Friday, March 23, 2018

Bulls and Lions Dominate the Super Rugby Team of the Week 2

Super Rugby Team of the Week

The Stormers travelled to Australia to tackle the Waratahs this weekend, well at least in a sense. Last week I just lightly mentioned that the Stormers had some problems to fix. They did not see it that way. It was a back and forth affair between the sides and with regular time over in the game, it was all set for a draw, but the Stormers replacement hooker had other ideas.

He must have heard about some NFL scouts in the stadium or something, ’cause he tried to throw the ball to someone in America and the Tahs could not believe their luck, collected the ball and bumped Raymond Rhule off to score a match-winning try.

The hard-of-hearing Stormers now have to wake up quickly ’cause the Crusaders will murder them if they show up with that hair salon back line next week and expect a free ride. C’mon, guys, you’re defending champions…conference champions, at least build up some false hope.

The Lions, high on beating a solid Sharks side in the opening weekend, had to see off the moody Jaguares. If the Lions had any thoughts of this being easy, it was quickly turned into a snuff film when the yellow card collectors opened the scoring with a try.

The Lions, however, know their game and trust in their ability to gather up all kinds of poor passes from their 9 and 10 and started hitting back. The name on all South African fans lips is Aphiwe Dyantyi, this Lions wing is so quick he can make it to a store that closes at 4 pm after leaving work at 5 pm. There are even rumours that they are building a lane just for him on the autobahn. Some say the Stig is afraid to get a piggyback ride from him. Okay, enough of that for now.

The wingers filled their bellies with points, scoring 3 great tries between them for the hosts and even after some sloppy work near the end, which closed the gap temporarily between them and the Jaguares, the result was never really in doubt.

At Loftus, the Bulls faced the 2016 champions, the Hurricanes and the biggest worry was by how many the Bulls would lose on your Superbru, but rugby is a strange game on the best of days.

The Bulls did not show up to get beaten, they tossed the script and told the band to play a different song. Sure their new kit looked like some gas company pyjamas and they were outmatched on paper and in person, but something clicked for the Bulls and everyone played at such a high level.

How many South African teams have gotten a yellow card and still keep the Hurricanes from scoring in that 10-minute passage of play? RG Snyman showed the Springbok selectors that he’s hungry and not just for the children he usually eats, but for that Bok jersey.

One example was when Snyman hit a break through the Canes defenders and offloaded to his lock partner, Lood De Jager, who went on to score a lock-porn try in the corner for all the awkwardly tall people who only felt at home in silos, forests or situations where kittens were trapped up in trees. An amazing result for the Blue Bulls and a shock result for the New Zealand team.

It’s only one game, but it has been a while since this amount of belief has been felt by Bulls fans. Even Jessie Kriel played well, I mean WTF?? Next week the Bulls have another tough task ahead, when they host two-time runners-up, the Lions. Well done to the Bulls.

This is who our armchair selectors chose for their Super Rugby Team of the Week.

The Super Rugby Team of the Week

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1 Jacques van Rooyen Steven Kitshoff Steven Kitshoff Jacques van Rooyen
2 Malcolm Marx Malcolm Marx Malcolm Marx Malcolm Marx
3 Frans van Wyk Ruan Dreyer Wilco Louw Ruan Dreyer
4 RG Snyman RG Snyman RG Snyman RG Snyman
5 Lood de Jager Lood de Jager Lood de Jager Lood de Jager
6 Roelof Smit Siya Kolisi Siya Kolisi Roelof Smit
7 Cyle Brink Cyle Brink Kobus van Dyk Cyle Brink
8 Hanro Liebenberg Warren Whitley Nizaam Carr Warren Whitley
9 Embrose Papier Ross Cronje Ross Cronje Ross Cronje
10 Handre Pollard Handre Pollard Handre Pollard Handre Pollard
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi Aphiwe Dyantyi Aphiwe Dyantyi Aphiwe Dyantyi
12 Burger Odendaal Harold Vorster Harold Vorster Johnny Kotze
13 Jessi Kriel Lionel Mapoe Lionel Mapoe Jessie Kriel
14 Sylvian Mahuza Dillyn Leyds Sylvian Mahuza Sylvian Mahuza
15 SP Marais SP Marais Andries Coetzee SP Marais

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