Monday, March 30, 2009
The rugby so far this season has been first class with many of the franchises, from all three countries, producing some quality rugby. Its the usual assortment of counter attack to set piece to individual brilliance this week as the tournament keeps getting better.
From Luke Watson's powerful individual effort to both Anthony Tuitivake and Christian Lealiafano's stepping, the bar has been raised yet another notch. Perhaps the Crusaders let themselves down in the case of the controversial Watson, but it was pure class from Brumbies flyhalf Lealiafano against the Sharks.
For the second week in a row, the Sharks have looked deadly from turnover ball, producing a precision 60m try under the sticks. The Chiefs have been on fire in that area too with that man Sivivatu cashing in for the sixth time in the past two games.
With Stephen Donald, Richard Kahui and Mils Muliana dominating the midfield the Chiefs could find themselves even further up the table in the coming weeks.
The Highlanders, Hurricanes and Crusaders all managed wins over their South African counterparts with the men from Dunedin pulling off a 36-12 taming of the Bulls. The Hurricanes squeezed by the Lions despite some end to end stuff from the home side, including American flanker Todd Clever's first try in Super rugby.
The Crusaders sit a lowly seventh but with half of the round robin sill to play; anything can happen. Check back next week as the chase for the top four playoff spots continues.
Music: Shoot to Thrill by AC/DC