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Super Rugby – Conclusions from week twelve – By Bloues

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This dude’s got serious thrill issues!

After finally attending the compulsory Boksmart session last Friday, I officiated my first match of the season on Saturday. I was eased back into the game with a very enjoyable under 15B match. It was a pleasure to handle a match involving schoolboys willing to play the game and who still harbors those principles Uysh talked about last week.

However, I didn’t realize this before I was AR for the first teams’ match. It was HS Noord Kaap from Kimberley against HS Upington at HSU’s home ground. I’m not going into too much details, but the principles that the young grade nine practiced earlier was lost on these jocks.

If someone reading this blog went to Noord Kaap or is in any way affiliated with the school, I just want to express my disgust at the show put up by the school’s First XV, their coaches and the drunk parents on the sidelines. You may have won comfortably against the Uppies on Saturday, but if this is your school’s attitude then you wont beat any of the current top 15 teams in the country.

But, this is a blog about the Super 15 and this was one of the more exciting weekends of this years competition with a few minnows upsetting the apple cart.

So, here are my conclusions for this week:

1.) If the Bulls do manage to go all the way, they’ll look back at the Sydney result as this season’s watershed moment. Not only did they again rise to the top of the standings and, this time, managed to stay there after the other results, but it was also a match that their backs were securely to the wall. And they managed to pull it of.

If they lost, this match would have been put together with the Blues and Stormers matches as game where they were outplayed, managed to fight back, but ultimately lost. There is still a lot that can go wrong in the coming weeks, but this team believes in themselves and each other and Friday morning provided a moment that the can reflect on if they are put in a similar situation in the coming weeks.

2.) If you live in the Cape, Canada or anywhere else in the world and you have played at least one game of rugby at loose forward in your lifetime, you can expect a call from AC. How many lose forwards can one franchise loose?

The injury situation at the Stormers is one that bothers me. I know there’s a lot of luck involved when it comes to injuries and the Stormers aren’t the only team suffering from injuries, but injuries to key players have played a significant role in the Cape team’s disappointing seasons for the past four years now. I’m no expert and I might just be pluck in the air now, but just how good is the Stormers’ conditioning staff?

3.) The Highlanders’ annual fall from grace have come a bit late this season. Luckily for them, the Aussie teams have been inconsistent for the whole year and the Crusaders are also struggling to maintain momentum, otherwise their recent string of defeats would have had them much lower on the log than their current position. They can get their campaign on track again next week against the Bulls, but I hope they don’t.

4.) The Sharks might just be peaking at the right time. They are currently ten points behind the first placed Bulls and they still have home games against both the Bulls and Stormers in the coming weeks. Their season is a long way from over, but, as the Stormers found out on Saturday, there still is a lot of bite in this Cheatahs team.

5.) Everyone will be keeping a close eye on the Crusaders’ matches in the coming weeks. Although they still have a lot of work to day and they fall prey to the occasional unexpected loss, Sir Richard’s men are the one team that nobody wants to play in the playoffs. It doesn’t look as if a top three finish is on the cards, but they will always be dangerous if they do finish in the top six.

My apologies for not posting a conclusions page last week. It was a very busy week at the office and I’m still working on the rest of my sporting moments posts.

Have a great week.

Cheers!!!

Bloues

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