By: Benedict Chanakira (BC)
South African Stats XV
15. Cheslin Kolbe (Stormers), 14. Ruan Combrinck (Lions), 13. Juan de Jongh (Stormers), 12. Damian de Allende (Stormers), 11. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), 10. Demetri Catrakilis (Stormers), 9. Rudy Paige (Bulls), 8. Warren Whiteley (Lions), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg (Lions), 6. Jaco Kriel (Lions), 5. Francois Uys (Cheetahs), 4. Carl Wegner (Cheetahs), 3. Marcel van der Merwe (Bulls), 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld (Cheetahs), 1. Steven Kitshoff (Stormers)
Australia Stats XV:
15. Israel Folau (War), 14. Taqele Naiyaravaro (War), 13. Samu Kerevi (Reds), 12. Mitch Inman (Reb), 11. S. Naivalu (Reb), 10. Bernard Foley (War), 9. Nick Phibbs (War), 8. Scott Higginbotham (Reb), 7. David Pocock (Bru), 6. Sean McMahon (Reb), 5. Adam Coleman (Force), 4. Will Skeleton (War), 3. Greg Holmes (Reds), 2. Stephen Moore (Bru), 1. James Slipper (Reds)
Unfortunately the New Zealand side is not out yet. These are the two Statistic XV ‘s. They do not mean these are the best players in the respective countries but they do highlight overall contribution these players made the most positive of all players in their countries.
Torsten is a Namibian International and just edged Bismarck du plessis whom was dropped due to the early transgression of the red card.
Interestingly Vodacom’s Statistic app selected the Saffa side and of those selected only ten made it into the first Springbok squad of the year. Good to see reward of the Lions loose trio. It seems the front row features a Bulls prop as he scored a couple of tries and could easily have been Malherbe or Koch.
In was impressed with Nick Stirzaker and the Brumbies’ White and felt they where the form Australian number 9s. David was king of the entire tournament as a fetcher, while I would add Paul Alo-Emile at tight head. Rory Arnorld of the Brumbies was another player that managed to stamp his authority in Super Rugby. The Australia side has 12 of those players feature in their Wallabies side. Reward for the season.
It is also to be noted that it would have meant 8 debutants in the South African sides which was unrealistic, compared to the three from Australia.
I would love to see an Emerging Springbok side return with consistent games, a coach and a purpose. Imagine a small Rugby Championship with the Pampas, Maori All Blacks, Australia A and Emerging Springboks. They would feature in the same slot as the “real” sides and for the money hungry would mean an additional two games. Would it even work?
Stats can help in some areas and fail in most, my opinion is that SA side could easily feature another Stormer in the front row, Marco Wentzel at lock to spice it up. So what are your thoughts on the two sides?
Do you agree?