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Team of the Week: Broken Ducks

The weekend's action was opened with the Eastern Province and Free State battle in Port Elizabeth. The controversial Kings silenced some critics with a game where the forwards dominated the scrums and the backline was an attacking threat, illustrated with a sublime set-move that saw Luther Obi burst through a gap and canter over the try-line. 

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An absolutely huge display by flank Thembelani Bholi ensured he was recognised by the rugby365 panel. Siyanda Grey and Lizo Gqoboka also received honours.

On the Free State front, Francois Venter impressed as did Sergeal Petersen who finds a place in the reserves. 

Griquas also broke their duck against the highly regarded Pumas outfit. No.8 Carel Greef bagged two tries which set the game up for Griquas and earned him a place at the back of the scrum. AJ le Roux and Jaco Nepgen were instrumental in providing clean ball for the backs and they were picked in the famous Team. 

The two big games of the weekend saw Western Province trump coastal rivals the Sharks while the Golden Lions are proving to be the team to beat in the competition as they outshone the Blue Bulls at Loftus. 

WP flyhalf Robert du Preez proved a success at No.10 while Chris Cloete was immense as an openside flank. 

Courtnall Skosan, Howard Mnisi Ruan Dreyer and Franco Mostert all crack it for the Lions whilst Francois Hougaard and Warrick Gelant make up the rest of the side from the Bulls. 

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15 – Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls): Finally a fullback for the Bulls who doesn't kick an up-and-under every time he touches the  ball.

Bubbling under: Andries Coetzee (Golden Lions)

 

14 – Siyanda Grey (Eastern Province Kings): Electrifying with ball-in-hand and a product of the Kings academy.

Bubbling under: Dillyn Leyds (Western Province)

 

13 – Francois Venter (Free state Cheetahs): Huge on defence and runs excellent lines as an outside centre, one of the few Cheetahs who did not harm his reputation. 

Bubbling under: Nicolaas Hanekom (Golden Lions)

 

12 – Howard Mnisi (Golden Lions): Fifth time in a row wearing the No.12… 

Bubbling under: Andre Esterhuizen (sharks)

 

11 – Courtnall Skosan (Golden Lions): Tested the Bulls defence often and found gaps, especially in the first-half plus he was the scorer of a well-weighted cross-kick. 

Bubbling under: Jamba Ulengo (Blue Bulls)

 

10 – Robert du Preez (Western Province): Proved that he is the man for the job post Catrakilis era.

Bubbling under: Tian Schoeman (Blue Bulls)

 

9 – Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls): Awesome service to his flyhalf and a huge threat around the breakdown and in broken play.

Bubbling under: Ross Cronje (Golden Lions)

 

8 – Carel Greeff (Griquas): Got the Griquas on the front-foot for the entire game with two five-pointers.

Bubbling under: Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Western Province)

 

7 – Thembelani Bholi (Eastern Province Kings): Bouncing defenders for fun… a Team of the Week: Broken Ducksgreat ability to get rid of defenders and always got the Kings over the advantage line.

Bubbling under: Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks)

 

6 – Chris Cloete (Western Province): A real openside fetcher – he was an absolute terror at the breakdown.

Bubbling under: Paul Schoeman (Eastern Province Kings)

 

5 – Franco Mostert (Golden Lions): Not afraid to do the dirty work, hit rucks all day and got good clean ball at the line-outs.

Bubbling under: Steven Sykes (Eastern Province Kings)

 

4 – Jaco Nepgen (Griquas): A never-say-die attitude. The workhorse lock was all over the park. 

Bubbling under: Martin Muller (Golden Lions)

 

3 – Ruan Dreyer (Golden Lions): Surely a Bok soon?  

Bubbling under: Wilco Louw (Western Province)

 

2 – AJ le Roux (Griquas): Strong scrummager and hard grafter – a true Griquas-type-player. 

Bubbling under: Robbie Coetzee (Golden Lions)

 

1 – Lizo Gqoboka (Eastern Province Kings): Tipped as one for the future by Heyneke Meyer – he absolutely obliterated the Cheetahs scrum.

Bubbling under: Jacques van Rooyen (Golden Lions)

 

Our individual selections:

Andrew Duncan XV: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Steven Sykes, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Ruan Dryer, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Ross Cronje,  8 Tim Agaba, 7 Thembelani Bholi  6 Chris Cloete, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Jaco Nepgen, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 AJ Le Roux, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

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Jan de Koning XV: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9  Enrico Acker, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Jaco Nepgen, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Tauriq Ebrahim XV: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Previous selections:

Team of the Week – Currie Cup, Round Five: 15 Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls), 14 Wandile Mjekevu (Sharks), 13 Dries Swanepoel (Blue Bulls), 12 Howard Mnisi (Golden Lions), 11 Seabelo Senatla (Western Province), Fred Zeilinga (Free State Cheetahs), 9 Shaun Venter (Free State Cheetahs), 8 Paul Schoeman (Eastern Province Kings), 7 Daniel du Preez (Sharks), 6 Thembelani Bholi (Eastern Province Kings), 5 Francois Uys (Free State Cheetahs), 4 Luvuyiso Lusaseni (Golden Lions), 3 Vincent Koch (Pumas), 2 Edgar Marutlulle (Eastern Province Kings), 1 Burrie Uys (Free State Cheetahs).

Team of the Week – Currie Cup, Round Four: 15 Joe Pietersen (Sharks), 14 Siyanda Grey (Eastern Province Kings), 13 Dries Swanepoel (Blue Bulls), 12 Howard Mnisi (Golden Lions), 11 Jamba Ulengo (Blue Bulls), Marnitz Boshoff (Golden Lions), 9 Shaun Venter (Free State Cheetahs), 8 Niell Jordaan (Free State Cheetahs), 7 Thembelani Bholi (Eastern Province Kings), 6 Albertus Smith (Golden Lions), 5 Marco Wentzel (Sharks), 4 Jacques du Plessis (Blue Bulls), 3 Ruan Dreyer (Golden Lions), 2 Robbie Coetzee (Golden Lions), 1 Jacques van Rooyen (Golden Lions).

Team of the Week – Currie Cup, Round Three: 15 Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls), 14 Travis Ismaiel (Blue Bulls), 13 Dries Swanepoel (Blue Bulls), 12 Howard Mnisi (Golden Lions), 11 Jamba Ulengo (Blue Bulls), 10 Fred Zeilinga (Free State Cheetahs), 9 Ross Cronje (Golden Lions), 8 Phillip van der Walt (Sharks), 7 Albertus Smith (Golden Lions), 6 Pieter Labuschagne (Blue Bulls), 5 Marvin Orie (Blue Bulls), 4 Jacques du Plessis (Blue Bulls), 3 Julian Redelinghuys (Golden Lions), 2 Frank Herne (Pumas), 1 Ruan Dreyer (Golden Lions).

Team of the Week – Currie Cup, Round Two: 15 Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls), 14 Ruhan Nel (Griquas), 13 Harold Vorster (Golden Lions), 12 Howard Mnisi (Golden Lions), 11 Jamba Ulengo (Blue Bulls), 10 Tian Schoeman (Blue Bulls), 9 Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls), 8 Tim Agaba (Eastern Province), 7 Daniel du Preez (Sharks), 6 Jaco Kriel (Golden Lions), 5 Marvin Orie (Blue Bulls), 4 Franco Mostert (Golden Lions), 3 Julian Redelinghuys (Golden Lions), 2 Malcolm Marx (Golden Lions), 1 Oliver Kebble (Western Province).

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