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Super Rugby Team of the Week: Week 15

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 29 May 2013 at 11:56
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Last week I was still holding on to some hope that, should the Sharks get a good win against the Bulls, they could still make the playoffs. Everything last weekend fell into place for them to be well placed to take a spot in that top 6. After their loss the Crusaders would have been only 5 points ahead of us, the Rebels once again putting in the performance of their lives against the Waratahs would have had us only 2 points behind them. The Brumbies kept the Blues on 42 points also just 5 points ahead of us had we taken a win and the Stormers hung on for a win, which would have kept another team, the Reds, in reach of the Sharks.

The Bulls and Cheetahs however have kept their hopes for this years title on track with their wins this weekend and the Brumbies and the Chiefs remain the front runners for the Aussies and New Zealand. A lot can still happen though, even if it is not the Sharks sneaking into the top 6 this year.

Here’s this weeks team:

15. Riaan Viljoen

Once again Viljoen was one of the only backs to show some spark in a losing cause for the Sharks.

14. Bryan Habana

He continues to impress since his return, playing with the maturity one would expect from him.

13. Johann Sadie

He’s looking better and better next to Ebersohn and becoming more and more prominent in their performances.

12. Damian de Allande

It’s his best position and he showed that would the Stormers captain be unavailable for any reason he could step in to fill his boots.

11. Willie le Roux

Again his creative hand was involved everywhere around in the field.

10. Morne Steyn

It’s nothing to write home about, it just seems that the young flyhalves that put the pressure on with their performances last year, have lost their touch, temporarily at least.

9. Piet van Zyl

Again the young scrumhalf showed what he can do, with a marked difference in the standard of his kicking being more prominent this week.

8. Philip van der Walt

He and Labuschagne has combined so well this season and has been a big part of their teams success.

7. Lappies Labuschagne

He may not be as bulky as some of the other flankers in South Africa, but he’s by far the inform flanker.

6. Siya Kolisi

Another man that impresses with his workrate around the field.

5. Eben Etzebeth

It’s hard to look past him when he’s fit and playing.

4. Pieter-Steph du Toit

It would be great to see him partner with Etzebeth for the Boks, just to see what they can do.

3. Jannie du Plessis

His scrumming put pressure on the Bulls all night, unfortunately his team could not convert, but most teams would make more of the opportunities he gave them.

2. Adriaan Strauss

My criticism of him has always been that he plays too loose for an international hooker, he still plays as always, but consistently he’s been impressive enough that I just don’t care.

1. Coenie Oosthuizen

His scrummaging technique could still be an issue going forward, but he’s work in the loose is second to none in the front row.


15. Ben Smith, 14. Tom English, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Willie le Roux, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Nic White, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Eben Etzebeth, 4. Craig Clarke, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen


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