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Monday, April 18, 2011

Super Rugby Round 9 Team of the Round - Where Are The Crusaders?




Is in the Super Rugby Team of the Round

Sonny Bill Williams missed selection for the first time in ages.
The Super Rugby Team 9 Team of the Round on http://www.testrugby.com/ has some notable omissions with no Crusaders despite them winning another match impressively against the Chiefs.  Their usual brigade of point scorers including Robbie Fruean, Sonny Bill Williams and Israel Dagg, were outshone by some lesser lights who played in high scoring matches.  There is nothing like an 11 try thriller in South Africa and some other high scoring matches to throw the cat amongst the pigeons.  On a personal note, my halves were disappointing with Peter Grant not playing (but the Stormers were named late), while Colin Slade went off after scoring only 10 (http://www.testrugby.com/ points), how did you go? 

There are some real newbies to this side, with only Andries Bekker, Adam Thomson, Quade Cooper, Sarel Pretorius, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell being regular high points scorers.  It was only a matter of time before Schalk Burger made this team, while John Afoa did well to make the team from prop.  There were some absolutely left field players to make this team courtesy of their team scoring plenty of tries like Siale Piutau, Andre Taylor, Luke Morahan,

The Super Rugby Team of the Round by country
New Zealand 4
Australia 5
South Africa 4

By team
Reds 3
Highlanders 2
Stormers 2

Cheetahs 2
Hurricanes 1
Blues 1
Brumbies 1
Waratahs 1



Rank Player Name Pos Team Games Total Avg Price
1 John Afoa FR BLU 1 390 390 $705,000


2 Adriaan Strauss FR CHE 1 280 280 $922,500

1 Radike Samo LK RED 1 380 380 $955,000


2 Andries Bekker LK STM 1 370 370 $1,165,000

1 Adam Thomson LF HGH 1 535 535 $1,445,000


2 Schalk Burger LF STM 1 390 390 $1,055,000

1 Quade Cooper HV RED 1 635 635 $1,325,000


2 Sarel Pretorius HV CHE 1 635 635 $840,000

1 Siale Piutau CT HGH 1 540 540 $515,000


2 Matt Giteau CT BRM 1 535 535 $1,195,000

1 Drew Mitchell OB WAR 1 650 650 $1,207,500


2 Luke Morahan OB RED 1 545 545 $677,500

3 Andre Taylor OB HUR 1 545 545 $625,000

What did you think of the Super Rugby Round 9 Team of the Round?