Team of the Week – S14 Round 12

The Chiefs, with their late charge, and the erratic Stormers are the teams that were rewarded for their impressive Round 12 performances when we sat down to name our Super 14 Team of the Week.

The Chiefs and Stormers, who beat the Sharks and Blues respectively, have four players each in our weekly selection.

However, the Bulls and Highlanders are not far behind with three players each, while the Brumbies make up the numbers.

As has happened for most of the season our team changed almost totally, with only scrum-half Brendon Leonard (Chiefs), lock Bakkies Botha (Bulls) and prop Carl Hayman (Highlanders) retaining their places.

Here’s our selection!

Team of the Week Round 12:

15 – Julian Huxley (Brumbies):
He has certainly made sure the Wallaby selectors consider him for the World Cup squad, both as fly-half, centre and fullback – although his most recent performances have all been in the number 15 jersey.
Bubbling under: Johan Roets (Bulls)

14 – Lelia Masaga (Chiefs):
This try-scoring machine is supplying the All Black selectors with an alternative to their regular choices … if they want it.
Bubbling under: Akona Ndungane (Sharks)

13 – Jean de Villiers (Stormers):
He finally showed why he is so highly rated at international level. His best performance of what has so far been a disappointing season.
Bubbling under: Casey Laulala (Crusaders)

12 – Wynand Olivier (Bulls):
He left plenty of egg on the faces of those who still insist the Bulls don’t have creative abilities.
Bubbling under: Tasesa Lavea (Chiefs)

11 – Bryan Habana (Bulls):
He is back to his brilliant best.
Bubbling under: Lachlan Turner (Waratahs)

10 – Stephen Donald (Chiefs):
He has produced some strong performances all season, but none as impressive as when he dismantled the Sharks at the weekend.
Bubbling under: Nick Evans (Highlanders)

9 – Brendon Leonard (Chiefs):
He has added a new dimension to the Chiefs since starting in place of the injured Byron Kelleher and now it’s going to be difficult to leave him out.
Bubbling under: Fourie du Preez (Bulls)

8 – Sione Lauaki (Chiefs):
The Sharks thought they only needed to turn up in Hamilton to win. Lauaki was one of the players who soon reminded them there are some good players plying their trade at the Waikato Stadium.
Bubbling under: Rodney So’oialo (Hurricanes)

7 – Schalk Burger (Stormers):
His blond mop is more prominent every week and he is looking more like the player who was the International Rugby Board (IRB) Player of the Year in 2004.
Bubbling under: Josh Blackie (Highlanders)

6 – Luke Watson (Stormers):
He’s been through a lean period this season, but at the weekend he showed what can happen when he turns up for the game.
Bubbling under: Liam Messam (Chiefs)

5 – Ross Skeate (Stormers):
He hasn’t started too many games this season and after the weekend we wonder why?
Bubbling under: Victor Matfield (Bulls)

4 – Bakkies Botha (Bulls):
Mean, lean and hungry for rugby. He is showing his championship qualities.
Bubbling under: Ross Filipo (Crusaders)

3 – Carl Hayman (Highlanders):
Simply the best!
Bubbling under: BJ Botha (Sharks)

2 – Anton Oliver (Highlanders):
He is one of the oldest and most experienced players in the tournament and he showed his experience at the weekend.
Bubbling under: Andrew Hore (Hurricanes)

1 – Clarke Dermody (Highlanders):
Another of this very formidable Highlanders front row forwards that are leaving their mark on the tournament.
Bubbling under: Gurthro Steenkamp (Bulls)

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