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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Currie Cup Round 11 - Highlights from the weekend

Currie Cup Round 11 - Highlights from the weekend

The Currie Cup highlights have been scarce the last two weeks as for one reason or another, they weren't top of the list and other tournaments got featured. If anything major happened, it would have been shown though. To make up for it anyway, here's full highlights of three games from the weekend, Round 11.

The three games featured are the Sharks against the Free State Cheetahs, Pumas vs Western Province, and the Blue Bulls against the Golden Lions.

The Sharks continue to look like tournament favourites as they showed their strength against the Cheetahs in Durban with a convincing 30-16 win. Springbok Ryan Kankowski made a difference as he was involved in setting up tries, first for Odwa Ndungane, then later for Rory Kockott. Willem Alberts and Charl McLeod also crossed for well taken tries.

Western Province, now second on the table behind the Sharks, travelled to the impressive Mbombela Stadium on Friday night as they took on hosts the Pumas. They proved too strong as they crushed them 62-10 in what was eventually a one sided contest.

The Jukskei derby between the Blue Bulls and the Lions was a far closer affair, with the revitalised Lions fighting back from being 24-9 but eventually going down to their neighbours, who won 24-21 at their home ground of Loftus Versfeld.

Please note that the three clips are presented as a playlist, so you can easily skip to the match you'd like to see (click the second button), or just sit back and watch all three as they'll start automatically once hitting play.

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:29 pm | View Comments (27)

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Anonymous September 23, 2010 2:33 pm


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Phil September 23, 2010 2:34 pm

Hello. Just wanted to avoid someone else getting in before me and saying that word.

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Phil September 23, 2010 2:34 pm

Ah, anonymous managed it and refrained, so all's well.

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dezzy September 23, 2010 3:34 pm

Kankowski >>> Spies

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Leeners93 September 23, 2010 3:58 pm

anyone one else love de villiers jump for the tryline?completely hurdled the last defender!kinda like rocky elsom v fiji,except this time it worked....

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semperfimamba September 23, 2010 4:28 pm

JDV - NFL touchdown style, i dont know why rugga players when close to the try line dont jump over the damn ruck?? Imagine someone like Bakkies picks up the pill and launches his 120kg frame into the air over the ruck, i dont care whos on the otherside they aint stoppin that weight and a certain try.

Any ideas it illegal in rugby?

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Anonymous September 23, 2010 5:00 pm

It's actually easier to stop someone in the air than on the ground!

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vinniechan September 23, 2010 5:33 pm

The defence spread like butter in the last try :)

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Anonymous September 23, 2010 6:03 pm

Aplon on fire that fella is hungry hope he gets to shine this EOYT!!!

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Wolfman21 September 23, 2010 6:15 pm

The only number 8 softer than Pierre Spies in Kankowski.

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Benson September 23, 2010 7:22 pm

^ Yeah, they're both screaming queens who just cant cut the physicality of super 14 and test rugby.

No wait..

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TB September 23, 2010 7:24 pm

Kankowski and Aplon looked very fast to me.

To Semperfimamba: I think it is, I have definitely been in a game where a guy dove over a ruck to score a try and the ref called it illegal.

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Chris Boy September 23, 2010 7:34 pm

i agree with dezzy, kankowski is better than spies

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Wolfman21 September 23, 2010 7:44 pm

Both Spies and Kankowski can cope with the pace and openess of Super rugby, but both struggle with the physicality of test rugby, espeically in the Northern Hemisphere and especially when things are kept tight.

Spies has played like a meek lamb this past season in international games, and Kankowski, when given the opportunity, has also struggled to physically impose himself in international rugby.

Currie Cup, Super 14, open test matches, smaller nations - they are both great.

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Leeners93 September 23, 2010 9:16 pm

what about burger at 8,with brussouw and juan smith as flankers?he couldn't do a worse job than spies

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Anonymous September 23, 2010 9:17 pm

ok guys, so who put their red socks in the washing machine with the sharks kit?!?

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pint of plain September 23, 2010 11:46 pm

Kanko definitely had a great that he doesn't get the Springbok time he deserves. To be fair, he doesn't always make an impact once he's subbed in for Spies (if that happens...), but I think PdV should try starting Kankowski every now and then and seeing how it goes.

And Wolfman, stop being a cunt. We all see that you're just trying to incite some childish arguments here, so cut it out.

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pint of plain September 23, 2010 11:50 pm

Oh, and the Lions were a bit unlucky not to pull one over on the Bulls - van Heerden getting yellow-carded was definitely harsh and a bit undeserved, and that led to the Bulls scoring the first try.

...but the fact that they came within 3 points...that's the last-place team 3 points shy of the first-place team from last year's Super 14...the Bulls really need their Bok starters back, I guess.

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Wolfman21 September 24, 2010 4:22 am

Pint of plain - thats very harsh - I am not a troll, or trying to incite anything. I merely said that Kankowski is soft, and followed this up by stating that both Spies and Kankowski have been found wanting at international level. For all their athleticism, they both lack grunt.

And I am a Bulls supporter, with the Sharks being my second team. No need for you to take things so personally or be so touchy.

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granite September 24, 2010 4:39 am

Is it just me, or did the sharks get a few lucky calls from the ref?

Very impressed with the WP backs.

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pint of plain September 24, 2010 5:58 am

Fair enough then, I apologize.

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Anonymous September 24, 2010 7:25 am

RE: jumping over the ruck near the line, youll most likely be pulled up for obstruction. And if you touch one of your own players in the process youll get pinged for accidental offside.

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Benson September 24, 2010 7:33 am

Wolfman, I don't think there's anything soft about either one of them. Spies certainly doesn't assert himself physically, but your comment about not being hard enough in the NH is laughable.

Re. Kankowski, why would you call him soft? How often do you see him knocked back in the tackle, missing tackles, or lying on the floor feigning injury? It's just a foolish and insulting comment really.

If you'd prefer him to be a Lauaki type who bashes players out the way, fair enough, but that's not the type of player he is. He runs around them, setting up tries for others and legging it to score himself a lot of the time.

Sure they both could do with more mongrel in them, but I think thats more a Spies issue than a Kankowski one, as Spies is the one who doesn't have the natural flair and is built like the friggin incredible hulk. He should be murdering opponents.

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NiWiTa September 24, 2010 12:03 pm

Kankowski looks pacy here..nice to see a big fella with a turn of speed...

Reckon he should be regular instead of Spies...

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Bradders September 24, 2010 12:28 pm

Jumping over a tackle like JDV is illegal and has been for years.

You can dive over a ruck and I have seen highlights of it on here I think?

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Anonymous September 27, 2010 2:41 am

Matfield did it once.

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semperfimamba September 27, 2010 6:51 pm

I think that we should give Kanko more burn in top games and see if he has the steel for the job, not bit parts here and there.As for Spies, dudes built like a shhhh brick house but dont intimidate anyone. He should be moved to the wing.

Now if you want a # 8 thats all diesel then who better than Deysel, he's an effin tank, eith him or Alberts or Duane from Western Province, all true 8 men, not wings with muscles...lolol..

Ever see how easy it is for Alberts, Duane and Deysel to bump off tackles and gain serious ground? Thats coz they dont eff around by tyring to dance past tackles...daysey dips his shoulder and its a wrap "pop" gose the Cant wait for him to recover.(not to mention he pretty good at stealin ball)

Imagine a back like of Deysel, Alberts and Juan....daaaaaamn...can you say shock and awe? lol..


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