Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
3 minute read
10 Apr 2017
4:31 pm

WATCH: The tricksters lead the way in our Super Rugby XV

Rudolph Jacobs

From stupendous passes to ball juggling, our team of the week is brimming with players that bragged with outrageous skills.

Captain Fantastic: Siya Kolisi. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images.

The Stormers were mightily impressive in defeating the Chiefs at the weekend, meaning it’s hardly surprising that they feature heavily again in our team of the week.

But it was notable how well the Kings performed in Perth that various of their stars also gain recognition.

Given that the men from Port Elizabeth are destined for the Super Rugby chop, surely some of these players need to find a new home.

They’re too good to go onto the scrapheap.

15 – SP Marais (Stormers)

Magnificent all-round game again.

It was great to see he has potential as a long-range place kicker too, something that proved vital at Newlands.

14 – Malcolm Jaer (Kings)

His young teammate Yaw Penxe deserves a mention but the diminutive Jaer was like former Bok Gio Aplon at his best.

He might’ve played fullback at the weekend but the finishing for his hat-trick was wing-like.

13 – EW Viljoen (Stormers)

This youngster continues to suggest an early Springbok cap wouldn’t be out of the question.

12 – Burger Odendaal (Bulls)

While his team’s busy suffering embarrassments all over, the imposing inside centre continues to make massive strides.

He ran hard, scored a brilliant individual try, tackled well and even showed an underused tactical boot.

A good player is one that stands out in an underperforming team.

11 – Dyllin Leyds (Stormers)

We already know he’s the form winger of the tournament.

But goodness gracious, that pass to SP Marais for his try was out of this world!

10 – Lionel Cronje (Kings)

This playmaker is starting to show why he was considered a prodigy at age group level.

He had a hand in three of his side’s tries, including that brilliant sleight of hand.

Cronje continues to do the basics well too.

9 – Cobus Reinach (Sharks)

It’s becoming more clear why Bok coach Allister Coetzee wants to keep him in the national picture for as long as he can before Reinach goes to England.

Supported his inexperienced halfback partner Inny Radebe really well against Test opposition.

8 – Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers)

What a classy eighthman this 23-year-old is turning into.

He carries the ball with vigour and links well with the backs.

Notshe might need to tighten up his defence a bit.

7 – Siya Kolisi (Stormers)

If there’s one man that exemplified the Capetonians’ gritty defence in the dying moments against the Chiefs, it was their captain.

He made a staggering 15 tackles and stole opposition ball on three occasions.

6 – Chris Cloete (Kings)

Another tackling machine in this week’s side.

Cloete was a nuisance at the breakdowns and, importantly, also did his fair share of work on the attack too.

5 – Chris van Zyl (Stormers)

Any player that can make people wonder if a side missed Pieter-Steph du Toit deserves his spot.

4 – Eben Etzebeth (Stormers)

He’s the ultimate enforcer in any pack and solid as a rock in the line-outs.

3 – Coenie Oosthuizen (Sharks)

The mercurial prop is truly becoming one of the most reliable performers in South African rugby.

It’s wonderful to see also that he’s far more disciplined than usual.

2 – Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers)

He’s never flashy but he’s so dependable.

Tackled superbly against the adventurous Chiefs without making one mistake.

1 – Thomas du Toit (Sharks)

Brilliant cameo after he replaced an equally impressive Beast Mtawarira.

He’s a strong ball-carrier and ensures his side doesn’t lose momentum at the scrums when he comes on.

Click here for last week’s XV.

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