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Hurricanes beat the Lions to win maiden Super Rugby title

Much respect to the Canes. They completely outplayed us in this game. Thoroughly deserve this after a great season. But we'll be back next year... bigger, stronger, faster... :)

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Former player Glen Jackson will ref the 2016 Super Rugby Final

The only reason you don't appoint a neutral referee for a final is lack of credible alternative. I can sort of understand this about Argentinean and Japanese refs, but come on Australia, you're not even trying.

Having said that, I really like Glen Jackson and I have no reason to doubt he'll handle this game well.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

TJ Perenara escapes ban after kicking Sam Cane in the face

He needn't have been so concerned. Unless it involved a switchblade or a lead pipe, they would never prevent a star Kiwi from playing in a crunch match. And even if there were weapons involved, they'd still look hard for extenuating circumstances. Like "he phones his mom once a week, he owns a cat and he's only been arrested for indecent exposure twice".

4 Months, 1 Week ago

TJ Perenara escapes ban after kicking Sam Cane in the face

Can only be because no one wanted to see Perenara miss the final. Which makes a complete joke of the citing procedure. Because that kick was nasty, and he immediately knew he'd messed up.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

TJ Perenara escapes ban after kicking Sam Cane in the face

How the hell does a citing commissioner ignore that? Or should I rather say, would he have ignored that if Perenara wasn't in a Super Rugby final this weekend?

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Lions light up Johannesburg as they knock Super Rugby champs out in semi final

What a game. This Super Rugby trophy is as good as in the bag. All we need to do is beat the Crusaders, the Highlanders and the Hurricanes on three consecutive weekends. No biggie.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

TJ Perenara big bump on opposite number sets up great Hurricanes try

Sharks were beyond rubbish in this game. Just woeful.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Police called as beach Touch Rugby tournament descends into boxing match

Nothing sadder than Wales on a beach.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Chiefs thrash the Stormers in quarter final playoff in Cape Town

Well let's hope the Chiefs beat the Hurricanes so that the Lions get a home final. Because that's what it's all about, isn't it?

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Lions go up a level to beat the Crusaders and reach a home semi final

Here's a great interview with coach Johan Ackerman where he explains just that. Says the year out of Super Rugby (when they were relegated to make room for the Kings) gave them the opportunity to rebuild completely. New players (many of them discarded elsewhere), new coaching staff, new style of play and new belief.

http://www.supersport.com/rugby/insider/news/160720/Ackermann_and_the_rise_of_the_Lions

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago