Super Rugby Team Of The Week – Creedence Clearwater Loftus Revival
It was a decent weekend as far as SA rugby was concerned. Of course, recently that just means it was a weekend that none of our teams had to face New Zealand opposition, but as far as Australian teams go, both the Rebels and Waratahs were potential banana peels for the Bulls and Lions. A local derby also saw the Sharks hosting the Stormers in what was to be the “donkey tail pinned to the ass end of the weekend” game.
Waratahs v Lions
The former champions, the Waratahs, were showing some signs of life, but far from their trophy-winning glory days. The Lions have had problems of their own, on a couple of occasions their well-oiled machine was reduced to what can be described as a WWII plane that took some heavy fire.
On this Saturday, however, the Waratahs never showed up and the Lions slowly, but surely, started to get more and more momentum. The final score, a very rare sight in Super Rugby: a clean sheet that saw the home side not get a single point on the board.
A knife in the gut for the Aussie side, but a perfect start for the Lions on tour.
Bulls v Rebels
Now, I don’t want to admit that the Judge is right, because that’s the last thing people who are often right need to hear, it screws with their motivation.
He mentioned that the Bulls are not yet “John Mitchell fit” but they are getting there and I find myself agreeing completely with that description of the Bulls, the more I think about it. They are not a finished article, but they are going in that direction. It did, however, start to worry me about the standards that our other South African coaches are contempt with and where that is leading the bulk of South African teams.
The Bulls have worked well as a unit and they kept it up against the Rebels. Nothing utterly amazing, but every player showed real intent with everything they did and it didn’t just look refreshing but it took enough of the sting out of the Australian side.
The Bulls butchered quite a few opportunities in the first half but still looked quite comfortable and ended up winning that way as well.
Lood de Jager and RG Snyman can be named Springbok starting lock pair tomorrow and I’d be fine with it, they have been playing like a 12/13 combination. Its like they have some sort of ESP connection going on, and it’s beautiful.
Sharks v Stormers
Two teams who should try and backpack through Europe to find themselves, faced off in a bit of a must-win the game in the sense of getting their campaigns back on track before they run out of weekends to do it in.
Now, I see the Sharks playing in Durban as a tour game for the Sharks, ’cause they have been lacking that home pride, where a team lifts themselves at home, sometimes even to a point that’s above their own ability.
It was a back and forth affair with a few moments of brilliance like the Raymond Rhule try that came of some really good work by the Cape Town side. All set for a draw, the Sharks found enough in the tank, no pun intended, to close out the game.
A win for the Sharks and another away loss for the Stormers, but homework for both sides who seem to have stripped some gears and just can’t put together a winning streak or control enough of the games to look like they will be a threat later on in the knock out stages.
With that said, let’s take a look at our Panel and their teams:
|1||Jacques v Rooyen||Steven Kitshoff||Pierre Schoeman|
|2||Malcolm Marx||Malcolm Marx||Adriaan Strauss|
|3||Thomas du Toit||Wilco Louw||Thomas du Toit|
|4||RG Snyman||Ruan Botha||Lood de Jager|
|5||Lood de Jager||Lood de Jager||RG Snyman|
|6||Kwagga Smith||Kwagga Smith||Kwagga Smith|
|7||Jean-Luc du Preez||Franco Mostert||Franco Mostert|
|8||Hacjivah Dayimani||Hacjivah Dayimani||Hacjivah Dayimani|
|9||Ivan van Zyl||Dillon Smit||Cameron Wright|
|10||Handre Pollard||Handre Pollard||Robert du Preez|
|11||Michael Tambwe||Michael Tambwe||Makazole Mapimpi|
|12||Harold Voster||Harold Voster||Harold Voster|
|13||Jessi Kriel||Lukhanyo Am||Lukhanyo Am|
|14||Johnny Kotze||Johnny Kotze||S’busiso Nkosi|
|15||Warrick Gelant||Warrick Gelant||Curwin Bosch|
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