Monday 8 April 2013

Super Rugby Review Round 8

What a week of rugby. Not only in the Southern Hemisphere, but up here too.

This week Down Under:

The Blues recorded their first win in four to arrest a slide. The Highlanders had no such luck. In a game that featured two massive hits here and here. Steve Walsh didn't cover himself in glory, especially in the second incident. Aaron Smith should be commended for realising how bad Popaili'i was in the first clip and getting him into the recovery position. Word is that he will be back after sitting next week out.

Angus Ta'avao, Steven Luatua, Piri Weepu and Rene Ranger made this week's dream team from the game. Which means that Luatua, Poki and Gear are still / now on the overall Dream Team.

Welcome to Super Rugby the Southern Kings. Despite the off-field shenanigans, they have played with some wonderful freshness. They never give up as was emphasised in this belter of a game.

Cornell du Preez scored highest this week and Schalk Ferraira continued his good season with a dream team position, but a mention for Wimpie van der Walt. The guy was everywhere, a huge performance with 19 tackles. Jacques Engelbrecht stays on the dream team despite being rested. 18 points off the bench is a great return.

The Crusaders missed Dan Carter's calm as Bleyendaal missed 3 penalties that would have won the game they should have won.

George Whitelock remains in the overall dream team. For now.

The Canes beat the Tahs in a classic. Ardie Savea was awesome. What a debut, 21 tackles and 2 or 3 turnovers. And the sight of Julian Savea running full stride past defenders is something to behold. I still can't understand what happened for his second try. Matt Lucas was very good coming off the bench, echoing what was said here. Mentions for Barrett and Motu Matu'u, who along with Julian who made the dream team this week. Savea can't make it off my fantasy bench though. Damn.  Michael Hooper and Adam Ashley Cooper made the dream team in a losing cause. Foley and McKibbin are both in the overall dream team now aswell.

The Rebels put a damaging SA tour behind them with a hardfought win over the Force. James O'Connor and Ged Robinson remaining in the overall dream team joined by Kyle Godwin, with Hugh Pyle making this weeks team.

The Cheetahs shocked the Stormers. Juan de Jongh and Robert Ebersohn made this weeks team, while Pieter "Lappies" Labuschagne, Andries Bekker and Robert Ebersohn are in the overall team.

Super Irish:

It has taken until week 8 for there to be some daylight between the top contenders, with Simon Farrell having nearly caught Garbhan Hogan in 4th. 6th, 7th and 8th are getting closer too.

There was a number of high scores this week, with 4 players over 350 points and 2 others very close to that mark.

Twit vs Tweeter:

Round 1:
The Westies lost in a high-scoring game, Cillian Hogan took down Murray Kinsella's Les Mecs, with the winners of those games playing each other in the next round. Ireland's Answer took the spoils vs Multiple Scoregasms, and Peter Corley took care vs Average score.

Next round:

(1) BHHooker vs Cillian Hogan (2)
(6) Murray Kinsella vs Average (7)
(3) Peter Corley v Ireland's Answer (4)
(8) Multiple Scorgasms vs The Westies (5)

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