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Super Rugby Final Preview

5 years ago by Len Kaplan

After 18 Rounds and then two weeks of play-off games, we reach the Super Rugby Final, with the two top teams on the overall log contesting what should be a momentous game. Isn’t it fitting that despite...

Super Rugby - 5 Things We Learnt From the Semi Finals

5 years ago by Len Kaplan

1     The Australian commentators’ vitriolic criticism of the yellow card given by referee Craig Joubert to Jacques Potgieter for his foul play which prevented a probable Highlanders...

Super Rugby: Semi Final Preview

5 years ago by Len Kaplan

Super Rugby’s also-ran teams are busy with post-competition analysis, handing out the requisite commendations and admonitions, and deciding on necessary recriminations and reappointments or replacements....

South Africa - A Tale of Woe

5 years ago by Len Kaplan

Heyneke’s dilemma If playing in the Super Rugby top-six playoffs depended on a strictly merit list of log points accumulated, SA’s top team would have finished seventh, with four New Zealand and...

Super Rugby: 5 Things We Learnt From Qualifiers

5 years ago by Len Kaplan

1     Brumbies captain Stephen Moore understands law 21.2 (a) better than Super Rugby, Test, and World Cup referee Jaco Peyper. Despite Moore trying to correct him, Peyper insisted...

Super Rugby - Play Off Preview

5 years ago by Len Kaplan

Super Rugby’s conference system means that it is not the top six teams on merit who contest the play-offs. Log points accumulated in each team’s 16 regular season games are not decisive, as the SANZAR...

Super Rugby Round 18: Team of the Week & More

5 years ago by Len Kaplan

Team of the Week 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Matt Todd, 5 David Dennis,...

Super Rugby: 5 Things We Learnt From Round 18

5 years ago by Len Kaplan

1     The conference system determining log positions means that it is not the top six teams playing in the qualifiers. The Stormers end third on the official SANZAR log and are awarded...

Super Rugby Round 18 Preview Part 2

5 years ago by Len Kaplan

The Waratahs look to secure a home semi-final, and the Bulls and Cheetahs meet in a clash of SA underperforming, also-ran teams. The Sharks play a vastly weakened Stormers team, the latter having already...