Team of the Week: Freakishly good

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:01
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RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SPOTLIGHT: There was certainly a few eye-catching performances during Round Three of this year's Rugby Championship.

Despite being pushed hard by Argentina, New Zealand leads the way with a total of seven players in our XV this week. Los Pumas are represented by two players.

South Africa has four players in our side after their 23-all draw with the Wallabies. Michael Cheika's side is represented with two players.

In the backline, we have Damian McKenzie, Israel Dagg and Nehe Milner-Skudder in the back three, while in the midfield we have Anton Lienert-Brown and Kurtley Beale.

Bernard Foley is our No.10 this week with Tomás Cubelli coming in at No.9.

In the pack, Kieran Read, Jaco Kriel and Vaea Fifita are our loose trio. In the second row, Pieter-Steph du Toit is at No.5 and Eben Etzebeth at No.4.

Our front row consists of Coenraad Oosthuizen, Agustin Creevy and Joe Moody.

Team of the Week - Round Three:

15 - Damian McKenzie (New Zealand)
He was a menace on attack and quite exciting to watch against the Pumas and he scored a great try as well.
Bubbling under: Israel Folau (Australia)

14 - Israel Dagg (New Zealand)
He had a few neat touches with ball in hand and his experience showed in the back three.
Bubbling under: Henry Speight (Australia)

13 - Anton Lienert-Brown (New Zealand)
Defensively he was solid in an important channel against Los Pumas and he was one of his team’s try scorers.
Bubbling under: Jesse Kriel (South Africa)

12 - Kurtley Beale (Australia)
He is in superb form at the moment and he terrorised the Springboks' defence a few times last weekend.
Bubbling under: Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)

11 - Nehe Milner-Skudder (New Zealand)
He showed a glimpse of the form that made him a star at the 2015 World Cup. He gave the All Blacks an extra edge out wide.
Bubbling under: Reece Hodge (Australia)

10 - Bernard Foley (Australia)
He looked good on attack against the Springboks and seems to be playing with less pressure with Kurtley Beale next to him.
Bubbling under: Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

9 - Tomás Cubelli (Argentina)
He definitely brought some energy to the Pumas' performance against the All Blacks.
Bubbling under: Thomas Perenara (New Zealand)

8 - Kieran Read (New Zealand)
As a captain, he made good decisions on the field and he was once again a powerhouse in open play.
Bubbling under: Benjamin Macome (Argentina)

7 - Jaco Kriel (South Africa)
He was a constant menace at the breakdowns and was an integral figure in the Springboks' defence.
Bubbling under: Michael Hooper (Australia)

6 - Vaea Fifita (New Zealand)
A world star is born. He was magnificent with ball in hand against the Pumas and his try was out of this world!
Bubbling under: Siyamthanda Kolisi (South Africa)

5 - Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa)
He looked hungry against the Wallabies. He was effective in the line-outs and did his part on attack and defence as well.
Bubbling under: Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

4 - Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)
He was solid in the line-outs and got his side over the advantage line with a few carries.
Bubbling under: Luke Romano (New Zealand)

3 - Coenraad Oosthuizen (South Africa)
The big prop put his body on the line in defence making an incredible 18 tackles and not missing one. 
Bubbling under: Nepo Laulala (New Zealand)

2 - Agustin Creevy (Argentina)
The captain in open play against the All Blacks. He bashed his way through the All Blacks' defence a number of times and was a key figure on defence as well.
Bubbling under: Malcolm Marx (South Africa)

1 - Joe Moody (New Zealand)
He put in a great performance in the scrums and he was impressive in open play as well.
Bubbling under: Steven Kitshoff (South Africa)

Our individual selections:

Leezil Hendricks XV: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Leinert-Brown, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Joe Moody.

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Joe Moody.

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Benjamin Macome, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Joe Moody.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Benjamin Macome, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Joe Moody.

Previous selections:

Team of the Week - Round Two: 15 Israel Folau (Australia), 14 Ramiro Moyano (Argentina), 13 Jesse Kriel (South Africa), 12 Kurtley Beale (Australia), 11 Rieko Ioane (New Zealand), 10 Beauden Barrett (New Zealand), 9 Will Genia (Australia), 8 Sean McMahon (Australia), 7 Ardie Savea (New Zealand), 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (South Africa), 5 Samuel Whitelock (New Zealand), 4 Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen (South Africa), 2 Malcolm Marx (South Africa), 1 Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa).

Team of the Week - Round One: 15 Israel Folau (Australia), 14 Henry Speight (Australia), 13 Ryan Crotty (New Zealand), 12 Kurtley Beale (Australia), 11 Rieko Ioane (New Zealand), 10 Beauden Barrett (New Zealand), 9 Aaron Smith (New Zealand), 8 Kieran Read (New Zealand), 7 Jaco Kriel (South Africa), 6 Liam Squire (New Zealand), 5 Samuel Whitelock (New Zealand), 4 Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen (South Africa), 2 Agustin Creevy (Argentina), 1 Joe Moody (New Zealand).

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