S14 Team of the Week – Round 14
Another cracker by Mr Surprised. The Waratahs destroyed a rubbish Hurricanes team, thus making me slip behind the two girls who know nothing about rugby in my Superbru group.. Kurtley scored 2 great (gay) tries with little chip and chase kicks. Expect him to try the same against the Stormers. Also expect him to FAIL.
Closely followed by: James o’ Connor – Western Force
Right Wing: Lachie Turner – Waratahs
Another polished performance from Turner. The Aussies have got flair aplenty in their backs and this man must surely be a front runner for a starting berth. With Drew Mitchell making up a quality back 3, it is no wonder they made the semis.
CFB: Gio Aplon – Stormers
Outside Centre: Jaque Fourie
Solid…da dun dun duuun…solid as a rock. Tina Turner wrote that song about Jaque years ago, true story. His skills organising the defensive lines are one of the reasons for the Stormers doing so well on defence and the Lions this season having no idea. Great attacking and support play and a fine try to top off the evening.
CFB: Ben Smith – Highlanders
Inside Centre: Juan De Jongh – Stormers
Juan is getting better and better and with Fourie on his outside had a …(wait for it)…stormer. His defence is excellent and PdV could do worse than have him in his squad for the June internationals.
CFB: Matt Giteau – Brumbies
Left Wing: Zac Guildford
Habana scored 2 toit tries. Drew Mitchell remains in good form and Fetu’u Vainikolo again showed his class with a great try for the Highlanders but I am gonna go with Zac Guildford this week. He has improved unbelievably this season and has been one of the best Crusaders players.
CFB: Fetu’u Vainikolo – Highlanders
Flyhalf: Quade Cooper – Reds
Quade again played a blinder. At one stage he did this back hand pass of justice that surprised the Highlanders and most of the crowd but not his Mum or his team mates, who are used to craziness from this young wipper snapper. Another good kicking performance and another win for the Reds, although only just.
CFB: Peter Grant – Stormers
Scrumhalf: Sarel Pretorius – Cheetahs
Man this guy is playing well. Granted it was against the blow up doll Lions but still, a superb performance. Scored two tries and allowed the backline to shine. He received his 3rd ‘man of the match’ award and is surely the second best scrumhalf in SA at the moment.
CFB: Will Genia – Reds
Eighthman: Duane Vermeulen – Stormers
Another huge performance from the Stormers hard man. Strong around the rucks and athletic with ball in hand. Shrugged off a bit of argy bargy by Bakkies and smashed peeps in the tackle. All in all a pretty good Saturday.
CFB: Kieran Read – Crusaders
Blindside Flank: Richie McCaw – Crusaders
The general! Captain Awesome led from the front and is hitting good form towards the end of the competition. He alone is reason for the Bulls to know they are in for a tough tussle come Saturday.
CFB: Francois Louw – Stormers
Openside Flank: George Smith – Brumbies
His last game for the Brumbies and was his usual sublime best. He is retiring from international rugga and S14 to go play in Japan. I guess the lure of the asians was too much. After the game he had this to say “Mate, 2 words… Karaoke”.
CFB: Schalk Burger – Stormers
Lock: Andries Bekker – Stormers
On Sat, I couldn’t quite believe how tall this guy is, must be 9ft. Scored a good try and was again flawless in the lineouts. Has improved more than anyone else this year in the Stormers and must surely be their player of the season.
CFB: Sam Whitelock – Crusaders
Lock: Dean Mumm
Solid performance for the Tahs and instrumental in the lineouts and at ruck time. The Stormers are in for good forward battle come Sat. Bring it.
CFB: Bakkies Botha – Bulls
Tighthead Prop: Jannie Du Plessis – Sharks
Last week he was nearly there but this week showed his true potential. Looking more and more likely to complete the front row for the Bokke too. A great performance from the Doctor. Word has it he will sometimes leave his business card on your face after a big tackle.
CFB: John Afoa – Blues
Hooker: Tatafu Polota-Nau - Waratahs
Great stuff from the Aussie hooker. Definitely will be the starting hooker for the Wallabies and is in the form of his life.
CFB: Tiaan Liebenberg – Stormers
Loosehead Prop: Ben Alexander – Brumbies
Yes the Brumbies lost but this dude scored his 7th try to become the leading forward try scorer, not bad for a tubbikins.
CFB: Ben Franks – Crusaders
Plonker Award: Lions
Aaaargh. Was embarrassing watching these guys lose to the Cheetahs. Eventually the jokes about the team just became sad as they were mostly true. Dick Muir = Epic Fail.