FULL-TIME: Who and What Stole the Show – Super Rugby Week 7

The Japs starred as David, Pollie almost won the Oscar for mamparra of the week and Akker and Brits decided stuntmen weren’t required for their superhero action scene. Here’s how the script unfolded in week 7 of Vodacom Super Rugby…


Waratahs vs Sunwolves

Wow, what an unpredictable beast Super Rugby is! Last week the Waratahs were the giant killers as they toppled the defending champions, the Crusaders, but this week they found themselves cast in the role of the big bully who was toppled by the underdog. The Sunwolves learnt earlier in the week that they would be kicked to the kerb and this perhaps game them a nothing-to-lose freedom to express themselves. And boy did their message came over loud and clear – WE CAN PLAY RUGBY! The Tahs never quit hit their straps on attack whilst the Wolves were their normal expansive selves. A fairy-tale result in the end for the Japanese team.


The Blues scored a screamer when Rieko Ioane sliced through the Stormers line and then fed the powerful Taniela Tele’a who proved impossible for both DDA and Leyds to pull down. This try also came at a crucial stage in the game for the Blues.


His team didn’t end on the winning side of things but this certainly was not due to a lack of effort from Dan du Preez. The Cell C Sharks number 8 was immense as ball carrier and the Bulls had their hands full trying to bring the big man down.


1. Lizo Gqoboka (Bulls)
Another strong performance from the big loosehead. Put in a great shift at scrum time and as per usual was very active around the park as well.

2. Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers)
Hugely powerful performance from the bustling hooker. Gave his all in a losing cause.

3. Trevor Nyakane (Bulls)
Squaring off against the most cap SA Super Rugby player means you are tasked with an incredible challenge. Nyakane did more than hold his own.

4. Eben Etzebeth (Stormers)
We can copy and paste this paragraph every week. Immense in defence and a power house ball carrier as well.

5. Eli Snyman (Bulls)
Not the big ball carrier like Lood and not used as the primary lineout option. But the youngster didn’t look out of place in a tough derby game and impressed by making 12 tackles.

6. Ruan Steenkamp (Bulls)
Lack of ball meant his primary job was that of tackler and he did that tirelessly. Kolisi was also solid as ever.

7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers)
Yes he made three handling errors but it is also a testimony of his incredible work rate that he is in the position to be getting the ball in those situations. Whether it is in attack or on defence how he covers the pitch and puts in 110% into everything he does is mind blowing.

8. Dan du Preez (Sharks)
Duane Vermeulen won a few crucial turnovers at the breakdown but Dan Dup won the battle of the ball carriers as he constantly got his team over the advantage line 18 carries and 57 meters made makes for impressive reading.

9. Louis Schreuder (Sharks)
Heshcel Jantjies was a touch inconsistent with his distribution and kicking game. Papier kicked one out on the full and wasn’t as “clean” behind the oven as one would like to see. The Sharks skipper was solid and tactically sound.

10. Handre Pollard (Bulls)
Pollard wins this one for being less poor than the rest and his reliable goal kicking. The Bulls pivot was almost left with egg on his face when his judgement looked to have let him down when covering a line-kick. Despite a shaky start the Springbok flyhalf got his team over the line in the end.

11. Dillyn Leyds (Stormers)
Missed a cover tackle which led to a try but was an attacking force for the Capetonians when he was efficiently used in play-maker capacity in the second half.

12. Burger Odendaal (Bulls)
Wasn’t asked to do too much on attack but set up the only Bulls try by barging over Rob du Preez and putting Jesse Kriel in for the crucial score. Esterhuizen did what he does week in and week out and was impressive as well. De Allende looked flat and one dimensional as always, can’t be Bok choice number 1 #justsaying

13. Jesse Kriel (Bulls)
Am someone won the Man of the Match award but given how much more ball the Sharks had one expected a stronger showing from the Sharks centre. None of the centres had a vintage showing but Kriel had ten tackles, two clean breaks and scored the winning try which sees him edge it this week.

14. Sergeal Petersen (Stormers)
With the limited chances that came his way the fleet footed winger constantly posed a threat with ball in hand.

15. Damian Willemse (Stormers)
Strong showing from the youngster. Looked dangerous with the ball and his work rate on defence was impressive.

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