Fitting end to a great player Read more

Fitting end to a great player

Plaudits started flowing for Brian O’Driscoll, minutes after he played his last match – the world’s most capped international finishing as a champion. Ireland held on to beat France 22-20 to win the Six Nations title and give a fairytale ending to the career of O’Driscoll in a gripping climax to the 2014 Championship. O’Driscoll, […]

S15: Cell C Sharks 35, Reds 20 Read more

S15: Cell C Sharks 35, Reds 20

The Sharks have won six of eight Super Rugby clashes against the Reds. They won the first three before losing the fourth clash and this pattern has been repeated in their last four meetings. However, that trend could change, as the reds’ two key playmakers – Will Genia and Quade Cooper appear to have regained […]

S15: Lions 39, Blues 36 Read more

S15: Lions 39, Blues 36

If it is true, as the adage states, that it starts up front, then the Lions have a big advantage. Their set pieces and kicking game have been among the most effective in the competition. The Blues, in contrast, are among the worst. The Blues’ scrum success rate (57 percent) is certainly the worst in […]

Six Nations: France 20, Ireland 22 Read more

Six Nations: France 20, Ireland 22

Gauls against Gaels. It is the last of 2014’s Six Nations matches and Paris will certainly be the focus of attention. By then England will have played – and probably beaten – Italy. Unusually, they will be backing France with great fervour. If it is a victory for France or, better still, the third draw […]

S15: Brumbies 28, Waratahs 23 Read more

S15: Brumbies 28, Waratahs 23

Brumbies Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher put it in a nutshell when he said: “There’s a lot at stake, both teams need a win here against an Australian rival.” Waratahs coach Michael Cheika also shared some wise words with the media this week when he suggested the game could be so close that it will […]

S15: Highlanders 28, Force 31 Read more

S15: Highlanders 28, Force 31

The Western Force’s in-form No.8 Ben McCalman feels his team needs to repeat last week’s fast start if they want to stay on the winning track. After going down to the Waratahs and Brumbies, because of slow starts, they blitzed the Rebels in the first half last week and walked away with a 32-7 triumph […]

S15: Hurricanes 60, Toyota Cheetahs 27 Read more

S15: Hurricanes 60, Toyota Cheetahs 27

The Hurricanes got their first win of the season as they hammered the Cheetahs 60-27 in an open encounter in Wellington on Saturday. Both teams are known for their attacking prowess and they did not disappoint as 12 tries were scored in Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith’s 100th Super Rugby game. The Hurricanes took a much-needed […]