Here’s how my Monday morning around the water cooler chat would sound after Round 4 of Super Rugby.
It’s been a while but rugby supporters around South Africa will be reminded of nasty things can get in the office kitchen when you get your timing wrong and want to get your protein smoothie from the fridge at the same time that the (previously lesser spotted) Bulls supporter is lurking around… Prepare to get your ear bent in hearing exactly how good the new Bulls outfit is and how they always had faith that “oomPote” was going to turn things around. Unfortunately the two-tone wearing Wildcat drivers deserve their day in the sun after the Bulls put in their second straight clinical first half effort in in the past two weeks. The Sharks had no answer for the physicality and tactical nouse of the home side and by the time they woke up, after the break, the damage had already been done. As a side note, Handré Pollard has now taken his game to world class level and coach Rassie must be happier than a Bulls supporter in the bottle store (sorry I couldn’t help that one) with Pollard’s current form.
In years gone by even the sternest rugby supporter would ensure Supersport channel 201 was turned up nice and loud around 12am – so the wife or better half could know there was rugby on. We would then proclaim our willingness to forego the “pleasures” of watching Super Rugby in favour of cleaning the pool, mowing the lawn or changing that lightbulb that the missus has been complaining about for the past week. These acts of selflessness would of course then ensure tv remote ownerhsip for late afternoon/evening encounters on home turf. Alas, the Aussie teams appear to be making a concerted effort to leaving us in the dog box due to dirty pools, lawn long enough to lose your girlfriend’s Yorkie in and a lightbulb that never gets replaced due to the fact that the lads from Down Under are finally playing some decent footie which one actually wants to watch.
The Rebels, inspired by veteran scrumhalf, Genia, came back from a 19-3 half time deficit to pull off a dramatic victory. In Sydney the Tahsopened strongly to get 13 points clear of the visiting Reds but form this point on the Queenslanders kept fighting back and the hosts eventually needed a late score to seal the deal. Thrilling stuff – by Aussie standards at least.
In testing conditions in Wellington the Canes saw off a strong second half comeback from the Highlanders. A six-point half time lead had turned into an eight-point deficit on the hour mark. But the home side were able to keep their cool and eventually scrape the narrow win which seems to indicate that the Hurricanes might be the best of the rest behind the red Crusade at present.
Talking about the defending champions, they were in vintage form for an hour of their game against the sadly underpowered Chiefs. There seems no end to the magic the men from Christchurch can summon whilst 2019 is building up to be a tough one for the Chiefs.
- Tevita Kuridrani must have seen the #myfokmarelize social media sensation doing the rounds in South Africa as he did something similar by clumsily bashing into the post trying to run the ball out from behind his own goal line.
- The Blues were once again more bumbling than brilliant. Against the Sunwolves the Aucklanders found themselves 12 points ahead going into the final 20 minutes (most of these spent playing against only 14 men) yet needed a late penalty to secure the victory.
- The Waratahs are playing a number of their home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground and unfortunately the cricket turf came up like a big driving range with giant sized divots – this issue will be of real concern to them going forward.
- A young Lions team was selected and things couldn’t have started in a worse manner for the jittery young pride as the ball was passed back behind the tryline resulting in a five-meter scrum almost straight from the kickoff. Instead of letting the panic set in the tight five proceeded to put in a huge scrum effort and completely shove the Argentines off the ball. An OMF moment of note.
- The second mention goes to a chicken-wing exhibition that KFC would be proud of. Goodhue showed his skill by twice implementing the back-hand offloads to set-up tries and David Havili copied the move of his All Black centre when he came onto the park later on.
- Lastly there was breath-taking piece of fancy football skills by SelvynDavids at the Vancouver Sevens as the Blitzie used his boots to keep the ball in play in the most audacious of ways which would have looked more in place as something done by Cristiano Ronaldo.
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