Team of the week: Star performers

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:08
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CURRIE CUP SPOTLIGHT: Players from the Free State Cheetahs, the Sharks and Griquas dominate our famous Currie Cup Premier Division Team of the Week for Round Three.

Both the Cheetahs and the Sharks have four players each in our selection after wins over Western Province and Boland respectively.

Griquas, who edged the defending champions in Kimberley, have three players in our team, while The Blue Bulls and Golden Lions have two players each in our team.

Adriaan Coertzen, Odwa Ndungane and Sibusiso Sithole make up our back three, while Nico Lee and Clinton Swart are our two choices for the midfield.

At flyhalf and scrumhalf we have Fred Zeilinga and Rudi van Rooyen.

In the pack, we have Philip van der Walt, Jannes Kirsten and Paul Schoeman in the back row. In the second row, we have Reniel Hugo and Rudolph Snyman.

Thomas du Toit, Armand van der Merwe and Dylan Smith make up the front row.

Team of the week - Round Three:

15 - Adriaan Coertzen (Griquas)
Scored a try and had a hand in another against the Golden Lions. It was a strong showing by the fullback.
Bubbling under: Clayton Blommetjies (Cheetahs)

14 - Odwa Ndungane (Sharks)
He looked dangerous with ball in hand against Boland and he also had speed to burn on the outside. 
Bubbling under: Sergio Torrens (Boland Cavaliers)

13 - Nico Lee (Free State Cheetahs)
He had an impressive debut for the Free State Cheetahs against Western Province. The 22-year-old scored a brilliant try and created another for his team.
Bubbling under: Jonathan Francke (Griquas)

12 - Clinton Swart (Griquas)
It was a great all-round performance by the 23-year-old. He was a constant threat on attack and he did some outstanding work on defence as well.
Bubbling under: Howard Mnisi (Golden Lions)

11 - Sibusiso Sithole (Sharks)
He did what was asked of him out wide and on attack and on defence against the Cavaliers.
Bubbling under: Leolin Zas (Western Province)

10 - Fred Zeilinga (Free State Cheetahs)
He controlled the game brilliantly against Western Province and he was definitely the catalyst for an impressive win in Cape Town.
Bubbling under: Elgar Watts (Griquas)

9 - Rudi van Rooyen (Griquas)
It was an impressive showing by the young scrumhalf. He gave his backline great service against the Golden Lions and he scored a try as well.
Bubbling under: Tian Meyer (Cheetahs)

8 - Philip van der Walt (Sharks)
The big No.8 put in another great all-round performance against Boland. He was physical on defence and he carried the ball with great intent as well. 
Bubbling under: Ruan Ackermann (Golden Lions)

7 - Jannes Kirsten (Blue Bulls)
He was one of the better players in a Blue Bulls team that struggled against the Eastern Province Kings.
Bubbling under: Uzair Cassiem (Free State Cheetahs)

6 - Paul Schoeman (Free State Cheetahs)
He tackled his heart out against Western Province and carried the ball strongly throughout the 80 minutes.
Bubbling under: Keegan Daniel (Sharks)

5 - Reniel Hugo (Free State Cheetahs)
The lock was another player who gave everything on defence and he also helped his team tremendously in the physical exchanges at Newlands.
Bubbling under: Jonathan Janse van Rensburg (Griquas)

4 - Rudolph Snyman (Blue Bulls)
He did well in open play against the Eastern Province Kings and he also gave his team secure ball at line-out time.
Bubbling under: Sias Koen (Griquas)

3 - Thomas du Toit (Sharks)
He had a good showing in the scrums against Boland and he did a lot of good things in open play as well.
Bubbling under: Stephan Kotze (Griquas)

2 - Armand van der Merwe (Golden Lions)
His pace and strength gave Griquas a few problems. The hooker also scored a try and had a hand in another.
Bubbling under: Mahlatse Ralepelle (Sharks)

1 - Dylan Smith (Golden Lions)
He was solid in the scrums, which helped the Golden Lions lay a good platform for attack against Griquas.
Bubbling under: Charles Marais (Free State Cheetahs)

Our individual selections:

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Dylan Smith.

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Adriaan Coertzen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Charles Marais.

Previous selections: 

Team of the week - Round Two: 15 Clayton Blommetjies (Free State Cheetahs), 14 Koch Marx (Golden Lions), 13 Francois Venter (Free State Cheetahs), 12 Howard Mnisi (Golden Lions), 11 Anthony Volmink (Golden Lions), 10 Fred Zeilinga (Free State Cheetahs), 9  Ross Cronje (Golden Lions), 8 Renaldo Botha (Pumas), 7 Philip van der Walt (Sharks), 6 Paul Schoeman (Free State Cheetahs), 5 Lourens Erasmus (Golden Lions), 4 Jason Jenkins (Blue Bulls), 3 Thomas du Toit (Sharks), 2 Armand van der Merwe (Golden Lions), 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche (Free State Cheetahs).

Team of the week - Round One: 15 Clayton Blommetjies (Free State Cheetahs), 14 Jade Stighlingh (Blue Bulls), 13 Francois Venter (Free State Cheetahs), 12 Andrew Esterhuizen (Sharks), 11 Jamba Ulengo (Blue Bulls), 10 Curwin Bosch (Sharks), 9 Jano Vermaak (Western Province), 8 Arno Botha (Blue Bulls), 7 Jannes Kirsten (Blue Bulls), 6 Keegan Daniel (Sharks), 5 Stephan Lewis (Sharks), 4 Jason Jenkins (Blue Bulls), 3 Lourens Adriaanse (Sharks), 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni (Western Province), 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche (Free State Cheetahs).

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