Team of the Week: Proving their worth

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:54
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SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 12 features a number of players who played a big part in their teams' success over the weekend.

Players from the Crusaders and the Southern Kings dominate our XV this week. The Reds, Lions, Cheetahs and Highlanders are also represented in our team.

At the back, we have David Havili at fullback with Alshaun Bock and George Bridge on the wings. Samu Kerevi and Ryan Crotty are our midfielders.

At flyhalf we have Lionel Cronje and Aaron Smith in the No.9 jersey.

In the pack, we have Warren Whiteley, Matt Todd and Chris Cloete in the back row. In the second row, we have Francois Mostert and Luke Romano.

Ross Geldenhuys, Elandre Huggett and Joe Moody make up our front row.

Team of the Week - Round 12:

15 David Havili (Crusaders)
He was quite effective with ball in hand against the Hurricanes and his kicking game was good as well.
Bubbling under: Melani Nanai (Blues)

14 - Alshaun Bock (Southern Kings)
The wing scored two brilliant tries against the Sharks. His blistering pace made him a constant threat out wide.
Bubbling under: Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders)

13 - Samu Kerevi (Reds)
The captain was the hero in his team's victory over the Melbourne Rebels. His last-minute try capped off another strong performance by the Wallaby.
Bubbling under: Lukhanyo Am (Sharks)

12 - Ryan Crotty (Crusaders)
He played a big role in his team's defensive effort against the Hurricanes. His distribution was also excellent.
Bubbling under: Richard Buckman (Highlanders)

11 - George Bridge (Crusaders)
He is definitely making the No.11 jersey his own at the Crusaders. He never missed a tackle on defence and racked up the running metres out wide.
Bubbling under: Rieko Ioane (Blues)

10 - Lionel Cronje (Southern Kings)
The flyhalf was highly influential in his team's win over the Sharks. He scored 20 points, which included a try and a crucial drop goal.
Bubbling under: Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)

9 - Aaron Smith (Highlanders)
The All Black scrumhalf was tactically astute in the wet conditions against the Bulls.
Bubbling under: Louis Schreuder (Southern Kings)

8 - Warren Whiteley (Lions)
The captain put in some bone-crunching tackles against the Brumbies. He also got his team over the advantage line on a few occasions
Bubbling under: Akira Ioane (Blues)

7 - Matt Todd (Crusaders)
Scored a crucial try in his team's win over the Hurricanes. He was also a nuisance at the breakdown and carried the ball strongly.
Bubbling under: Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks)

6 - Chris Cloete (Southern Kings)
He kept the Sharks on their toes at the breakdowns and he also gave his all on defence.
Bubbling under: Steven Luatua (Blues)

5 - Francois Mostert (Lions)
Did a lot of hard of hard work up front in the win over the Brumbies. He was also outstanding on defence.
Bubbling under: Scott Scrafton (Blues)

4 - Luke Romano (Crusaders)
The big lock was immense in open play against the Hurricanes. He dominated the collisions and got his team over the gain line.
Bubbling under: Patrick Tuipulotu (Blues)

3 - Ross Geldenhuys (Southern Kings)
Despite picking up a yellow card, the prop was strong in the scrums and he did a lot on defence as well.
Bubbling under: Charlie Faumuina (Blues)

2 - Elandre Huggett (Cheetahs)
The replacement hooker did so much in the 28 minutes when he was on the field. He scored two tries, carried the ball with great intensity and put in a few big hits on defence as well.
Bubbling under: Codie Taylor (Crusaders)

1 - Joe Moody (Crusaders)
The All Black put in another solid performance in the scrums and he did a lot of work in open play as well.
Bubbling under: Schalk van der Merwe (Southern Kings)

Our individual selections:

Paul Dobson XV: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Joe Moody.

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Alshaun Bock, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 Aki Seiuli.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Alshaun Bock, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Rieko Ioane 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.

Previous selections: 

Team of the Week - Round 11: 15 Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes), 14 Waisake Naholo (Highlanders), 13 Jack Goodhue (Crusaders), 12 Charlie Ngatai (Chiefs), 11 Courtnall Skosan (Lions), 10 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes), 9 Thomas Perenara (Hurricanes), 8 Willem Britz (Sunwolves), 7 Matt Todd (Crusaders), 6 Steven Luatua (Blues), 5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 4 Luke Romano (Crusaders), 3 Charlie Faumuina (Blues), 2 Malcolm Marx (Lions), 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche (Cheetahs).

Team of the Week - Round 10: 15 Damian McKenzie (Chiefs), 14 Waisake Naholo (Highlanders), 13 Lionel Mapoe (Lions), 12 Ryan Crotty, (Crusaders), 11 Patrick Osborne (Highlanders), 10 Aaron Cruden (Chiefs, 9 Aaron Smith (Highlanders), 8 Liam Squire (Highlanders), 7 Michael Hooper (Waratahs), 6 Steven Luatua (Blues), 5 Franco Mostert (Lions), 4 Andries Ferreira (Lions), 3 Ross Geldenhuys (Southern Kings), 2 Liam Coltman (Highlanders), 1 Jacques van Rooyen (Lions).

Team of the Week - Round Nine: 15 David Havili (Crusaders), 14 Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders), 13 Vince Aso (Hurricanes), 12 Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders), 11 James Lowe (Chiefs), 10 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes), 9 Aaron Smith (Highlanders), 8 Warren Whiteley (Lions), 7 Matt Todd (Crusaders), 6 Chris Cloete (Southern Kings), 5 Samuel Whitelock (Crusaders), 4 Guido Petti (Jaguares), 3 Ross Geldenhuys (Southern Kings), 2 Ricky Riccitelli (Hurricanes), 1 Pierre Schoeman (Bulls).

Team of the Week - Round Eight: 15 Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes), 14 Toni Pulu (Chiefs), 13 Lionel Mapoe (Lions), 12 Harold Vorster (Lions), 11 Makazole Mapimpi (Southern Kings), 10 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes), 9 Ross Cronje (Lions), 8 Warren Whiteley (Lions), 7 George Smith (Reds), 6 Jaco Kriel (Lions), 5 Franco Mostert (Lions), 4 Mark Abbott (Hurricanes), 3 Trevor Nyakane (Bulls), 2 Malcolm Marx (Lions), 1 Jacques van Rooyen (Lions).

Team of the Week - Round Seven: 15 Damian McKenzie (Chiefs), 14 Cheslin Kolbe (Stormers), 13 EW Viljoen (Stormers), 12 Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes), 11 Dillyn Leyds (Stormers), 10 Robert du Preez (Stormers), 9 Aaron Smith (Highlanders), 8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders), 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi (Stormers), 6 Scott Fardy (Brumbies), 5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), 4 Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), 3 Charlie Faumuina (Blues), 2 Franco Marais (Sharks), 1 Lucas Noguera (Jaguares).

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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