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Super Rugby Nabetragting – Teams struggle with continuity

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Halfway through the competition but not really a weekend most will remember.

If we are really honest then we can maybe look at the Chiefs v Lions game as the only game really standing out. The rest was frustrating to watch, with just too many mistakes.

Maybe SANZAAR must give all teams a break in the future on Easter Weekend.

From a South African perspective we have the Lions as the only team that shown some light in a very dark weekend, and that was only just.

Inconsistency by all our teams involved in the weekend with the fact that they struggle to do the basics right must be a huge worry at this stage.

After ten rounds of Super Rugby one would expect teams to be playing with structure but if you look at the past few weekends you would say they started only a week ago to play together.

Injuries can also not be given as a excuse, teams have a squad of players who have all been together for more than 10 weeks and at this level we should not see this low standard of performances.

 

Here is the weekend Results:

FRIDAY 19 APRIL 2019

FT CHIEFS Chiefs 17 23 Lions LIONS Report
FT SUNWOLVES Sunwolves 23 29 Hurricanes HURRICANES Report
FT SHARKS Sharks 14 21 Reds REDS Report

SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2019

FT HIGHLANDERS Highlanders 24 12 Blues BLUES Report
FT NSW WARATAHS NSW Waratahs 23 20 Rebels REBELS Report
FT STORMERS Stormers 17 19 Brumbies BRUMBIES Report

 

Chiefs Chiefs  17  23 Lions Lions

The Lions had to bounce back and they did just that on Friday when they took on the Chiefs.

It was a game of two halves and the Lions was able to keep a onslaught from the Chiefs at bay in the final 10 minutes of the game to take a much needed win.

A lot of stories in the background did not help when their coach had to return to South Africa.

The one that that did go for the Lions was that they had their captain Warren Whiteley back in the game which made an immediate and visible impact.

The Lions are for sure a different team when he is on the park.

It was not all sunshine and roses but they way that they kept the Chiefs out of the game in that first half was impressive and the combination of Gianni Lombard at ten and Elton Jantjies was great but unfortunately Lombard had to go off with due to an injury.

The man of the match for the Lions must be Sadie who were absolutely brilliant throughout the game.

The young man has become a player which everybody has taken notice off.

The Chiefs just do not look the same team without Mckenzie and believe they gonna struggle to keep up in the second half of the season.

Next week the Lions play the Crusaders, which is a huge ask for this team.

Sunwolves Sunwolves 23   29 Hurricanes Hurricanes

As it has been the norm this season, the Sunwolves gave the Hurricanes a huge scare on Saturday.

They totally outplayed the Hurricanes in that first half and were looking to produced yet another upset. It took the Hurricanes to dig deep in the second half to comeback and take the win.

A 23-10 was never a winning first half scoreline against the Hurricanes but it was a handy lead which the Sunwolves let it slipped in that second half.

One can only describe the Sunwolves second half as sloppy. Although they were still threatening the Hurricanes throughout the half they just made too many mistakes.

The Hurricanes will be very pleased with the result specially because they rested a few of their star players as well.

Next up for the Hurricanes is the Chiefs and the Sunwolves host the Highlanders.

Sharks Sharks  14  21 Reds Reds

Another weekend in Durban and another poor display by the Sharks.

The Sharks came off a humiliation against the Jaguares the previous week and could not turn it around against the Reds on Friday.

After ten rounds of rugby supporters are now screaming even harder why coach Robert Du Preez will not drop his namesake and son to give Curwin Bosch the opportunity at flyhalf?

Du Preez has been part of the problem in the Sharks backline with poor performances week in and week out.

To be honest the Sharks captain Louis Schreuder have been below par as well. With a struggling halfback pair the Sharks have been unable to give ball to their dangerous backs.

Upfront the Sharks have also been struggling all season which did not help. They look like a bunch of individuals playing in a team sport.

The biggest frustration has been again the poor basic errors by the team. It has become a trademark of there play for some time.

With such a bunch of talented players in a squad the next questions will be if Robert Du Preez still has his dressing room.

This week the Sharks travel to Australia to face the Waratahs and the Reds will enjoy a bye.

Highlanders Highlanders 24   12 Blues

In a game that promised so much delivered not so much when the Highlanders beat the Blues at home on Saturday.

The Blues came out strong and showed us again the huge improvement they have made as a team this year but mistakes cost them.

The scrambling defence from the Highlanders were brilliant throughout the game and kept the Blues out for most of that first ten minutes.

54 Tackles in the first ten minuets just shows how much that defence helped the home side in the end.

When New Zealand teams play each other it is normally small margins and the little things that makes the difference between winning and loosing, and the Highlanders done just that with their defence.

The game lost a bit off it’s flair with the mistakes from both sides.

This week the Highlanders travel to face the Sunwolves and the Blues gets a bye.

NSW Waratahs Waratahs  23 20  Rebels Rebels

What was suppose to be a high quality top of the table clash in the Aussie conference was just another frustrating poor quality match.

The game just did not every get going with mistakes throughout the game. It was difficult to watch and it should be a big worry for Cheika the way his top two teams are playing the past few weekends.

As with the Sharks a the moment both sides just made too many basics errors and the way they play now will not be a treat to the top teams in the competition.

At the end the Waratahs huge the opportunities in the second half better to come from behind and take the win.

The Rebels has a bye this week and the Waratahs will host the struggling Sharks.

Stormers Stormers  17 19  Brumbies Brumbies

The last game of the weekend was a summary off the poor performances throughout the weekend.

The Stormers have only themselves to blame for again not taking all their possession and territory and turn into points.

For a team to dominate so much and still loose the game points to basics in the team failing.

The Brumbies were great in defence although the referee allow them throughout the game to disrupt and slow down the Stormers ball when they were in the red zone.

Kickable penalties were not taken by the Stormers and they will have to re-look at their game management when things do not go you way on the day.

Disruptions with injuries also did not help but that was not reason for the Stormers loss.

It was a huge disappointment after a great win against the Rebels the previous week.

This week the Bulls are coming to town and it will take a huge effort for this team to beat the Bulls even if they are playing at Newlands.

Here is next weeks fixtures:

Here is the current log standings:

PosTeamPWLDPts
116102353
216123152
316115051
416106048
51686241
61678137
71667336
81677236

 

 

 

 

 

 

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