Pierre Schoeman had a blinder against the Jaguares in Round 8, but it was the Raters who must have been having difficulty seeing clearly as they booted the Bulls prop out of the Stats XV!
It’s a sad day when a loosehead prop isn’t recognised for making 12 tackles (five of which were dominant hits), steaming onto nine passes for a healthy 42 metres run, and ripping off three perfect passes! And let’s not forget that he got one up on the Jaguares’ scrum maestros!
Nope, the Raters were having none of that. They punked Schoeman with a 4.6 grade and the Moegoe of the Week award, and replaced him in the Stats XV with Lions loosehead Jacques van Rooyen (6.4).
Let’s hope this situation doesn’t encourage the tubby vocalist to break into song again…
Schoeman was one of four changes to our all-star lineup as fellow Bulls tight forward Lood de Jager (5.3) had to hand over the No 5 jersey to Lions counterpart Franco Mostert (7.0), Stormers midfielder Dan du Plessis (5.3) was hauled off the bus to accommodate Lions hammer Harold Vorster (6.3), and Cheetahs flyer Raymond Rhule did just enough to spoil a Stats XV debut for Kings winger Makasole Mapimpi (6.3).
The two unanimous selections were Bulls fullback Jesse Kriel (6.0) and Lions blindside barge Ruan Ackermann (7.0).
15 – Jesse Kriel (Bulls)
Attack: 7 carries, 132 metres run, good passes 4/5
Defence: 10 tackles, 1 missed tackle, 91% completion, 1 dominant tackle
Kicks: 1 kick from hand, 21 kicking metres
Errors: 1 handling error
12 – Dan du Plessis (Stormers)
Attack: 2 carries, 30 metres run, good passes 3/4
Defence: 11 tackles, 100% completion, 3 dominant tackles, 2 turnover tackles, 1 turnover won
11 – Makasole Mapimpi (Kings)
Attack: 10 points, 2 tries, 12 carries, 202 metres run, good passes 4/4, 1 tackle break, 3 linebreaks
Defence: 3 tackles, 2 missed tackles, 60% completion
Kicks: 1 kick from hand, 11 kicking metres
7 – Ruan Ackermann (Lions)
Attack: 13 carries, 41 metres run, good passes 1/2, 1 offload
Defence: 10 tackles, 1 missed tackle, 91% completion, 2 dominant tackles, 2 turnovers won
Error: 1 penalty conceded
First Phase: 2 lineouts won
5 – Lood de Jager (Bulls)
Attack: 5 points, 1 try, 6 carries, 30 metres run, good passes 4/6, 1 linebreak
Defence: 11 tackles, 2 missed tackles, 85% completion, 5 dominant tackles
Error: 2 handling errors
First Phase: 8 lineouts won
1 – Pierre Schoeman (Bulls)
Attack: 9 carries, 42 metres run, good passes 3/3
Defence: 12 tackles, 100% completion, 5 dominant tackles
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