Thursday, March 04, 2010
The third round of the Super 14 served up another helping of highly entertaining rugby as great tries were scored from Perth to Pretoria. We've got a few of the best here today, with our Pick of the Week for Round 3.
The Bulls confirmed their superiority at home as they came back from being 16 points down to beat the Waratahs 48-38 in a thrilling match at Loftus. Young scrumhalf Francois Hougaard, who now plays on the wing, scored two tries while Morne Steyn contributed 18 points with the boot, a safe bet for anyones Fantasy Rugby side.
The Chiefs are another side on the eyeing out the top of the table, as they've been unbeaten so far, with their first home game coming up. They play the Reds, who are becoming the surprise package of the tournament, showing real form at times.
They lost to the Blues last weekend though, who sealed the deal with a late Rudi Wulf try, winning 27-18 in the end. They face the Crusaders in Round 4, who brushed aside a disjointed Sharks team with a 35-6 win over them in Christchurch.
The Hurricanes match against the Lions showed us that the travelling men from Johannesburg have a lot of heart, but simply don't have the firepower to execute at the moment. It was an unhappy return to New Zealand for Carlos Spencer, who's side went down 33-18.
Our man Todd Clever scored a nice try and put in another good performance, but it was Hurricanes hooker Andrew Hore who scored a classic solo effort, running half the field and throwing a dummy for good measure.
The Highlanders won for the first time on the road in two years as they beat the Cheetahs 31-24 in Bloemfontein. They now travel to Cape Town to take on the Stormers, who went down 19-17 to the Brumbies after a dramatic intercept from captain George Smith late in the game.
Round four kicks off soon, so do what you can to catch all the action live. If you don't manage Rugbydump will be here for you next week, once again, with our Pick of the Week.
Super 14 Pick of the Week - Rounds 1 & 2
Music: Wake Up by Rage Against the Machine