Team of the Week: Thunderbolts and lightning

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:33

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Players from the Stormers dominate our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round Seven after their strong performance against the Chiefs.

The Cape side has four players in our backline and another two in our forward pack. Other teams represented are the Chiefs, Highlanders, Blues, Hurricanes, Sharks, Jaguares and Brumbies.

Damian McKenzie, Cheslin Kolbe and Dillyn Leyds are our choices in the back three. In the midfield, we have EW Viljoen and Ngani Laumape.

Robert du Preez is our flyhalf again and at scrumhalf we have Aaron Smith.

In the pack, Luke Whitelock, Siyamthanda Kolisi and Scott Fardy make up our loose trio, while in the second row we have Brodie Retallick and Eben Etzebeth.

Our front row consists of Charlie Faumuina, Franco Marais and Lucas Noguera

Team of the Week - Round Seven

15 - Damian McKenzie (Chiefs)
He was at his best on attack and launched one of the best tries ever seen in Super Rugby.
Bubbling under: Sarel Marais (Stormers)

14 - Cheslin Kolbe (Stormers)
He had one of his best games in a Stormers jersey against the Chiefs. He evaded defenders with ease and stood up brilliantly on defence as well.
Bubbling under: Yaw Penxe (Southern Kings)

13 - EW Viljoen (Stormers)
He continues to grow with each game and he was simply outstanding against the Chiefs. He got over the advantage line on most occasions and was solid on defence, especially in the second half.
Bubbling under: Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders)

12 - Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes)
He produced a brilliant all-round performance against the Waratahs. He scored two tries and never missed a tackle as well.
Bubbling under: Andre Esterhuizen (Sharks)

11 - Dillyn Leyds (Stormers)
He was very influential with ball in hand against the Chiefs and who can forget that magical pass to Sarel Marais for that second-half try.
Bubbling under: Wes Goosen (Hurricanes)

10 - Robert du Preez (Stormers)
The flyhalf made good decisions throughout the game against the Chiefs. His distribution was good, he defended well and he scored a try as well.
Bubbling under: Lionel Cronje (Southern Kings)

9 - Aaron Smith (Highlanders)
His service to his backline was flawless at times and he made some good decisions in pressure situations.
Bubbling under: Jacobus Reinach (Sharks)

8 - Luke Whitelock (Highlanders)
He was powerful in the physical stuff and made a truckload of tackles on defence.
Bubbling under: Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco (Sunwolves)

7 - Siyamthanda Kolisi (Stormers)
He gave his all on attack and defence against the Chiefs and was one of his team's try-scorers as well.
Bubbling under: Chris Alcock (Brumbies)

6 - Scott Fardy (Brumbies)
He made his presence felt at the breakdowns against the Reds and made some good carries as well.
Bubbling under: Elliot Dixon (Highlanders)

5 - Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)
He was the Chiefs' most powerful asset at Newlands and the big man did not disappoint. He was aggressive on both attack and defence against the Stormers.
Bubbling under: Will Skelton (Waratahs)

4 - Eben Etzebeth (Stormers)
He was a colossus with ball in hand against the Chiefs and secured plenty of good ball at the line-outs as well.
Bubbling under: Rory Arnold (Brumbies)

3 - Charlie Faumuina (Blues)
It was another effective performance with ball in hand for the big prop and he scored a try as well.
Bubbling under: Wilco Louw (Stormers)

2 - Franco Marais (Sharks)
Showed another side of him against the Jaguares. He got over the gain line a number of times with some aggressive carries.
Bubbling under: Mbongeni Mbonambi (Stormers)

1 - Lucas Noguera (Jaguares)
Gave his all on defence against the Sharks and was solid in the scrums as well.
Bubbling under: Jacobus Janse van Rensburg (Stormers)

Our individual selections:

Tauriq Ebrahim XV: 15 Damien McKenzie, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco,7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi , 1 Lucas Noguera.

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jacobus Reinach, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Koki Yamamoto.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Lucas Noguera.

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Jacobus Reinach, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.

Previous selections:

Team of the Week - Round Six: 15 Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes), 14 Jacobus van Wyk (Sharks), 13 Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders), 12 Richard Buckman (Highlanders), 11 George Bridge (Crusaders), 10 Robert du Preez (Stormers), 9 Aaron Smith (Highlanders), 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers), 7 Michael Hooper (Waratahs), 6 Akira Ioane (Blues), 5 Samuel Whitelock (Crusaders), 4 Scott Barrett (Crusaders), 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen (Sharks), 2 Tolu Latu (Waratahs), 1 Jacques Van Rooyen (Lions).

Team of the Week - Round Five: 15 Dillyn Leyds (Stormers), 14 Matt Duffie (Blues), 13 Francois Venter (Cheetahs), 12 Reece Hodge (Melbourne Rebels), 11 Melani Nanai (Blues), 10 Curwin Bosch (Sharks), 9 Gonzalo Bertranou (Jaguares), 8 Jerome Kaino (Blues), 7 Andisa Ntsila, (Southern Kings), 6 Jaco Kriel (Lions), 5 Samuel Whitelock (Crusaders), 4 Luke Romano (Crusaders), 3 Owen Franks (Crusaders), 2 Agustin Creevy (Jaguares), 1 Lizo Gqoboka (Bulls).

Team of the Week - Round Four: 15 Shota Emi (Sunwolves), 14 Vince Aso (Hurricanes), 13 Jan Serfontein (Bulls), 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Lions), 11 Courtnall Skosan (Lions), 10 Mitchell Hunt (Crusaders), 9 TJ Perenara (Hurricanes), 8 Leonardo Senatore (Jaguares), 7 Sam Cane (Chiefs), 6 Pablo Matera (Jaguares), 5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 4 Marcos Kremer (Jaguares), 3 Owen Franks (Crusaders), 2 Dane Coles (Hurricanes), 1 Jacques van Rooyen (Lions).

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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