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Friday, May 14, 2010

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 13

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 13

As we head into the final round of the Super 14, this weekend is vital in that the Bulls are the only side assured of a play-off place. Heres a look back at the best tries scored in an incredible round last weekend though, with fifteen included in total.

The race for the semis was well and truly on last weekend, as sides within touching distance made it imperative to get maximum points, resulting in some great running rugby as they searched for those all important bonus points.

The Reds second half against the Hurricanes was much like the second half of their season disappointing. They still managed to scored a few great tries though, namely through Anthony Faainga and Rod Davies. The Canes themselves dished up their usual brand, as Hosea Gear crossed more than once as he looks to be the form wing in New Zealand at the moment.

We all saw, and talked about, the classic match between the Crusaders and the Bulls in Pretoria. Perhaps the controversial ending unfortunately overshadowed what was an incredible display of attacking rugby from both sides. The pick of the tries from that game are included here as theyre well worth watching again.

For the Chiefs, last years finalists who this season havent found their form, Jackson Willison got on the end of a brilliant try that was made by some slick passing down the line. Drew Mitchell pulled off a great individual try for the Waratahs, and seasoned campaigner Carlos Spencer got on the end of a nice counterattack for the Lions.

Thats just a few of the excellent tries that were scored in a fantastic weekend of action. This weekend is set to be a tense final round, as each match has its own set of permutations that will determine who makes the top four and who doesnt.

For now though, kick back and watch fifteen of the best tries scored in Round 13. Enjoy.


Time: 06:24
Music: Junkie XL - Today
Note: The audio volume is now fixed up

Posted at 10:29 am | 31 comments

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RD May 14, 2010 9:44 am

The Crusaders met the Brumbies earlier to battle it out for a semi final place. Result and updated table is here.

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Anonymous May 14, 2010 9:46 am

first not RD!

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MD May 14, 2010 11:21 am

Upsetting the Reds are out, the highlights reel will miss you boys :)

What a season though! (from all teams [except the Lions])

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Anonymous May 14, 2010 11:40 am

Mitchell!!! OMG nice run and great chip n chase

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Chris Boy May 14, 2010 12:27 pm

Rod Davies ftw

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chtitom10 May 14, 2010 1:47 pm

There is NO DEFENSE!...

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Anonymous May 14, 2010 3:11 pm

NO DEFENSE! NO MUPPET, ITS THE HIGHLIGHTS.

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Anonymous May 14, 2010 3:19 pm

ummmm what about kurtley beale's try vs the highlanders? i'm not happy about this.

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Zed May 14, 2010 3:45 pm

What about it?

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Kevin May 14, 2010 4:29 pm

The stadiums are so empty.. lol

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Anonymous May 14, 2010 5:24 pm

tastey offloading for the hurricanes 1st try

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Beatrootz May 14, 2010 5:39 pm

rugby as it should be!!!

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Scotsdale May 14, 2010 6:32 pm

'No defense', 'empy stadiums'..

Gotta love the ignorant muppets trying to bring down the super 14, as always.

Great video with some incredible tries. Anyone who watches week in and week out knows how good the all round rugby is in the tournament. To the haters - you're missing out.

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pleased May 14, 2010 8:11 pm

Is that huge afro #4 for the Reds in the last clip Radike Samoooooooooo by any chance?

This might be the best one yet IMO, great music, great clips, great feel. well done RD

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Beatrootz May 14, 2010 10:32 pm

I know what you mean scotdale,

Ah well what you expect

RD Keep them coming

Love your work

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BullRUN! May 14, 2010 11:42 pm

hahaha stadiums are built for 40,000 to 85,000 here in the South not your measly 10,000 capacity ones. Every game this season has seen 20.000+ supporters (barring the Lions, but evan a diehard fan would struggle to drag themselves out to watch them with the season they are having. they'll bounce back in the S15 though)

Fantastic vid, great music and great rugby! Would have loved to see Genias break and slick pass to Higginbotham but 15 i splenty and the vid had to end sometime i guess.

Can't wait for the final and can't wait for the expanded Super 15 season next year!

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Anonymous May 15, 2010 1:25 am

no defense, empty stadiums. as someone said before, more like a weird rugbyleague style played by 15 men.
tri nations teams are good but their championshuo seriously sucks ass

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Don't touch May 15, 2010 1:47 am

Alrighto, listen.

The Super 14 consists of the three best international teams in the world, why wouldn't it be the best competition in the world?

They have current WORLD CHAMPIONS, the Springboks playing there. (Yes, the Springboks, remember how they dismantled the BIL Lions with such ease?)

The Bulls v Stormers clash at Newlands, which seats 40-50 thousand was sold out 7 weeks ago, don't come here and talk about empty stadiums.

So to my point, you go and watch your wet, slow, predictable rugby. I'll go watch Bryan Habana tearing down the sideline, thanks.

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Boks & Bulls FTW May 15, 2010 3:43 am

Northern Rugby sucks ass, if i wanted to be bored to death i'd watch womens netball. And how many times do you idiots have to be told this is the highlights (tries, linebreaks, tackle breaks, sweet passes).

June/July
Springbok take on Wales, France & Italy
Wallabies take on England & Ireland
All Blacks take on Ireland & Wales

Does anyone really think any of those northern teams have a shot against the top 3 in world rugby?

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apple pie May 15, 2010 3:47 am

The Lions are 0-12 so far. That's so disappointing, since they can play some great attacking rugby.

I hope you're right about next year BullRUN!

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fools gold May 15, 2010 7:27 am

Only a dumbass would complain about the lack of defence on try highlights.

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Forbes May 15, 2010 7:31 am

Anonymous said... no defense, empty stadiums. as someone said before, more like a weird rugbyleague style played by 15 men.

Anybody who sees these games in full will know that there is a lot of great defence, the reason why the defences are broken on these highlights is because .. now follow this carefully, I'll try and say it slowly so you can keep up .. these are clips of tries being scored by great attacking rugby beating the defence. I realise that might be an alien concept for you but you should try and learn something here.
Others have answered the ignorant stadium comments many times on RD before, and I guess you have just don't know much about Rugby League either.

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vinniechan May 15, 2010 7:34 am

I've always liked watching Drew Mitchel and his try was the best individual try: it has everything.
He really has come a long way since making his debut for the Wallabies.

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Scotsdale May 15, 2010 12:47 pm

To the ignorant and arrogant naysayers who keep going on about attendances in the Super 14, your Magners League semi final last night attracted all of.. wait for it.. 7000 people. Aren't you all proud. :)

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Anonymous May 15, 2010 1:52 pm

hahaha 7,000 people... what a joke!

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Anonymous May 15, 2010 6:36 pm

7000?! LMAO

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Anonymous May 16, 2010 12:28 am

Thats because the magners league sucks.
The s14 is REAL rugby
i really want to see the s14 champs vs the heineken cup champs sometime

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Anonymous May 16, 2010 3:20 am

^ Why? The Super 14 Champs would put 50 on them.

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Anonymous May 16, 2010 5:32 am

holy fuck rod davies is faaaasssssstttt

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Jimmy May 16, 2010 11:44 pm

The average attendance for the S14 this year is well over 20,000 per game.
That's more than 5,000 more than any other rugby touranament in the world that doesn't involve national teams (the HC is the next best attended, with an average of roughly 15,000).
The rugby is the best in the world below international level, it has the best players and coaches and is always ont he cutting edge int erms of tactics, training and player development.
This is why so many S14 players and coaches are constantly poached by European clubs.
It is also why this competition (which is the sole source of national team players for Aus, NZ and SA) produces the three best rugby teams on the planet.
The players have better skills and a better rugby philosophy than European players, which is why European teams are constantly adapting SH tactics and training methods, and constantly recruiting SH coaches.
Beyond that, the rugby is simply more entertaining.

I find it hilarious when European fans have the audacity to critisize as their teams play such negative and unsuccesful rugby, with such low skill levels and such lack of ambition. Not only do European teams generally play with little flair, they don't seem to even try to, I guess because their skill set is so deficient.
Maybe if they knew how to offload in contact, keep the ball moving and break tackles, they'd compete better with the clearly better SH teams.

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Anonymous May 17, 2010 12:26 am

It's funny how people said the Saders vs Bulls match had bad defence.
That is as close to the All Blacks vs Springboks as you can get, short of the real thing.
These are the same guys who European national teams can't score against, who regularly thrash European opposition.
They find it alot tougher to defend against each other though, you know, because SH players actually know how to play attacking rugby, and can beat defenders, keep the ball alive and break tackles.

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