Super Rugby Team of the Week 1
We have finally arrived at the reveal of the trimmed-down version of Super Rugby and instead of it losing fat naturally, it got a quick liposuction from that unlicensed doctor in a dirty alley.
Some of us at The Pundits believe the competition is still not structurally perfect, but instead now has awful little fat deposits in all the wrong places.
The first fixture this weekend was the Stormers hosting the Jaguares and even though the locals were heavy favourites to beat the Argentinian unhappy face emojis, the men from South America stood firm and never let the Stormers enjoy any comforts at home, as a penalty try against the usually potent Cape pack proved.
Former Cheetah, Raymond Rhule, will feel much more at home after he scored a very important try for his new franchise. Nizaam Carr and Siya Kolisi kept proceedings stable with their experience and youngster Damian Willemse had a more than decent game in the tougher than expected encounter.
The men from the Cape now travel overseas with the knowledge that they got the W and a look at what needs to be improved over the next 15 games.
On Saturday, the Lions opened their cage to let the Sharks swim in and what a good sharks side this was, with new buys Rob du Preez directing traffic at 10 and the always opportunistic Makazole Mapimpi hunting on the wing.
There was, however, a Trojan horse waiting for them, in the form of a very impressive Lions scrum. Jacques van Rooyen almost pushed the bone marrow out of his opposite number’s legs.
Right before halftime the Lions pack, on their own line, pushed the Sharks off a ball they should have been able to use and this was where the Lions won the game, as far as I’m concerned.
The news got worse for the Sharks on the injury front, as Piksteel du Preez left the field with his arm in a sling he fashioned from his too tight shirt.
Replacement hooker and former Lion, Akker van der Merwe, also had to leave the field late in the game. The best SA side of the last two seasons racked up a 7 point win and its back to the drawing board for the Sharks who’ll welcome a bye weekend to regroup.
After week 1, here’s who our Rugby Panel selected for the Super Rugby Team of the Week
|1||Jacques van Rooyen||Jacques van Rooyen||Steven Kitshoff||Jacques van Rooyen|
|2||Malcolm Marx||Malcolm Marx||Malcolm Marx||Malcolm Marx|
|3||Wilco Louw||Ruan Dreyer||Wilcow Louw||Wilcow Louw|
|4||Chris van Zyl||Ruan Botha||Ruan Botha||Ruan Botha|
|5||JD Shickerling||JD Shickerling||JD Shickerling||JD Shickerling|
|6||Siya Kolisi||Siya Kolisi||Siya Kolisi||Siya Kolisi|
|7||Cobus Wiese||Cyle Brink||Cobus Wiese||Cobus Wiese|
|8||Nizaam Carr||Nizaam Carr||Nizaam Carr||Nizaam Carr|
|9||Ross Cronje||Cameron Wright||Ross Cronje||Cameron Wright|
|10||Damian Willemse||Damian Willemse||Damian Willemse||Damian Willemse|
|11||Aphiwe Dyantyi||Aphiwe Dyantyi||Aphiwe Dyantyi||Aphiwe Dyantyi|
|12||Damien de Allende||Harold Vorster||Harold Vorster||Damien de Allende|
|13||Lionel Mapoe||Lionel Mapoe||Lionel Mapoe||Lionel Mapoe|
|14||Sibusiso Nkosi||Sibusiso Nkosi||Seabelo Senatla||Seabelo Senatla|
|15||Dillyn Leyds||Dillyn Leyds||Dillyn Leyds||Dillyn Leyds|
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