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Old 02-25-2008, 02:18 AM
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A great performance by the Irish side, played like their old form against the Scottish side.
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Old 02-25-2008, 02:53 AM
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An even better defensive performance by the Harlequins side against Saracens this evening. Although I doubt any of you will know what I mean by that! Heh.

Here's one from the archives, 'little' fifteen year old me. 6'2, 210Ibs:

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Old 02-25-2008, 02:58 AM
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An even better defensive performance by the Harlequins side against Saracens this evening. Although I doubt any of you will know what I mean by that! Heh.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:02 PM
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...just can't let this thread die. Crusaders and Sharks still both undefeated (although Sharks have drawn once). Hurricanes, Waratahs, Blues, Force, Stormers, Cheifs make out the top half of the ladder.

Last years premiers, the Bulls, sit in second last place, below fellow South Affricans the Cheetahs and above the (also South African) Lions, Katman's beloved team.


Waratahs put out a fantastic performance to beat the Force last sat, as they did the week before against the Blues.

Go 'Tahs! A nice little shot of Ben Jacobs here too...
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:19 PM
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Last years premiers, the Bulls, sit in second last place, below fellow South Affricans the Cheetahs and above the (also South African) Lions, Katman's beloved team.
Jeez mate, why don't you rub it in?

The Waratahs are looking pretty solid right now. As are the Stormers. I reckon the Sharks and Crusaders are in the semis. The other two spots will be a tough call. Any two of the Waratahs, Stormerrs, Force, Blues and Hurricanes. I can't see the Brumbies or the Chiefs still scraping in.

For my poor Lions, it looks like the wooden spoon. Again.
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:29 PM
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Two games so far this weekend, and two upsets. And comprehensively so. Would never have called a Chiefs win over the 'Saders. And then the Reds go and dismantle the Force. If it carries on like this on Saturday it could wreak havoc at the bookies.
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Old 04-19-2008, 02:13 PM
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Two games so far this weekend, and two upsets. And comprehensively so. Would never have called a Chiefs win over the 'Saders. And then the Reds go and dismantle the Force. If it carries on like this on Saturday it could wreak havoc at the bookies.
Looked like there could have been a third in a row... 0-0 at half time in the 'Tahs vs Lions. Final score: 26-3 'Tahs way. Sorry Katman...
Kurtley Beale had another good game and is visibly improving and maturing with each game.

Then the third came; the 'Baby' Brumbies hold of the previously unbeaten Sharks 27-21.

I'm very happy with all these outcomes. Go NSW!

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Old 04-19-2008, 02:20 PM
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I caught the last twenty minutes of the Brumbies/Sharks match. Some really good play by the Brumbies to come back from being so far down; but I was most of all impressed by the refereeing. Strong decision sending the lock off to the sinbin and it's nice to see it actually make a difference.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:03 AM
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Yep, Kurtley Beale is quite a talent. Hope he gets game time with the Wallabies this year. as for my poor Lions, I've written the season off. In the last 2 years we lost most of our Springboks (Jantjes, Habana, Januarie and van Heerden) to richer unions. And our two remaining Boks (Andre Pretorius and Jaque Fourie) have been out injured since the end of last year. So we've been trying to compete with a seriously undercooked side and it has shown.

The race for the semis is really hotting up now. Waratahs, Stormers, Chiefs and Hurricanes all looking good towards the end of the competition, but there's only space for two of them in the semis. And the Force, Blues and Brumbies aren't out of contention yet either. My (educated) guess would put the top four at the end of the competition like this:

1. Crusaders
2. Sharks
3. Waratahs
4. Stormers

If I'm not mistaken, this is how they currently stand. This would mean the Stormers travel to Christchurch for their semi while the 'Tahs travel to Durban. Could we possible have another all-SA final?
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:55 AM
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'Tahs convincingly beat the Sharks 25-10. Lions nearly get over the Brumbies but fall short at 28-21.

Current standings:

____________W____D___L____Pts
Crusaders____9____0____1____43
Waratahs____8_____0___2____36
Sharks______7_____1___2____32
Chiefs_______7_____0___3____32
Hurricanes___6_____1___3____31
Stormers_____6____0___4_____31
Brumbies____6_____0___4____28
Blues_______5_____0___5____26
Force_______5_____0___5_____24
Reds_______3_____1____6____16
Bulls_______3_____0____7_____15
Highlanders_1______0___9_____11
Cheetahs___1_____0____9_____11
Lions_______1_____1___8______8

'Tahs have just about become the team to beat; and are certainly the team with momentum at the moment. Without a doubt the strongest Aussie team, and may have the drive to go all the way. Palu certainly has the drive...

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Old 04-29-2008, 07:52 AM
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Great photo. And the 'Tahs are in good form. But remember, they have to play 2 of their last 3 games on tour, which is never easy. So don't pack away the toolbox just yet.

The Sharks have certainly come unstuck and might not even make the semis if this slide continues. Stormers are looking good but now they've lost Schalk Burger for the rest of the competition as well as Chavanga (the wing) and Moller (the tighthead prop) and possibly Tony Brown.

It really is going to go down to the wire. Except for the Crusaders of course.
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Great photo. And the 'Tahs are in good form. But remember, they have to play 2 of their last 3 games on tour, which is never easy. So don't pack away the toolbox just yet.

The Sharks have certainly come unstuck and might not even make the semis if this slide continues. Stormers are looking good but now they've lost Schalk Burger for the rest of the competition as well as Chavanga (the wing) and Moller (the tighthead prop) and possibly Tony Brown.

It really is going to go down to the wire. Except for the Crusaders of course.
the top four sides at the end of the comp:

Crusaders - 52 pts
Waratahs - 43 pts
Sharks - 42 pts
Hurricanes 41 pts

this weekend, Waratahs vs Sharks and Crusaders vs Hurricanes. I'm hoping the 'Tahs and the 'Canes both get up, although common sense says the Crusaders will win. However, they lost to the Highlanders last week, so maybe another upset is in the works.

I'm looking forward to both games.

On a side note, one of the most fiercely contested Rugby League matches, State of Origin 1, finished less than an our ago. I'm proud to say that NSW got up there too.

Go NSW!
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I don't know if Katman is still following this thread, but...

semi final results:

Hurricanes 22 - Crusaders 33
Sharks 13 - Waratahs 28

Final will be in Christchurch, Crusaders vs Waratahs. Looking forward to it; the best offensive side vs the best defensive side in the comp.
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Congrats on the longest thread by the least amount of participants. Hope I did'nt just kill the record by posting this, whats that make it 6 people now? : )
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:36 PM
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semi final results:

Hurricanes 22 - Crusaders 33
Sharks 13 - Waratahs 28

Final will be in Christchurch, Crusaders vs Waratahs. Looking forward to it; the best offensive side vs the best defensive side in the comp.
Well done to the Tahs and the Saders. I was really hoping for a SA finalist, but I'll be honest when I say the best two teams over the 14 weeks made it. Should be a great game - Tahs will really have to be on their toes to take it in Christchurch.
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Can you believe it's almost Tri-Nations time again?

This one is going to be great: a few AB's retired, some new faces in the Bok squad, Aussies with arguably the best coach in the world. Anything can happen.

Wouldn't read too much into the current tests though. The northern hemisphere teams on tour are seriously below par. Wales copped a beating last week against the Boks and this weekend it could (and probably will) get worse. The Irish hung in for a while against the AB's, but you can't stop the inevitable. But I really fear for the depleted England side about to play them - could see a big, big score.
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:34 PM
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So the Boks did the unthinkable and beat the All Blacks. In Dunedin. That was the most tension I have felt watching a game of rugby in a very long time. I was exhausted by the end. Well done to the AB's too - they played a fantastic game. If this is an indication of the rest of the Tri-Nations, it will be one of the best ever. Now bring on the Aussies.
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