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Super Rugby Team of the Week: Week 16


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 5 Jun 2013 at 09:07
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Last weekend again produced an upset or two, further complicating the play-off permutations. The only teams who can now definitely not end in the top 6 are the Highlanders, Kings, Force and Rebels. The Cheetahs will end on at least 50 points since they still have a bye coming up, but should they lose against the Stormers and the Blues, any of the Blues, Waratahs, Hurricanes, Stormers or even Sharks could still technically take their spot in the top 6.. The same goes for the Crusaders on 46 points; if they don’t win at least two of their final three games, they could still miss out on a play-off spot.

Back to the players that performed well last weekend though, with two South African derbies taking place – the Stormers coming out on top in a scrappy game and the Bulls proving to be superior against a fighting Cheetahs side. The team has 6 Bulls, 4 Cheetahs, 4 Stormers and 1 Kings player.

15. Jurgen Visser: He looks to be a real prospect for the future and has shown excellent skills covering the fullback position in Kirchner’s absence. He has a big boot on him, knows when to use it and occasionally spots a gap.

14. Willie le Roux: Even the most conservative coach must be tempted to pick him just to see what he can do at a higher level.

13. JJ Engelbrecht: He’s grown in leaps and bounds this year and that’s in no small part due to him being consistently selected in his favored position and backed by his coaches.

12. Jan Serfontein: The man of the series in in Junior World Championship has gone on to prove that he can do the same at senior level.

11. Bryan Habana: Habana is still erratic at times, but shows more and more glimpses of the Habana of old that can score a try from nothing, anywhere on the field.

10. Morne Steyn: Solid again, he’s doing everything expected of him and certainly has given his national coach good incentive to entrust him with the Bok flyhalf jersey again.

9. Piet van Zyl: Nuggety and dangerous around the fringes, with crisp and clear service to the backs. You can’t ask for much more in a scrummie.

8. Pierre Spies: There’s something still missing in his game – he’s not like the Spies that first burst onto the scene, but he’s playing solid rugby and has lead his side to 7 consecutive wins.

7. Lappies Labuschagne: By far the in-form loosie of the tournament, Lappies may not run directly at and over opposition, but he knows when he can get past them and when to draw them into a tackle and put his teammates into space.

6. Cornell du Preez: He was all over the place in this game, making tackles and strong runs.

5. De Kock Steenkamp: Before Etzebeth came back from injury he combined well with Andries Bekker and was one of the form locks, this time he did the same with Etzebeth.

4. Eben Etzebeth: He makes it extremely hard to overlook him.

3. Werner Kruger: He has his critics, but Kruger had a strong game, getting involved around the park.

2. Tiaan Liebenberg: Liebenberg was back into the starting line-up and played like he was refreshed after his injury lay-off.

1. Coenie Oosthuizen: Another big game from Coenie, but we’ve come to expect it from him by now.

International:

15. Ben Smith, 14. Willie le Roux, 13. Tamati Ellison ,12.Jan Serfontein, 11. Peter Betham ,10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Mose Tuiali’i, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Steven Luatua, 5. Luke Jones, 4. Brad Thorn, 3. Werner Kruger 2. Andrew Hore, 1. Ben Franks



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