Benito Masilevu's huge side-steps


Ludovic Mercier crazy reverse pass


Sam Burgess breaks cheekbone, plays on


All Blacks snatch victory at the death


Streaker starts mass brawl after tackle


Ben Tameifuna massive fend on huge prop


Lee Jones makes huge trysaving tackle


Richard Hibbard & Kalamafoni double hit


Samu Manoa Huge Hit on Billy Twelvetrees

Friday, March 14, 2008

Super 14 Pick of the Week Round 4

Super 14 Pick of the Week Round 4

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.

Posted at 6:55 am | 8 comments

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daniel March 14, 2008 7:01 am

The last one was my fav...

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Kerivoula March 14, 2008 8:13 am

The first Force try and the Stormers': It shows just how effective it is to do the basics right. Pass, pass, pass, try.The Crusaders': Ditto, but with that wonderful mid-field flick pass.And agree with Daniel, the last one was just a cracker to watch.Great clip. Are the Force the only hope for the Aussies this year?

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Anonymous March 14, 2008 9:26 am

The one step pass (? i don't know if we say that in english)......for the try of Chavanga is my favorite.Theobit (goooo France against the Wales)

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David March 14, 2008 3:17 pm

i have to admit that is what's setting the better southern hemisphere teams and players apart from much of the north at the moment. you guys do the basics so well. but at least Wales are on form.

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bonzai March 14, 2008 5:16 pm

Crikey. Looked more like a pick of the year than a pick of the week, those tries were fantastic, Chavanga is lightning off the mark.

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nick March 15, 2008 11:02 am

the force were FUCKING AWSOME!!!!!!!!!! even if we lost , who cares we BEAT THE BLUES IN NZ this week C'MOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

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Anonymous March 16, 2008 1:44 am

What has happened to the Super 14 Plays of the Week videos? I always liked those, especially the cheerleaders...good vid though, nice tries.

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Sharky March 16, 2008 8:57 pm

As mentioned here before, the Super 14 Plays of the Week are no longer being created by Inside Rugby in Australia unfortunately so it looks like there won't be any for 2008. :(

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