March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized
A week without surprises, how boring? If that is all you were hoping for than, yes, how boring. But if you were hoping for good quality rugby played by the real future of SA rugby (not the Vodacom Cup, which was the supposed breeding ground of SA rugby), then you certainly got it.
Maties showed real quality with the ball inhand as well as on defence. The previous week it was a real nailbiter when the two teams played to a draw but this week Maties showed that they are a tough nut to crack on their home ground. They quickly wrapped up three tries in the first quater of the game and UJ had to play catch up for the next 60minutes.
I enjoyed watching the rugby played by the exciting youngsters from Maties but was frustrated by the weak refereeing. Both games, in my opinion was poorly refed. The Tuks-Pukke game was an even worst desplay of refereeing and especially the TMO.
Now before I go on about the TMO, first my analysis of the game. At one stage i felt Pukke could take Tuks. They seemed to have an edge in the first quater of the game but i think when the adrenaline ran out so dit their puff. Once Tuks turned on the heat they took it away from Pukke. Tuks scored some great tries and their backline looks very dangerous.
I thought the level of refereeing in the two semis was poor, average at best. The Pukke forward pass which led to a really good peace of individualism and try, was very forward. How does a ref miss that one? Nobody else did. There were some other calls at the breakdown and scrums in both matches which i think was not equally blow and very inconsistant. At one stage the UJ captain almost lost it when he questioned the referee for another penalty at the breakdown. But the worst decision was the TMO of the Tuks-Pukke game. The question was try or no try, not give me a reason not to award the try. In other words, we need conclusive evidence that a try was scored. He then says that he can give no conclusive evidence that the try was scored before the player was tackled out of the field, the ref may award the try. Thats wrong mr veldsman! Like my teachers use to tell me ‘listen to the question’.
The final on the 9th of April is going to be a humdinger. Tuks, second year in a row in the finals, and three time champions Maties, are definitely the top two teams in the competition. Maties have only drawn one game this year, no losses. Tuks have only lost to Maties but that was in Stellenbosch. So they will think themselves the favourites going into the final as hosts for the second year running.
The Varsity Shield has also come to an end with the final between last year’s champions CUT and Wits will be played next week at CUT. I think that the top log team is automatically promoted. Not sure, but if it is CUT will join the Varsity Cup. They will hopefully put up more of a fight that the TUT Vikings. And Wits will try to bump UCT out of the Varsity Cup. I really dont think Wits will be able to bring the mighty UCT down, regardless of the UCT’s poor season. On the other hand if its the winner of the Shield and not log leaders and Wits somehow beats CUT, the UCT-CUT game could be a close one. Next year could see Wits and CUT in the Varsity Cup, unlikely but possible.