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Comparision Crusaders Sharks likely strategies

Saturday’s Super Rugby action starts off in Christchurch where the Sharks take on the Saders in a repeat of 2011′s qualifying round (Saders won 36 – 8 with Bryce Lawrence adjudicating). – There’s been a lot of talk in the media that the Sharks are one dimensional and going on stats alone, one would have to …

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One away win manageable but not two?

As we aim to predict the upcoming semi finals winners, here’s an analysis of results since the Super 15 play-offs format was introduced (comparing apples with apples).  – 2014 Elimination round: Brumbies 32 – Chiefs 30 Elimination round: Sharks 31 – Highlanders 27 – 2013 Elimination round: Brumbies 15 – Cheetahs 13 Elimination round: Crusaders 38 – …

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Sharks vs Highlanders Qualifier Preview

A rematch of the 25 April clash between Sharks and Highlanders at Kings Park Stadium closes out this much anticipated round of Super Rugby qualifiers. – Having a look at the fundamentals, hosts Sharks should fancy their chances going into this one. – As that 18 – 34 loss to the guys from Dunedin was …

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Brumbies vs Chiefs Qualifier Preview

At long last we’re in for some knock out action! As many purists say, this is where Super Rugby really begins. There simply is no substitute for the elevated tempo and intensity of play which knock out contests typically produce. – Taking a look at Saturday’s first qualifier only a single log point separates the …

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Super Rugby play-off odds out

Things certainly heated up in the final round of Super Rugby’s regular season. – Aware that play-offs are just around the corner, a number of sides elevated their performances in terms of far greater intensity and more accurate execution. – The Brumbies were sharp and clinical in their opening half before switching off. Sharks were …

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Super Rugby preview Saturday

Onto Saturday’s fixtures we go. – All  eyes will be on Saders and Sharks when they take on Highlanders and Stormers respectively.  A full five log point haul from either side would likely seal the enviable second spot on the overall log. – Crusaders vs Highlanders – With Sam Whitelock returning from injury we believe the …

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Super Rugby preview Friday

Super Rugby 2014 kicked off more than 140 days ago and we’re now down to the final round of regular season action. – Sharks fans will be hoping for a Saders slip up and vice versa but the race for 4th, 5th and 6th on the log is also going to be a major spectacle …

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Super 15 weekend Previews

Round 18 sees the table topping Tahs host Highlanders on Sunday after a marathon Super Saturday. -  Crusaders vs Blues – If the Saders want to stake any major claim at silverware in this competition they have to show championship quality by bouncing back after last round’s loss to the Hurricanes. This time they will …

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Super 15 Friday Previews

Last weekend only the Force let us down by failing to fire in Perth against a Blues side known for travelling poorly. – In round 18 the South African franchises are back in action where all eyes will be on the Sharks as they must win, when taking on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, to stand …

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Four contenders for Super 15 title

The New Zealand conference was blown wide open when things got under way in round 17. That was thanks to a narrow 29 – 25 Highlanders’ victory over champions Chiefs paired with the Crusaders’ 9 – 16 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington. – As a result there are now four sides who we tout …

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Super Saturday Preview

If some “all to play for” Friday derbies weren’t enough, Saturday offers three play-off defining spectacles in this shortened round of Super Rugby action. – Hurricanes vs Crusaders – The Canes would do Sharks fans a major favour if they defeated the 7 time champions on Saturday.  Coming off the international break will likely have …

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Derby Friday Preview

With all franchises coming out cold these closing three rounds of the regular season will see a dramatic race for form. Those that hit the ground running may become unstoppable, even when challenged by sides far better off on the overall log. – Highlanders vs Chiefs – The Highlanders should be difficult to beat on …

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All still to play for in Super Rugby

It’s time for the final sprint in Super Rugby’s regular season.  – Both the Crusaders and Waratahs will be aware that three wins on the trot would likely see them finish above the Sharks on the overall log.  Sharks fans would be wise to shout against those two rivals. If both of them drop one …

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Probable Springbok side to face Scotland

As the Springboks’ upcoming test against Scotland falls outside of the defined June Internationals window, a number of players who were prominent last time out against Wales will be unavailable for selection. Club duties in France and England respectively have caused this scenario, as at this time of year, they override Springbok commitments. – The …

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A number of close calls?

Argentina vs Scotland Pumas supporters have reason to be frustrated. For the second consecutive June internationals window (vs England and now Ireland) management have chosen to field an under-strength side. This strategy will no doubt build for the future yet Argentina are running out of time to create a winning habit before RWC 2015 arrives. …

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All Blacks turning into dead wood?

Get your hands on the must read Legacy by James Kerr (2013), one of the greatest rugby books ever written, and you will soon understand why the All Blacks have enjoyed the following immaculate record over recent times. – Since the beginning of 2004 New Zealand have been the number one ranked side for roughly 111 months …

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Brett Simmons wins return transport to Springbok game and more

For all who follow Durban’s RuggaBus , Outright Rugby is glad to announce that Brett Simmons has won our lucky draw competition by sharing a specified post on Facebook. – Brett wins himself 5 tickets from the George in Umhlanga, to Rovers at Kings Park stadium and back on the day of the Springboks vs Wales test. …

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June international previews part 2

South Africa vs Wales – A lot can be said about the Boks result vs the “World XV”. Putting the comfortable 34 point margin of victory to the side this Bok team, for our money, is not as strong as that of 2013 primarily due to injuries. The biggest positive coming out of the Newlands …

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June International previews part 1

Samoa vs Italy – In round 1 our only incorrect pick was backing Italy over Fiji and looking at this match up we have to go with Samoa. Even though the islanders have lost their RWC 2011 form and are no longer a major threat to top sides, Samoa are certainly stronger than Fiji are …

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Welsh Test prize giveaway

2013′s Incoming Tour was a disappointment. We all know the Springboks are difficult to beat on home soil and that June test window proved it as Samoa, Scotland and Italy all failed to take the Boks out of their comfort zone for a full 80 minutes. – At long last Springbok fans have a quality …

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Analysis of Bok line up

It may not be a test match but here’s our analysis of how the Boks will fare against the World XV.   15. Willie le Roux,  14. Cornal Hendricks,  13. JP Pietersen,  12. Frans Steyn,  11. Bryan Habana,  10. Morné Steyn,  9. Ruan Pienaar,  8. Duane Vermeulen,  7. Willem Alberts,  6. Francois Louw,  5. Victor …

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Latest images from stunning Mozambique

Just to brighten up your week here are some new images from Praia Do Sol and Jeffs Palm Resort.  Visit their sites to book an anniversary getaway or even an unforgettable wedding. – Some lucky winners will be enjoying a free stay at both of these great destinations later this year so keep following Outright Rugby’s news but …

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Stormers accelarating exodus concerning

On paper there hasn’t been much to separate the best South African domestic squads in terms of class and experience over the past two seasons.  - A minor shift to that competitive environment may be taking place as the Stormers seem to be shedding quality senior players at a faster rate than the Sharks for …

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Home playoffs now out of Sharks hands

Having led the overall Super Rugby log for 16 rounds the Sharks are now at risk of dropping out of pole position. – Although the Durban based franchise remains top of the table after narrowly losing to the Stormers at Kings Park, the Durbanites can now only reach 55 log points. This means that both …

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Saturday of derbies preview

Blues vs Hurricanes (Chilly but clear) – Back to back losses have seen the Blues drop to last in the New Zealand conference. Their forwards have been poor of late on defence and we wouldn’t be surprised should Canes players like Jack Lam or Dane Coles get over the line to score.  – We’re expecting …

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Round 16 predictions part 1

Crusaders vs Force (Very cold with dew) A single loss in their last seven outings reads well for the Saders. At home however they’ve been highly inconsistent, losing 3 of 5 fixtures in 2014. – Kieran Read returns from a heavy concussion to partner fellow All Black Richie McCaw in the loose stocks. Creating the head to …

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One last banana peel?

Super 15 is soon to break for a lengthy 26 days which is scheduled around the June internationals rugby window. Before then all sides but the Cheetahs will run out one last time. – With recently announced international call ups and routine breaking training camps serving as major distractions, are we likely to see more …

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Sublime Saturday entertainment

In a derby filled Super Saturday there will certainly be major movement within the New Zealand and South African conferences respectively. – Highlanders vs Crusaders Stringing together some sound form of late the Highlanders won’t be easy beats on Saturday. They’ve lost only one of their last six matches (by a single point in Cape …

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Fantastic Friday action

Can the Durbanites enjoy another round where they achieve victory while their closest challengers slip up as happened last weekend? Will the Bulls turn around 2013′s fate against the Brumbies in the process? – Blues vs Sharks All credit to the Sharks. Last round against the Crusaders they came out on top due to sheer …

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Coopers injury a blessing in disguise?

With Rugby World Cup 2015 less than 16 months away, international head coaches are busy pencilling in their first, second and third choice sides as they mull over possible partnerships and contingency plans for the upcoming, career defining, global show-piece. – At this poignant time of a four year cycle Quade Cooper has sustained a …

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Round 14 preview part 2

Stormers vs Force Facing a side with talented loose forwards the Stormers will rue Scarra Ntubeni’s recent injury which has resulted in Deon Fourie having to play hooker (making less of an impact at breakdowns as a result). Schalk Burger’s impressive come back should see the hosts fair well in this department however.  The Capetonians have won …

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Round 14 preview part 1

Hurricanes vs Highlanders The Canes have been formidable in recent times only falling short to the Tahs in Sydney (who have a 100% win rate at home in 2014). Over this period the guys from Wellington have leaked numerous tries but thanks to some stellar attacking play are steadily climbing the log. All Black hooker …

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Form finally trumps turf in Super 15

Has the Super 15 tide of lesser sides toppling even the strongest opposition when playing at home turned? – As far as the first 12 rounds of Super 15 have gone, investing in home sides has paid dividends for the most part as away victories have been few and far between. – Well round 13′s …

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Super Saturday and Sunday in a nutshell

Highlanders vs Lions – Breaking a streak of wins the Highlanders fell to an inspired Stormers side last round by a single point. Hooker Brayden Mitchell has been banned for three weeks following a spear tackle in that game. – In Dunedin the Highlanders have proven to be formidable opponents in 2014 winning four of five …

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Rebels Canes too close to call?

If predicting the result of Chiefs vs Blues wasn’t difficult enough, Super Friday treats us to yet another close contest to wager opinions on, this time between the defence orientated Rebels and the attacking minded Hurricanes. – The Rebels have without doubt been poor to this point in 2014 racking up only three wins in nine outings. …

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Blues to win first away game of 2014 vs Chiefs?

Over 700 Superbru’s predicted every winner in Super 15 round 12. Fortunately our panel fell amongst those top achievers. – We’re not getting carried away however as round 13 seems to have some of the toughest fixtures to call in ages. -  Chiefs vs Blues – As much as we love Dave Rennie and the “high work rate” …

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Super Rugby relative to internationals

International sides have been stated with their accompanying IRB rankings below. Using the very same ranking system Super Rugby sides have been included in the table, creating a comparison between Super Rugby sides relative to international teams. – In this analysis we give punters a look at where the various Super Rugby franchises are ranked …

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Super Saturday preditions

Crusaders vs Brumbies The Saders have won their last 3 outings including a hard to come by win in Hamilton over the reigning champions.  Their defence has been impressive throughout the season with an improvement in attack to thank for this recent good form. – Although Kieran Read is out due to concussion we believe this …

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Fresh Rebels vs Fatigued Sharks?

A victory last time out by the Rebels and a loss for the Sharks suggests that we could be in for a nail-biting affair in Super Rugby game two on Friday. – Rebels vs Sharks – Like the Blues the Rebels have grown an extra arm and a leg when playing at home in 2014. …

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Blues to scrape home?

In a round likely to produce a number of close results fans should be in for a treat when the Reds travel to Auckland to take on the Blues.  – Blues vs Reds – Being a different kettle of fish when playing at home the Blues have now won four from four on their own …

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