The stand out players of the season so far

Discussion in 'Super Rugby' started by Jer1cho, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Jer1cho

    Jer1cho Guest

    Who do you guys think are the stand-out players so far this season? Here are some players who i think are in really great form:

    - Jacques Fourie (Playing the rugby of his life. This guy has to be one of the best centres in the world at the moment. Pure class!)

    - Rory Kocket ( Outstanding scrum-half! Surely he will be in the Bok squad for the Lions tour, as Januarie is woeful!)

    - Digby Ione (The Reds star is having a really good sesason for me, even in an underperforming side)

    - Casey Laulala (The Crusaders star so far, scoring tries and breaking lines. EDIT* Was that a rugby rhyme??? Sweet! B) )

    - Lelia Masaga (Has to start for the All Blacks this season! Very strong winger, and he is having some great games!)

    - Francois Steyn ( B) )

    - JP Pieterson (Back to his best! Lets hope it stays that way)

    - Pierre Spies & Ryan Kankowski (Nuff said)

    Many i must have left out. Who do you guys think, are the in-form players thus far?
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  3. ChiefsFan

    ChiefsFan Guest

    - Lelia Masaga
    - Frans Steyn (from what I've seen)
    - Brendon Leonard
    - Jacques Fourie
    - JP Pieterson
    - Adam Thompson
    - Israel Dagg
    - Lachlan Turner (in a couple of games)
  4. munross

    munross Guest

    Luke Watson(the guy we all love to hate) and Duanne Vermeulen,both have been playing good rugby for the Stormers so far this season...
  5. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    For Australia -

    Reds - Digby Ioane
    Tahs - Lachie Turner
    Brumbies - George & Tyrone Smith
    Force - Matt Giteau

    I will be severely disappointed with Robbie Deans if -

    a) Timana Tahu gets a spot in the Wallabies squad despite the fact that he's yet to do ANYTHING in rugby.

    B) Lote Tuqiri gets a starting position when he hasn't even been half as good as Ioane or Turner. In fact, I'd rate Mitchell ahead of him too.
  6. Jer1cho

    Jer1cho Guest

    I don't think Vermeulen is disciplined enough. He gives away far too many penalties for my liking. I feel the same way about Bulls number 6 Deon Steggman.
  7. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    I'd also like to add Benn Robinson and Ben Alexander to the list...

    It's a shame that Australia can't produce tight head props as good as these guys...
  8. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    Removed for going off topic: Steve-o
  9. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    I like what I have seen of Schalk Brits, he reminds me of Keith Wood, just smaller and not as strong bu a bit more agile. Masaga and Watson have been impressive too, as well as Luke Burgess.
  10. danny

    danny Guest

    In the super 14 it could be one of Masaga or Fourie.

    Edited for going off topic: Steve-o
  11. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    This is the Super 14 section so posts referencing to other comps or players who have nothing to do with this topic, will be treated as going off topic.

    For me the stand out players have been:

    Stefan Terblanche
    Luke Watson
    Rory Kockott
    JP Pietersen
    Christian Lealiifano
    Conrad Smith
    Lelia Masaga
  12. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    Christian Lealiifano has greatly improved since the opening few rounds and is probably playing better than his other young contemporaries - Quade Cooper, Kurtley Beale etc.

    He's still making a few too many unforced errors though...

    I'm also greatly impressed with Mitchell Chapman's performances in the last two Brumbies' matches... he's been extraordinary in the lineout and has made some great bursts...

    Personally, I don't think Australia's lock/backrowers have been putting in consistently good performances this year...

    Mumm is probably the best of the bunch right now... Mowen has put in a couple of good performances... Chisholm started strong and went into his shell (now out for the rest of the season)... Higginbotham started great but has too many brainsnaps... Horwill has only just returned from injury... Kimlin was explosive off the bench for the Brumbies at the start of the season but has also put in some quieter performances of late... McMeniman has always been overrated...
  13. Flux

    Flux Guest

    I can't say that I've actually watched much rugby that hasn't involved the Hurricanes this year. So I guess my picks will be limited to them.

    - Conrad Smith
    - Alby Mathewson
    - Tamati Ellison
  14. Charles

    Charles Guest

    The Crusaders have this young lock that looks very promising, Isaac Ross I think ?
  15. Flux

    Flux Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Charles @ Apr 8 2009, 09:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Yeah, that'd be the one.
  16. QLD

    QLD Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Fushitsusha @ Apr 7 2009, 06:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    What he said. Unfortunetly A and B will occur.
  17. Tomsey

    Tomsey Guest

    JAMES O'CONNOR!!!!!!
  18. Woldog

    Woldog Guest

    Reds: Digby Ioane and Scott Higgenbottham.
    Tahs: Phil Waugh (for that hit on McLinden)
    Force: Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau.
    Brumbies: Adam Ashley-Cooper, George Smith.
  19. Jer1cho, i hope you were joking about Steyn, he's been absoloutely awful.

    The best players have been.

    Conrad Smith
  20. hpcillie

    hpcillie Guest

    Lue Watson
    Pierre Spies
    Stafan Terblanche
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