Thursday 27 February 2014

Super Rugby Review Round 2: So Sharpe

It may say Round 2, but last week was the first proper week of Super Rugby. With all countries finally up and running, and 14 of the 15 teams having played at least one game, we are back in business.

And what a weekend. The early morning games between the Chiefs and Crusaders, and the Blues and Highlanders were two of the most entertaining games of the year. The Chiefs laid down a marker that it'll take a special team to deny them from a historic threepeat, while the Highlanders threatened to show that their season will be vastly improved from last year.

In other games, the Brumbies showed that the loss of Jake White will hamper them this season, losing to the Reds in a game that you sense would have gone their way last year; Israel Folau showed that he can get even better than last season with a fantastic performance. While the Lions shocked everyone (again) with another victory against a lacklustre Stormers team.

Some talented players have been introduced to us, with Marnitz Boshoff, Alofa Alofa, Kane Hames and Patrick Tuipulotu and Malakai Fekitoa showing that they have promising careers ahead of them.

In the fantasy leagues; Nathan Sharpe not only distanced himself from everyone, but is in the top 10 overall. Challenge extended.

All players had good results, with 2011, 2012 and 2013 Head to Head champion Cillian Hogan bringing himself back into the fold with a big score of 384 points. Other big scores came from Simon Farrell, William Kedjanyi and Calum Gilon improving their totals.

The head to head league had some interesting results, with Alex Shaw proving that he is 21 points better than average, and a number of matchs having both players with over 300 points.

Notable matchups next week include Alex Shaw v Garbhan Hogan, and Calum Gillon getting his chance to prove that he is better than normal.

Best of luck to everyone, let the trash talk begin.

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