doesn’t need quick, clean, front foot ball from his forwards to make an impact, imagine what he would do when he finally does receive the ball in more space.

10. Demetri Catrakilis

His move to the Kings was one of the smartest ones yet. With the opportunity of game time, he has proven that he can compete at this level.

9. Shaun Venter

Not nearly in the same quality as Will Genia, but unfortunately at this stage none of South African scrum halves are. On what I’ve seen from him this year he must be one of our better options though.

8. Cornel du Preez

I would say the Kings’ loose trio has been the best all season.

7. Luke Watson

He scored two tries and lead from the front, making tackles, breaking the line and making offloads.

6. Heinrich Brussow

He’s brilliant at what he does. This week his team was unable to use the turn over possession he gave them, but on a few occasions he stunted the oppositions attack with his brilliance on the ground.

5. Andries Bekker

Bekker as always got involved all over the field, not shying away from the grunt work, and his presence at lineout time is always a plus.

4. Lood de Jager

His team’s backs let them down this week, in defence and decision making, but de Jager got them over the advantage line and you can’t ask more of a lock.

3. Kevin Buys

Again it’s not like he made the same impact as Ben Afeaki does for the Chiefs each week, but he was part of a solid pack that provided the back for a third win for his team.

2. Bandise Maku

He’s been a menace all season, he plays with passion, which is always great to see. When he gets the ball he puts everything and this week it paid off more than any other week.

1. Coenie Oosthuizen

He scored two tries and I’m certain if he got more chances from 10 to 15 meters out he would have scored more. His scrumming looks good, but’s it’s his work around the field that has been great.

International:

15. Isreal Folau, 14. Frank Halai, 13. Rene Ranger, 12. Francis Saili, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barret, 9. Will Genia, 8. Scott Higgenbotham, 7. Luke Watson, 6. Ed Quirk, 5. Brodie Ratalick, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 3. Ben Afeaki, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen.



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