By this time in the competition last year, the top 6 were pretty much set with about 8 teams still in the running for the top 6 spots. More or less the same could be said of prior years, with the top teams in the competition being relatively clear between three or four contenders. This year though, its a little bit different. Ask me last year this time who will be the champions, I would have said its gonna be between the Chiefs, Stormers and Crusaders. Ask me now? Well, it can be anyone from the Brumbies, Reds, Crusaders, Chiefs, Bulls, Sharks, Stormers even the Cheetahs. Fact is, the playing field is so level this year, the only certain thing is that the Force, Rebel, Kings and Highlanders will not be making the playoffs. All the other sides are still in with a chance.
I wonder though if this isn’t another symptom of the most idiotic system ever developed by Sanzar? With professional Rugby players playing physically the thoughest and most demanding rugby on this planet week after week, with little or no time to recover and rehabilitate, it is no wonder that several teams are struggling with many injuries, and that Springbok players like JP Petersen, Bryan Habana, Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Juandre Kruger, to honestly name but a few, are looking to Japan and France where conditions are much more favorable to the player to prolong their careers. Read the rest of this entry →