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Team of the Week: Running wild

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:32
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This week there is a full round of seven matches
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There may only have been two matches in Round One, but we are so excited about the new season that we named our 15 best players anyway.

It is not a major surprise that the Brumbies are running wild in our first-choice XV - with seven members from the Canberra-based outfit starting for, while the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels provide four members each.

Our back-up squad has a more even spread - the Rebels top with five players Bubbling Under, followed by the Brumbies, Reds (both four) and Force (two).

This week there is a full round of seven matches, with the South African and New Zealand team entering the competition .

Team of the Week - Round One:

15 - Jesse Mogg (Brumbies):
It may not have been flawless, but he got our vote after two tries, two penalty goals and several raking touchfinders.
Bubbling under: James O'Connor (Melbourne Rebels)

14 - Henry Speight (Brumbies):
He again showed why he is rated as one of the most dangerous outside backs in the competition.
Bubbling under: Dom Shipperley (Reds)

13 - Andrew Smith (Brumbies):
No Reds found a way through his channel and the game was won through sound defence.
Bubbling under: Winston Stanley (Western Force)

12 - Kyle Godwin (Western Force):
A true local Perth product, who graduated to the Western Force senior squad, he showed glimpses of the form that caused so much pre-season hype.
Bubbling under: Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)

11 - Alfie Mafi (Western Force):
Continuing on from 2012, which was a breakout year for Mafi.
Bubbling under: Digby Ioane (Reds)

10 - Kurtley Beale (Melbourne Rebels):
Simply superb.
Bubbling under: Matt Toomua (Brumbies)

9 - Nic White (Brumbies):
Another who is continuing on from 2012, which was his breakout season.
Bubbling under: Nick Phipps (Melbourne Rebels)

8 - Ben Mowen (Western Force):
Tough call, but he just edge Melbourne Rebels captain Gareth Delve.
Bubbling under: Gareth Delve (Melbourne Rebels)

7 - David Pocock (Brumbies):
The master is back.
Bubbling under: Scott Fuglistaller (Melbourne Rebels)

6 - Scott Higginbotham (Melbourne Rebels):
Another tough call, but the Wallaby blindside flank just edged Brumbies rival Peter Kimlin.
Bubbling under: Peter Kimlin (Brumbies)

5 - Toby Lynn (Western Force):
The Force's Kiwi second row forward showed his value in a losing cause.
Bubbling under: Rob Simmons (Reds)

4 - Hugh Pyle (Melbourne Rebels):
Unanimous!
Bubbling under: Scott Fardy (Brumbies)

3 - Laurie Weeks (Melbourne Rebels):
He was the cornerstone in a very solid Rebels scrum.
Bubbling under: James Slipper (Reds)

2 - Stephen Moore (Brumbies):
The Wallaby veteran again showed his class - Australia's premier hooker.
Bubbling under: Ged Robinson (Melbourne Rebels)

1 - Ben Alexander (Brumbies):
Another veteran who helped the Brumbies to a comfortable win.
Bubbling under: Pek Cowan (Western Force)

Our individual selections:

Michael de Vries XV: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 David Pocock, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.

Paul Dobson XV: 15 James O'Connor, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Toby Lynn, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 James Slipper, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Ben Alexander.

Quintin van Jaarsveld XV: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 James Slipper, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Pek Cowan.

Leonard Kaplan XV: 15 James O'Connor, 14 Richard Kingi, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 David Pocock, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Ben Alexander.

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nic White, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Toby Lynn, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.

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