1) Coenie Oosthuizen – worst haircut, but the kid can play. Still attracting penalties but less for scrums and more for being over the ball burrowing away.
2) Craig Burden – Bissie is kicking back in Durban smiling as Burden revels in his chance to step up to the plate. A wing who’s now a hooker? Only in South Africa.
3) WP Nel – great scrumming power and loose play from the lesser known of the Cheetahs props.
4) Steven Sykes – well played the whole afternoon, capped off with a try to follow on from a massive midfield break.
5) Juandre Kruger – This guy keeps on getting better and better.
6) CJ Stander – grind work, flash work, scoring tries. I’d play him before Stegmann 7 days a week.
7) Josh Strauss – the forefront of a flagging team. Still a magnificent player.
8) Duane Vermeulen – warrior, tackler, smasher of beautiful things, like other people’s faces.
9) Francois Hougaard – how flippen good was that try where he took the contact 5m out and got pushed over by a supporting player, while the defender had his head locked in a vice grip?
10) Pat Lambie – How the Sharks missed the kid’s spark. Grant, Lambie and Goosen all take it to the line with regularity, only him and the Grey Goose break that line.Kicking can be coached, just look at James O’Connor, but taking the ball to the advantage line and then breaking through a set defense? That’s special.
11) Bryan Habana – back to his best form
12) Jean de Villiers – ruled the mid-field and forced unflappable Dan Carter into a mistake
13) Juan de Jongh – brilliant opportunistic try, back to his best. He really reminds me of Adam Ashley-Cooper in his cool-headed execution of exactly what he needs to do at that precise moment.
14) Willie le Roux – I can’t hand it to another wing in the SA teams, so it was between le Roux and Mvovo. The others were at best equal parts good and bad.
15) Joe Pieterson – class, that is all