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Fair team - though would have picked Higginbottom as back up to Read
Posted 22:22 08th August 2012
who is Marcell Cotzee? seriously..I have never heard of him!
Posted 20:02 08th August 2012
Triinuts ...thats SBW at 12. Could you be wrong about the man .?
What should be noted is the lack of usual suspects from previous years
McCaw Carter Pocock etc.
Lots of promising new talent this season.
Posted 18:11 08th August 2012
very tough to choose obviously but some glaring errors. .
genia is a no brainer even as a chiefs fan and i would even say smith over tee kay be as awesome as tee kay be is.
i assume youre just taking the urine with coetzee at 7 or maybe its a typo. obviously pocock, gill, todd and hooper come before him
again im guessing there is a mistake with pieterson at 14 over dom shipperley for one
Posted 14:59 08th August 2012
I am interested that PR rates Robbie Robinson so highly. I do, too, but had questioned my own judgment because there wasn't much "buzz" around him.
A few points worth noting about this player: he has shown himself capable of knifing through defences whether playing for Southland, the Highlanders or the Chiefs; he has shone for the Chiefs despite their back four not being the most dangerous or organised out there; he was recruited by Dave Rennie, who has brought on some very good backs (e.g. Aaron Smith, Cruden).
In his vision and creativity, Robinson reminds me of Israel Dagg. I would like to see him playing in better company: imagine him working with Conrad Smith, Cory Jane and Dagg (left wing) in an All Blacks back four!
Posted 14:15 08th August 2012
@ daibok - I e-mailed the list immediately after the final whistle! Wouldn't want them being wasted down under!
Posted 13:55 08th August 2012
APV - have you noted down the uncapped players who could be 'English' in the next few years?
Posted 13:20 08th August 2012
@ Rosbif - yep!
Posted 12:31 08th August 2012
Spot on my team, accept for TJ Perenara & Aaron Smith at #9, Kolisi #6 (blindside) and WP Nel & Ben Franks at #3
Non-Kiwi top 6 backline players were highly underperforming/ not utilised to full potential
Posted 11:35 08th August 2012
Cant beleive Siya Kolisi is not even mentioned, imo a better allround player then Coetzee certainly far better then Hooper in this years S15 and Steven Kitshoff was better then Greyling in the end though was Ben Tameifuna better then both! Damn hypocrity of planetrugby's democracy
Posted 11:08 08th August 2012
It's only based on opinion so no need to get knickers in a twist, although rather humourous there only 1 Aussie in the mix.
Hey PR, is this the actual culmination of all the Team of the Week results or just a one-off vote now the season has completed? Is it possible for you to please post a tournament team which is based on which players won their position on Team of the Week for the whole season? Poorly explained but sure you get my drift. Thank you.
Posted 10:47 08th August 2012
@APV1. let me guess. somewhat overwhelmed by the number of mediocre players here hehehe?
Posted 10:31 08th August 2012
Interesting selection! No Bryan Habana???
Posted 09:37 08th August 2012
Posted 09:18 08th August 2012
got to agree with BEN 7, there is a heavy KIWI bias. One must remember that while CHIEFS won, the table read :
1 Stormers 16 66
2 Chiefs 16 64
3 Reds 16 58
4 Crusaders 16 61
5 Bulls 16 59
6 Sharks 16 59
7 Brumbies 16 58
8 Hurricanes 16 57
9 Highlanders 16 46
10 Cheetahs 16 38
So the top 6 deserve some credit for exactly that - being the top 6!
for example, to say the best 4 centers are all kiwis is being one eyed IMHO.
While not arguing about the first XV, some choices for second XV look again kiwi- biased. Robinson, Barret, Romano, even Thompson in the blindside smacks ....
The logic of the arguement is, if we go by this 30 then none of the other teams in Rugby Championship need to turn up 'coz all the best are in NZ.
However few of these boys are not MIB. Or for that matter Springboks.
Posted 09:10 08th August 2012
Anyone even suggesting Genia should be the best 9 obviously didn't watch the first half of the season - he was absolutely appalling. Only when Cooper returned did he and the reds actuall do anything (even though Cooper himself didn't).
Perenara was probably the best #9 this season, with Kerr Barlow 2nd best. Genia maybe 3rd, although I thought both Ellis and Aaron Smith had better overall seasons, to be honest. To be fair to Genia, he is the better player and was probably the best #9 of the second half of the season, but he didn't have a good season overall.
Also, not sure you can give the #8 position to a player who missed about half the season. Over the whole season, Daniel was the better player.
Also, can't see Robinson being the 2nd best 15 when he failed to nail down a starting spot for most of the season.
Posted 08:46 08th August 2012
LOL @ Australia. Again.
Posted 08:04 08th August 2012
Solid team, not too many complaints.
Posted 03:43 08th August 2012
Thomson for Messam hate mail? I would suggest that maybe the Genia over pass my stir a few Queensland hearts and typing fingers ... (I may be wrong - lets keep a count).
Now, why don't we get this team together for a one off against the Lions next year?
Posted 03:41 08th August 2012
When I saw the headline of this article I thought "you're brave!" So to make sure I didn't fall into a trap of going "he wasn't the best!" I actually decided who I thought was the best before scrolling down to every position...
...And I agreed with nearly every one. I thought of two or three players who I thought it MUST be from, and with 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 7, 6, 5, 4, 2 and 1 it was all my no.1 choices! So well done.
BUT... Dean Greyling at 3!? He's been playing no.1 almost every game this season! And he was a walking penalty (and played dirty) - he shouldn't be anywhere near this team! Jannie du Plessis and the Franks brothers were by far the most consistent tightheads.
And as for Kerr-Barlow - very good scrummie, but had some brilliant games and some anonymous ones. Aaron Smith was consistently quality - certainly the best passing game - but for me the standout was TJ Perrenara. How you could miss both of them is a mystery. However, Genia should probably get it - he practically played opposition teams by himself the whole season. Perrenara 2nd.
Otherwise, well done! Finally got it right!
Posted 02:24 08th August 2012
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