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FULL-TIME: Who and What Stole the Show – Super Rugby Week 9

The theme park is still well and truly open for business. There was some clowning around from the Cell C Sharks and the DHL Stormers pulled off a magic trick of note. The roller-coaster of Super Rugby was well and truly running at full tilt with the Bulls returning to the top after a serious low the week before. Here’s how it went down in week 9 of Super Rugby.

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

Chiefs vs Blues
The Stormers filled the hearts of many South Africans with pride by picking up a rare victory in Australasia but the award goes to another classic Kiwi derby. The rugby was tight and tough, but the quality was superb.

BEST TRY OF THE ROUND

The Crusaders and Blues scored a few beauties and Leyds had a fantastic solo effort countering from a kick. But the best score was once instigated by the winger. Often SA teams are guilty of not adapting to open play and just sticking to the coached structures and systems. However in broken play the likes of Leyds and Willemse need to be brought closer to the action and this is what happened for Juarno Augustus’ try. The winger popped up in mid-field and put Willemse into a gap – the young fullback feeding it out to the big man charging down the touchline for the score.

MVP

Like a caged bear released back into the wild RG Snyman came charging out on his return and was absolutely immense. RG made good meters, broke tackles and put his team mates away for tries.

SA TEAM OF ROUND 9

1. Lizo Gqoboka (Bulls)
Another incredibly strong day as a ball carrier. Struggled somewhat at scrum time but made up for it with his efforts with ball in hand.

2. Malcolm Marx (Lions)
Mbonambi had a quiet day in terms of ball carries whilst Jaco Visagie didn’t have the strongest game at lineout time. Marx kept trying his heart out to lead his side from the front doing his usual work around the park.

3. Wilco Louw (Stormers)
Not his busiest game in terms of ball carries but worked hard making 13 tackles and set a solid platform in the scrum.

4. Jannes Kirsten (Bulls)
Playing out of position, Kirsten kept his usual levels up despite the change.

5. RG Snyman (Bulls)
An absolute POWER performance from RG Snyman sees him win our MVP award of the week.

6. Marco van Staden (Bulls)
The Bulls will be happy to have their fetcher back and he didn’t waste much time in showing his exceptional work rate in both disciplines.

7. Hanro Liebenberg (Bulls)
Another Bulls forward he buckled down and put in a huge shift for his team.

8. Paul Schoeman (Bulls)
A constant willing carrier he complimented his 16 carries with strong defense, making a total of ten tackles and also winning a few turnovers.

9. Ivan van Zyl (Bulls)
Played the game plan to a tee. Sped things up when needed and kept it slow and tactical when required. Good showing from him.

10. Handré Pollard (Bulls)
Pollard comes back in and the Bulls are a different team – coincidence? We think not!

11. Dillyn Leyds (Stormers)
Leyds was yet again a stand-out performer for his side. A smart player who is always dangerous on attack (8 defenders were left grasping at thin air) and pound for pound he holds his own on defense better than most.

12. Burger Odendaal (Bulls)
The template inside centre performance from Odendaal. Constantly got his team over the advantage line and also put others into space when the opportunity presented itself.

13. Ruhan Nel (Stormers)
The type of performance we have all been waiting for from the ex-sevens star. Got some space to move in, and boy did he move! Jesse Kriel had a solid outing as well.

14. Johnny Kotze (Bulls)
Strong, strong effort from Kotze on the right wing for the Bulls and good to see him return to some form.

15. Curwin Bosh (Sharks)
Warrick Gelant brought something exciting to the Bulls back play and Damian Willemse was sharp as well but on a day when things went horribly wrong for his team Bosch was far and away the only Shark who constantly threatened on attack and could leave the field with his head held high whilst the others around him faltered to the highest degree. An incredible 130 running meters with six clean breaks are stats that speak for themselves.

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