Rupeni Caucau try and nice assist


Massive try saving hit by Israel No.8


Visser penalised for preventing lineout


Malakai Fekitoa smashes Conrad Smith


Seru Rabeni crunching tackle on McFadden


Tony Buckley's big handoff on Simon Shaw


Henry Tuilagi swats Zee Ngwenya away


Isa Nacewa tackle on Gareth Owen


Mourad Boudjellal on building Toulon

Friday, March 27, 2009

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 6

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 6

Bags of quality tries have become the norm for this season's Super 14. This week, the New Zealand sides finally turn up to produce some end-to-end magic, the South African Sharks and Bulls defend their places at the top of the log while the Australian franchises have had a week to forget.

Two long range tries from the Sharks wingers punished the pretty in pink Western Force who struggled up front all evening. The Crusaders were back to their best with some of the best passages of play all season, from any team. With sweeping back play taking them from sideline to sideline and some brilliant interplay from typically athletic Kiwi big men, have the Crusaders sparked a turn around or is it all too late?

The Chiefs escaped the mid-table log jam with a nine try blitz of New Zealand rivals the Blues, squeezing themselves into the top four. The Sharks are leading the pack with the Bulls close behind. The Waratahs, despite a close loss to the Crusaders retain a third place ranking. It is a matter of a one or two point difference for most teams, meaning it could take just one good game (or one bad one) to see much of the table totally revamped.

A special mention goes to All Black flier Sitiveni Sivivatu, delivering twenty of the Chiefs 63-34 victory, in the form of four superbly taken tries. We've thrown in a few of the best tries for our Round 6 Pick of the Week.


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welshno7 March 27, 2009 11:52 am

first comment XD loved the crusaders length of the field score!

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welshno7 March 27, 2009 11:52 am

first comment XD loved the crusaders length of the field score!

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jamestheconvict March 27, 2009 12:10 pm

nice !!!

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jamestheconvict March 27, 2009 12:10 pm

nice !!!

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T. March 27, 2009 12:49 pm

very nice tries!

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T. March 27, 2009 12:49 pm

very nice tries!

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Anonymous March 27, 2009 1:33 pm

masagas try was ace :D the pass was fucking awesome!!

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Anonymous March 27, 2009 1:33 pm

masagas try was ace :D the pass was fucking awesome!!

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Kerivoula March 27, 2009 1:52 pm

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Much better than the opening few weeks which were ordinary. Glad to see the Crusaders coming to the party, while finally we see just how average many of the Australian sides are at the moment. Only the Waratahs have it I think. Bring back Latham and Elsom...

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Kerivoula March 27, 2009 1:52 pm

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Much better than the opening few weeks which were ordinary. Glad to see the Crusaders coming to the party, while finally we see just how average many of the Australian sides are at the moment. Only the Waratahs have it I think. Bring back Latham and Elsom...

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tehsniper March 27, 2009 2:11 pm

Awesome rugby

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tehsniper March 27, 2009 2:11 pm

Awesome rugby

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Ted March 27, 2009 2:26 pm

As a NH supporter who works on a Saturday morning, I rarely get to see full games - just these try compilations, therefore I ask our brethren in the SH to put me right on something.The press in England at the moment is full of stuff about how the ELVs have had the opposite effect that they were supposed to have - that they have created more kicking, that they have strengthened the defenders rather than the attackers. They say this has been tru of this year's 6N but also of the S14. What I want to know is, are they right? I don't wish to comment on it without knowing what I'm talking about.I realise this may stoke yet another NH vs SH debate but that's really not the point. Have the ELVs made S14 better, or was it better a couple of years ago?

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Ted March 27, 2009 2:26 pm

As a NH supporter who works on a Saturday morning, I rarely get to see full games - just these try compilations, therefore I ask our brethren in the SH to put me right on something.The press in England at the moment is full of stuff about how the ELVs have had the opposite effect that they were supposed to have - that they have created more kicking, that they have strengthened the defenders rather than the attackers. They say this has been tru of this year's 6N but also of the S14. What I want to know is, are they right? I don't wish to comment on it without knowing what I'm talking about.I realise this may stoke yet another NH vs SH debate but that's really not the point. Have the ELVs made S14 better, or was it better a couple of years ago?

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Anonymous March 27, 2009 3:33 pm

Love to see the crusader try from another angle. Funny how other teams can't emulate this kind of rugby. makes you wonder if its a mentality more than a skills issue, pass rather than looking for individual glory.

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Anonymous March 27, 2009 3:33 pm

Love to see the crusader try from another angle. Funny how other teams can't emulate this kind of rugby. makes you wonder if its a mentality more than a skills issue, pass rather than looking for individual glory.

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italianscrummy March 27, 2009 4:42 pm

Really great S14 week;)...loved the crusaders try..that's what teamwork is all about.@ RD On the better quality player: quality is better as for definition...but makes the video go stop-motion like and slows down or stops if you have other stuff on or don't make it load up all the way before you watch it.keep em' comin'...SH is great (just as NH, i live in it;)

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italianscrummy March 27, 2009 4:42 pm

Really great S14 week;)...loved the crusaders try..that's what teamwork is all about.@ RD On the better quality player: quality is better as for definition...but makes the video go stop-motion like and slows down or stops if you have other stuff on or don't make it load up all the way before you watch it.keep em' comin'...SH is great (just as NH, i live in it;)

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CSL March 27, 2009 5:25 pm

Great tries but why so few fans? For the Lions-Brumbies game two class sides, beatiful weather, one man and his dog watching. Why?

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CSL March 27, 2009 5:25 pm

Great tries but why so few fans? For the Lions-Brumbies game two class sides, beatiful weather, one man and his dog watching. Why?

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CSL March 27, 2009 5:25 pm

Great tries but why so few fans? For the Lions-Brumbies game two class sides, beatiful weather, one man and his dog watching. Why?

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CSL March 27, 2009 5:25 pm

Great tries but why so few fans? For the Lions-Brumbies game two class sides, beatiful weather, one man and his dog watching. Why?

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I need help March 27, 2009 8:21 pm

name of song?please reply!

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I need help March 27, 2009 8:21 pm

name of song?please reply!

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boomshanka March 27, 2009 9:43 pm

Holy Blues defence, BatmanCheck this outMatt Damon playing Francois Pienaar in a Clint Eastwood film about the '95 world cup... hope its good... but, yeah... ok.

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boomshanka March 27, 2009 9:43 pm

Holy Blues defence, BatmanCheck this outMatt Damon playing Francois Pienaar in a Clint Eastwood film about the '95 world cup... hope its good... but, yeah... ok.

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Anonymous March 28, 2009 2:19 am

CSL, there were thousands of fans there but S14 is played in very large stadia for the most part, 50,000, 40,000 sometimes even 80,000 seat stadiums. That's why you get a great atmosphere in the GP for example, cuz you've got these small 10,000 or 15,000 sdeat stadiums that get filled and are compact. But that aint the case down south.Ted, the game was a kick fest before th ELVs, that's why they were brought in. The WC 2007 final was the most boring final in history, a turgid kick fest. The ELVS., when actually applied properly do encourage more running, though they are not perfect. Some of the rulkes are debatable, but some are very good. The five metre scrum rule is excelent for example, you see some great plays from scrums now.I kind of miss the maul, but I certainly don't miss the littany of penalties from mauling.Anyway, it would have been good if the NH had actually trialled the ELVs,, rather than a weird hybrid version of them, so they actually knew if they liked them.

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Anonymous March 28, 2009 2:19 am

CSL, there were thousands of fans there but S14 is played in very large stadia for the most part, 50,000, 40,000 sometimes even 80,000 seat stadiums. That's why you get a great atmosphere in the GP for example, cuz you've got these small 10,000 or 15,000 sdeat stadiums that get filled and are compact. But that aint the case down south.Ted, the game was a kick fest before th ELVs, that's why they were brought in. The WC 2007 final was the most boring final in history, a turgid kick fest. The ELVS., when actually applied properly do encourage more running, though they are not perfect. Some of the rulkes are debatable, but some are very good. The five metre scrum rule is excelent for example, you see some great plays from scrums now.I kind of miss the maul, but I certainly don't miss the littany of penalties from mauling.Anyway, it would have been good if the NH had actually trialled the ELVs,, rather than a weird hybrid version of them, so they actually knew if they liked them.

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Anonymous March 28, 2009 9:35 am

thanks RD - lots of good football and the new player worked perfectly, I'd be happy if you stuck with it.

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Anonymous March 28, 2009 9:35 am

thanks RD - lots of good football and the new player worked perfectly, I'd be happy if you stuck with it.

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Anonymous March 28, 2009 11:31 am

great to see the crusaders bak to something approaching their best.from watching the 'tahs-crusaders match there seems to be a huge gulf in class between the new zealand teams and the rest, in terms of ball skills like offloading etc.wonder do they start this kinda stuff when there young or is it all just natural?was just interested...

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Anonymous March 28, 2009 11:31 am

great to see the crusaders bak to something approaching their best.from watching the 'tahs-crusaders match there seems to be a huge gulf in class between the new zealand teams and the rest, in terms of ball skills like offloading etc.wonder do they start this kinda stuff when there young or is it all just natural?was just interested...

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Anonymous March 28, 2009 5:40 pm

video quality was pretty shit, go back to the old one, kept cutting out for me which was annoying

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Anonymous March 28, 2009 5:40 pm

video quality was pretty shit, go back to the old one, kept cutting out for me which was annoying

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Ricol March 29, 2009 12:46 am

Exelent clipAnd worderfully mixed with the songWell done RD

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Ricol March 29, 2009 12:46 am

Exelent clipAnd worderfully mixed with the songWell done RD

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brian March 29, 2009 12:06 pm

back to old quality?the HQ stuff

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brian March 29, 2009 12:06 pm

back to old quality?the HQ stuff

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beertjie March 31, 2009 3:32 am

Vimeo video quality much better than Youtube, thanks RD!

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beertjie March 31, 2009 3:32 am

Vimeo video quality much better than Youtube, thanks RD!

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Anonymous April 12, 2009 4:45 pm

wat is the song called

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Anonymous April 12, 2009 4:45 pm

wat is the song called

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