Team of the Week – Round 12
Here it is my team of the week. If you disagree, let me know and I shall laugh at how wrong you are.
Fullback: Israel Dagg – Highlanders
This guy has played well all season and deserves an All Black jersey. His two sniping runs effectively showing the Tahs that your backs can make all the difference in those kinds of conditions. Big cheers to the Highlanders, for making it much more difficult for the Aussie team to make the semis. No one likes the Tahs.
Closely followed by: Patrick Lambie – Sharks
Right Wing: Sireli Naqelevuki – Stormers
Sireli played a stormer (that just happened)! Scored a great try and made some great yards. I don’t think I saw him not break the advantage line. Also is it me or does it look like he is just casually jogging when he breaks away from any other player. Imagine what he could do if he actually ran?
CFB: Gerhard van den Heever – Bulls
Outside Centre: Jaque Fourie – Stormers – Player of the Week
Holy balls! Fourie played one of the best games of this season. It is toit to the max that he is in such rich form leading into the 3N. His first Try on Friday night, in a word… BOOM. Possibly the best individual score of the season. -Player of the week.
CFB:Jacque Fourie’s unborn son
Inside Centre: Ma’a Nonu – Hurricanes
The Chiefs were all over the Canes and I thought another upset was on the cards and then Nonu said ‘shove that, watch this!!”. His two tries saved the Canes and gave them hope of a possible semi final spot. When he is on fire even his colourful dreads look mean.
CFB: Wynand Olivier
Left Wing: Hosea Gear – Hurricanes
Set up the one Nonu try and showed his class throughout. Some would say he stepped up a ‘gear’ in this game but those people would be lame. The All Blacks look well stocked in the wings department.
CFB: Fetu’u Vainikolo – Highlanders
Flyhalf: Matt Giteau – Brumbies
He has not had the greatest season so far but Matt certainly looked back on track on Sat. He pretty much dominated Cooper who was last seen shedding a tear quietly in the change room before going off to break into a bank.
CFB: Peter Grant – Stormers
Scrumhalf: Sarel Pretorius – Cheetahs
Pretorius was one of the few players who played well on the recent failed away leg and continued with that form on Saturday. Set up Basson’s try and looked great throughout. Why do the Cheetahs suck so much away from home? Is Bloem really that great?
CFB: Fourie Du Preez – Bulls
Eighthman: Duane Vermeulen – Stormers
Vermeulen is huuuge and put in some massive hits on defence. Has played well all season and definitely one of the reasons for the Stormers being where they are on the log. He also threw one of the Saders players away like a blow up doll. Brilliant.
CFB: Pierre Spies – Bulls
Blindside Flank: Juan Smith – Cheetahs
When Juan Smith hands you off, your whole family feel it. Scored a great solo try and set up another with a kick, which surprised many including him. So many great loose forwards in this country but no one is going to take this guy’s place in the Bokke team.
CFB: Duane Vermuelen – Stormers
Openside Flank: Adam Thomson – Highlanders
Scored two well deserved tries and was instrumental in the Landers victory. Seemed to enjoy the atrocious weather and schooled the Tahs on how to play in it.
CFB: Schalk Burger – Stormers
Lock: Victor Matfield – Bulls
Form and class and all those clichés but really Matfield looked back to his best. He picked himself up for a cracking game. With Bakkies coming back from injury is looking good to resume the awesome lock partnership and hold off Bekker, at least for the time being.
CFB: Mark Chisolm – Brumbies
Lock: Steven Sykes (Sharks)
Not many guys can stand up to Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw but Steven did the workhorse job for the Sharks and is looking a real prospect for the future. Nothing too flash but tireless work in a losing battle.
CFB: Mitchell Chapman – Brumbies
Tighthead Prop: John Afoa – Blues
He held his head high (not literally as would then have failed as a prop) in a losing battle. Has played quite well all season and should get a look-in for the ABs.
CFB: Owen Franks – Crusaders
Hooker: Jason Rutledge – Highlanders
Jason played like a loose forward and won a few turnovers in a forward dominated game. Was solid in the scrums and looked good throughout, playing a big part in the victory. Just edges Tiaan this week.
CFB: Tiaan Liebenberg – Stormers
Loosehead Prop: Ben Alexander – Brumbies
Tough call this one. Chris King played well for the Highlanders and Gurthro was again in fine form for the Bulls but Alexander’s third double of the season for the Brumbies gets him into this team.
CFB: Gurthro Steenkamp – Bulls
Plonker Award: The Lions
I am giving this to the entire Lions team. Enough said