Top XV

The 'Boks are back and Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! It's the RWC Team of the Week

A great bunch of lads.

AFTER EVERY BUNCH of Rugby World Cup games we’ll attempt to pick out the players that really shone through, be it out in the open or from the bottom of a ruck.

Where possible, we try to pick players in the positions they played. However, sometimes you just have to wedge the form men in however you can – within reason, we’re not sticking Paulie on the wing or anything.

Here’s our best XV of the weekend (you’ll find the finest players of the midweek matches here).

1. South Africa’s Tendai Mtawarira

He’s in there somewhere.

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South Africa are back on track and the front row laid the foundation against the Scots.

2. South Africa’s Bismarck du Plessis

The Springboks major strength is their line-out and with Bismarck in form, they can challenge and beat anybody in this tournament.

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3. Australia’s Sekope Kepu

Despite the protests of our resident scrum doctor, Neil Tracey, we’re including the Wallaby tight-head on a rare night on top for the green and gold scrum.

Aside from dominating (at least appearing to dominate) Joe Marler he was again good in the loose and never better than offering up this back-hand offload in the lead-up to the opening try.


4. Ireland’s Iain Henderson

Didn’t get caught in the malaise his team-mates suffered and put in another huge effort full of power and energy.

5. England’s Joe Launchbury

The last thing he wanted was man of the match in Twickenham, but managed to put in a formidable display in an effort to turn the tide and make a game of a contest that should have been over at half-time.

6. Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony

Try-saving tackles, line-out steals to set up Ireland’s only try and a yellow card that summed up the mood of a nation as it was borne out of sheer annoyance. Top man, top class.


7. Namibia’s Jacques Burger

Two tries and a superhuman effort to help Namibia compete with serious Test nations

8. Australia’s David Pocock

There is simply no better breakdown technician. Another performance that proved the once-ridiculed Wallabies can win the World Cup.

9. South Africa’s Fourie du Preez

Never sat on his heels to enjoy the pack’s dominance, his attitude shines through as he demands more and more from his back before inviting his backs to power in.

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10. Australia’s Bernard Foley

Calling him the ‘Ice Man’ is just ridiculous, but he held his nerve in front of goal and ensured nobody could question his selection over Quade Cooper.

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His two tries were gorgeous, even Jonathan Sexton-esque, a strike-runner to be feared in a team blessed with playmakers.

11. Australia’s Kurtley Beale

The best of the Wallaby back three, called off the bench early for Rob Horne and showed he had his homework done. Terrific hands to set up the above Foley try.

12. Australia’s  Matt Giteau

Hitting his imperious ‘Toulon form’ now. Just a class act every time he gets near the ball and a produced a glorious finish with his late sprint to the corner.

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13. France’s Wesley Fofana

In ominously good form now. Another try and finding his rhythm with that elusive running style that must have Joe Schmidt praying for Jared Payne’s toe.

14. Argentina’s Santiago Cordero

Simply electric pace to worry any defence. Once Tonga were rocked with the opening try, he made it a double-tap with a searing break from deep to set up Juan Imhoff’s finish.


15. Argentina’ s Joaquin Tuculet

The Pumas are thrilling to watch in broken play these days and Tuculet is central factor to that. If he makes Diego dance, who are we to argue?

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