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Super Rugby Team of the Round – round 2

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Feb 2014 at 15:39
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Let’s have a look at the South African players across Super Rugby this weekend and see if we can pick a local 15 based on the best individual performances.

I’ve decided to keep this local only since Super Rugby really is a very big competition and my feeling is that it’s just too darn hard to compare every single player performance across seven games. This week, we at least saw all five of the South African teams in action, so let’s rather focus on a shadow Bok team based on this weekend’s games alone.

15. Can there be anyone more deserving than Cheetahs Bok Willie le Roux? He shone like a lone bright light in an otherwise dismal game. Honourable mention to the Sharks’ SP Marais.
14. Not a position where anyone really stood out. Let’s give it to Deon van Rensburg of the Lions this week, just ahead of Cornall Hendricks and Odwa Ndungane. Not a lot to choose from, though.
13. Another Lion wins this one – take a bow Stefan Watermeyer. There was nothing to say about the centres in the Bloem derby, while Paul Jordaan in Durban battled to get his hands on the ball. The latter is runner up.
12. Frans Steyn was the best on show in the 12 jersey this week, while Frans Venter did a few decent things for the Cheetahs.
11. This one goes to Sharks man Lwazi Mvovo, for a strong game that included a match-securing intercept try. There was not a lot for Bulls fans to smile about, but Bjorn Basson at least made a decent fist of chasing high balls and is our runner-up.
10. Marnitz Boshoff. I don’t think I need to say any more about a man who scored 29 points on his own, including three drop goals. Pat Lambie, in our opinion, shades Johan Goosen for the backup spot.
9. Lions man Faf de Klerk takes the spoils here and completes a backline that has a very red look to it indeed. Shaun Venter gets our somewhat grudging nod as the next best man.

8. He may be playing in red, but Warren Whiteley is still a man that Durban will claim, thank you very much. We felt that, on balance, his individual performance was a bit more significant in the context of the game than that of our close runner-up, Ryan Kankowski.
7. Willem Alberts was the pick of the blindsiders over the weekend. Credit to Schalk Burger for trying hard, while Lappies Labuschagne and Derick Minnie ensured that this was a closely contested fight (as always).
6. Best opensider goes to Lions man Jaco Kriel, with Boom Prinsloo’s ball-stealing heroics against the admittedly poor Bulls earning him the runner-up spot.
5. We thought Franco van der Merwe had a big game in the number 5 shirt for the Lions, while Pieter-Steph du Toit was very nearly as good for the Sharks.
4. Not a position marked by great individual performances this week. Lood de Jager was, on balance, about the best, while opposite number Flip van der Merwe was a ray of light in a generally poor Bulls pack.
3. Jannie du Plessis take a bow, for destroying your opposite number in the scrum. Unheralded Julian Redelinghuys takes the runner-up spot ahead of Coenie Oosthuizen, whose scrum work cost him.
2. There’s no better hooker on the planet than Bismarck du Plessis and he proved it again this weekend. Scarra Ntubeni was the best of the rest and looked one of the few Stormers to be genuinely up for the game.
1. Beast Mtawarira completes an all-Sharks front row, which is just rewards given the scrum performance against the Hurricanes. Schalk van der Merwe of the Lions was also good while namesake Marcel did reasonably as a replacement for the Bulls.

What do you think, fans? Agree or disagree?

We’ll repeat this exercise next week.


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