News to use, and lose

February 9, 2011 14
Some news and information that does not deserve its own thread, but you might still find interesting. Back in the day I used to do a Wacky Wednesday column, basically pulling the piss out of everything and everyone in rugby, and reading some of the goings on in the rugby world at the moment, you…

‘Stormers will win Super 14’ – Botes

May 19, 2010 50
Sharks loose forward Jacques Botes predicts that the Stormers will win this year’s Super 14. Christo Buchner - Sport24 The standout player from the Sharks’ disappointing campaign believes the Bulls, who are the champions and tournament favourites, have lost momentum. Botes believes the Stormers will beat the Waratahs on Saturday, but is not so sure…

Forget the Bulls, look at the Chiefs!

May 13, 2010 22
JJ Harmse takes a tongue-in-cheek view over the media storm that surrounded the Bulls decision to pick their B-team for their final round-robin match. Sport24 It is understood the Sharks are furious with the Chiefs. The Waikato-based side has picked a below-strength team to play the Blues in Auckland on Saturday and with the home…

Bulls plan may backfire

May 13, 2010 9
Defending champions the Bulls added a note of intrigue to the final round of rugby's Super 14 by making 14 changes for their top-of-the-table match against the Stormers, possibly handing a win to their hard-pressed South African compatriots. Sport24 The Pretoria-based Bulls, who lead the tournament by eight points, are certain of hosting one of…

Blow to Tahs as Bulls set to rest key players

May 11, 2010 8
It reeks of a South African stitch-up in the Super 14. With one round to go, the integrity of rugby's premier provincial competition could be compromised with tournament leaders, the Bulls, set to field a second-string team against the Stormers in the top-of-the-table clash in Cape Town. DUNCAN JOHNSTONE AND RUPERT GUINNESS - Rugbyheaven The…

Chiefs 19, Waratahs 39

May 8, 2010 0
The Waratahs are in fifth position and need to keep winning to gain a playoff spot. Len Kaplan - Rugby365 They were at their worst last weekend in losing 26-10 to the Highlanders, and the latter have hardly been giant-killers this year. On the contrary, the Highlanders had been having a disappointing time of it for…

Hurricanes 44, Reds 21

May 7, 2010 7
This is a match between fourth and seventh on the log, but precious little separates the teams, with the home team having won six, lost four and drawn one, and the visitors having won seven and lost four. Len Kaplan - Rugby365 The Reds have scored 34 tries to the Hurricanes 33 and each team…

Blues change 8 for Lions

May 6, 2010 0
First five-eighth Daniel Kirkpatrick will make his first start for the Blues amid eight changes to the starting 15 for Saturday's Super 14 rugby match against the winless Lions in Johannesburg. Allblacks.com Kirkpatrick, 21, dons the No 10 jersey in place of regular pivot Stephen Brett who is battling injury suffered in the 32-36 loss…

Chiefs team announced

May 6, 2010 0
Chiefs coach Ian Foster says the Chiefs are determined to perform well in their last home game of the season against the Waratahs on Saturday night in Hamilton. “This is a big game for both teams,” said Foster. “We know it is a do or die situation for the Waratahs. For the Chiefs we have…

Hurricanes 33, Chiefs 27

May 1, 2010 2
UPDATE: The Hurricanes kept their hopes of a semifinal spot alive with their 33-27 victory at cold Westpac Stadium in Wellington, scoring a bonus-point try after the final siren. (Preview follows.) It's seventh on the log against 10th, with both teams having struggled to meet pre-season expectations of their likely success in the competition. Len…

Stormers 42, Crusaders 14

April 30, 2010 10
Can the Stormers become the first South African team to complete a clean sweep of victories over New Zealand opposition in the Super Rugby when they host the Crusaders at Newlands? Len Kaplan - Rugby365 Having beaten the Hurricanes (37-13) and the Highlanders (33-0) at Newlands and defeating the Chiefs (49-15) in Hamilton and the…

Highlanders 26, Waratahs 10

April 30, 2010 7
Last weekend’s loss to the Hurricanes at Carisbrook ended the Highlanders Dunedin programme on a low since it was their fourth defeat in five home games so far. Perhaps the move to Invercargill this week will help them, with the Highlanders having played 12 previous matches at Rugby Park for six wins, five defeats and…

Nothing fancy from the Bulls

April 30, 2010 0
The Sharks have no choice but to try and score four tries at all costs, which means they may play outside their normal structures in Saturday’s Super 14 match against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld. JJ Harmse - Sport24 To date the Sharks have averaged 1,7 tries per match, but Bulls captain Victor Matfield is…

JP the only Sharks casualty

April 29, 2010 0
The Sharks have selected an almost full strength side for their match against the Bulls this weekend. Ruan Pienaar, Willem Alberts and Riaan Swannepoel all came through fitness tests and find themselves in the team for this weekend's massive derby in Pretoria. The Sharks are on a hot streak at the moment coming off disappointing…

Chiefs team announced

April 29, 2010 0
Growth and motivation are two key factors for the Chiefs side that will take on the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium in Wellington this Saturday night in round 12 of the Super 14. Chiefs coach Ian Foster said: “facing the Hurricanes is a tough away game – it is one they have a clear motivation for,…
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