Venter fires up SA’s XV best

AJ Venter had the fire in his belly as he led the Sharks charge for Keo.co.za’s first SA form team of the weekend. Five Sharks. Bloody hell!

The Keo.co.za panel of Keo, Chris, Simon and IG battled all morning to reach consensus on the SA Vodacom Super 14 team of the week. Insults were spewed, compliments were accepted and generally all were in agreeance that this is the form team of the weekend.

Cats loose forward Kobus Grobbelaar won on a points decision after Chris refused to concede Luke Watson was inferior to Kobus.

“What?” screamed Chrissie. “Luke Watson was the king on Saturday. Go and watch his second half.”

So we did, but then we also watched his first half and the panel thought that while Luke was considerably better than he had been all of last year, we would have been doing his talents a disservice to think that’s as good as it gets.

There were also honourable mentions for Fourie du Preez and Derick Hougaard, but in the context of the Sharks victory it had to be Ruan Pienaar and Monty at halfback.

So here goes

15. Greeff (Stormers)
What a game. What courage. What composure. He soared.
14. Ndungane (Bulls)
We’ve often said he’s not up to it, but his consistency is making us look foolish here at Keo.co.za. Well done lad.
13. Fourie (Cats)
In a backline that was woeful, he showed his class on defence. And his saving grace was that he operated two out from Tiaan Snyman. Poor old Wayne Julies! He was the sucker who lined up next to Snyman.
12. Olivier (Bulls)
This boy has class. Great acceleration for his try. And he’s the most hip among the Bully Boys.
11. Habana (Bulls)
More than just a finisher, he settled into the second season with the enthusiasm of a first year. Go you good thing.
10. Monty (Sharks)
25 points from 30. Enough said.
9. Pienaar (Sharks)
Try of the weekend. Moment of the weekend. Any oke who sells two All Blacks a dummy makes our team.
8. Badenhorst (Stormers)
Most complete match yet for the man in black
7. Venter (Sharks)
Pure Bok, as Rapport newspaper would say.
6. Grobbelaar (Cats)
He scored enough points in the fantasy league to convince most of us, with the exception of Chris, he deserves to be there. Chris asked if we could give Luke another honourable mention. So we have.
5. Skeate (Stormers)
Another youngster to do well against the donkeys in the Cats pack.
4. Ackermann (Sharks)
Ackers is good for one great one a season. We’ve just had it.
3. Botha (Sharks)
He never goes back. He is the most underrated of the tightheads in this country.
2. Shimange (Stormers)
Shimmy did more in 24 minutes than the other hookers put together.
1. Moller (Stormers)
Federico Mendez said to watch this guy. Well we did and he’ll have more of a challenge than Marius Hurter in the future. Apparently, his biggest task on Saturday was not shoving Hurter’s head up his arse, but keeping the big Cat airborne and horizontal at every scrum. In short, he embarrassed the 1995 World Cup Bok.