Posts Tagged "Super Rugby 2011"

As the deadline looms for places in the much anticipated Rugby World Cup 2011, I am perplexed as to why Robbie Deans appears to be even considering selecting Benn Robinson or even Salesi Ma’afu for the tournament.

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This weekend’s first Bledisloe Cup game for 2011 promises to be a fast and furious, highly entertaining Test match. As both teams showed in the 2010, they can and will run the ball at every opportunity.

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That scandalous headline got your attention, didn’t it? Just like it got mine driving home at 5kmph in Auckland’s peak-hour traffic last night.

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The 2011 Super Rugby season was one to remember. The footy on the field was great, most of the time, and there was also good drama off the field.

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Referees made three key errors in their rulings throughout this year’s Super Rugby tournament. And I’m not talking about the abnormally lax refereeing of forward passes which I am going to assume was just error rather than a plan.

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Cooper gathers the kick, he looks up to see acres of space ahead, sidesteps the first, then the second, swivels past the third, throws a no-look pass to Ioane who caterpillars before doing the “Dougie” (his super final try celebration) on his way past his opposite, flick passes to Genia, who forward flips with a […]

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Time to put in your Wallaby scores for the form players of the Super Rugby final.

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Ewen McKenzie is deservedly receiving the wholesale praise of the rugby community, not just Reds fans, for the performance of the Queensland Reds in the 2011 Super Rugby season.

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The media analysis of the Reds’ brilliant victory over the Crusaders has missed the most salient aspect of the result. The victory was based on the Reds coaching staff out-coaching the Crusaders staff.

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The Reds take on the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Final at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane tonight, as the curtain comes down on the 2011 season with the two form teams of the competition in an almighty clash. Join us for live scores and blog of the Reds v Crusaders.

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To the CEO and board of the ACT Brumbies, I have some questions for your organisation. Perhaps this might be an opportunity to answer some questions that have circulated since you made the decision to sack Andy Friend.

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There has been a lot of banging on in the media (especially here) about the imbalance in strength within the Australian conference and how that weakness and the new setup has permitted an unfair representation of Australian teams in the finals.

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Super Rugby finals are momentous occasions, but no final in Super Rugby’s history has been as monumental as Saturday night’s clash at Suncorp Stadium.

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Time to put in your Wallabies scores for the form players of the Super Rugby semi-final, featuring the Queensland Reds.

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It appears like Mission Impossible but Queensland’s young pack believe they can avoid becoming the Crusaders’ final demolition job in a season of scrummaging supremacy.

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Well then, hasn’t this set up a nice old week of trans-Tasman sledging? An Australian team, playing exciting rugby, in front of a parochial home crowd, against the one constant of Super Rugby success, having a endured a season on the road.

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Last Saturday evening, the Queensland Reds overwhelmed the Blues with their ferocity at the breakdown and in the tackle, combined with their breathtaking attack.

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The game is won up front. At least that is how the old adage goes. And this was never more clear than in the semi-final last night, as the Crusaders smashed up a confident Stormers side en route to their tenth Super Rugby final.

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It’s a Reds-Crusaders Super Rugby final at Suncorp next Saturday night, with all credit to rival coaches Ewen McKenzie and Todd Blackadder.

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The homeless Canterbury Crusaders continued a relentless charge towards Super Rugby glory with a 29-10 semi-final triumph over Western Stormers at a wet Newlands on Saturday.

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