Friday, May 22, 2009
The Super 14 2009 is almost over, as were into the Semi Final stages this weekend, with one team already having qualified for the big final that will decide who will be the provincial champions of the Southern Hemisphere.
The standard of tries last week possibly werent quite as impressive as Round 13, but there were a few great moments of quality from certain players as the race for the Semis lifted the performances of all teams in the chase.
The Chiefs secured their home semi by beating the Brumbies in a tightly contested match, but it was the losing sides flying winger Francis Fainafo who showed up speedster Lelia Masaga with his determined chase for a neat try.
For the Hurricanes, one of the finds of the season has been big Sevens star Victor Vito, who played a significant part on both their tries against the Reds, namely setting up Piri Weepu, and then Maa Nonu. Keep an eye out for him in the future.
Ryan Cross and Scott Staniforth both scored nice tries for the Force as they bid farewell to a whole host of players, by beating the Highlanders. Staniforth, Matt Giteau, and Drew Mitchell, to name a few, wont be wearing Force colours again.
The Stormers Joe Petersen continued his nice little bit of good form as he crossed again in Cape Town, but it was the Sharks who scored possibly the try of the week, with their long range effort against the Bulls, finished off by Steven Sykes.
Music: Quasimodo by Lifehouse