Team of the Week: Making a statement

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:47
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SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: A number of players impressed with their on-field performances in Round Three of Super Rugby 2017.

Our Team of the Week this week features three players from the Sharks after their convincing win over the Waratahs. The Jaguares and Chiefs also have three players each in our selection.

Other teams represented in our XV are the Reds, Crusaders, Sunwolves, Stormers and Hurricanes.

In the back three, we have Damian Mckenzie, Ramiro Moyano and Kenki Fukuoka. Our midfield consists of Samu Kerevi and Ryan Crotty.

The 19-year-old Curwin Bosch is at flyhalf and at scrumhalf we have Tawera Kerr-Barlow.

In the pack, Leonardo Senatore, Ardie Savea and Philip van der Walt make up our back row, while in the second row we have Brodie Retallick and Eben Etzebeth.

Our front row is made up of Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Agustin Creevy and Tendai Mtawarira.

Team of the week - Round Three:

15 - Damian McKenzie (Chiefs)
He kept the Hurricanes on their toes when he had the ball. He also made good decisions around the field.
Bubbling under: Shota Emi (Sunwolves)

14 - Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares)
The wing tore the Lions' defence to shreds on a few occasions and he scored a try as well.
Bubbling under: Kobus van Wyk (Sharks)

13 - Samu Kerevi (Reds)
His brute strength and power got the Reds over the advantage line on numerous occasions against the Crusaders.
Bubbling under: Lukhanyo Am (Sharks)

12 - Ryan Crotty (Crusaders)
His experience in the midfield was vital for the New Zealanders in Brisbane. His skills, particularly his passing, was up there with the best this weekend.
Bubbling under: Rob Thompson (Highlanders)

11 - Kenki Fukuoka (Sunwolves)
Scored two tries in the match against the Cheetahs. He was a menace out wide for the home side.
Bubbling under: James Lowe (Chiefs)

10 - Curwin Bosch (Sharks)
Scored 27 of his team's 37 points in the win against the Waratahs. The 19-year-old filled Pat Lambie's boots nicely.
Bubbling under: Nicolás Sánchez (Jaguares)

9 - Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs)
The All Black was brilliant in the wet weather against the Hurricanes. His tactical game took a lot of pressure off Aaron Cruden.
Bubbling under: Bryn Hall (Crusaders)

8 - Leonardo Senatore (Jaguares)
He made some strong carries when he was on the field against the Lions and was a key part in the Argentinians' success.
Bubbling under: Willie Britz (Sunwolves)

7 - Ardie Savea (Hurricanes)
He put in some big hits on defence and made his presence felt at the breakdowns.
Bubbling under: Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks)

6 - Philip van der Walt (Sharks)
He is probably one the best forwards in South Africa at the moment. His work rate was out of this world against the Waratahs.
Bubbling under: Pablo Matera (Jaguares)

5 - Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)
He is the best in the world in his position and he showed why against the Hurricanes.
Bubbling under: Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers)

4 - Eben Etzebeth (Stormers)
He had a stormer of a game against the Southern Kings. 
Bubbling under: Guido Petti Pagadizaval (Jaguares)

3 - Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes)
He did well in the set piece and put a lot of hard work in open play against the Chiefs.
Bubbling under: Johannes Coetzee (Cheetahs)

2 - Agustin Creevy (Jaguares)
He certainly led by example against the Lions. He carried the ball like a man possessed and racked up a number of running metres.
Bubbling under: Dane Coles (Hurricanes)

1 - Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks)
He was impressive on defence against the Waratahs and he scrummaged well.
Bubbling under: Joe Moody (Crusaders)

Our individual selections: 

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 James Lowe, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Johannes Coetzee, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Tauriq Ebrahim XV: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 George Smith, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Joe Moody.

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Shota Emi, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Leonardo Senatore  7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Johannes Coetzee,  2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Previous selections:

Team of the Week - Round Two: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder (Hurricanes), 14 Waisake Naholo (Highlanders), 13 Nico Lee (Cheetahs), 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Lions), 11 James Lowe (Chiefs), 10 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs), 8 Warren Whiteley (Lions), 7 Teboho Mohoje (Cheetahs), 6 Jaco Kriel (Lions), 5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 4 Dominic Bird (Chiefs), 3 Owen Franks (Crusaders), 2 Tolu Latu (Waratahs), 1 Retshegofaditswe Nché (Cheetahs).

Team of the Week - Round One: 15 Joaquín Tuculet (Jaguares), 14 Vince Aso (Hurricanes), 13 Rieko Ioane (Blues), 12 Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes), 11 James Lowe (Chiefs), 10 Ihaia West (Blues), 9 Gonzalo Bertranou (Jaguares), 8 Leonardo Senatore (Jaguares), 7 Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), 6 Scott Fardy (Brumbies), 5 Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes), 4 Rory Arnold (Brumbies), 3 Wilco Louw (Stormers), 2 Hika Elliot (Chiefs), 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (Stormers).

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