Friday, March 14, 2008
As Round 5 of this years Super 14 is about to kick off, we take a look back at Round four that produced some excellent rugby, with a few contenders for tries of the tournament being scored all across the Southern Hemisphere.
The Force and Crusaders played in a try-fest that saw both sides scoring some fantastic tries as illustrated here by some great hands by the Force backs to send young David Pocock in at the corner.
For the Hurricanes, big Jerry Collins scored rounded off an excellent team try against the Highlanders, starting the move then staying in support to finish it off after some brilliant draw and pass play from the backs.
The Blues took on last seasons finalists, the Sharks, in Durban, where we witnessed the fastest ever Super 14 try. Keegan Daniel ran it in with Joe Rokocoko hot on his heals after just 16 seconds.
The Crusaders' Casey Laulala ran in for a great try from the men in red, showing exactly how dangerous they can be with turnover ball and a bit of space. The running from depth and the little flick pass was awesome to see.
Against the Reds, the Stormers started to play some great rugby, with their Harlem Globetrotter quick hands sending Tonderai Chavanga in at the corner. Brilliant passing, following the adage that the ball travels faster than the man.
Richard Brown's try for the Force was one of my favourite, with eighth man Brown himself flinging the ball wide, then taking the return pass from always impressive Ryan Cross to finish a great try. It was quick and sneaky, but watch carefully for Scott Staniforth's no look pass. Brilliant.
Note: I named last week's Pick of the Week as Round Four, whereas it was actually three. Apologies for any confusion it may have caused.