SA Team for the week - Round 2
February 26, 2013, 09:43:07
I have studied and looked at most games twice and have now finally made up my mind about the team of the week for Round 2 (the players in brackets are those bubbling under):-
15 - Marais (Danillier)
Wings - Pietersen, Habana (Mvovo, Petersen)
Centers - Steyn, Jordaan, (Venter, Sadie)
10 - Lambie (Goosen)
9 - Reinach (Pretorius)
8 - Vermeulen (Engelbrecht)
Flanks - Coetzee, Van der Walt (Botha, Watson)
Locks - Bekker, Van der Merwe (Du Toit, Flippie)
Props - Du Plessis, Beast
Hookers - Strauss, Rallepele
Some of the above players came from the bench and had limited playing time - but made a real impression when they came on.
Others were excluded for a variety of reasons:-
* It was a close call between Danillier and Taute for the bubbling under position - since Danillier is a very limited player - on the day however he some prominence in the one movement of the Cheetahs that swung the scale in his favour.
* I do not support one-dimensional donkey-kicking flyhalfs - Morne Steyn meets that description - and even though good at converting goals - the rest of his game was sub-standard.
* Hougaard did show some improvement in performances since last year - but has some way to go before he can be a top contender for selection as player of the week.
* Not sure about the bubbling under props. However Malherbe when he came of the bench did contribute to stabilizing of the Stormers scrum to a marked extend and he may just be one.
* Fourie - his line-out throwing in was atrocios
The standard of play was often poor and not comparabel to the standard in other conferences. The Stormers backline was virtually destroyed by the sub-standard performances of Jantjies and other than the indicated players nobody really stood out..