Despite losing narrowly to Western Province at Newlands the Lions still manage to make up a third of our Team of the Week after a good weekend for the traditional powerhouses in the Currie Cup.
Although they lost their first game of the season on Friday night there were still some impressive individual performances from the table-topping team from Johannesburg while the Cheetahs seem to have been victims of their overwhelming success as only one of their players makes our team.
The lack of quality opposition may be a factor in the lack of Cheetahs in our final selection, with the weakness of the poor Pumas making everything seem a little bit too easy for the Men from Bloemfontein although they do have six players in the Bubbling under team.
The Blue Bulls are another strong presence in our team and they also have five representatives after their convincing victory over the Griquas at Loftus Versveld. Western Province and the Sharks make up the numbers with three players from the Cape side getting the nod and only one Shark in the mix.
Here is our Currie Cup Team of the Week for Round Six:
15 - Jaco Taute (Lions): The all-action young Lions fullback always looks threatening with ball-in-hand and has the invaluable ability to spark the game to life when he joins the backline.
Bubbling under: Jurgen Visser (Blue Bulls)
14 - Odwa Ndungane (Sharks): Despite criticism regarding his lack of pace the reliable Sharks wing's value lies in the fact that he always does the basics well under pressure. His impressive finishing ability was on display when he got over for two tries against the Leopards in a stuttering performance from his team to edge his brother out of our side.
Bubbling under: Akona Ndungane (Blue Bulls)
13 - Zane Kirchner (Blue Bulls): The decision to move him to outside centre seems to have breathed new life into his game. He does not kick nearly as much and has been able to focus on playing more rugby.
Bubbling under: Jean Stemmet (Griquas)
12 - Alwyn Hollenbach (Lions): The classy Lions midfielder continues his encouraging run of form in the absence of Doppies La Grange. He showed good awareness to finish off his try at Newlands and does not miss tackles very often.
Bubbling under: Corne Uys (Cheetahs)
11 - JJ Engelbrecht (Western Province): The hard-working speedster is a tough man to bring down and always looks dangerous when he gets the ball in space, the Blue Bulls must be very happy with their shrewd investment.
Bubbling under: Bjorn Basson (Blue Bulls)
10 - Demetri Catrakilis (Western Province): Produced an assured performance under pressure and demonstrated that there is more to his game than just his well-educated boot. A flawless display off the kicking tee won a tense match for his team and confirmed him as a rising star at Newlands.
Bubbling under: Sias Ebersohn (Cheetahs)
9 - Jano Vermaak (Blue Bulls): Showed just what the Lions missed this weekend with an electric performance at Loftus Versfeld, his urgency and the speed with which he cleared the ruck area was particularly praise-worthy.
Bubbling under: Dewaldt Duvenage (Western Province)
8 - Joshua Strauss (Lions): Although he only spent the first half on the pitch after falling to injury he made his presence felt in a big way and led by example once more as his team went into the half-time break in a dominant position.
Bubbling under: Boom Prinsloo (Cheetahs)
7 - Arno Botha (Blue Bulls): The combative SA Under-20 captain broght some much-needed energy to the Blue Bulls pack. His hunger to make an impression was obvious and this strong ball carrier looks like a big player for the future.
Bubbling under: Davon Raubenheimer (Griquas)
6 - Nick Fenton-Wells (Western Province): The enthusiastic UCT captain gave absolutely everything in his first start for Western Province and it was his big tackle that caused the turnover that led to his team's only try. Although he was penalised at the breakdown a few times his hard-working attitude cannot be questioned.
Bubbling under: Johan Wessels (Cheetahs)
5 - Franco van der Merwe (Lions): The Lions stalwart strikes an effective blend of physicality and skilful touches although his commitment is possibly his most admirable quality. The heart and soul of the Lions' engine room.
Bubbling under: Juandre Kruger (Blue Bulls)
4 - Flip van der Merwe (Blue Bulls): The big tight forward does not take a backward step on the rugby field and his value at set-piece time cannot be underestimated. He looks set to follow in the considerable footsteps of those that have worn the Blue No.4 jersey before him.
Bubbling under: Francois Uys (Cheetahs)
3 - Pat Cilliers (Lions): This versatile front-rower is always keen to get involved in the tight-loose and gets around the park well for a man who packs such a solid punch at scrum-time.
Bubbling under: Lourens Aadriaanse (Griquas)
2 - Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs): The Cheetahs skipper beats off some serious competition from Gary Botha and Ryno Barnes this week, yet another consistent performance from a player who is seriously unlucky not to have represented the Springboks more often.
Bubbling under: Gary Botha (Blue Bulls)
1 - Dean Greyling (Blue Bulls): The rock of the Blue Bulls pack impressed with his work-rate on Friday night, he carried the ball well and provided his usual solid presence up front to squeeze Coenie Oosthuizen out.
Bubbling under: Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs)
Team of the Week, Round Five: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Riaan Viljoen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Pat Lambie, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Freddie Michalak, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Joshua Strauss, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Team of the Week, Round Four: 15 Rudi Vogt, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Vainon Willis, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Team of the Week, Round Three: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Mark Richards, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Corne Steenkamp, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 WP Nel, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Team of the Week, Round Two: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Stephen Dippenaar, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Freddie Michalak, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nick Köster, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Corne Steenkamp, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 PW Van Vuuren, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Team of the Week, Round One: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Ashwin Scott, 10 Freddie Michalak, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Corne Steenkamp, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Corne Fourié.
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