Bias seems to be a contentious issue in selecting such teams, but few can argue that WP and the Pumas have been the form sides and as a result have the most number of form players.
Griquas and Pumas also showed that there is no such thing as a minnow union with their victories, and the Peacock Blues were especially good value in their win over the Sharks.
This week’s team contains four Province players, four Pumas, three Griquas, two Cheetahs, one Bull and one Lion.
15 – Cheslin Kolbe (Western Province):
The pocket rocket is well on his way to establishing himself as one of the globe’s most exciting players. He gave a polished tactical performance against the Kings, but capped it with a brutal display of pace and elusive running to dot down for Province.
Understudy: Andries Coetzee (Lions)
14 – Jerome Pretorius (Pumas):
Pretorius has proven himself to be a hearty, strong runner with ball in hand. His performance against the Cheetahs proved this once again. He will torment many defenders in games to come.
Understudy: Kobus van Wyk (Western Province)
13 – Juan de Jongh (Western Province):
The Province skipper has not put a foot wrong in the Currie Cup thus far. His overall game was once again on point against the Kings last weekend. His solid running, defensive and distributional performance included no less than two tries. A true captain’s innings. One hopes that the Springbok powers that be cast a slight gander on Province’s play to see what they could have had in midfield.
Understudy: Paul Jordaan (Sharks)
12 – Francois Venter (Cheetahs):
The hefty skipper once again put in a valiant effort in a losing cause against the Pumas last weekend. Venter, one of the most consistent midfielders in South Africa, threw caution to the wind when attacking the gainline and tackled with aplomb.
Understudy: Heimar Williams (Sharks)
11 – Ruan Combrinck (Lions):
The versatile back seems to have found his niche on the wing. The spot gives him freedom to display his considerable range of wares, and he did just that against the Bulls last weekend. He rounded out his all-round solid display with a superb goal kicking effort.
Understudy: Rosko Specman (Pumas)
10 – Francois Brummer (Griquas):
Brummer proved pivotal to the Griquas’ cause in their victory over the Sharks, as he was moved back into his preferred No 10 jersey. The added pressure of the captain’s armband seemed to work wonders as Brummer was instrumental on all fronts for the Peacock Blues. He also displayed his BMT with a last minute dropgoal to seal the deal for his side.
Understudy: Justin van Staden (Pumas)
9 – Sarel Pretorius (Cheetahs):
The wily veteran proved that he hasn’t lost a yard of pace or his eye for a gap against the Pumas. Despite playing behind a retreating pack, Pretorius proved not only his attacking worth, but also his tactical acumen in a losing cause.
Understudy: Tiaan Meyer (Griquas)
8 – Renaldo Bothma (Pumas):
The standout player in the Currie Cup thus far, Bothma was once again at his bruising best against the Cheetahs in his 50th game. Bothma ticks all the boxes of modern loose forward play every time he steps onto the pitch – ruthless carries, cruel hits, deft distribution and a high work rate.
Understudy: Nizaam Carr (Western Province)
7 – Carel Greeff (Griquas):
Greeff was at his boisterous best against the Sharks with his uncompromising running lines. The Griquas gained their momentum from his strong carries.
Understudy: Jacques du Plessis (Bulls)
6 – Siya Kolisi (Western Province):
Kolisi reacted to his Springbok snub in the grandest of manners by rediscovering his strengths and his form for the Streeptruie. Kolisi gave a powerful performance in all facets against the Kings.
Understudy: Marnus Schoeman (Griquas)
5 – Ruan Botha (Western Province):
The ludicrously large second rower was supreme in his Currie Cup debut for Western Province. Not only was he the boss of the lineout and the physical confrontation, Botha also proved that there is some sizzle to his steak with a variety of flair laden running lines and off loads. Add to that an astronomical work rate, and you may just have the ingredients of a star player.
Understudy: Franco Mostert (Lions)
4 – Hilton Lobberts (Griquas):
Lobberts seems to be playing some of his best rugby since he moved to Kimberley. The tough customer was brutal in his physicality and he helped to light the spark that eventually resulted in a Griquas victory.
Understudy: Paul Willemse (Bulls)
3 – Vincent Koch (Pumas):
Koch seems to be one of the most consistent scrummagers in the Currie Cup. The Pumas prop has yet to find his match at scrum time.
Understudy: Werner Kruger (Bulls)
2 – Bongi Mbonambi (Bulls):
Mbonambi is relishing the chance of finally getting some game time at the Bulls, and his bullish mood seems to be resulting in some quality displays in the hooker berth. Mbonambi is an all-round quality player that rarely commits an error.
Understudy: Frankie Herne (Pumas)
1 – Corne Fourie (Pumas):
Together with Koch he forms an imposing scrum unit. Add to that his overall work-rate and tackle count and you get the form loosehead of the Currie Cup.
Understudy: Dean Greyling (Bulls)