Thursday 10 April 2014

FantsBants Review: Not so Sharpey

It's been a long time coming, but due to a downturn in the amount of work placed upon me it's back.


The season so far:

This season has had everything; from the Tahs finally living up to hype, to surprise packages from the Lions to misfits like the Crusaders and Stormers. Whatever people say about Northern hemisphere leagues, no league in rugby is as competitive or as entertaining than Super Rugby.

We've also had the clocks confusing even the "best" of us:
A look at the table shows that 13 of the 15 teams are bunched close together, with only the Stormers and the Cheetahs adrift at the foot of the table.

We have seen wonderful tries like this:

And brilliant interviews like this:


Week 3:
Blues 35-24 Crusaders

Not only did this game eradicate any doubts about getting up at 6.30, but it introduced the world to Patrick Tuipolutu and Tevita Li. Two fantastic youngsters with big futures ahead of them. In hindsight, the Crusaders haven't really recovered from this loss.

Waratahs 32-5 Reds

This game confirmed that the Tahs may just live up to the hype for once; while simultaneously giving the Reds a rude awakening.

@AlexShawSport's victory of Straight Razor XV catapulted him into the maybe contenders, while early leader Vic's Chiefs suffered their first loss.

Week 4:

Bulls 38-22 Blues

This game was significant just for the fact that it was Victor Matfield's first start on his return, and what a return. Matfield has been the difference between a good Bulls side and a very poor one. The intangible lift he has on those around him is incredible.

Western Force 32-7 Rebels

Despite my prediction, the Force destroyed the Rebels and haven't looked back since. I mean it was incredible.

@alexshawsport's ego grew with another win, while this round also featured the battle of the Hogans. Wins for Manawatu Spooners and Pure Scrum Luck keep them in touch.

Emma Massden Oakden and Jen McMillan had very impressive weeks.

Week 5:

Brumbies 28-23 Waratahs

The Brumbies check the Tahs progression, and the lacklustre performance from the Tahs certainly showed there remains some doubt as to their playoff credentials.

Lions 39-36 Blues

Another fantastic win for the Lions, with Warren Whiteley showing his ability.

Highlanders 29-31 Western Force

No one really expected the Force to back up their win the previous week, maybe a sign of things to come?

Northern Stereotype bring @alexshawsport crashing down to earth with a big win, while more wins for Straight Razor XV, Manawatu Spooners, Pure Scrum Luck and Poseidons Belvedere keep them interested.

A huge points total of 425 for Jen McMillan catapults her up the rankings.

Week 6:

Western Force 18-15 Chiefs

This game featured Kieran Longbottom diving his head into problems, the Western Force boys were d'ing like the boys in the trenches down in Gallipoli (maybe not that tough), the Chiefs were like that kid who fell out of the tree (they just weren't in it), and Nic Cummins is a busy as a one armed brick layer in Baghdad. Enough said really.

Lions 23-20 Reds

Not to be outdone, the Lions and officials spoiled the Reds with Quade Cooper approaching ominous form.

Another huge total from Flying Dice makes it two 400+ weeks in a row, while Charlie Morgan is quietly slipping into contention.

Week 7:

Rebels 32- 24 Brumbies

Finally some #REBdemption. After a fantastic start for the Rebels, the Force ambushed them in Perth and they lost their way. An 8 point victory over the Brumbies should set them right.

Crusaders 26-29 Hurricanes.

What a try from Leuia. And what a game. Further confirmation of the Crusaders demise to one of their bogey teams.

Week 8:

The pressure was getting to some people:
Reds 29-32 Western Force

This was a ding dong battle if I ever saw one. Each side traded sharing the lead, before Hayward pops up with minutes to go to seal it for the Force and continue their remarkable run.

Cheetahs 41-41 Chiefs

For the second week in a row the Chiefs manage to avoid defeat after coming from behind to garner three match points.

While Pat McCabe did the business for the Brumbies which left some frustrated:

Highlight of the week was a huge 465 points from Steve Maher lifting him off the bottom of the table up 6 places. It can be done.


So that leaves us with:


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