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FULL-TIME: Who and What Stole the Show – Super Rugby Week 6

A mixed bag this weekend as two South African sides drop the ball but two others get important wins to ensure the South African Conference remains a tight affair. Here’s what went down this past weekend in Super Rugby.

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

Hurricanes vs Stormers

It was nervous times for South Africans as the DHL Stormers were the first SA team to embark on their Australasian tour. A roggering at the hands of the Canes would spell danger for all the other South African sides. Instead the Capetonians put up one hell of fight and after leading at the break the game see-sawed tensely in the second half before the home side finally started gaining the upper hand.

BEST TRY OF THE ROUND

Samu Kerevi opted for a quick lineout despite being pushed back into his own 22 after a good tactical kick from the Brumbies. With the game still precariously placed the Reds skipper decided to go for the riskier option and it paid off in spades. The ball was worked back to Kerevi who streaked down the touch line with a great run before setting up the vital score.

MVP

Malcolm Marx had a rather quiet start to the 2019 season but his game has seen a big spike in performance the last few weeks. Against the Sunwolves the burly hooker fetched like Pocock and carried like Laumape. If ever there was leading from the front then this was it from the Lions skipper.

SA TEAM OF ROUND 6

1. Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks)
Looked nearer his old self with some good carries, a strong scrum showing and a good shift on defense, making 10 tackles. Lizo Gqoboka was one of the few Bulls players who can hold his head high after the Bulls’ lame effort at Loftus.

2. Malcolm Marx (Lions)
Akker van der Merwe was his powerful self for the Sharks but Marx had a huge game and won our MVP for the round.

3. Coenie Oosthuizen (Sharks)
A close affair between Sadie and Coenie but the Sharks prop was a tad more lively with ball in hand.

4. Chris van Zyl (Stormers)
Not one of the bigger names in the Stormers team, van Zyl put his head down and rolled up his sleeves and put in a very workman like effort in Wellington. Rhyno Herbst was also solid for the Lions.

5. Hyron Andrews (Sharks)
The main lineout technician for the Durbanites executed his main duties with aplomb.

6. Siya Kolisi (Stormers)
Despite his side not getting the job done Kolisi put in another top effort.

7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers)
Thirty tackles in one game must be very close to a new record! PSdT just never stops giving his 110% to the cause.

8. Dan du Preez (Sharks)
Week in and week out Dan is The Man for the Sharks. His physicality both as tackler and as ball carriers is absolutely vital to the Sharks’ tactics.

9. Nic Groom (Lions)
Good tactical control and sharp display behind the pack. Schreuder controlled the game well for the Sharks as well.

10. Elton Jantjies (Lions)
The combination of Groom and Jantjies worked well for the Lions despite the backs not being as influential as they often are for the men from Johannesburg. Tactically Elton was solid. Robert du Preez also had a good game.

11. Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks)
Mapimpi’s energy on the park is electrifying and infectious. The Sharks winger was a constant threat with ball in hand. Skosan was busy for the Lions as well.

12. Lionel Mapoe (Lions)
Out of position at 12 Mapoe held his own with some good carries and didn’t shy away from his responsibilities on defense either. Esterhuizen was also strong for the Sharks.

13. Wandisile Simelane (Lions)
The Lions’ hot stepper made just under 100 meters and left 6 defenders grasping at thin air.

14. Sibusiso Nkosi (Sharks)
The Sharks have potent power on both wings and when given ball they can clearly make serious headway into any defense.

15. Tyrone Green (Lions)
Playing Super Rugby for the Lions in Singapore is a long way from Varsity Cup rugby but Green looked just as comfortable in exhibiting his array of skills. Very impressive performance from the youngster.

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