Team of the Week: That winning feeling

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:38
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SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Our Team of the Week for Round Four of Super Rugby features players who were in fine form for their respective franchises over the weekend.

The Hurricanes, Jaguares and Lions have three players each in our team. The Crusaders and Chiefs have two players each in our team.

The Bulls and Sunwolves have one player each.

Sunwolves star Shota Emi is our pick at fullback and he is joined by Vince Aso and Courtnall Skosan in the back three. 

We have an all-South African midfield with Jan Serfontein and Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

At flyhalf, we have Mitchell Hunt and at scrumhalf TJ Perenara was an obvious choice.

In the pack, Leonardo Senatore, Pablo Matera and Sam Cane are our choices for the back row, while in the second row we have Brodie Retallick and Marcos Kremer.

The front row consists of Owen Franks, Dane Coles and Jacques van Rooyen.

Teams of the Week - Round Four:

15 - Shota Emi (Sunwolves)
He is a livewire at the back and he was a tough customer to contain on attack in Pretoria. He is the offload king in Super Rugby so far.
Bubbling under: Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes)

14 - Vince Aso (Hurricanes)
He scored two fantastic tries in the win over the Highlanders and racked up the running metres again.
Bubbling under: Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares)

13 - Jan Serfontein (Bulls)
The Springbok looked good with ball in hand against the Sunwolves and crossed the whitewash twice as well.
Bubbling under: Matías Orlando (Jaguares)

12 - Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Lions)
The big centre gave his side some much-needed momentum with ball in hand against the Reds. He also got a five-pointer as well.
Bubbling under: George Moala (Blues)

11 - Courtnall Skosan (Lions)
Anybody who scores four tries in a game at this level deserves to be included in our team
Bubbling under: Julian Savea (Hurricanes)

10 - Mitchell Hunt (Crusaders)
The pivot was brilliant under pressure and scored a crucial try in a tough match against the Blues.
Bubbling under: Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)

9 - TJ Perenara (Hurricanes)
Despite getting a yellow card, the 25-year-old was a force on attack for the Hurricanes against the Higlanders
Bubbling under: Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs)

8 - Leonardo Senatore (Jaguares)
He is playing some of the best rugby of his career right now and and he proved it once again against the Cheetahs on Saturday.
Bubbling under: Warren Whiteley (Lions)

7 - Sam Cane (Chiefs)
The All Black was immense on attack and on defence against the Melbourne Rebels. He scored a try as well.
Bubbling under: Ruan Ackermann (Lions)

6 - Pablo Matera (Jaguares)
The flank did a massive amount of work around the park against the Cheetahs, particularly on defence where he never missed a tackle.
Bubbling under: Jaco Kriel (Lions)

5 - Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)
He was influential in open play once again. He also dominated the collisions against the Rebels.
Bubbling under: Samuel Whitelock (Crusaders)

4 - Marcos Kremer (Jaguares)
He did his reputation no harm with an eye-catching all-round performance against the Cheetahs.
Bubbling under: Scott Barrett (Crusaders)

3 - Owen Franks (Crusaders)
Besides his solid work in the scrums, the prop also did his fair share of work in open play against the Blues.
Bubbling under: Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes)

2 - Dane Coles (Hurricanes)
Made a number of good carries against the Highlanders and he was solid on defence as well.
Bubbling under: Tolu Latu (Waratahs)

1 - Jacques van Rooyen (Lions)
He did well in the scrums and had a few good runs with ball in hand, which helped his team get over the advantage line.
Bubbling under: Chris Eves (Hurricanes)

Our individual selections:

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Tauriq Ebrahim XV: 15 Shota Emi, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Shota Emi, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Chris Eves.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Shota Emi, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 George Moala, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Previous selections:

Team of the Week - Round Three: 15 Damian McKenzie (Chiefs), 14 Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares), 13 Samu Kerevi (Reds), 12 Ryan Crotty (Crusaders), 11 Kenki Fukuoka (Sunwolves), 10 Curwin Bosch (Sharks), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs), 8 Leonardo Senatore (Jaguares), 7 Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), 6 Philip van der Walt (Sharks), 5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 4 Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes), 2 Agustin Creevy (Jaguares), 1 Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks).

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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