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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Canterbury go top as they beat Otago at Carisbrook

Canterbury go top as they beat Otago at Carisbrook

Canterbury went top of the ITM Cup as they outdid Otago at Carisbrook on the weekend, winning 35-20 despite the scores being tied with just 15 minutes left. Some great tries were scored, with Sonny Bill Williams again prominent as he scored an excellent 60m individual effort.

Torn between featuring Williams try on its own or include the other highlights, the quality of some of the other play, including the late try of Sean Maitlands, made it worth posting the full match highlights.

With the scores tied at 20-20, Williams worked the overlap then put the foot down to outstrip the Otago defence and score a very good try. For all his promise, Williams hasnt disappointed as each week hes shown flashes of brilliance. This game was just another example of his quality as he started at 13 instead of 12, and looked good.

Talk is now rife of his inclusion for the All Blacks on their upcoming tour of Hong Kong and Europe. His versatility means that he could easily slot in for Conrad Smith, partnering with Maa Nonu, or alternatively just come off the bench in other position.

The reality though is that he is still very raw, so until the 25 year old league convert is truly tested against top quality opposition, its hard to judge. The good money is on him being at next years World Cup anyway.

He was actually mobbed after the game by fans as they took to the field and surrounded the player. Things got a little out of hand and his own teammates had to shield him as they attempted to get off the park.

Security has been stepped up ahead of the next Canterbury game, which is against Southland on Saturday as the top two sides contest the Ranfurley Shied.

"There was a bit of a shemozzle at Carisbook last weekend when other players had to protect him rather than the security doing it. They weren't little kids, they were big kids who were all over him and for any of the players we have to make sure we protect their safety," said a Southland security official.

On an interesting sidenote, the match was refereed by recently retired player Glen Jackson, who many will know from his time in New Zealand, as well as his recent seasons with Saracens in the Guinness Premiership.

For those who are interested, an interview with Williams is included in this post after the highlights. At this stage in his union development, what do you think of his progress?

Posted at 10:32 am | 52 comments

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 8:44 am

first! nice tries!

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Max October 05, 2010 9:01 am

He is coming along nicely. I still think the world cup final combination will be Maa Nonu - Smith (Hoping we get that far). He will be a welcome addition to the bench though and put pressure on the senior players to perform. I honestly can't pick the utility for the bench of Graham Henry's future best possible ABs side. Will it be Toeava, Fruean or SBW? It could even be Ranger or Mccalister. That's 5 incredible centres right there though and unfortunately only one or two can be on the bench when the moment comes. It's a nice problem to have though.

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 9:09 am

That is some fantastic teamwork and tries, SBW hopefully should get a place on the bench for the WC2011.

It's a shame we don't have a Rugby Union version of the world clubs championship or a WorldSuper Cup for winner of HC vs S15.

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Alexander October 05, 2010 10:10 am

Anyone see blocking of the defender on the first try?

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 10:38 am

dont forget kahui aswell, when he's fit he's a very good centre.

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 11:20 am

He's going to play at 8 in the world cup.

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 12:01 pm

I think there ain't blocking because the defensor still had a way to come to the hooker. looks more like he tries to make it look like blocking, a bit like when the defence tries to put a guy offside in football by going forward before the last pass is made

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Bradders October 05, 2010 12:20 pm

definately blocking as the front rower was so far out and moving with no pace, could have been stopped no worries. The Cants guy slowed right down after seeing where the Defender was coming from - ref was in a good place too. Should have pinged him.

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 1:15 pm

he gunna be on the All Blacks tour. can just see NH teams shittn themselves

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Philip October 05, 2010 1:21 pm

Nice of SBW to mingle with the crowd afterwards...showing people he's not a moneys guy :)

And great pace! Like the commentators said - very deceptive lol.

Agree with anon in saying that I wouldn't mind seeing SH and NH club champions go at each other.

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 1:46 pm

SBW and Fruean weigh 217 kg between them biggest center pairing in the ITM cup, Compare that to Nonu and Smth 194kg big difference. Good choice going to Canterbury looking forward to SBW playing outside of Carter his offloading skills and pace are something special and much needed in the All Blacks but his defence reading needs some work but Henry and co will fast track that.

So many Superstars in the ITM cup everyone wants that black jersey, going to be a very interesting to see who makes the end of year tour.I would say Fruen wont go this year but it would be a shame to break SBW/Fruean combo up. Toeava,Ranger utillty center/wings and alot depends on how Gear goes in the 7s. Henry said he wants specialist 1st 5 so would say he will take Cruden and Slade for more development so their wont be no room for Mccalister. Don't think there will be anymore suppresses in the backs.

Forwards gunna be tough one they always want flankers to cover lock as well. wots your thoughts?

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dutchrugbyplayer October 05, 2010 2:13 pm

Agree with Alexander & Bradders. How it was not either offside or blocking beats me.
Nice tries but the defense didn't really impress. Sonny should never have scored if either one of the defender had committed to the tackle. Slick play and dummying nevertheless

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dutchrugbyplayer October 05, 2010 2:13 pm

Agree with Alexander & Bradders. How it was not either offside or blocking beats me.
Nice tries but the defense didn't really impress. Sonny should never have scored if either one of the defender had committed to the tackle. Slick play and dummying nevertheless

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Ryan October 05, 2010 2:16 pm

SONNNYY BROO WILLLIAMMMSSS!!!

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 4:08 pm

That first try was pure bull, On the right a Canterbury player dives over the ball and then on the left a quite outrageous piece of obvious blocking.

The SBW try was started by the Canterbury 8 illegally rebinding at the back of the scrum as well.

And before you ask, not even a NZer, completely neutral in the matter.

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 5:23 pm

this comentator is too old i've heard him mix up names so many tiemes

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 5:25 pm

what the hell is up with the car hornes that is so sad!

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 7:14 pm

Otago RU lets some people take their cars into Carisbrook. I actually think it's pretty cool. It Reminds me of watching a game at your local club with all the cars on the banks honking.

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PineTree October 05, 2010 8:01 pm

Always rated Maitland as a player. Will be interesting to see what happens when Dagg turns up for the S15!

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Anonymous October 05, 2010 8:34 pm

I agree with pine tree will be intreasting i would say they would swap them around abit

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Wolfman21 October 06, 2010 3:21 am

So much depth at the Crusaders for the Super 15 next year, with a lot of young talent able to play the whole competition with the All Blacks sitting out for a bit.

As noted by a couple of others, I can't wait to see Carter, Sonny Bill, Freuan and Dagg together.

Slade is pretty classy also - second best flyhalf in New Zealand by my reckoning - is he still at the Crusaders next year? He needs game time.

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Anonymous October 06, 2010 3:39 am

Slade is off to the highlanders next year. Crusaders backline is going to be crazy, carter, sbw, fruean, guildford, Dagg and probably Paine on the other wing.

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Anonymous October 06, 2010 4:37 am

first try was fine, maitland over ran the guy with theball and pulled up, he wasnt trying to block any1. plus canterbury still had 2 or 3 more players to pass it to.

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Anonymous October 06, 2010 9:25 am

SBW was dominated by Burgess, a useless scrumhalf.

RD, don't delete my posts just because I'm not like the usual blind idiot who sucks up to SBW - a player who has yet to do anything special in rugby.

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Max October 06, 2010 9:39 am

"yet to do anything special"

Well we could tackle that two ways. First of all, the guy is a walking headline and that in itself is special. He is great for the publicity of the game.

Secondly, I have the great privilege of living in Christchurch and getting to see this guy play regularly as he continues to develop. Let me confirm; yes SBW is a very special player. To illustrate let me put it this way: in NZ we only have 15,000 registered Rugby League players, yet SBW became THE premier player in the NRL by the age of 22. The NRL being the biggest rugby football competition of either code in the entire world. That pretty much speaks for itself regarding whether or not he is "anything special."

*PS please don't bag on league after this post guys.

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RD October 06, 2010 9:48 am

Anonymous, please use a name, don't repeat the same thing over and over, and go easy on the insults.

Also, I must be a blind idiot, because SBW has serious potential

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Nick October 06, 2010 10:39 am

'he gunna be on the All Blacks tour. can just see NH teams shittn themselves'

Yes, because NH players haven't played against SBW before.

by the way, here's a little help for you:

http://oxforddictionaries.com/?attempted=true

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Jonas Brothers 2009 October 06, 2010 10:47 am

Max, you don't seem to understand. League players are generally smaller and weaker than Rugby players.

A big forward in League is someone who is 6 foot 2 and weighs 102 kg. Little man game.

I've given myself a name RD, happy?

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RD October 06, 2010 10:51 am

And what a great name it is!

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4LC4TR4Z October 06, 2010 11:41 am

Previous posts are legend.

LOL.

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Max October 07, 2010 2:56 am

Sheesh the need by some people to rag on league is so ridiculous. It's a harmless little sport played in a few small pockets of the world's population, and happens to be very very enjoyable. And why is it so hard to concede that the NRL produces some fantastic players. Any rugby forward pack would have leapt at the opportunity to have Steve Price in his prime so don't give me the small-man's game argument. SBW is a great product of a great competition.

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Anonymous October 07, 2010 3:11 am

Nah, Max... you're wrong

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Anonymous October 07, 2010 11:37 am

Lol league is a 'Little man game' you obviously haven't watched a game in your life.I love rugby union but that little man game is so much more contact. If you watch a game the run ups are huge and its all contact, no wrestling on the ground in that game.

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Dont. October 07, 2010 1:15 pm

Want a bet? Are there any 6 foot 9 128kg players in league? No. Can you imagine what a rugby player could do with 10 meters run up every time.... Imagine what "The Beast" could do... 118kg black African python... pure muscle.

League players come to rugby, get shown up and then go back to league. That's how things go in this world, may seem cruel but hey... I don't make the rules. :)

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Jono October 08, 2010 12:27 am

What a load of bullshit.
Tuqiri, Jason Robinson, Rocky Elsom, SBW, Palu, Brad Thorn shit there's dozens more.
You think Brad Thorn is too small to play union?

League hits are harder, rougher, there's no soft shoudler charge rule, head highs are rarely called, they get ten metres to line each other up, there's usually three or four defenders in a tackle and they make up to 60 tackles each a game.

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Jonas Brothers 2009 October 08, 2010 2:02 am

Brad Thorn is a mini-lock. He is dwarfed by pretty much every other international lock.

Rocky Elsom runs sideways.

Include SBW, why? What has he done? "Oh, he offloads in the tackle" Big deal. So did Tahu and we all know what happened to him.

Palu is good at rugby?

Tuqiri was always average and only made the Wallabies because of his name value. Robbie Deans saw this and that's why he refused to pick him.


Now "Jono" (I assume your name is actually John, but the way of the mate-ship in Australia is to put an "O" at the end of every name), ask yourself... why do they have to get 10 meters to run at each other? Do they not have any Fourie du Preez type players to create the space?

League is a little mans game filled with rapists/drug addicts and watched by a very, very dumb and small portion of the world.

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Jonas Brothers 2009 October 08, 2010 2:06 am

Also, three or four defenders in a tackle, is that supposed to be manly?

Basically what you're saying is that one player sucks in four defenders every time. Wow, no wonder so many points get leaked. Durr...

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Taniwha October 08, 2010 5:06 am

Tana Umaga came from league. BOOM!

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Anonymous October 08, 2010 6:50 am

^ He never did play a First-Grade NRL game.

Basically he played in the under 16s... Count that if you want.

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Laz October 08, 2010 6:51 am

Jonas Brothers 2009, you're an ignorant fool.

Staunch League fans think Union is a pathetic, boring, and soft game. Each to their own, now stop slagging it off and kindly jog on.

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Jono October 08, 2010 7:02 am

Jonas you're a dickhead.
Tasea Lavea is too small for union?
Elsom runs sideways huh?
Your just being a dipshit, because you ahve some kind of pathological hatred of league.
Jason Robinson was one of the greatest wingers to play union and he learned it all in league.
Spare me the reply, you're not even making sense.

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Jonas Brothers 2009 October 08, 2010 7:12 am

Laz, (or is it Lazo?) League fans think that because they have very short attention spans. I guarantee you most league fans are manual laborers - thus the constant "bashing it up" appeals.

There is a reason why over four billion viewers in 238 countries watched the RWC2007. How many people watch the league world cup?

I know it may seem harsh, but again... I don't make the rules, but I love enforcing them. :)

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Jonas Brothers 2009 October 08, 2010 7:22 am

"Jono" take it easy with the personal insults mAAAAAte. I could easily call you a convict, but I don't.... but I could.

Why mention Tasea Lavea? I remember him being a journeyman in rugby.

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Laz October 08, 2010 7:23 am

Why would it be Lazo? I'm not Australian you clown.

Have you even been to Australia?? Ever played league, ever even watched a full game live??

Your logic about numbers is the same as saying that soccer is a better sport because billions more watched that world cup.

It's fine if you don't like it (or feel threatened by it), but there's no need to knock it, or the players that happen to have played it.

SBW will be an All Black, mark my words. Deal with it.

Now a final thought before you disappear forever, arguing on the internet is like being in the special olympics - even if you win, you're still retarded. Goodbye. :)

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Benson October 08, 2010 7:26 am

Jonas, he could call you a sad dutchman, or a doos, or a poes, or many things. Grow the hell up and quit giving us a bad name.

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Jonas Brothers2009 October 08, 2010 7:37 am

I've seen plenty of league games, every single one is the same. Watching little men bash it up and then pump each other on the floor for 10 seconds only offers comedic relief...

Benson, I'm from India. I could have used any rugby players as an example.

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Benson October 08, 2010 7:43 am

I find that very hard to believe, sorry. And if it's true, then you're even more of a mug than you previously made out

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Jonas Brothers 2009 October 08, 2010 7:44 am

I'm even more of a mug now because I'm Indian? Bit of racism coming through there Benny...

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Benson October 08, 2010 8:02 am

Call it what you want, Trolly.

As jy dom is, moet jy sukkel.

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NiWiTa October 08, 2010 3:25 pm

Hey Jonas2009, I back @jono, Benson, and Laz as regards the League comments! Guess what you'll probably dislike me even more than the others because I am English...

Jason Robinson was a great League and Union player and so is Brad Thorn, Tuqiri etc...What is it with your "little men" comment. Are you trying to generate penis envy or do you just have a fetish for dwarves...either way I am sure there are sites that better suit your interests. Away and play with yourself big man...

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Jonas Brothers 2009 October 09, 2010 12:02 am

Oh, you certainly owned me didn't you. The thing about Jason Robinson was, he mostly played against NH opposition. You know, Scotland, Italy etc.

Brad Thorn is not good. He is no where near the top ranked locks in rugby. I'd rather have Nathan Sharpe than him (lol)

Tuqiri had problems with his speed and was often sent to speed training. What memorable thing did Lote do in his career in Rugby? I remember in the 07 world cup, he only scored one try, and that was by crawling over like a desperate dog against England.

Why aren't you mentioning talents like Tahu, Sailor, Matt Rogers... you know, such talented players like this... Oh wait. lol.

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R120 October 10, 2010 10:09 am

Lol at some of these comments. League is league and Union is union, great players in both, hard men in both to0, guys who will tell you how hard each code is, unlike people on here who have never stepped on a pitch in anger.

What a lot of you forget is that SBW spent 2 years at Toulon, playing rugby at a quality level that is higher than the grade he is playing in now, and not far off, if not the same as Super rugby.

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