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2013 Super Rugby Round 19 Review

July 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

First, congratulations to the Cheetahs for making the playoffs for the first time. The log leaders, on the other hand, did their best to allow the other contenders in with a chance to grab the lead with the Chiefs succeeding.

And it is back to the drawing board for the Wallabies after the thumping they got from the B&I Lions.

My Superbru:

Super Rugby:
Last week: 3/5
Overall: 73/113
Percentage: 64.60%

B&I Lions Tour:
Last week: 1/1
Overall: 8/10
Percentage: 80.00%

Crusaders v Chiefs – 43-15

Watching the match I couldn’t believe that this was a match between the log leaders (and current champions) and a contender, the Chiefs were outplayed in every facet of the game. Even though they only needed a bonus point, which they didn’t get, to end top of the Kiwi log, they played like a team resting their players before the big match. Well, they have lost their top of the log position to the Bulls and they can only hope the Stormers will do them a favour next week.

The Crusaders, on the other hand, seem to be peaking at the right time. As one of only two teams to win the competition without the benefit om home semis or finals one cannot write off their chances to go all the way.

Hurricanes v Highlanders – 44-49

I didn’t watch the match, only followed some of the text reporting, but at one stage it looked as if the Clan was going to run away with the game leading 32-13 at half time. Good fight back by the Canes in a match where the only relevance was whether the Clan would stay at the bottom of the log. They don’t.

Cheetahs v Blues – 34-13

A much better perfomance by the Cheetahs’ forwards gave their back some ball to play with even though Willie le Roux had another off week and Raymond Ruhle continues to struggle. A solid kicking game by True Blue. A bit of a jittery performance overall by the Cheetahs as they left a number of opportunities to score on the table. Lying 6th on the log at the moment they can still end 5th if the Reds lose without a bonus point next week and they will have to wait till next week to see who and where they play their next match.

Southern Kings v Stormers – 12-24

A gutsy defensive perfomance by the Kings against a Stormers side that tried to score tries, without much success at first. The Stormers ignored numerous kickable penalties in an effort to run in tries but poor lineout throws and a resolute defence denied them until late in the first half and in the end the Kings were left stranded at the bottom of the log. The Stormers can probably get an A for effort on attack but a D for execution.

Watching the game, and given the Golden Lions results in recent preparation matches, the contest between the Kings and the Lions in the knockouts will be the Kings defence vs the Lions attack, an interesting prospect to look forward to.

Bulls v Sharks – 20-19

Where was this Sharks team for the rest of the season? And I am not talking about returned players but about the spirit and effort they played with? A very good performance marred by poor discipline by Butch James and poor goal kicking by Pat Lambie. Is he trying to play himself out of the Bok squad? Morne the Metronome was his normal dependable self and the Bulls looked like they are in a good space at the moment, ticking over without making too many mistakes.

Australia v British & Irish Lions – 16-41

The Aussies have problems before the start of the Rugby Championships in a months time. They looked fairly clueless against a well drilled B&I Lions team. Congrats to the B&I Lions on the series win.

Blue Bulls v Golden Lions – 12-50

I really expected more resistance from the Junior Blue Boks. With 14 SA u/20 players from recent years and more than 500 first class caps amongst the rest they were, by all reports, comprehensively outplayed in the set pieces, at the breakdowns and at the back, on defence and on attack. And well done to JC Janse van Rensburg for teaching another wannabe prop, Marcel van der Merwe, a scrumming lesson.

There are less than three weeks to go before the first knockout match between the Kings and the Lions and both teams have one match left to play. Time will tell whether the Lions preparation programme was a success.

3 responses to 2013 Super Rugby Round 19 Review

  1. I’m really chuffed that the cheetahs made it. I hope that they can at least go further one more round. Their season is already a huge success, anything more will be the cherry on top.

    Stormers Kings game was poor in my opinion. I see deon fourie said aferwards he thinks the Kings will play super rugby again next year.. I’m disliking the Stormers even more now.. They’ve dropped below the bulls on my “favourites” list now! Only 1 spot above the queens. LOL

    As for the promotion relegation matches. I hope the Lions have a plan B, in case they cant penetrate the Kings defence. If they dont, they might be in for a tough time. They’ll also have to sharpen up their defence. The only way I see the queens beating the lions is off turnover ball, if we attack and cant get through, they steal the ball and run it through under our posts.. I hope they prove me wrong!

  2. Bulls butchered a few chances they created. Had Lambie kicked his goals that would have cost us dearly. Butch had a good game until his brain-fart. That tackle was ridiculous; a flying clothes-line like in WWE only not fake! Stormers game will be tough this weekend, but the Bulls will hopefully do enough to ensure their spot.

    I think 3 teams can beat the Bulls at Loftus: Stormers, Sharks and Crusaders. Only one is in the playoffs, and they have not beaten the Bulls at home during that part of the season yet!

    Good luck to the Cheetahs – I hope you get through the first round and into the semi finals!

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