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Super Rugby team of the Week: Week 14


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 22 May 2013 at 09:10
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Another grueling week of Super Rugby with a couple of surprising results has just passed and with only 6 weeks of rugby to go it would seem that anyone finding themselves in the bottom half of log has left themselves just too much to do to stay in contention for a playoff spot. You never know with the top 8 teams being very competitive this year, any team down to the Stormers on 30 log points, 11 log points behind the 6th placed Blues, could still sneak in if they managed to hit a purple patch in these final weeks. And lets not forget the 3 week international break that will also have its effect on teams.

With South African teams back to win 3 from 4 against Australian and New Zealand opposition lets see what the team of the week looks like this week.

15. Riaan Viljoen

At one point, when still playing for Griquas he was pipped for Springbok selection, with quality fullbacks in this country seemingly a rarity and Viljoen showing some good form, he might just be in with a shot again this year.

14. Willie le Roux

Is he a wing? Is he a fullback or is he a flyhalf? It’s hard to say, since he seems to be involved in everything everywhere on the field, even at times clearing the ball from the ruck to insure quick ball to the backs.

13. JJ Engelbrecht

Clearly even the Bok coach always saw potential in him, but it’s good to see that now that he’s been given the opportunity to play consistently he’s also proving his promise.

12. Robert Ebersohn

It’s surprising that a consistent performer like Ebersohn, who never lets his team down, has not been close to Springbok selection yet.

11. Bryan Habana

He seems well rested after his injury break. He takes everything on with exuberance and looks dangerous when the ball gets to him.

10. Morne Steyn

There’s nothing flashy about Morne Steyn, but he seems more confident again this year and that makes him make good decisions, kicking when he should and doing so accurately and passing when there is space.

9. Piet van Zyl

There’s a couple of young scrumhalfs in South Africa pushing for Springbok selection, Piet van Zyl has been one of them for a while and a performance like the one against the Reds will only help his cause.

8. Pierre Spies

Spies doesn’t seem to put fear into his defenders like he used to when he first came onto the scene, but he’s definitely been solid from the back of the scrum and made a few strong ball carries this season.

7. Willem Alberts

It’s only his second game back, his first starting, but Alberts is already making an impact.

6. Marcell Coetzee

His best game of the season by a long shot. Playing next to Alberts might have had an influence, taking the heat of Coetzee and giving him the ball in more space, but that’s the whole point of a loose trio. They have to complement each other.

5. Franco van der Merwe

We can all see that the Sharks’ line out has improved drastically this year, but it was about time for Franco to pull his weight around the field.

4. Eben Etzebeth

His team is not looking that good and are also suffering with a number of injuries, but his performance stood out among and error strewn loss for the Stormers.

3. Lourens Adriaanse

He forms a solid front row with Coenie and Strauss. You hardly ever see the Cheetahs’ scrum under pressure anymore and against the Reds they got a tight head when it counted.

2. Adriaan Strauss

How could this guy be a hooker and be absolutely everywhere on the field, rallying his team on behind him. He’s the Willie le Roux of the forwards. I hardly think that Bismarck will be able to do enough in a game of the bench to prove his worth over an in form Strauss.

1. Coenie Oosthuizen

His scrummaging is still a little iffy and some other refs might penalise him more than he has been recently, but his work around the field and his enthusiasm in doing it, has been outstanding.

International team:

15. Tom Taylor, 14. Peter Betham, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Berrick Barnes, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Morne Steyn, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Hugh Pyle, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Wyatt Crockett



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