Currie Cup: Team of the tournament

Date published: October 26 2015

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With the Currie Cup now a thing of the past Planet Rugby selects the players who impressed us the most during the 2015 tournament. 

Tournament winners the Golden Lions dominated throughout the season, so it's little surprise that they also have the most representatives in our side. 

15 Warrick Gelant Blue Bulls: – Proved his worth throughout the tournament and madelife difficult for the opposition defences, with his ability to counter-attack from deep. Gelant's fancy footwork along with electrifying pace are his strengths and he also proved safe in the last line of defence. Edges out Western Province's Cheslin Kolbe. 

14 Courtnall Skosan Golden Lions: – The diminutive winger's ability to create try scoring opportunities, along with a safe pair of hands under the high ball gave the Lions the attacking advantage throughout their campaign. Skosan makes our team ahead of Blue Bulls flyer Travis Ismaiel

13 Francois Venter Free State Cheetahs: – The hard running centre was phenomenal for the Cheetahs on attack, as he often broke the line of defence. His contribution on defence was also exceptional. Beats out Dries Swanepoel of the Blue Bulls. 

12 Howard Mnisi Golden Lions: – Mnisi left his stamp on several matches with his playmaking skills which created space for his outside backs and they often wreaked havoc. Also has a high work ethic and often put his body on the line in defence.

11 Jamba Ulengo Blue Bulls: – The tournament's leading try-scorer with 11 tries, Ulengo was an easy choice as he was a revelation on attack for the Bulls. His searing pace along with his physicality made him unstoppable and he also impressed on defence. 

10 Marnitz Boshoff Golden Lions: – Boshoff was reliable with the boot and finished as the leading points-scorer in the competition with, 187 points. Despite being renowned for his goalkicking, Boshoff varied his play brilliantly and often provided his team-mates with try-scoring opportunities. 

9 Faf de Klerk Pumas: – The livewire scrum-half showed consistency from the base of the Pumas scrum and produced quick ball to his outside backs which gave the Pumas the upperhand on multiple occasions. His support play was also superb. Pips Ross Cronje of the Golden Lions. 

8 Warren Whiteley Golden Lions: – The Lions' Super Rugby captain delivered several superb performances in his side's unbeaten Currie Cup run. Whiteley, as usual, stood out on defence but also linked well with his backs as part of the Lions' free-flowing style of play.

7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe Western Province: – Came to the fore with several impressive performances for the men from the Cape, combining superb attacking skills with a high work rate. A powerful runner, Notshe got over the advantage line frequently as a ball carrier. 

6 Jaco Kriel Golden Lions: – The standout player of the Lions' campaign. Kriel continued where he left off in Super Rugby and thrived despite the added burden of captaincy. One of the quickest loose forwards in the game, Kriel often proved a handful when building up a head of steam with ball in hand.

5 Franco Mostert Golden Lions: – Continued where he left off in 2014 and was unlucky not to represent South Africa after he was called up to the Springbok squad earlier this year. Mostert got through plenty of hard graft and also put his body on the line with big hits on defence.

4 Jacques du Plessis Blue Bulls: – Although he can also play on the flank but Du Plessis came to the fore with several dominant displays in the Pretoria-based outfit's second row this year. Du Plessis was at the forefront of his team's efforts up front and edges out Golden Lions rookie Lourens Erasmus

3 Julian Redelinhuys Golden Lions: – The Springbok front-row's impressed with his scrummaging and was the cornerstone of a successful Lions scrum throughout 2015. Also did well at the coalface of the Lions' forward effort, and cleaned out the rucks and mauls with great intent. 

2 Bongi Mbonambi Western Province: – Was under plenty of pressure after some below par performances in Super Rugby, but made up for that with several storming displays in the Currie Cup. Mbonambi impressed at his core duties and also caught the eye as a ball carrier. 

1 Steven Kitshoff Western Province: – The Bordeaux-bound prop impressed with his powerful scrummaging but also caught the eye as a ball carrier and defender during WP's campaign. Another player whose efforts were rewarded with call-ups to Springbok training camps.

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