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*******ruggachick****/ RUGBY: SUPER 14 2010 Highlights Week 1 Sharks vs Crusaders We kicked off the weekend with the Sharks and the Crusaders. All Blacks Captain Richie Macaw makes his return to the Crusaders, whilst the Sharks Captain John Smith spent most of his time in the blood bin. It went all wrong for the Sharks! A high tackle on Carter landed them in trouble and Dan just punished them with his famous boot, claiming the Win for the Crusaders. Stormers vs Brumbies At Newlands the Stormers seemed to go of their rails a bit by not sticking to their game plan. They played badly and all those knock on’s and dropped passes cost them the game. Pietersen and Giteau had a good kicking contest, but with Giteau dominating and the adding try from Smith clinched the victory for the Brumbies . Hurricanes vs Lions Oh no the Lions could’t succeed again they were simply outplayed and outscored by the Hurricanes in Wellington. The Hurricanes picked up a yellow card though, but it didn’t stop them to ease past the Lions and walk away with a win and a bonus point. Reds vs Blues The Reds just couldn’t make it two in a row. Their new “free” playing style just wasn’t good enough to hold off the Blues. Stehpen Brett had a fantastic game, but in the end the late try from Wulf sealed the deal for the Blues. Force vs Chiefs It’s was interesting to see what the Chiefs would come up with after all those yellow cards last week, but No worries the Chiefs are on a roll, smashing the Force in Perth. The Force on the other hand are in trouble, suffering their third straight loss! Cheetahs vs Highlanders The Ceetahs struggled to get a back to back win. In Bloemfontein the Highlanders brought them a game and with both teams scoring some excellent tries, the Highlanders walk away with the win. Bulls vs Waratahs The last game of the weekend was at Loftus and the atmosphere in the stadium was electric. The home side was caught of side with the Waratahs scoring two quick tries in the first 10 min. The Bulls had the home crowd behind them and managed to bounce back picking up 4 tries and yet another bonus point. They are quite unstoppable as they cling on to that top spot of log. I was at Loftus and caught up with a proud Blue Bull fan.
1 Mar 2010
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*******ruggachick****/RUGBY: SUPER 14 2010 review Round 9 WOW what an exciting round 9! We had a feast of make or break games, yeah I am talking about great rugby action. Bulls 33 vs Chiefs 19 We kicked off with the defending champions proving why they are currently holding on to that cup winning the Chiefs for the 1st time ever in Hamilton. This was truly a re-match of the final last season ...and it was a hard battle. The Chiefs overpowered the Bulls, but the Bulls fought back with 4 tries, Fourie du preez would however argue 5 tries ?? OH and Thankfully Morne’s boot made up for his moment of embarrassment. Force 41 vs Highlanders 27 After David Hill kicked the Force to victory last weekend he has earned a good reputation in the australian camp, now known as “the big general”. Seems like all the Force needed was a a bit of confidence because this weekend they showed everyone that they can play brilliant rugby by picking up 6 tries. The Highlanders just didn’t know what hit them, maybe a bye will do them good. Stormers 33 vs Blues 21 The Blues were thriving on their confidence after their big win last weekend and the stormers proved that they have some back bone, stepping up to the challenge. The Stormers had a huge advantage with early tries, whilst it took the Blues a hell of a long time to get into the game and then they sulked because they didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that were handed to them, shame. The Stormers are back on recovery route, doing it in style. I think they had one hell of a shock with a loss to the Force. Crusaders 20 vs Waratahs 13 The Crusaders fired up against the Tahs and everyone expected a tuff game. Headline’s claimed the game was a bruising battle, I thought it was incredible and a classic physical battle between the teams. Dan Carter recovered from his crap performance last week and The Triple C phenomenon (cutaway) were on full display as Carter kicked himself into the history books yet again. This time for becoming the leading points scorer in Super Rugby History. The Tahs who were thriving on top of the log last weekend were the victims of a defeat this weekend, again proving the unpredictability of super 14 rugby. Brumbies 61 vs Cheetahs 15 The brumbies crushed the Cheetahs with 9 tries securing their 1st bonus point victory! It’s sad to say that the cheetahs played without their captain again, condolences to captain Juan Smith and his family Reds vs Lions I was at Ellis Park to watch the last game between the Lions and the Reds. With a bye in the pocket one would expect the lions to have some more life and energy. The Reds scored 4 tries in the first 20 min and with that the Reds clinched yet another one making it 3 victories on tour as they head back home this week. I’ll give the Lions some credit on their 4 tries, at least they got a bonus point, but still winless after 9 rounds!!
12 Apr 2010
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