The theme park that is Super Rugby is well and truly still open for business and delivering weekly thrills and spills. The Sharks decided to clown around in Durban whilst the Stormers pulled off a magic trick that Dynamo would be proud of by picking up a victory in Australasia.
The Bulls also proved that the roller-coaster is still in working order and delivering crazy lows and scary highs as they recovered from a Jaguares slip-up to send their fans home as happy as a kid with candyfloss after dismissing the Reds.
The two Kiwi derbies delivered tries to thrill the harshest of critics. The Saders started slow but brought out the fireworks in the second stint. Sevu Reece set up a try for Drummond which reminded of something more at home in a Sevens game.The Blues did their part with a barnstorming run from TJ Faiane which led to Rieko adding another five-pointer to his tally but there was also some slick footed trickery from Sean Wainui that amazed us all.
Few would have given the Stormers any chance what so ever of escaping from their Australasian travels with a win after narrowly going down to the Hurricanes and fluffing their lines against the Reds. Yet somehow, without stalwarts Kolisi, Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph, they were able to pull together and pull off a huge upset against a Rebels team who looked like shoe-ins as the top Aussie side in the comp.
The say a great magician never reveals his tricks but in this case I think coach Fleck is as surprised as the on-lookers at how exactly his side were able to pull off what seemed destined to be a certain loss.Unfortunately the Lions also couldn’t get their hands on the Stomers’ magic formula and were unable to pull a rabbit out of the hat in Canberra.
THE JOKE’S ON YOU
The few families who bought into the hype of the Sharks’ performance against the Lions would have wished they rather visited the nearest Boswell Wilkie than be exposed to the antics of their rugby team. The primadonnasseem to let success go to their heads very quickly and were made to look like the village jester by the visiting Jaguares. For many involved in Sharks rugby this performance would have been a disaster as conceding fifty on your own patch is no laughing matter.
AG PLEASE DADDY
Loftus reaches a festival (something between Rocking the Daisies and Aardklop) like atmosphere when the Bulls are in top form. Last week was the equivalent of an Afrikaans Festival running out of beer on tap – it didn’t end well. This time around the good times kept rolling and Steve Hoffmeyer was in full voice. With Handré Pollard dictating terms, Burger Odendaal attacking the advantage line and RG Snyman with his big frame popping up all over the place the Bulls were close to their very best. Rock on!
The Sharks came back from letting in an early try and were leading the game 10-7 and attacking inside the Jag’s 22. The transition between Dan du Preez and Phillip van der Walt went pear-shaped and the ball hit the deck. Instead of tidying up the error the ball was just lackadaisically kicked forward by Van der Walt – this loose ball was picked up and the counter launched which saw the South Americans score their second try. Things would go from bad to worse for the Sharks after this.
Whilst the Bulls showed some of the benefits of the no-thrills route one approach which plain and simply suits the South African game DillynLeyds proved that there is still some space for creativity from a non-man-mountain outside back. The Stormers winger ran in an easy as you like counter attacking score form a poor high kick and then also created two other tries by notmeerly chilling his heels on the outskirts of the pitch but rather coming in closer to the action when defensive lines are not set. He put Damian Willemse into a gap as he created space for the man outside him before also breaking through the line and feeding De Allende for a score on another occasion.
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