Monthly Archive:: June 2011

Massive congratulations to the 6 teams who have qualified for the play-offs. Extra special Maverick thumbs up to the Reds and Stormers for finishing at the top of the combined conference log. The reward of course being pants parties with cheerleaders the all important home semi final games. To avoid any confusion and to settle arguments with mates over who will play the Reds and Stormers respectively, here it is: the Reds will play the lowest ranked qualifier and the Stormers will play the highest ranked qualifier. So if by a miracle the Sharks do beat the Crusaders they will face the Reds and then with Shitake loads some luck, we may well have a Stormers vs Sharks final at Newlands in 2 weeks time… here’s hoping. Both games this weekend are in New Zealand which means no mid afternoon rugby games for us SA fans but if you are looking for something to watch, why not have a gander at the quality that is on display at Wimbledon and more specifically Wimbledon women’s tennis. You’re welcome. Onto the Supe Rugby ‘quarter-finals’ and what should be two excellent games in NZ. Blues vs Waratahs The Blues have had a mixed [&hellip

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Welcome to the final week of the round robin stages Supe Rugby! Well done to all and sundry for making it this far. I must admit, there were times I wasn’t sure I would but with a bit of luck, a can-do attitude and many many beers anything is possible. Let’s smash right into it with an elaborate swan dive of probably wrong possibly correct predictions… Blues vs Highlanders The Blues need this win to secure home ground advantage in the play-offs and although fairly inaccurate last week against the Crusaders will fancy their chances at home. The Highlanders welcome back Jimmy Kick the ball into your head Cowan for their last game of the season and will be keen to finish on a winning note but the Blues should clinch the closely fought derby. Venue: Eden Park, Auckland Kick-Off: 9:35am Prediction: Blues by less than

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With only 2 more rounds left there are still 8 teams with an outside chance of making the play-offs. The South African sides could end up with 3 teams in the top 6, with the Aussies only managing one. Hilarious! Of course the Waratahs could still sneak in at the expense of either the Sharks or Bulls so no matter what, do not miss the SA derby action adventures. On another note, don’t forget to wear your supporters jersey on Fridays, only 91 more days until the Rugby World Cup 2011. Quality. Western Force vs Reds The Force did the Waratahs a big favour last week by beating the Highlanders and are looking to finish their season with a flourish by taking down the Reds. The last time these teams played, the Reds snatched victory at the death and the Force will be desperate for some good ol fashioned revenge at home. The Reds looked fairly average last week in their loss to the Brumbies and will know that another slip up may cost them a home semi final. They will need their forwards to front up, especially at ruck time if they are to prevent ball stealer extraordinaire ex [&hellip

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A mixed bag of rugby clashes this week, with some must-win at all costs intermingled with some, who gives a flying firetrucks. If last week proves anything it’s that any team can beat any other team on the day, as shown by surprise victories to the Chiefs and Brumbies. Special Maverick thumbs up to Matt Giteau for opting to take a penalty shot at goals in the dying seconds and thus deny the Reds a bonus point. When asked for comment he may or may not have had this to say “There is no place for favours in this tournament. Greater good of Aussie Rugby be damned and such”.  Struth mate! Chiefs vs Hurricanes New Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has controversially excluded Ma’a Nonu and current captain Andrew Hore from next season’s squad, saying they are surplus to requirements. Interestingly both are included in this week’s starting 15. I am not sure I agree with his coaching methods but who am I to judge. The Chiefs are coming off a good victory over the Blues and the Canes recently beat a spirited Lions side, albeit with the aid of some forward passes and blind officiating. Unhappiness in the camp of [&hellip

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Only 3 more weeks until the play-offs and 8 teams are all still in with a chance. The Reds, Blues, Stormers and Crusaders all seem assured of their places but who knows what will happen with the other sides. Things may get crazy on us!! The Lions may even win 3 games on tour! Crazy!!! In other news, SANZAR, the guys who only have the profits to be made best interests of the game at heart are considering dropping the 4 points awarded for a bye next season. Duh. Why on earth this was ever thought to be a good idea is one of life’s mysteries. It’s like how Earl Rose continues to be chosen to play Super Rugby. No one will ever know. Hurricanes vs Lions The Lions have done very well on tour and are benefitting from Butch James in the squad. He has brought in some much-needed experience and Elton Jantjies, in particular has regained his confidence with James on his outside. Wikus Van heerden had one of his best games of the year last week and if the Lions take the Canes on up front, may well sneak a famous victory. The Hurricanes came back well [&hellip

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