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Sharks to out-think Reds?

The Sharks, with a game in hand, have a four point lead over the Bulls who currently lie second in the RSA conference. On Saturday the Durbanites will be determined to maintain that breathing space when hosting the ever electric Reds. – Venu: Growthpoint King’s Park, Durban. Kick-off: Sat 15 Mar 17:05 (Local) Referee: Lourens van der Merwe …

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Chiefs to remain unbeaten?

Things haven’t gone the Stormers’ way thus far in 2014. They got off to a slow start in round 1, sustained injuries to some key players since and fell only a single point shy of the cynical Crusaders in round 4. And if things couldn’t get any worse, lying in wait are the reigning champions. …

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Cheetahs in with a chance?

Even though we’re only at round 5 of 16, both the Hurricanes and Cheetahs are in real danger of falling too far off the pace of the log leaders. On the bright side, our preseason long shot stating that the Hurricanes (at odds of 25/1) were contenders for the overall wooden spoon is beginning to …

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Super Rugby round 4 stats that matter

Here are the stats which separated the winners from the losers in Super Rugby round 4. – Hurricanes vs Brumbies: 21 – 29 – Rucks and mauls: 70 vs 109 +5 phases: 5 vs 10 Missed tackles including offloads conceded: 37 vs 28 Line-breaks: 1 vs 5 Own line-outs lost (not straight, knocked on, stolen): …

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Irelands Six Nations to lose?

In one of the closest Six Nations races in recent history, two sides are in with a major shout at lifting the cherished silverware. – The current log reads as such: – Side * Points difference * Log points * Remaining fixture Ireland * 81 * 6 * vs France away England * 32 * …

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Team of the tournament thus far

This is not our dream team or a fantasy Super Rugby side featuring the best possible combinations. This team has been selected on form alone and represents, man for man, the best performers to this point in Super Rugby 2014. – 15. Israel Folau (Waratahs) It’s scary to think that Israel Folau is still in …

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Force crush rubbish Rebels

In a frantic start to their match the Force got out of the blocks quickest by regaining the kick off. Dynamically working possession between back and forward runners who hit criss-cross angles this deception caught the Rebels off-guard as they were soon found off-sides. After several phases Alby Mathewson noted that the Rebels’ defenders were …

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Cynical Crusaders sink Stormers

After a tempered start the Saders vs Stormers clash in Christchurch turned out to be a thriller. Here is a review of the major points of the match.  – A number of unforced errors opened proceedings as both Tom Taylor and Demetri Catrakilis kicked the ball into touch on the full from outside of their 22s. …

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Reds victory over Cheetahs as it happened

An entertaining start to proceedings saw the Reds spread the ball wide before Mike Harris hoofed deep. A poor return by Hennie Daniller gave the Reds an attacking line out where they again chose to swing possession to the opposite wing. This time Chris Feauai-Sautia dove over only for Rayno Benjamin to illegally kick the ball out of …

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Where Brumbies out did Hurricanes

Our summary of the biggest moments in Hurricanes vs Brumbies contest at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Overall it was a below par Super Rugby showing. – Early into proceedings the hosts began to miss a number of regulation tackles. Although committed, they appeared to be under-drilled in that department. The match went through a sluggish start as …

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Lions defence up to challenge?

Will the well rested Sharks prove too much for the Lions to handle or are the guys from JHB set to surprise the rugby fraternity by pushing the hosts all the way. -#- Venu: Growthpoint King’s Park, Durban. Kick-off: Sat 8 Mar 19:10 (Local) Referee: Jaco Peyper Weather: Warm with a slight breeze and a moderate possibility of …

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Rebels to win comfortably?

Only brave souls will contemplate sitting through the Rebels’ battle against the Force on Saturday.  This is due to the apocalypse of all performances which the guys from Perth produced in round 3. Their comical showing against the Brumbies on the “force field” proved to have no powers whatsoever, only to make viewers around the world …

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Reds to hold out?

We’re likely in for a treat when the Cheetahs travel to Suncorp to take on the Reds as both sides have it all to prove following poor showings in round 3.  -#- Venu: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Kick-off: Fri 7 Mar 18:40 (Local) Fri 7 Mar 10:40 (RSA) Referee: Garratt Williamson Weather: Hot and humid with a slight chance of …

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Bulls to survive Blues scare?

On a very wet surface the Bulls will look to earn their second win on the trot when they take on the touring Blues. -#- Venu: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria. Kick-off: Sat 8 Mar 17:05 (Local) Referee: Andrew Lees Weather: Warm and overcast with precipitation probable.  -#- Bulls:  15. Jurgen Visser,  14. Akona Ndungane,  13. JJ Engelbrecht,  12. Jan Serfontein,  11. Bjorn Basson, …

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Canes to edge Brumbies?

The heartbroken Hurricanes who fell to the Stormers by a single point in round 3 host the Brumbies in Wellington on Friday where a third consecutive loss for the hosts would cause a major body blow to their play-off hopes.   -#- Venu: Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Kick-off: Fri 7 Mar 19:35 (Local) Fri 7 Mar 08:35 (RSA) …

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Stormers in with a chance?

Fortress AMI Stadium is in for what we expect to be one of the headline fixtures of Super Rugby round 4. -#- Venu: AMI Stadium, Christchurch. Kick-off: Sat 8 Mar 19:35 (Local) Sat 8 Mar 08:35 (RSA) Referee: Rohan Hoffmann Weather: Cold and overcast with a slight possibility of drizzle. -#- Crusaders:  15. Colin Slade,  14. Johnny McNicholl, …

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Super Rugby recap

It’s still early days in the competition but changes in personnel since 2013, both in terms of players and coaches, are beginning to take effect on all franchises. Looking at performances to date rather than results in the ledger here is our take on where we expect sides to end up come the end of …

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Super Rugby results and who the public picked

You would have seen the update three weeks ago on our panel’s Six Nations efforts in comparison to those of the general rugby public.  – Well here’s a look at who you the readers have been going for, which sides have been catching fans out, what the results have been thus far and where the Outright Rugby panel stands …

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Rebels outclassed Cheetahs

For those of you that missed the action, key points as to why the Rebels vs Cheetahs match went the way it did. – First half – Blistering start to proceedings from both sides including phenomenally slick, efficient handling by the Rebels’ backline. – More praise must fall on the hosts due to their immense …

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Blues victory over Crusaders in 10 points

Here’s our 10 point nutshell review of the blistering Blues vs Crusaders match. – First half – Crusaders’ exit play was poor and found wanting from the get go. Opposition coaches would have keenly taken note of this. – The Blues lineouts were terrible. The fact that the Crusaders chose to run the ball from …

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Spoof on crazy Super Rugby 2014 quotes

The same essence but in different packaging. Some interesting submissions from one of our readers based around Super Rugby quotes of 2014. *These submissions were made in jest with absolutely no intention to harm or offend any parties involved. **They are not quotes or even paraphrasings but roughly allude to the essence of that which was …

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Stormers Bulls Cheetahs ranked above Sharks

We know. Already many of you out there will be shaking your heads in disbelief. Well the crazy thing is the headline is 100% true! – Using the exact same formula as the IRB does to rank sides in the international test arena, this is how the Super Rugby franchises would be ranked going into …

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Noteworthy S15 round 2 statistical comparisions

Crusaders vs Chiefs – Possession: 64.5% vs 35.5% Territory: 61.5% vs 38.5 Ruck & maul count: 98 vs 40 +7 phases total: 5 vs 1 Penalties conceded: 8 vs 15 Second half time spent in own 22: 1:32 mins vs 4:55 mins.  Looking at those stats you’d expect that the Saders won by around 20 …

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Bulls to break their duck?

Going on their respective results against the Cheetahs’ there is nothing to choose between the Bulls and Lions also taking home ground advantage from those clashes into account. Needless to say both sides have everything to play for but for very different reasons when they meet at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. -#- Venu: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria. …

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Rebels to claw their way back against Cheetahs?

In extremely unusual circumstances the Rebels, who are yet to get their Super Rugby campaign under way, face the Cheetahs (who have already played in two fixtures this tournament). On paper both sides look stellar!  -#- Venu: AAMI Park, Melbourne. Kick-off: Fri 28 Feb 19:40 (Local) Fri 28 Feb 10:40 (RSA) Referee: Angus Gardner. Weather: Warm with a slight …

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Tahs to struggle to pull away?

If Super Rugby round 3 hadn’t been thrilling enough with a clash between conference leaders the Chiefs as they host the Highlanders, there’s more top drawer action in store when the Waratahs take on the Reds with both sides also competing to top their conference. -#- Venu: ANZ Stadium, Sydney. Kick-off: Sat 1 March 19:40 (Local) Sat …

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Do Force have a reasonable chance?

Coming off a loss both the Force and Brumbies well know that back to back defeats would leave them in the unenviable position of the bottom of the log at this early stage in proceedings. Having a taste of the Australian conference’s wooden spoon certainly would not have been in their preseason plans or is …

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Chiefs to struggle at the death?

In a massive top of the NZ conference derby the winner of this clash will enjoy some time in pole position on the conference log. The reigning champions Chiefs will fancy their chances following an away win in Christchurch however last season’s underachievers, the Highlanders, have nothing to lose going into this outing. -#- Venu: Waikato …

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Stormers to sneak it against Canes?

Undoubtedly there will be a massive crowd in for the Stormers’ first home game of the season against the touring Hurricanes. Both sides well know that a loss would see them playing catch up with the log leaders at this early stage in the tournament. We are expecting improvement from both teams on their last …

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Saders suited to Blues style of play?

We warned punters and Superbru’s alike that the first 5 rounds of Super Rugby are usually rife with upsets. Nearly halfway through that silly season round 3 begins with the struggling Blues hosting the Crusaders who too are coming off an unsuccessful performance last time out. -#- Venu: Eden Park, Auckland. Kick-off: Fri 28 Feb 19:35 (Local) …

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More Mozambique Magic

For all those late-comers to the Outright Rugby Super Rugby Superbru pool here’s a peak at just what one of you will be taking home come the end of the tournament.  Relaxing days spent out on the water In conjunction with the brilliant Praia Do Sol and excellent Jeffs Palm Resort you and three mates could be enjoying free accommodation at …

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Super Rugbys winners and losers

We all knew to expect the unexpected in the opening rounds of Super Rugby. Things should settle down by the end of round 5 but who will have excelled through this initial “silly season” and which sides will be left to play catch up going into the remainder of the tournament? – The log currently …

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Worst Crusaders performance in memory hands accolades to Chiefs

Only phases into the contest between the Crusaders and Chiefs it was clear that viewers were in for a battle which would be determined by fine margins. -  The Chiefs without doubt employed the more intelligent rugby of the two sides in the opening stanza. By playing for territory and allowing the Crusaders to make …

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Reds to keep pace with Brumbies?

A titanic battle between two heavyweights down under will provide the first Australian involvement in Super Rugby 2014. Will the Brumbies manage to mark their territory with a win or are the Reds going to return to form seen in years gone by? -#- Venu: GIO Stadium, Canberra. Kick-off: Sat 22 Feb 19:40 (Local) Sat 22 Feb …

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Lions vs Stormers a 7 point game?

One of the most interesting fixtures of Super Rugby round 2 sees the Stormers who are coming off a bye take on the Lions who have already tasted success in Super Rugby 2014. -#- Venu: Ellis Park, JHB. Kick-off: Sat 22 Feb 19:10 (Local) Referee: Jaco Peyper  Weather: Warm with a moderate amount of precipitation likely. -#- Lions:  15. …

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Highlanders Blues anyone’s game?

In a match we’re touting as impossible to predict the Highlanders will look to turn around last season’s disappointment when they host the up and coming Blues in Dunedin.  -#- Venu: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin. Kick-off: Sat 22 Feb 19:35 (Local) Sat 22 Feb 08:35 (RSA) Referee: Garratt Williamson. Weather: Cool and possibly wet outdoors yet under the closed …

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Sharks to pull away from Canes at the death?

How will the Hurricanes fair in their first match on tour against a Sharks outfit who already have a win under their belts in Super Rugby 2014?  -#- Venu: Kings Park Stadium, Durban. Kick-off: Sat 22 Feb 17:05 (Local) Referee: Andrew Lees. Weather: Hot and partly cloudy with a minor possibility of precipitation. -#- Sharks:  15. SP Marais,  14. Odwa …

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Our bet of the week

With all eyes now firmly fixed on Super Rugby we’re diverting back to the Six Nations for our bet of the week. Any punter with some experience knows that the opening four rounds of Super Rugby are usually rife with upsets as squads slowly settle into their style of play. This is after the off …

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Saders to announce themselves as title contenders?

Certain to be a cracking contest the Crusaders host the Chiefs in a repeat of 2013′s semi final to get the New Zealand conference under way.  -#- Venu: AMI Stadium, Christchurch. Kick-off: Fri 21 Feb 19:35 (Local) Fri 21 Feb 08:35 RSA Referee: Chris Pollock Weather: Warm and overcast with a light breeze. -#- Crusaders:  15. Israel Dagg,  14. …

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Cheetahs to edge the Bulls?

If the Super Rugby fixtures thus far haven’t been mouth-watering enough two South African sides, both coming off a loss, will meet in Bloemfontein where the possible loser may fall to the bottom of the overall log at this early stage in the competition. -#- Venu: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein. Kick-off: Fri 21 Feb 19:10 (Local) Referee: Stuart …

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