Super Rugby Preview 2013 Archive

Round 16 you say? Only 4 rounds before the play-offs, you say? The Cheetahs are lying 4th on the log, you say? You shut your mouth! I know right? Cray cray to the max and no mistake! Last week’s action dished up a mix of Test match style Kiwi and SA derbies; a grind it out in SHITake conditions, old school victory in Auckland; a satisfying comeback win with an inexperienced side at Newlands and the Force vs the Highlanders. My team of the week goes to the Chiefs who outplayed a very good Crusaders side with patience, accurate kicking, clever attack and solid defence. They are going to be incredibly hard to beat if they get a home semi and final, just sayin. Before we look ahead to this week, here is an update on the punishment dished out by SANZAR to Graham Henry for insulting the assistant refs, calling the TMO blind and saying a couple of the calls were ‘Bullsh*t’ at a press conference. He has been told to apologise. Er…what? Publicly. Oh ok, wait… what? That’s right, tell an assistant on the side lines he should go back to club rugby, $25,000 fine. Tell the rugby [&hellip

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So round 13 is done and dusted and good riddance I say. Almost all of the games bar the Kings vs Highlanders, were littered with poor handling, sketchy decision making, school boy ball control and a large dollop of SHITake kicking for good measure. The ‘box’-kick’. Oh how I hate you. Ban it! I say. Unfortunately,  our SA teams seem to default to it after a couple of phases, regardless. Siiigh. Too much rugby could well explain the dip in form mid-season, with coaches trying to get their sides to peak for the play-offs. It is obvious to all (except the IRB) that the rugby season is too long and in an interesting development, the NZRPA (New Zealand Rugby Players Association) has said that they may consider a player strike unless they are finally granted an integrated international season. This would mean a later start to the season and 16 weeks off, instead of the current 8. In order to do so, they would have to do away with the break in Super Rugby for the June Internationals. Interesting times indeed. Back to Super Rugby now and my team of the week is the Kings, who came back incredibly well [&hellip

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Cray cray weekend in Super Rugby and no mistake! Reds beating Chiefs, Kings beating Rebels, Force beating Crusaders, some would even call the Stormers win over the Sharks an upset. What the HELLsinki guys? Massive Superbru Fail. Give it up for the underdogs I say. Results like these certainly keeps things interesting and proves once again that any of these sides can beat each other on any given day, except the Highlanders of course. Buuuuurn. My team of the week goes (reluctantly) to the Reds. I love to hate this side but credit to them for out playing the top kiwi side in a powerful and skillful display away from home. Speaking of Aussie sides, their record over the NZ sides this year reads: Played 7, won 6. Whaaat?! I know right! Strange but true and a possible sign of the apocalypse. Moving on to this week and only 6 games flying your way straight out of the SANZAR super cannon of rugby love. Don’t worry though with last week’s results all 6 should be sheer fried quality match ups. Let’s Gareth Delve deeper in. Super Rugby round 10, Fri 19 April 2013 Hurricanes vs Force Usually this would be [&hellip

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Four crrrritical games ahead… well only two are really critical, to be honest. I am sure the Crusaders are not losing much sleep over the Force and the although Rebels vs Kings game may well be the first game the Kings win overseas, it is the two SA derbies that should be cracka-lackas with fried awesome sauce on the side. So, let’s settle down, get a round in and chill right out as we look ahead to this Saturday’s all day drinking rugby action adventures. Super Rugby Round 9, saturday 13th of April 2013 Rebels vs Kings The Kings would have targeted this game as their best chance of an overseas win but after last week’s draw with the Brumbies, may even consider themselves firm favourites. Their captain recently said the win had given them the belief and confidence that they can beat any team. hmmm. Any team? This is what Jennifer Lawrence had to say… The Rebels will be feeling much better about themselves after last week’s win over the Force and especially stoked over the performance of new kiwi wing, Jason Woodward. They play far better in Melbourne and by that I mean they win there every now [&hellip

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“I only got one result wrong from last weeks’ predictions” “Whaaat nicely done, well-played” “Thanks, it was nothing really” “Don’t be so humble you are basically firetucking awesome” “Stop it” “I am serious, you rock and are incredibly good-looking” “You are too. We should mate, I mean date”. “Yesss” That may or may not be a conversation I had with a super hot model…. Ok I didn’t have it with a model… or even with a girl… or at all… geez, I need to get out more. A few cracka lacking games this past weekend and although I would love to comment on all of them, I seem to have picked up a serious case of man flu, which is like the Ebola virus mixed with Malaria and Measles, so I am going to cut this post short before I bleed to death from the inside. Team of the week: Stormers. Special mention: Sharks and Crusaders. Douchebag of the week: Kurtley brawler Beale, for punching his own team mates… class shown. Super Rugby round 7, Friday 29 March 2013 Highlanders vs Reds The Highlanders once again played some solid rugga only to be on the losing side again. Can they [&hellip

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“Suuuuuper Rugby… saaaaay it with me” “No more waiiiting” “Hallelujah” “Enough with the singing already Gosh!” Good stuff. Well played, now hit the showers. This year Super Rugby starts even earlier but at least for the time being still only involves 15 teams. Whether or not and indeed when that will change is a matter for another day, for now let’s get into the swing of things with a casual glance at the South African conference to see who the favourites and not-so favourites are and why. The Kings Told late they are in Super Rugby,  only given one year to get it right and only allowed two foreign players in their squad.  Well done SARU, massive fail on all fronts. Monkeys could do your jobs, not even highly skilled monkeys, just ones trained not to throw poop at the journalists in media briefings. Do the Kings have a chance at not finishing at the bottom of the SA log? No. Are they capable of an upset at home against the Force? Maaaybe. Will at least half the teams in the tournament put over 50 points on them? Definitely

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