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Incredible Lions comeback to beat Hurricanes and reach Super Rugby final

It is a pretty stupid setup, and I hope the whole thing is relooked before next year. Everyone wants to see the best playing the best.

But I'd be wary of the argument that the Lions lucked it into the top spot. The same argument can be made about the Crusaders' almost unbeaten run - that they would possibly have lost more than one if they'd played the Lions in the conference stage, and then missed out on a home semifinal. Only game the Lions lost all year was away against the Jaguares, when they kept just about the entire first choice team at home.

As things stand now, NZ teams are 0 from 1 against the Lions in 2017 :)

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Incredible Lions comeback to beat Hurricanes and reach Super Rugby final

I'm afraid you're dead wrong. Barrett was completely deliberate and cynical in the way he brought than ball back. Watch again - go straight to 3:30 in this video for the replay - and keep your eyes on the ball. As soon as Combrinck places it backwards, Barrett clenches the ball between his legs and scoots to the right. Peyper was spot-on and made a brave call, knowing the protest that would ensue.

Jordie also knows his brother is in trouble and he quickly tries to tell the ref that he raked it back with his hands, but you can see he had no idea where the ball had disappeared to. In the context of the line break deep into the 22 and referees' instructions to protect quick attacking ball if the try is on, this is a yellow card all day long, no matter how much it hurts.

I find the knee-jerk reaction to blame a SA ref for the loss really unpleasant. Perhaps the Kiwis don't lose often enough to know how to do so with grace. In fact, the scoreline should have been even bigger in favour of the Lions if you consider that the guy who plays Cronje at 0:54 is miles offside, and Savea's try should never have stood.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Super Rugby 2017 - Round 17 Highlights

LOL. I guess life doesn't always work out like you thought it would.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Jordie Barrett's casual booming dropgoal after the halftime whistle

I once drained a 30 foot curving putt... after four-putting it the first time round.

2 Months, 18 Hours ago

Super Rugby 2017 - Round 17 Highlights

Perhaps. But the Lions reached the final last year too, beating 4 Kiwi teams in the process. Also, you could argue that the Crusaders only went unbeaten until the final round because they managed to avoid the Lions for the whole competition. But I guess that's not a fashionable position to take round these parts.

2 Months, 19 Hours ago

South Africa 'A' round off series with comfortable win over French Barbarians

And they actually took that interview more seriously than both their games.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

South Africa complete 3-0 series sweep against France

Bit of both, really. France were really poor. In the first test they didn't have any of the Toulon or Clermont players because they had just played in the final the previous weekend. Everyone said wait for the second test when those players would make all the difference. But they were equally poor then too. In all three tests France had more possession and better territory, but were largely ineffective on attack. I suppose the biggest improvement in the Boks game has been their defensive organisation. Brendan Venter joined the team as defense coach and has clearly had a huge impact. And the second Bok improvement has been the ability to know when it is on out wide and when not. I'm biased, of course, but I reckon it's the introduction of a large number of in-form Lions players who are used to playing this high-speed, expansive game (as opposed to the traditional Bok game plan of bashing it up with the fatties for 80 minutes while a flyhalf kicks the ball deep all the time. Last year only one Lions player was deemed good enough. This year more than half the team are Lions, including a confident Elton Jantjies (flyhalf), a rampaging Malcolm Marx (hooker) and a very astute captain and eighthman in Warren Whiteley. I'm not saying the Boks will challenge the All Blacks for the Rugby Championship this year, but I reckon four from four against Australia and Argentina is not out of the question.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

England's young guns defeat Barbarians at Twickenham

The refereeing in this game was just appalling. Couldn't finish watching it.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Super Rugby 2017 - Round 14 Highlights

I know I'm horribly biased, but some of those Lions tries were truly something to behold.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

USA botch try as Luke Morgan makes big tackle over try line

Ah, the old blind spot chase-down. Shades of Deon Kayser on Robbie Fleck here.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago