Team of the week: Stampeding Bulls

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 13:35
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CURRIE CUP SPOTLIGHT: After an impressive victory over the Golden Lions, the Blue Bulls lead the way in terms of player selection in our famous Team of the Week.

The Blue Bulls have six players in our XV after their 31-17 win at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. 

Despite losing to Western Province at Newlands at the weekend, the Sharks have four players in our selection, while Province only have two in the team.

The Free State Cheetahs have two players as well, while the Golden Lions have one.

Curwin Bosch, Travis Ismaiel and Jamba Ulengo make up our back three, while Nico Lee and Andre Esterhuizen are in the midfield.

Robert du Preez is at flyhalf with Piet van Zyl is partnering him at scrumhalf.

In the pack, Philip van der Walt, Kobus van Dyk and Ruan Steenkamp are in the back row. In the second row, we have gone with Marvin Orie and Rudolph Snyman.

Thomas du Toit, Robbie Coetzee and Retshegofaditswe Nche make our front row.

Team of the Week - Round Five:

15 - Curwin Bosch (Sharks)
He was solid at the back for the Sharks and his boot kept the Durbanites in the game against Western Province.
Bubbling under: Andries Coetzee (Golden Lions)

14 - Travis Ismaiel (Blue Bulls)
The wing had a great all-round performance against the Golden Lions. He scored a try, had a hand in another and won a few turnover ball for his team as well.
Bubbling under: Werner Kok (Western Province)

13 - Nico Lee (Free State Cheetahs)
He was quite exceptional with ball in hand against the Eastern Province Kings. He scored two tries and assisted in two others. The big centre also racked up over 150 running metres.
Bubbling under: EW Viljoen (Western Province)

12 - Andre Esterhuizen (Sharks)
He kept the Western Province defenders busy all game with his strong carries and his ability to offload in the tackle.
Bubbling under: William Small-Smith (Free State Cheetahs)

11 - Jamba Ulengo (Blue Bulls)
The flyer did what was asked of him out wide with ball in hand and he also impressed on occasions in defence.
Bubbling under: Alshaun Bock (Griquas)

10 - Robert du Preez (Western Province)
The No.10 did a lot of good work tactically against the Sharks. He also set-up a few tries and made a number of tackles.
Bubbling under: Fred Zeilinga (Free State Cheetahs)

9 - Piet van Zyl (Blue Bulls)
His distribution kept the Blue Bulls on the front foot against the Golden Lions all game. He also made a few impressive carries as well.
Bubbling under: Ricky Schroeder (Eastern Province Kings)

8 - Philip van der Walt (Sharks)
Once again he was outstanding in open play against Western Province. He had a high work rate on attack and on defence and he was a key component in a strong Sharks pack.
Bubbling under: Renaldo Bothma (Pumas)

7 - Kobus van Dyk (Western Province)
The youngster was one of the star performers for Western Province at the weekend. He was strong and aggressive with ball in hand. He also put in a few bone-crunching tackles.
Bubbling under: Arno Botha (Blue Bulls)

6 - Ruan Steenkamp (Blue Bulls)
He was part of an effective back row for the Blue Bulls against the Golden Lions. He put his body on the line on defence and gave some of the Lions' players a few headaches when he ran into them with ball in hand.
Bubbling under: Shaun Adendorff (Boland)

5 - Marvin Orie (Blue Bulls)
The young lock gave his all on defence against the Golden Lions and also made his opponents work hard for their ball at line-out time.
Bubbling under: Ruan Botha (Sharks)

4 - Rudolph Snyman (Blue Bulls)
Like his lock partner, he did a lot of hard work on defence and in the physical exchanges in the win over the Golden Lions.
Bubbling under: Etienne Oosthuizen (Sharks)

3 - Thomas du Toit (Sharks)
He was solid in the scrums against Western Province, but he also did his share of work around the park as well, on attack and on defence.
Bubbling under: Tom Botha (Free State Cheetahs)

2 - Robbie Coetzee (Golden Lions)
He was one of the few Lions players who stood up to the Blue Bulls' physicality. 
Bubbling under: Torsten Van Jaarsveld (Free State Cheetahs)

1 - Retshegofaditswe Nche (Free State Cheetahs)
The prop's stock rose significantly after his performance against the Kings. He scrummaged well, scored a try and assisted in another. He also won a few turnovers as well.
Bubbling under: Pierre Schoeman (Blue Bulls)

Our individual selection:

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Ricky Schroeder, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche,

Tauriq Ebrahim XV: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Robbie Coetzee 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 EW Viljoen , 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Robbie Coetzee 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.

Previous selections:

Team of the week - Round Four: 15 Curwin Bosch (Sharks), 14 Travis Ismaiel (Blue Bulls), 13 Huw Jones (Western Province), 12 Clinton Swart (Griquas), 11 Anthony Volmink (Golden Lions), 10 Inny-Christian Radebe (Sharks), 9 Dillon Smit (Golden Lions), 8 Philip van der Walt (Sharks), 7 Victor Sekekete (Golden Lions), 6 Keegan Daniel (Sharks), 5 Ruan Botha (Sharks), 4 Ruan Ackermann (Golden Lions), 3 Pieter Scholtz (Golden Lions), 2 Frank Herne (Pumas), 1 Corné Fourie (Golden Lions).

Team of the week - Round Three: 15 Adriaan Coertzen (Griquas), 14 Odwa Ndungane (Sharks), 13 Nico Lee (Free State Cheetahs), 12 Clinton Swart (Griquas), 11 Sibusiso Sithole (Sharks), 10 Fred Zeilinga (Free State Cheetahs), 9 Rudi van Rooyen (Griquas), 8 Philip van der Walt (Sharks), 7 Jannes Kirsten (Blue Bulls), 6 Paul Schoeman (Free State Cheetahs), 5 Reniel Hugo (Free State Cheetahs), 4 Rudolph Snyman (Blue Bulls), 3 Thomas du Toit (Sharks), 2 Armand van der Merwe (Golden Lions), 1 Dylan Smith (Golden Lions).

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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