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Super Rugby Team of the Week: week 18


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 3 Jul 2013 at 09:08
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So after three weeks away from it all, it’s back to business for the Super Rugby teams – for the South African and New Zealand teams at least – while Australia finish off their series against the Lions.

Amazingly, both the Sharks and the Stormers kept their slight play-off hopes alive with their wins. The 10th and 11th placed teams both moved only one place up the table, but if the Cheetahs fail to take 2 points or more from their game against the Blues this coming weekend, the fight for that final play-off spot could get very interesting. The Blues would then have the inside lane for this spot, but given that they face the Chiefs in their final round, both the Sharks and Stormers would want to ensure that they get as many points as possible from their last two games to give themselves a chance of making the play-offs.

Here are the South African players that impressed in round 18:

15 Riaan Viljoen
He finished of with a winning try for the Sharks and stood out as one of the Sharks’ best backs throughout the game.

14 Akona Ndungane
In a clinical performance by the Bulls in putting away the Kings on their way to a possible home semi-final spot, Ndungane looked in his element and scored one of his own tries with enterprising play.

13. Jan Serfontein
He had to shift to the outside centre position, but continued his impressive showing in the midfield in his first Super Rugby season.

12. Damian de Allende
He’s looked good in this position every time he’s been given an opportunity. His direct approach and strength in the tackles remain impressive.

11. Bryan Habana
He looks like the Habana of old again, full of rugby, excited to get the ball in hand and ready to do anything. It’s nice to have him back.

10. Elton Jantjies
He’s starting to look more comfortable in this Stormers outfit and with news coming through that he and Jaco Taute might be staying in the Cape, we can expect even better from him in future.

9. Francois Hougaard
We’ve been waiting for this Hougaard to make his reappearance, as we all know Hougaard at his best is one of the best there is. Charl McLeod was another that showed some of his best form, something his team hss been missing all season.

8. Don Armand
Apparently he’s another player that won’t be playing in South Africa come next season, and who can blame him, with the talent pool in his position chances are few and far in between, but given a chance wherever his been needed, Armand has never failed his team.

7. Jacques Potgieter
It was between him and Lappies Labuschagne, who also continues to shine without any further recognition, but given the results of both teams and Potgieter’s attitude, it had to go to him.

6. Siya Kolisi
I believe he’ll be noticed more since he got his first cap for the Boks out of the way. Another Kolisi like performance from the big man, with great speed for his size and excellent ball skills for a forward.

5. Franco van der Merwe
He’s not flashy, but van der Merwe quietly puts an important mark on most games he plays.

4. Eben Etzebeth
He’s the best and won’t let anyone forget it.

3. Jannie du Plessis
Remains the best tighthead in South Africa by a country mile, with his understudy becoming a more than useful replacement and picking up where Jannie left off just proves that he might be ready to prove his worth in Bok colors.

2. Chiliboy Ralepelle
A great player and his departure to France will definitely be felt by his team. With injuries and other great players always ahead of him, Chiliboy never got a good chance at international level.

1. Beast Mtawarira
There’s nothing like the Beast in good form and his getting closer to his best.

International:

15. Ben Smith, 14. Frank Halai, 13. Tamati Ellison, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Dan Carter, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Matt vant Leven, 7. Jacques Potgieter, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Brodie Ratelick, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Beast Mtawarira



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