I was reading a Rugby365 article about their team of the week. I must say that after reading that it seems like the authors/editors have special lenses on that make some guys seem super human, like Hougaard who had a shocker but makes their bubbling under side. I am going to create my team of the week and compare it to Rugby365’s.
15 – Fullback:
Rugby365 – Israel Dagg, bubbling under – Louis Ludik
Me – Israel Dagg, bubbling under – Louis Ludik
I have no problems with this call. He had a superb game but was helped a lot by the Bulls’ wayward kicking. Ludik had another solid game. He is finally finding his feet at the Sharks. Pity it’s at the expense of Riaan Viljoen though
14 – Right Wing:
Rugby365 – JP Pietersen, bubbling under – Adam Whitelock
Me – JP Pietersen, bubbling under – Adam Whitelock
JP had another monster of a game. He has hit form at exactly the right time. Adam Whitelock gets chosen only because the others had quieter games than him.
13 – Outside Centre
Rugby365 – Paul Jordaan, bubbling under – Robbie Fruean
Me – Robbie Fruean, bubbling under – Paul Jordaan
Paul did have a good game but so did Fruean… and he played longer than Paul.
12 – Inside Centre
Rugby365 – Ryan Crotty, bubbling under – Tim Whitehead
Me – Tim Whitehead, bubbling under – Ryan Crotty
Whitehead had one of his best games in my book. He never missed a tackle and showed great hands and vision throughout the game. Ryan Crotty didn’t do too much against a weak Bulls team but was solid never the less.
11 – Left Wing
Rugby365 – Digby Ioane, bubbling under – Zac Guildford
Me – Zac Guildford, bubbling under – Lwazi Mvovo
Zac Guildford had a very good game against the Bulls and Mvovo had a much better game in my opinion than Ioane. Ioane was quite throughout the game really and kept well in check by the Sharks.
10 – Flyhalf
Rugby365 – Dan Carter, bubbling under – Frederic Michalak
Me – Dan Carter, bubbling under – Frederic Michalak
No complaints here. These two were by far the best on the day
9 – Scrumhalf
Rugby365 – Andy Ellis, bubbling under – Francois Hougaard
Me – Charl McLeod, bubbling under – Andy Ellis
I think the Rugby365 guys were smoking a bit of Durban Poison at this stage. McLeod was by far the best 9 of the day and Hougaard by far the worst.
8 – Eighth Man
Rugby365 – Richie McCaw, bubbling under – Scott Higginbotham
Me – Ryan Kankowski, bubbling under – Richie McCaw
How they saw Higginbotham having a better game than Kanko only they will know plus I know its Sir Richie, but please, Kanko had another stellar game and outplayed these two on the day
7 – Open-side Flank
Rugby365 – Marcell Coetzee, bubbling under – Matt Todd
Me – Marcell Coetzee, bubbling under – Liam Gill
It’s a no brainer on Coetzee but I picked Gill ahead of Todd because Gill looked like the more industrious of the two on the day. Todd in comparison was quiet.
6 – Blind-side Flank
Rugby365 – Keegan Daniel, bubbling under – Jacques Potgieter
Me – Keegan Daniel, bubbling under – George Whitelock
Daniel had one of his best games this season and Whitelock did more than crash ball on the day, because that’s the only thing Potgieter did all day.
5 – Lock
Rugby365 – Sam Whitelock, bubbling under – Anton Bressler
Me – Sam Whitelock, bubbling under – Anton Bressler
This, in my mind, was almost too close to call. They both had stunning games.
4 – Lock
Rugby365 – Luke Romano, bubbling under – Willem Alberts
Me – Willem Alberts, bubbling under – Luke Romano
This was another close call but the reason I go with Alberts is because he gave the Sharks that extra edge up front.
3 – Tighthead Prop
Rugby365 – Owen Franks, bubbling under – Jannie du Plessis
Me – Jannie du Plessis, bubbling under – Owen Franks
It was a difficult call between the front rows of both the Sharks and Crusaders. I pip Jannie here because I felt his contribution in the loose was outstanding as well.
2 – Hooker
Rugby365 – Bismarck du Plessis, bubbling under – Corey Flynn
Me – Bismarck du Plessis, bubbling under – Corey Flynn
This was a no brainer.Bismarckis by far the best hooker in the world at the moment.
1 – Loosehead Prop
Rugby365 – Tendai Mtwarira, bubbling under – Wyatt Crockett
Me – Tendai Mtwarira, bubbling under – Wyatt Crockett
Beast’s game in the loose tipped things in his favour. Crockett made mine-meat out of Kruger.