Currie Cup Team of the Week: Round Two
OPINION: The Free State Cheetahs started their Currie Cup campaign with a bang in Pretoria.
The team from Bloemfontein recorded an impressive 43-27 victory over the Blue Bulls and they have five players in rugby365’s Team of the Week for Round Two.
The Sharks are represented by four players after their 32-27 victory over Western Province, while Griquas have three players in our selection after their thrilling victory over the Pumas.
Team of the Week – Round Two:
15 – Anthony Volmink (Griquas):
His speed out wide gave the Pumas plenty of problems and he scored two tries in his team’s win in Kimberley.
Bubbling under: SP Marais (Western Province)
14 – Kobus van Wyk (Sharks):
The had a couple of good runs and he beat a few defenders. He also scored one of his team’s tries.
Bubbling under: Seabelo Senatla (Western Province)
13 – Bernhard Janse Van Rensburg (Free State Cheetahs):
He was a big presence in that midfield and scored two tries against the Blue Bulls.
Bubbling under: Ruhan Nel (Western Province)
12 – Jeremy Ward (Sharks):
The centre was good on defence and he made some good plays in the midfield.
Bubbling under: Andre Swarts (Griquas)
11 – Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks):
He did a lot of good work with the space he was given, and he scored a great try as well.
Bubbling under: Rosko Specman (Blue Bulls)
10 – Tian Schoeman (Free State Cheetahs):
He made excellent decisions with ball in hand and was played a key role in the build-up to some of his team’s tries.
Bubbling under: Curwin Bosch (Sharks)
9 – Tian Meyer (Free State Cheetahs):
His distribution and speed to the breakdown was the best in Round Two and this got his backline going.
Bubbling under: Zak Burger (Griquas)
8 – Henco Venter (Free State Cheetahs):
He was a colossus with ball in hand. He got his side over the advantage line on numerous occasions and scored a brilliant try as well.
Bubbling under: Willie Engelbrecht (Pumas)
7 – Sias Koen (Griquas):
His work rate was phenomenal on attack and defence against the Pumas.
Bubbling under: Abongile Nonkontwana (Free State Cheetahs)
6 – Ruan Steenkamp (Blue Bulls):
He was ruthless at the breakdowns and he won his team a few turnovers. He was also aggressive with ball in hand and scored a try as well.
Bubbling under: JD Shickerling (Western Province)
5 – Victor Sekekete (Griquas):
His dynamism gave Griquas and an extra edge up front against the Pumas.
Bubbling under: Hyron Andrews (Sharks)
4 – Le Roux Roets (Pumas):
It was another powerful performance from the big man. He carried the ball strongly and put in a huge shift on defence.
Bubbling under: Salmaan Moerat (Western Province)
3 – Coenie Oosthuizen (Sharks):
The Bok prop was strong in the scrums, but it was work rate on defence against Western Province that got our attention.
Bubbling under: Wilco Louw (Western Province)
2 – Marko Janse van Rensburg (Pumas):
His defence still needs some work, but he was a standout with his strong carries.
Bubbling under: Scarra Ntubeni (Western Province)
1 – Ox Nche (Free State Cheetahs):
He was good in all facets of the game. He was a hard man to bring down and made his presence felt at the breakdowns.
Bubbling under: Andrew Beerwinkel (Pumas)
Our individual selections:
Jan de Koning XV: 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Bernhard Janse Van Rensburg, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Sias Koen, 6 John Schickerling, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Ruben Van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Paul Dobson XV: 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ox Nche.
Warren Fortune XV: 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Kobus Van Wyk, 13 Bernhard Janse Van Rensburg, 12 Andre Swarts, 11 Rosko Specman 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Marko Janse Van Rensburg, 1 Ox Nche.
Team of the Week – Round One: 15 Tyrone Green (Golden Lions), 14 Madosh Tambwe (Golden Lions), 13 Wandisile Simelane (Golden Lions), 12 Burger Odendaal (Blue Bulls), 11 Rosko Specman (Blue Bulls), 10 George Whitehead (Griquas), 9 Embrose Papier (Blue Bulls), 8 Niell Jordaan (Griquas), 7 Sias Koen (Griquas), 6 Gideon van der Merwe (Griquas), 5 Victor Sekekete (Griquas), 4 Le Roux Roets (Pumas), 3 Wilco Louw (Western Province), 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni (Western Province), 1 Corné Fourie (Western Province).