Team of the Week: Cheetahs lead the way

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:58
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CURRIE CUP SPOTLIGHT: The Free State Cheetahs remain unbeaten in this year's Currie Cup Premier Division and they dominate rugby365's famous Team of the Week for Round Seven.

After their fantastic win against the Golden Lions, the Cheetahs have six players in our XV. The Blue Bulls are the next best represented with three players.

The Sharks and Golden Lions are represented with two players each in our selection, while Western Province and the Pumas have a player each in the team.

Curwin Bosch, Rayno Benjamin and Raymond Rhule are our picks in the back three, with Nico Lee and Huw Jones in the midfield.

Piet van Zyl and Niel Marais are at No.9 and No.10 respectively.

In the pack, Renaldo Bothma, Jean-Luc du Preez and Albertus Smith make up our loose trio and in the second row, we have Reniel Hugo and Rudolph Snyman.

Our front row consists of Ruan Dreyer, Torsten van Jaarsveld and Pierre Schoeman.

Team of the week - Round Seven:

15 - Curwin Bosch (Sharks)
His kicking to goal might have been poor, but his game management from the back in wet conditions was good.
Bubbling under: Ulrich Beyers (Blue Bulls)

14 - Rayno Benjamin (Free State Cheetahs)
He made a number of runs through the Golden Lions' defence and scored a great try as well.
Bubbling under: Werner Koch (Western Province)

13 - Nico Lee (Free State Cheetahs)
The young centre was brilliant with ball in hand against the Golden Lions and created one of his team's five tries.
Bubbling under: Jacques Nel (Golden Lions)

12 - Huw Jones (Western Province) 
He was definitely Western Province's most effective attacking weapon against the Pumas. He scored a try and had a hand in two others.
Bubbling under: Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Golden Lions)

11 - Raymond Rhule (Free State Cheetahs)
He was given plenty of space in the match against the Golden Lions and he flourished. He also scored a try as well.
Bubbling under: Jamba Ulengo (Blue Bulls)

10 - Niel Marais (Free State Cheetahs)
He created a lot of opportunities for his backline against the Golden Lions. He also made a number of key tackles in the midfield.
Bubbling under: Robert du Preez (Western Province)

9 - Piet van Zyl (Blue Bulls)
The scrumhalf put in another great all-round performance against Griquas. His distribution was excellent and he scored two tries. He also had his hand in two other tries as well.
Bubbling under: Shaun Venter (Free State Cheetahs)

8 - Renaldo Bothma (Pumas)
The big No.8 was outstanding in a losing cause against Western Province. He carried the ball with aggression and crossed the advantage line on a number of occasions.
Bubbling under: Niell Jordaan (Free State Cheetahs)

7 - Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks)
The loose forward gave a masterclass in wet conditions against the Eastern Province Kings. He got on the scoresheet with a try, carried the ball strongly and won a few turnovers as well.
Bubbling under: Uzair Cassiem (Free State Cheetahs)

6 - Albertus Smith (Golden Lions)
His work rate was phenomenal against the Free State Cheetahs. He carried the ball on a number of occasions and racked up the running metres once again.
Bubbling under: Paul Schoeman (Free State Cheetahs)

5 - Reniel Hugo (Free State Cheetahs)
He was excellent in the line-outs and he gave his team some much-needed grunt against the Golden Lions in open play.
Bubbling under: Ruan Botha (Sharks)

4 - Rudolph Snyman (Blue Bulls)
He was quite effective with ball in hand against Griquas and he was also solid on defence.
Bubbling under: Etienne Oosthuizen (Sharks)

3 - Ruan Dreyer (Golden Lions)
He was part of a powerful front row that dominated the Free State Cheetahs at scrum time. He also did a lot of good things with ball in hand.
Bubbling under: Martin Dreyer (Blue Bulls)

2 - Torsten van Jaarsveld (Free State Cheetahs)
He tackled like a demon against the Golden Lions and he also led by example throughout the game.
Bubbling under: Mahlatse Ralepelle (Sharks)

1 - Pierre Schoeman (Blue Bulls)
He did not put a foot wrong against Griquas. He was powerful in the scrums and made a few great runs. He also made himself a nuisance at the breakdowns as well.
Bubbling under: Dylan Smith (Golden Lions)

Our individual selections: 

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Werner Koch, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Pierre Schoeman.

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Neil Jordaan, 7 Jean-Luc Du Preez, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Pierre Schoeman.

Ethienne Reynecke XV: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Rayno Benjiman, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jean-Luc Du Preez, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Dylan Smith.

Tauriq Ebrahim XV: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Nic de Jager, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Rudolph Snymam 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.

Previous selections:

Team of the week - Round Six: 15 Andries Coetzee (Golden Lions), 14 Travis Ismaiel (Blue Bulls), 13 Jacques Nel (Golden Lions), 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Golden Lions), 11 Anthony Volmink (Golden Lions), 10 Elgar Watts (Griquas), 9 Ross Cronje (Golden Lions), 8 Renaldo Bothma (Pumas), 7 Roelof Smit (Blue Bulls), 6 Albertus Smith (Golden Lions), 5 Reniel Hugo (Free State Cheetahs), 4 Rudolph Snyman (Blue Bulls), 3 Tom Botha (Free State Cheetahs), 2 Robbie Coetzee (Golden Lions), 1 Lizo Gqoboka (Blue Bulls).

Team of the week - Round Five:  15 Curwin Bosch (Sharks), 14 Travis Ismaiel (Blue Bulls), 13 Nico Lee (Free State Cheetahs), 12 Andre Esterhuizen (Sharks), 11 Jamba Ulengo (Blue Bulls), 10 Robert du Preez (Western Province), 9 Piet van Zyl (Blue Bulls), 8 Philip van der Walt (Sharks), 7 Kobus van Dyk (Western Province), 6 Ruan Steenkamp (Blue Bulls), 5 Marvin Orie (Blue Bulls), 4 Rudolph Snyman (Blue Bulls), 3 Thomas du Toit (Sharks), 2 Robbie Coetzee (Golden Lions), 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche (Free State Cheetahs).

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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