Right guys and girls, we`re in a World Cup year, and this thread is basically a look at the form players during the 1st few rounds of the Super 14. Who is putting their hands up, and who is kicking the door to national selection down? Here are my thoughts, please feel free to throw in a couple of other players who`ve really impressed. 15- Percy Montgomery(Sharks)- even though he`s had a bye this round, he`s certainly responded very well to being "rested" last season- looking sharper than he has for years, 14- Louis Ludik(Lions)- although he`s playing fullback at the moment, we all know that he`s really a winger- and geez, he`s been electric for the Lions of late 13- Jacques Fourie(Lions)- getting better and better with every round, clearly over his injury woes of last season 12- Brad Barritt(Sharks)- Meyer Bosman let himself down badly this weekend, and Jean De Villiers is struggling in a losing cause 11- JP Pietersen(Sharks)- another Sharkie on a bye, in by default due to Habana getting shown up pretty badly over the weekend 10- Butch James(Sharks)- because of too little game-time, at this stage, for Andre Pretorius and Frans Steyn at 10. 9- Fourie Du Preez(Bulls)- without Hougaard by his side, had to shoulder virtually all of the halfback decision-making for the Bulls. Outstanding kicking, distribution and defense. 8- Ryan Kankowski(Sharks)- yet another on a bye, but he`s been comfortably the best no8 in Saffaland 7- Juan Smith(Cheetahs)- outstanding in every game thus far, excellent line-out option, great linking play, just huge in every game really. 6- Cobus Grobbelaar(Lions)- lack of pace for the Bulls loosies, and neither Burger, Watson or Floors have covered themselves in glory yet. 5- Vic Matfield(Bulls)- the undisputed line-out King of the World, also doing quite a bit of work in the loose. Have also upped his game in the tackle-counts. 4- Cobus Varkhond Grobbelaar(Lions)- made a definite impact coming on in the 2nd half at the weekend. Getting through a mountain of work at the moment. With Bakkies Botha coming back, he might just be in next week though. 3- BJ Botha(Sharks)- bubbling just under, Brian Mujati of the Lions, who`ve really impressed this season, and Supersub CJ with his barnstorming runs down the wing, BJ just shades it on his scrummaging prowess. 2- Gary Botha(Bulls)- Gary is always there, hitting his line-out forwards with almost robotic accuracy, scrummaging well, defending well, picking and driving, mauling it up. Honourable mentions for Tiaan Liebenberg of the Cheetahs, Willie Wepener of the Lions, and John Smit of the Sharks, who only loses out due to lack of game-time. 1- Heinke vd Merwe(Lions)/ Guthro Steenkamp(Bulls)- tied between these 2 this week- Heinke`s been unbelievably consistent, and has probably been the best scrummaging loosehead in the whole competition, but Guthro`s performance on the weekend was just plain awesome. So, who do you guys reckon should also get a mention in here?