Super Rugby
  • Aussie Super 14 teams; half way review

    We’re now past half way of the 2008 Super 14 (already?) and it’s been long enough now to get a handle on how the Aussie sides are doing. I’ve thrown a few thoughts, see if they tally up with yours. As a reminder, here’s where the teams are in the table after...

  • Sharks vs Reds, Super 14 2008 score & review

    Sharks 22 – Reds 10Thanks to Sky not giving a toss, I’ve been able to see sweet f-a of this game. But as it happens, a good pommy mate of mine – Cap’n Dan – is a BA pilot down route in Cape Town. Bored, and hankering to bet on something, he...

  • Western Force vs Stormers, score & review

    Western Force 16 – Stormers 32 During the week John Mitchell said “Last year we got our pants pulled down in the middle stages of the competition, so it is important we keep our focus on what we have got to improve on” That Fremantle doctor must be a-whistling around John’s kiwi...

  • Waratahs vs Cheetahs Super 14 2008 score

    Waratahs 23 – Cheetahs 19Cut down to 10 minutes of highlights, this game didn’t look too bad. The Tahs backrow seemingly put in an unbelievable performance, with try making intercepts (Waugh), blind offloads (Palu) and try scoring bursts (man of the match Elsom). Read any report though, and the other 70 minutes...

  • Highlanders vs Force, Lions vs Reds scores, highlights

    Highlanders 28 – Western Force 36 Another impressive win from the Force who, with a second victory in a row over on the Shaky Isles, are now definitely Australia’s brightest looking chance in the 2008 Super 14 comp. Yet again they came from behind being 28-20 down with...

  • Super 14 2008. Brumbies vs Cheetahs, score & review

    Brumbies 29 – Cheetahs 23 Laurie Fisher might not feel quite so happy about it, but the loss of just about every skerrick of experience from the Brumbies backline this year through retirement and injury, is probably one of the best things that could have happened for the distant future of ACT...

  • Crusaders vs Waratahs Super 14 score & review

    Crusaders 34 – Waratahs 7. For 50 minutes it looked like the Waratahs might have kept this one close. Heroic defence, most notably by the captain Phil Waugh, and contest at the breakdown knocked the Crusaders off their usual stride and forced them into errors and turnovers. It was 6-0 at the...

  • Auckland Blues vs Western Force score & highlights

    Blues 17 – Force 27 Here are brief highlights from the Blues vs Force game in round...

  • Reds vs Bulls Super 14 2008; highlights & review

    Queensland Reds 40 – Bulldozed 8. “When the milk turns sour, I ain’t the kinda pussy to...

  • Video highlights Super 14 Round 4

    Here are highlights of the top tries from round 4 of the 2008 Super 14. The final try by the force is a ripper.

  • Super 14 2008, Force vs Crusaders score, review

    Western Force 24 -Canterbury Crusaders 29 Despite conceding 17 unanswered points in the second half to lose the match, the Force stepped up to the plate today and in many ways outplayed this champion Crusader outfit. Gone were the dropped passes and turnovers. Back was the pace and width on the ball....

  • Super 14 2008 – Reds vs Stormers score, review

    Reds 16 – Stormers 34 If you’re a reds fan, this season is going horribly, horribly wrong,...

  • Super 14 reviews and scores: Highlanders vs Waratahs, Lions vs Force, Brumbies vs Reds

    How do you have almost 70% possession, 60% territory, make the opposition tackle twice as much as you, have the double their line breaks, and only win by two points? No this isn’t a joke, but the script for both the Waratahs and the Force this week, and familiar for both sides...

  • Super 14 Scores and reviews: Cheetahs vs Force, Chiefs vs Waratahs, Brumbies vs Highlanders, Hurricanes vs Reds

    Here’s a rundown of this Aussie Super 14 games as I saw them. Cheetahs 15 vs Western Force 16This was truly a bizarre game. If you’d ignored the scoreline but watched the stats, you would have sworn the Force would have won this by 20 points. 35 minutes in they’d had 70%...

  • Super 14 Week 1 reviews and scores

    By christ it was good to have Super rugby back on the idiot box, even if there was a week where a combination of rustiness and ELV naivety created some pretty headless chicken rugby at times (more on that in another post). But here’s a run down on the games. Waratahs 20...

  • Super 14 2008 preview

    It’s been a long old wait since last October, but at last we get some good southern hemisphere rugby back on the telly. What’s intriguing about this years competition though is trying to pick the key runners and riders, because this year there are a couple of extra factors in play. To...