The Highlanders woes continue. It was a much improved performance from them, with Brad Thorn especially demonstrating that age is just a number.
However, in Sam Cane, the Chiefs have someone who turns the ball over for fun.
Kade Poki was the one player from this match to make the dream team, continuing on from an impressive personal start to the season. Teaches me to leave him on the bench.
Crusaders 55-20 Southern Kings
The Crusaders are back. Dan the man is back. This was irresistible from the boys from Canterbury. The biggest compliment I can give them is that the Kings didn't look bad in this game yet still lost by 35 points. The Whitelock family bagged 4 tries, unfortunately for me none went to Sam, who was an incoming transfer to the Ball Handling Hookers XV.
Crusaders will be up against it on their tour with both Dan Carter and Kieran Read missing. It will be interesting to see if this derails them
Read, George Whitelock and Willi Heinz made the dream team from game.
Reds 23- 18 Bulls
Speaking of those back in their mojo, Will Genia is a magician. He demonstrated why he is the best 9 in the world by rejuvenating a struggling Reds team and Cooper looks a different player outside him. There was a huge noticeable dropoff in play when Genia came off. He could be the difference this summer when the Lions come to visit.
Cooper and Jono Lance, despite a debatable yellow card, are the two players from this game to make the dream team.
Western Force 10- 19 Cheetahs
The Cheetahs completed a very impressive tour with their 3rd win of 4. They made hard work of it before Willie Le Roux touched down to make the game safe as the Force searched for a win in their new home.
Sidenote; Why do the Force, who are a new team, feel the need to move already? Lack of planning it seems when they became a new team only a few years ago?
Cheetah's lock Ludick de Jager was good enough to make the dream team, but not good enough to make my starting XV.
Sharks 64- 7 Rebels
The Rebels woes continue. It wasn't good enough that they lose by a record score, but Kurtley Beale has to act like a fool and start attacking teammates. There seems to be a problem with the culture in Melbourne.
Sharks players own the dream team with Tendai Mtwarira, Wiehann Herbst, Kyle Cooper, Keegan Daniel, Meyer Bosman and Louis Ludik dominating the dream team.
Stormers 35- 22 Brumbies
There are now no unbeaten teams in this years competition. Stormers put in a great performance to beat the Brumbies on Saturday despite George Smith showing he's still got it.
Andries Bekker redeems some of my ridiculous bench policies and makes it as the highest scoring 2nd row of this round.
Waratahs 30 -27 Blues
Waratahs put in an impressive second half performance by coming from behind to beat an impressive Blues. The Blues have already shown huge improvement from last year with some future All Blacks impressing. None more so than Charles Piatau who bagged himself a try.
Drew Mitchell responded to being dropped the week before brilliantly by scoring a wonderful try and making the dream team as the highest scoring outside back of the week.
Peter Corley had the better of this week's SuperIrish with 350 points. This brings Peter above Murray Kinsella and knocking on the door of the top 4. That gap is closing each week, and soon it seems it will be a top 7. Although bottom two have been making up the ground in recent weeks.
Even less separates 1st from 4th this week, with only 30 points the difference. To put it into context, 30 points from any player in any position other than second row wouldn't have been enough to make the dream team this week. That's how small a gap it is.
Peter Corley also topped the Twittersphere with the FoxSports commentators. The Aussie's still occupy positions 1-4, but the Irish are catching up everywhere. All to play for still in all competitions.
Cillian Hogan is the man to catch.
The race is heating up, and a head to head league will be starting soon, tell all your friends. Post about it coming in the next few days.
Update on Garbhan Hogan after last week's injury. He posted this minging picture of his ankle.
Back in hospital today 'No more drugs for you Mr Hogan' then they show me my new ankle. #DoesThisSmell #IWantMorphine twitter.com/GarbhanHogan/s…
— Garbhan Hogan (@GarbhanHogan) March 25, 2013
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