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Some ‘Half-Time’ observations

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 19 Apr 2011 at 13:01
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Some musings at the half time break in the Super Rugby season.

I am not 100% sure the Super competition point’s structure will produce the best 6 teams in the finals play-off.

The allocating of points for having a bye is just plain silly in anyone’s book and needs to be done away with for next year.

The Crusaders will win this year’s competition away from home without key All Blacks and with one arm behind their backs.

The Rebels have been a huge surprise package.

Pat Lam (Blues) has got hard-nosed with his coaching style and it appears to be paying dividends.

The Bulls look a spent force.

There appears to have been more injuries than before. Tahs and Cheetahs have been hit hard.

I don’t understand the citing system, can you be cited if you receive a yellow card and is that any different from if you don’t and must the referee see it or not and what about if you get a red card. I need to do my homework. I don’t understand it.

I am not also sure if there is any need for the ‘PAUSE’ in the scrums and has it just lead to more free kicks for early or late engagements , I can’t seem to remember early engagement being a problem in the past.

Beau Robinson has been the most eye catching new comer to Super Rugby.

Ewan McKenzie clearly knows how to set up and coach a football club and team respectively.

The best goal kicker in the Southern Hemisphere is Patrick Lambie.

Radike Samo, Brad Thorn, Tony Brown, Stefan Terblanche, Keven Mealamu, and Phil Waugh must be amazed they can still foot it with the youngsters.

Wouldn’t it be good to see the Heineken Cup winners play the Super Rugby winners.

Thank goodness for the Reds, Highlanders and Sharks for spicing up their respective conferences.

Player of the first 9 Rounds – James ‘everybody wants me’ O’Connor (Force)

Rising star – Sam Wykes (Force)

Fading star – Pierre Spies (Bulls)

Best Referee – Mark Lawrence

Best Captain – James Horwill

Hardest Man (excluding Brad, and Bakkies) – Jarred Hoeata (Highlanders)

Most likely top try scorer – Drew Mitchell (Waratahs)

MVP in the Final – SBW (Crusaders)

I am sure these views will all change very quickly during the second half of the season, but that’s how I see it at the half time break.


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