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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Super Saturday - Results update

Super Saturday - Results update

There were three massive games earlier today as it was an action packed day of sport around the world. In the Super 14 we had the two Semi finals in South Africa, while the final of the Heineken Cup took place at Stade de France in Paris.

Bulls vs Crusaders - Super 14 1st Semi final
It was a repeat of last years semi final as the Bulls once again beat the Crusaders to progress to the final. A packed Orlando Stadium hosted a high profile rugby match for the first time ever in what was a great occasion for not only Soweto, but the country on a whole.

Morne Steyn kicked 24 points while tries were scored by Pierre Spies, Zane Kirchner, and Fourie Du Preez as the Bulls took the match 39-24, and will host the final next weekend.

Biarritz vs Toulouse - Heineken Cup Final
Toulouse were crowned champions of Europe once again as they beat Biarritz 21-19 in front of a packed Stade de France in Paris earlier this evening. This win is their fourth in the fifteen year history of the tournament, the best record to date.

David Skrela and Florian Fritz scored the points for Toulouse as the Skrela kicked two drops and three penalties, while Fritz slotted one drop and a long range penalty. Biarritz managed a late try through Karmichael Hunt, but it wasn't enough as Toulouse powered on to victory.

Stormers vs Waratahs - Super 14 2nd Semi Final
The Stormers will face the Bulls in the final of the Super 14 after they beat the Waratahs 25-6 in what was a comfortable win despite it being a physically bruising contest. Peter Grant kicked 20 points while centre Juan de Jongh scored a stunning individual try.

The final will be the first ever for the Stormers, and is set to be am uphill challenge as they'll be away from home, facing the defending champions Bulls in what will be a fiercely contested all South African derby.

Springbok team to face Wales on 5th June
Following the matches, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers named his team to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium next month. As expected, De Villiers has chosen a contingent of overseas based players, with recalls for Butch James of Bath, and Joe Van Niekerk of Toulon. Both last played for their country in 2008.

Frans Steyn (Racing Metro); Gio Aplon (Stormers), Jean de Villiers (Munster), Butch James (Bath), Odwa Ndungane (Sharks); Ruan Pienaar (Sharks), Ricky Januarie (Stormers), CJ van der Linde (Leinster), John Smit (Sharks), BJ Botha (Ulster), Danie Rossouw (Bulls), Andries Bekker (Stormers), Francois Louw (Stormers), Dewald Potgieter (Bulls), Joe van Niekerk (Toulon)
Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle (Bulls), Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), Alistair Hargreaves (Sharks), Ryan Kankowski (Sharks), Meyer Bosman (Cheetahs), Juan de Jongh (Stormers), Bjorn Basson (Cheetahs)

Posted at 11:03 pm | 22 comments

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bill clinton May 22, 2010 9:59 pm

All saffa final....NOOOOOO!
Well done to the bulls and stormers.

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USA6 May 22, 2010 11:45 pm

GO STORMERS
Im from the US but I like their team, theyre the team that have Shalk Bruger and recently got Brian Habana, right? Theyre my 2 favorite players. Habanas my fav back becuz he has great speed, but he also tackles, and SHalk Burger is just plain an simple...an ANIMAL.

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Anonymous May 23, 2010 12:33 am

The stormers are the team who can beat the bulls, it's gana be a good one - can't wait!

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Philip May 23, 2010 12:45 am

NoOOOo!!! The Tahs are out :(

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Anonymous May 23, 2010 1:04 am

Chiliboy Ralepelle....un be lievable

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cheis May 23, 2010 1:33 am

springbok backline doesn't look too special..

and chilliboy.. ag, he'll be injured before the game anyway.. like always

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Chris May 23, 2010 6:00 am

WALLEEEESS!!! WALLLEESSS!!!

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vinniechan May 23, 2010 6:00 am

As much as I don't want the Bulls to win, I can't see the Stormers beating them.
I think huge credit must be given to the Bulls video analysis: they must have done something incredible to be able to completely negate the Crusader's set play.
Crusader's was even on the scoreline thanks to the think on the feet rugby played by DC.

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Sad May 23, 2010 8:21 am

PDV must be related to Chilliboy. It's just ridiculous that he keeps selecting him. Third choice hooker at the Bulls ffs!! :(

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Andrew May 23, 2010 8:40 am

Sad,
At least Chilliboy will be well rested!

Just one question for JDV:
Where's Earl Rose?!!

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Anonymous May 23, 2010 9:39 am

where is schalk Brits?

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Anonymous May 23, 2010 9:54 am

where the hell is schalk Brits easily the best performing bok outside Super 14?!

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hi May 23, 2010 10:00 am

wheres habana? and burger? and brits?

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Anonymous May 23, 2010 10:29 am

Guys, calm down - pdv actually said that he is checking out the talent we have abroad to help with selection come 2011 - that will definately not be the team for the 3N!!! As crazy as pdv is he does have some sense!!

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Scotsdale May 23, 2010 10:44 am

It's an experimental side, but he needs to swallow his pride and stop being so loyal to players who clearly can't cut it at the top level. Chillyboy was taken on tour last year and was clearly unfit. Even now, he's just recovered from injury. I'm not sure what kind of message it sends to other players who ARE actually performing well.

Good side otherwise. :)

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Anonymous May 23, 2010 1:13 pm

^ well said scotsdale, who knows what goes on inside pdivs head!!!??? Not the best bok 15 by any means, but hey as long as we win the 3n and look good come 2011 don't mind pdv experimenting a little in order to achieve just that!!

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Anonymous May 23, 2010 1:17 pm

Damn looking at that bok 15 - you forget how many players we actually have over-seas i bet pdv could even select a whole overseas based side if he wished. Good to remember these guys are here come 2011, especially Fsteyn - we want you back, come home!!!

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Anonymous May 23, 2010 5:29 pm

owh..experimental i'm glad i heard that. no fourie?? clearly not a first 15 boks side. but still looking quite strong

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Anonymous May 24, 2010 12:42 pm

Wales still dont stand a chance!

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ToulouseFan May 24, 2010 7:15 pm

Help of a saffa fan please :p

I heard Dan Human, Toulouse prop, was part of the squad for this tour, but he isn't even part of the 23 players here, he wasn't eventually taken ?
IMO he really is part of the Top 5 best left props !!!

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Anonymous May 24, 2010 10:52 pm

Human can scrummage but the 3 nations teams need more from their props, they have to be really athletic, defend and link in attack to make the national side.

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ToulouseFan May 25, 2010 9:52 am

Believe me Human is that kind of prop too !
We've seen him many times holding the ball in Toulouse and he really isn't bad at it ! I even remember a flick pass from him, leading to a try. And his defense wouldn't be a problem, that's for sure =)

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