Posts Tagged "Super Rugby 2012"
It was a great weekend of rugby, and especially good to again see the New Zealand sides play in an attacking and positive manner.
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Saturday night’s 2012 Super Rugby final between the Chiefs and the Sharks at Hamilton is a fitting climax to what has been a terrific tournament. One of the best features has been that on any day, any team can defeat another.
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Let’s take a short (and subjective) look at how Australia’s Super Rugby teams went in 2012.
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On Tuesday SANZAR announced the referee appointments for the 2012 Super Rugby semi-finals: Craig Joubert for the Chiefs-Crusaders match, and Steve Walsh for the Stormers-Sharks.
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For the second weekend in a row, an Australian contender has wimped out of playing tough, efficient, hard-shouldered and winning finals rugby, as the Reds capitulated 17-30 to the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium.
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Quite a few theories are going around as to how South Africa, not deemed the strongest conference in Super Rugby, has been able to provide three teams for the play-offs.
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SANZAR has stupidly threatened the integrity of the qualifying finals this weekend between the Crusaders and Bulls and the Reds and Sharks by appointing two South African referees to officiate in matches involving two South African sides.
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Last week the non-gambling Greek made the fearless prediction that the Reds were finished and the Brumbies would be the only Australians in the Super Rugby finals. You can see now why I don’t punt.
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The professional era has heightened a coaches’ fear of failure, as now a Super Rugby coaches livelihood is dependent on results achieved.
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The Brumbies will hope to extend their lead at the top of the Australian conference as they travel to Wellington to take on the Hurricanes on Friday night. We’ll have commentary from 5.35pm AEST.
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The climb to reach the top of a Rugby World Cup hill is hard and long. Once reached, the slippery slide downhill is easy. This is noticeable with the Rugby World Cup Class of 2011 All Blacks.
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You know that feeling: you build the night up, go out and put all your effort into having a good time and enjoying yourself, only to wake up in the morning feeling like you have been slapped in the face with a cold fish.
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I’ll be surprised if anyone in The Roar‘s tipping competition picked all the winning sides in the fifth round of the 2012 Super Rugby tournament. If they did, they’re a genius.
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Round 1 of Super Rugby has come and gone with a hiss and a roar. Here are five things we learnt from the inaugural round of 2012.
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Friday evening’s Canterbury Crusaders versus Auckland Blues Super Rugby opener at Eden Park will set the temperature for an epic first round. Join us for live scores and blog as the Super Rugby season starts from 5:30pm ADST (7:30pm local).
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There is news that the dreaded Tom Hanks Syndrome is starting to emerge in Australia’s largest state New South Wales, particularly in the Sydney area.
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The four-year cycle which started in 2007 has ended with the 2011 Rugby World Cup and a new one is about to start with the biggest rugby ‘championship’ on the planet to kick off in a month time. Yes, that’s Super Rugby.
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