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Team of the Week: Just reward

With a couple of mighty impressive performances it is unsurprising to see the Lions and Western Province so well represented in rugby365's famous team of the week.

 

The all-conquering Lions took apart the fumbling Kings in a 60 point hiding while Province punished the clue-less Bulls with 41 points, so it makes sense that these two teams represent half our 30-man squad.

 

With eight and seven respectively from the two big winners there was just enough room for the Sharks to chime in with six players after remaining unbeaten through two rounds.

 

The Cheetahs got four players in with their first win of the campaign over a spirited Griquas team.

 

Although the Pumas went down to a second-half mauling from the Sharks there was still some sparkling performances from four of their players.

 

Unfortunately, the Bulls and Griquas did not concern our selectors this week – but there was room for a solitary King.

 

Team of the Week – Currie Cup, Round Two:

 

15 – Cheslin Kolbe (Western Province):

Touted as the next Gio Aplon and with 15 on his back and his scything runs, who are we to disagree?

Bubbling under: Scott van Breda (Eastern Province)

 

14 – Odwa Ndungane (Sharks):

A faithful and dependable wing, not always full of flashy moves, but the man you want with you in the trenches.

Bubbling under: Ryno Benjamin (Cheetahs)

 

13 – Juan de Jongh (Western Province):

The Stormers game seems to be heading right up this man's alley, and with the captaincy, he is looking like an integral part of the WP juggernaut.

Bubbling under: Nicolaas Hanekom (Lions)

 

12 – Paul Jordaan (Sharks):

He has always been quick, but his move to No.12 has forced him to use his vision and skills more – and he is doing so with great effect.

Bubbling under: Stephan Watermeyer (Pumas)

 

11 – Seabelo Senatla (Western Province):

He has had a dream cross-over to 15-man-rugby so far, clearly an attacking threat, but it is his defence and energy that impresses.

Bubbling under: Raymond Rhule (Cheetahs)

 

10 – Jaco van der Walt (Lions):

The young man was thrown in the deep-end, but when you have a brilliant team behind you it is not too hard to swim!

Bubbling under: Demetri Catrakilis (Western Province)

 

9 – Sarel Pretorius (Cheetahs):

When he is on song there are not many more exciting players around, 'Super Sarel' was able to thrive on the loose Griquas game.

Bubbling under:  Cameron Wright (Sharks)

 

8 – Nizaam Carr (Western Province):

Has steadily grown throughout the Super Rugby campaign and will be happy back in his preferred No.8 jersey.

Bubbling under: Lubabalo Mtembu (Sharks)

 

7 – Michael Rhodes (Western Province):

He has taken on the role that Rynhardt Elstadt usually plays for WP, but if he keeps up these good performances Elstadt may have to settle for the bench.

Bubbling under: Jean Cook (Cheetahs)

 

6 – Jaco Kriel (Lions):

Forget scoring the hat-trick, his incredible work rate in what ever he is doing is the true marvel.

Bubbling under: Corné Steenkamp (Pumas)

 

5 – Marco Wentzel (Sharks):

The old war-horse still has some gas left in him, his all round performance from the tight to the loose was exemplary.

Bubbling under: Franco Mostert (Lions)

 

4 – Frikkie Spies (Pumas):

Was a hard grafter for the full 80 minutes and never seemed to drop his head even as the Sharks rallied against his team.

Bubbling under: Jean Kleyn (Western Province)

 

3 – Pat Cilliers (Western Province):

A solid all round performance from the tighthead who really was in need of a good game to get his confidence back.

Bubbling under: Ruan Dreyer (Lions)

 

2 – Kyke Cooper (Sharks):

A live wire, bustling hooker who is finally getting his shot to shine from under the shadow of Bismarck du Plessis.

Bubbling under: Robbie Coetzee (Lions)

 

1 –  Vincent Koch (Pumas):

Another Pumas' forward that put it all on the line, he worked hard in the set pieces to try and slow the Sharks down.

Bubbling under: 1 Schalk van der Merwe (Lions)

 

Our individual selections:

 

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Corné Steenkamp, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Vincent Koch.

 

Darryn Pollock XV: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Kyke Cooper, 1 Vincent Koch.

 

Tauriq Ebrahim XV: 15 Scott Van Breda, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Alistair Vermaak.

 

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jean Cook , 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Kyke Cooper, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.

 

Previous selections:

 

Team of the Week – Round 1: 15 Cheslin Kolbe (Western Province), 14  Rayno Benjamin (Free State Cheetahs), 13 Nicolaas Hanekom (Golden Lions), 12 Paul Jordaan (Sharks), 11 Ruan Combrinck (Lions), 10 Fred Zeilinga (Sharks), 9 Ross Cronjé (Golden Lions), 8 Renaldo Bothma (Pumas), Derick Minnie (Golden Lions), 6 Marnus Schoeman (Griquas), 5 Francois Uys (Free State Cheetahs), 4  Paul Willemse (Blue Bulls), 3 Ruan Dryer (Golden Lions), 2 Kyle Cooper (Sharks), 1 Schalk van der Merwe (Golden Lions).

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