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FULL-TIME: Who and What Stole the Show – Super Rugby Week 14

It was a weekend that would have left Springbok coach, Rassie Erasmus with a smile on his face as the South African teams went through a Vodacom Super Rugby weekend unbeaten! SALUTE!!!!

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

Rebels vs Bulls
It is not everyday that a South African team picks up a comfortable win over the waters, notching up four tries in the process. This was an historic performance of guts and glory from the men from Pretoria and one that couldn’t be missed. With the game locked at 17-all around the hour mark it was the visitors who finished with a bang to leave their fans celebrating.

BEST TRY OF THE ROUND

There were two brilliant moments sparked by the two Springbok flyhalves and their Sevens co-stars. First Pollard hit Rosko Specman with a beautiful flat bullet skip-pass which saw the winger streak away down the touchline. From here the dreadlocked speedster chipped, regathered (doing well to stay infield) and eventually got the ball into the hands of Odendaal who then pinned his ears back for the tryline.
Secondly we saw Elton Jantjies step off his left and slice open the Highlanders defence. He found a willing carrier in the free roaming Kwagga Smith who rounded his defender leaving him for dead with his pace – again the inside pass saw a try being scored.
There was also yet another sublime offload from Samu Kerevi but we have become accustomed to this from the skilful Reds midfielder.

MVP

With inspirational skipper, Warren Whiteley not fit to take the field it seemed Kwagga Smith took it upon himself to not only do his part but also make up for the void left by Whiteley. The loosie was all over the park and involved in everything – he eventually scored two tries and added an assist as well.

SA TEAM OF ROUND 14

1. Steven Kitshoff (Stormers)
The Stormers based their game on firstly winning the battle upfront. The red-head played a big part in putting the first part of the plan into action and getting the team in with a chance of the win.

2. Malcolm Marx (Lions)
It was a performance of old from Marx as he chomped off the running meters often dangerously looming out on the wing – he was even on hand to gather a Janjties cross-kick!

3. Frans Malherbe (Stormers)
Forced off the bench and into the starting line-up at short notice Malherbe knuckled down and offered his considerable grunt to the home side’s cause.

4. Stephan Lewies (Lions)
With nine carries, seven tackles and five lineout takes Lewies had another strong showing this week and is proving a great purchase by the Lions.

5. RG Snyman (Bulls)
The usual display of skill and power from RG throughout the game. Also the primary (and secure) source of lineout ball for the Bulls whilst competing well on the opponent’s throw.

6. Siya Kolisi (Stormers)
The type of performance on which Kolisi has built his name. Busy performance across the park and a solid run to get the opening try. Paul Schoeman tackled like a man possessed and deserves a mention.

7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers)
We have become used to monstrous efforts from the re-cycled lock. On this occasion he was a touch quieter but in a match that became similar to trench warfare he had another strong impact for this side.

8. Kwagga Smith (Lions)
Our player of the week with an astounding effort from the Lions number eight. Jaco Coetzee also stepped up in a big way for the Stormers.

9. Herschel Jantjies (Stormers)
Another live-wire showing from the Stormers scrummie. Warner and especially Cronje had sharp showings as well.

10. Elton Jantjies (Lions)
After the Bulls brushed the Rebels aside on Friday Pollard was penned in as the best number ten for this week. Yet we are often very critical of Jantjies and on this occasion he had a cracker of a game against the Highlanders on Saturday and thus gets this selection based on a cracker-jack attacking effort from the Lions pivot who’s goal kicking was also flawless.

11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions)
Made more than 80 meters from his dangerous runs, Dyantyi is slowly starting to return to his best form. Specman was dangerous as well.

12. Burger Odendaal (Bulls)
The Bulls have a rather straight forward role for Odendaal in midfield but he does his job well. Odendaal edges this one for being on hand to finish off a try but both De Allende and Vorster had solid outings.

13. Lionel Mapoe (Lions)
Far from a complete effort by the Lions centre as he made a few errors but the other contenders hardly stuck their hands up this week whilst Mapoe looked dangerous with ball in hand.

14. Courtnall Skosan (Lions)
Given freedom to fly in this Lions set-up Skosan made the most of the space offered him as he broke the line on three occasions and left six defenders in his dust. Skosan worked hard in trying to get back in defense as well as he put in nine tackles (the most of anyone in the Lions team).

15. Warrick Gelant (Bulls)
A polished effort from the Bulls fullback sees him edge out Andries Coetzee who also had a good game for the Lions.

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