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FULL-TIME: Who and What Stole the Show – Super Rugby Week 3

Here’s what we as rugby fans should be talking about next to the water cooler on Monday after another sterling weekend of Vodacom Super Rugby action…

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

Jaguares vs Blues

This was just a fascinating match to watch. The Blues absolutely dominated the game in terms of territory and possession, often finding themselves camped deep inside their host’s 22m area. Yet the visitors could only breach their line once compared to the 3 tries chalked up by the Jags (with much less ball). Whilst attacking analysts won’t be showing re-runs of the Blues hapless attacking efforts to their teams any time soon the finish was drama-filled as the Blues managed to win a scrum turnover after the hooter to afford themselves one last shot at escaping Buenos Aires with a win. Incredibly they merely found the favour returned by the Argentines from the following s rum. Crazy stuff.

BEST TRY OF THE ROUND

The Hurricanes were at their attacking best this past weekend and that usually means you don’t have to look much further for a try of the round nominee. Dane Coles put in a superman dive (after a clever pass from TJ Parenara) for a score in the corners and Laumape lived up to his nickname – the mini bus. The big All Black centre bulldozed his way over two would-be defenders for his third try, what a site!

MVP

There were some big performances but for us no one made a bigger impact on his team and their fortunes than Eben Etzebeth. The man-mountain was at his rampaging best and played a big part in the Stormers having the physicality required to match the Sharks upfront. He was also instrumental in disrupting the Natalians at lineout time. Bok coach, Rassie would have been left with a big smile after this one.

SA TEAM OF ROUND 3

1. Lizo Gqoboka (Bulls)
A prop who likes having a run, he did this at Ellis Park on Saturday, but more importantly was able to tame a strong Lions tight five in combination with his fellow Captain America heavies.

2. Schalk Brits (Bulls)
One of the players of the round. Brits was immense around the park.

3. Trevor Nyakane (Bulls)
Ditto with regard to what we said about Lizo.

4. Eben Etzebeth (Stormers)
Our MVP of the round. Was at his rampant best.

5. Eli Snyman (Bulls)
Snyman had big shoes to fill with Lood de Jager missing, but boy did the youngster put his hand up. He was a big part of the reason for the Lions’ lineout struggles.

6. Siya Kolisi (Stormers)
This was the type of performance we have come to expect from our national Skipper. Was busy in terms of carrying the ball as well as putting in a lot of defensive work.

7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers)
It is incredible how Du Toit has settled into the role has seven flank. Week in and week out he leaves it all out on the field.

8. Duane Vermeulen (Bulls)
Seems destined to make this spot his own in our weekly team.

9. Herschel Jantjies (Stormers)
Jantjies was tidy, efficient for the Stormers in Durban.

10. Handré Pollard (Bulls)
Another outing where the Springbok pivot exuded class throughout.

11. Rosko Specman (Bulls)
The Bulls have been smart in looking to involve their Sevens star as often as possible. The little rocket has proven to be a very dangerous weapon for the men form Pretoria.

12. Dylan Sage (Bulls)
Some wondered how effective the Sevens Bok would be at 12 but it was refreshing having a distributor in this role. Nothing flashy, but very solid for a guy who is not a regular part of this set-up.

13. Jesse Kriel (Bulls)
Didn’t get many attacking opportunities but was well and truly over his direct opponent, Lionel Mapoe on the day.

14. Gerhard van den Heever (Sunwolves)
The Sunwolves scored a historic upset victory over the Chiefs in Hamilton and few players had a bigger hand in it than the dangerous Van den Heever on the wing. He doesn’t look too imposing a player but boy does he have pace, tenacity and some seemingly hidden strength as well.

15. Warrick Gelant (Bulls)
Didn’t get too many opportunities on attack but it was a solid performance form the man looking to stake his claim for the Springbok no.15 jumper. Damian Willemse scored a crucial try but his game remains inconsistent.

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