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Monday, March 16, 2009

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 5

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 5

It was do or die in Round 5 of the Super 14 for many teams. Some delivered, giving themselves a fighting chance at making the top 4, while others have seen that dream come and go. Twelve tries of this weekend's action have been jam-packed into yet another RugbyDump Pick of the Week.

There was plenty of everything this week. Storming set-piece play brought crowds to their feet from Newlands to Dunedin while some superb build-up play from the likes of the Brumbies and the Chiefs brought the house down; Adam Ashley-Cooper's two minute try had to be condensed.

The Crusaders were up to their old tricks despite a long injury list that is partially responsible for their current 11th place on the table. Though unable to perform as well as they would have liked, the Cantabrians ran in two beauties with Ryan Crotty and Isaac Ross finishing off. A lack of concentration in the second-half, not to mention two magical Matt Giteau moments, saw the Western Force come back to draw the match.

Fortunately for the spectator, blow-outs have been few and far between this season but round 5 saw the Blues beat down the last place Cheetahs and the Stormers run away from the Lions. Jacque Fourie's interception and offload to speedster Henno Mentz was a flash of brilliance amongst an otherwise one sided contest for the Stormers. Sireli Naqelevuki also showed what a lethal and well balanced runner he is, scoring a neatly taken try.

It's all to play for next week in round 6 as the Bulls, Waratahs, Sharks and Blues fight to maintain their spots at the top of the table.


Time: 04:42

Posted at 9:09 am | 31 comments

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Ted March 16, 2009 10:19 am

Some great tries - Giteau is fantastic sometimes isn't he? For a wee fella he really makes his presence felt.

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Arnaud March 16, 2009 10:48 am

I didn't enjoy prervious super 14 pick of the week but this one is very good.Great passing skills, great support from temmates and some pretty moves by Giteau.Just one thing : where's the defending team on Masaga's try??? O_oAnyway good video.

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jamestheconvict March 16, 2009 11:22 am

sick - nice one RD

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opfazonk March 16, 2009 11:36 am

ross' try for the crusaders kicked ass! that's the way rugby should be played!

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zacaria March 16, 2009 12:24 pm

sweet as. fully makes up for the lack of big hits, masaga even made the shit pass from the forward look good.ben lucas, quade cooper step???

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Anonymous March 16, 2009 1:50 pm

I complained about the defence/piss poor tackling on the last one of these but i have to admit that this was proper attacking rugby. The first try was just class.

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James March 16, 2009 1:59 pm

Masaga's try was just a different class!!

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Fontane March 16, 2009 3:18 pm

Awesome Giteau, that guys is class. But Masaga - he's out of this world at the moment!!!

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Anonymous March 16, 2009 4:09 pm

the last one is amazing

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Anonymous March 16, 2009 4:37 pm

allways looking forward to those highlight reels of the weekends super14 matches, keep them coming please

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Anonymous March 16, 2009 4:53 pm

Masaga is just out of this world. Needs to up his defence and should get an AB spot.

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Ricky G March 16, 2009 5:26 pm

Who is the one playing hooker in the stormers team? is it schalk britz?Its been a long time since Ive seen a hooker play like that

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heinzy March 16, 2009 7:30 pm

Yeah Schalk Brits. He's amazing, way better than Adrienn Strauss IMO, he should be on the bench for Springboks. nice vid rd

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islandstylin March 16, 2009 8:11 pm

mean clip RD!! giteau and masaga were awesome but, what about the fancy footwork by the hooker at 2:29??

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Eyrezer March 16, 2009 9:15 pm

That last Chiefs try was a heart-breaker... as a Highlanders supporter

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mise March 17, 2009 1:19 am

best super 14 colelction this year so far. Great running, offloading and imagination. Still the odd bout of occasionally incomprehendable defending, but overall best s14 vid this year on RD.

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Anonymous March 17, 2009 1:26 am

Some really good ones this week. I would have liked to see the Red's try where Genia does a flick pass at the base of the ruck to Ioane. Not a flowing backline move sure, but pure class and amazing trickery. Just totally flabergasted the Sharks defence, one the of the meanest in world rugby.

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caucau's no.1 fan March 17, 2009 1:32 am

jake white wouldnt play britz in the team because in an interview once he was really arrogant and said he was better than another hookers in SA and it was stupid he wasnt playing or something, so i think the SARFU are reluctant to pick him now, similar to whats happened with watson i guess except watson was just arrogant it was disrespect. masaga should be in the all blacks, but as long as boring henry's running the ship he wont get a look in me thinks

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Anonymous March 17, 2009 1:33 am

The defending is good, the attacking play has to be better. You don't see offloading and running at speed like this in the north. That's the difference, that's why you see great players (All blacks, wallabies and Springboks) missing tackles. The attacking play's just too damn good.

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Anonymous March 17, 2009 2:59 am

what do the northern cynics have to say about that?

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Boz March 17, 2009 4:41 am

Britz would be the perfect off the bench hooker to bring a needed spark for SA. I guess they know what they are doing since they have the Web Ellis thoguh.

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boomshanka March 17, 2009 7:27 am

yeah caucau, its a compromise... boring wins or exciting losses .Masaga will make it there, hes already worn the black shirt as an under21... give him a coupla years... even under Henry .

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Arnaud March 17, 2009 9:37 am

Northen cynics?Just watch England...they attack well I think.Snif T_T(just hope the video will not be posted....what a shame for a french like me)

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Rob March 17, 2009 9:47 am

No, England do not attack well. They can't put anything together like the tries here. The offloading in the tackle is so good and keeps the movement alive. You never see England (or any northern hemisphere team really) pulling off moves at such pace like that. We are in desparate need of some of that Southern flair. For the record I'm English.

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FrankyH March 17, 2009 10:20 am

In fairness Rob, you do have Mike Catt, Lesley Vainikolo, Riki Flutey.. Matt Stevens? :P

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Anonymous March 17, 2009 11:06 am

Catt is a solid veteran, but has never been considered a flashy player, just solid, reliable and experienced.Flutey is a kiwi offcut, a decentish centre who would never been considered good enough for any of the tri-nations teams, again solid, but certainly not flashy.Vainokolo is an ageing former league player, who used to be known for his explosive running although he never proved himself in the NRL, the toughest league comp, only the SL. He has lost pace and ability, but is still ok at bashing it into the opposition. Again, no real flair.Ever see England offload in the tackle or pass like a SH team? Maybe in 2003 on the odd occasion, although even that team was known for forward power and kicking rather than flashy play.

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AmerikaLock March 18, 2009 1:53 am

Good Vid, Great Music Two thunmbs up.

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Mike March 18, 2009 11:18 am

hey guys, the video has been removed from youtube. could anyone tell me where to get the video. The video was so good that Im going to use it in promoting rugby here in finland!So please if anyone has the video could he/she send it to me here m_tervanen at hotmail.comor if its a link, please share it with all of us :P.

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FrankyH March 18, 2009 1:21 pm

It's back up.. :P

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twilighthoney March 19, 2009 2:39 pm

Thanks Rugby Dump for getting the clip back....GREAT selection of tries....

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