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Twos company threes a crowd

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 7 Jun 2011 at 00:20
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After round 16 of Superugby it is starting to look fairly obvious that only three teams can win the 2011 competition.

In a weekend which saw the hopes of the Highlanders, Blues, Reds, and Waratahs fade, we also saw the stock of the Crusaders, Stormers, Bulls and Sharks continue to rise.

Although the fans of the top seven teams still have plenty of interest in the competition, in the cold light of day really only two teams can win the competition with a third a mere fly in the ointment.

Before I reveal all, the same situation is looming in the South African conference where three teams look to be locked in a dog fight for what looks like only two available spots. The people rubbing their hands together and slapping themselves on the back the most will be the SANZAR draw committee.


Well there are some mouth-watering clashes in the final two rounds most focussed on the South African conference.

For a neutral the interest will focus on which of the seven teams in the running for the top six spots will end up seventh and ultimately miss the cut. The only other interest will be in whom finishes top of the log – with top qualifier being king.

Back to who will win, well in a weekend that saw fans either celebrate or bemoan their team’s performances. In reality there honestly looks like only three teams can win this competition and that’s being generous.

The fly in the ointment is the Reds, they are the outsiders and their only hope is if they hold onto their top log spot over the next two weeks – and that looks tight. Their matches against the Force and Chiefs away look anything but a done deal, however I’m willing to concede that they may win one – if they are lucky. If they don’t finish top they are finished.

That leaves only two teams that can win this competition and it will be dependent on who finishes higher and hosts the other in the final that will decide the 2011 season.

Those two teams are the Stormers and the Crusaders. They both look to be travelling well, coping better than any with injuries and finding some form at the right stage of the season.

Either can win! Good luck to them both.

The current front running seven after Round 16 are:

1. Reds (58) 2. Stormers (57) 3. Blues (55) 4. Crusaders (53) 5. Sharks (51) 6. Bulls (49) 7. Tahs (47)

The potential play-off contenders:

1. Reds (62) 2. Stormers (61) 3. Crusaders (61) 4. Blues (59) 5. Bulls (57) 6. Sharks (55) 7. Tahs (55)

The only interest here is the order of the top three, with a focus on the final resting spots of the Crusaders and the Stormers. Plus there is some interest in the wooden spoon. A bonus point wouldn’t go astray for all concerned!

With the top three in the South African conference battling it out over the coming weeks plus the added interest in what the finishing order is for the top three on the Super table, this season is fast panning out in many ways as ‘Twos company threes a crowd’.


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