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FULL-TIME: Who and What Stole the Show – Super Rugby Week 11

The Lions were mauled in the lion’s den, the Hurricanes gave their fellow Kiwi’s a caning that would have made their eyes tear up and the North-South derby went the way of the men playing beside the ocean and the mountain. Here’s how week 11 of Vodacom Super Rugby went down.

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

Hurricanes vs Chiefs
The Canes were in no mood to play around. Jordie Barrett cut the Chiefs open to get the scoring started in the third minute and this would only be the first of a total of six tries to flow in the opening half of this thrilling game.

BEST TRY OF THE ROUND

Sevu Reece made the highlight reel with a monstrous bump-off on Kwagga Smith and Ardie Savea was equally strong and determined in getting over the whitewash after another Jordie break but this award goes to the Stormers.
Damian Willemse created a vital score – facing his own tryline, recovering a loose ball deep in his own territory, the young fullback proceeded to unleash his “happy feet” and leave the Bulls grabbing at thin air as he broke the line before feeding the speedy Senatla. The sevens star gave the last defender a beautiful in-out and left him for dead. A thing of beauty!

MVP

Dillyn Leyds remains a key ingredient to success for this Stormers outfit. Steady under a high ball and on defence but it’s his counter attacking ability which separates him from the rest. It’s great to see Leyds used in a more free-roaming role by the Capetonians.

SA TEAM OF ROUND 11

1. Lizo Gqoboka (Bulls)
A shining light week in and week out. They can send Lizo to the tailor to get his fitting done because he is travelling to the World Cup without doubt.

2. Kerron van Vuuren (Sharks)
Hardly the same strong running effort that one would get from someone like Akker or Mbonambi but in Sydney, on his first tour, Van Vuuren didn’t look out of place or out of his depth at all. Scarra was busy as well.

3. Carlu Sadie (Lions)
Perhaps a bias is starting to form but from where we’re sitting Sadie wasn’t bullied in the tight stuff and worked incredibly hard on defence (the big unit made 17 tackles on the day).

4. Ruben van Heerden (Sharks)
Plenty of carries, a number of tackles and throw in a few lineouts as well.

5. RG Snyman (Bulls)
This man is ready to don the Bok number 5 jumper without any doubt. Keeps a whole host of defenders busy and has no equal come lineout time.

6. Siya Kolisi (Stormers)
A workman-like effort from the Stormers skip as he led from the front.

7. Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks)
Welcome back big man. Right back into his work with ten strong ball carries and a huge defensive effort with 17 tackles made.

8. Dan du Preez (Sharks)
Same story as his twin really.

9. Hershel Jantjies (Stormers)
Big SA derbies are the closest thing we can get to a Springbok trials and Jantjies shaded it over van Zyl for us. Camron Wright had a busy game for the Sharks, just being a touch over zealous at times.

10. Curwin Bosh (Sharks)
Didn’t set the world alight but did what was expected of him at 10 for the Sharks. Tidy showing from Bosch in the much talked about pivot position.

11. Dillyn Leyds (Stormers)
Made more than 100 meters with four clean breaks. Our player of the round.

12. Damian de Allende (Stormers)
Finally DDA put in the type of performance we expect from the Springbok 12 week in and week out. Meters gained totalled 70 from his 14 ball carries.

13. Jesse Kriel (Bulls)
Despite being on the losing side, Kriel was a constant threat beating seven would-be defenders in his time on the park. Am also had another good showing.

14. Sergeal Petersen (Stormers)
Busy performance from the bustling, fleet-footed winger.

15. Damian Willemse (Stormers)
With Willemse it often feels better to be able to say he had a steady game, not doing much wrong. On this occasion he didn’t do too much wrong and created a vital try as well with his lethal elusiveness from the back.

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