Bulls Still At The Top of Super 14 Log

Ian TaitCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2009

It was certainly a weekend of upsets in the Vodacom Super 14. The Champions losing at home to the Hurricanes, the Brumbies losing at home to the Force and the Stomer’s also losing at home to the Blues.


Is the loss of Dan Carter and Robbie Deans the telling factor of the Crusaders poor start of the season? I think not, traditionally they are slow starters and with a rather big injury list for the beginning of the season they will be back.


The Hurricanes start to the season has also not been as the pundits have expected, but they hit their straps on Friday and beat the Crusaders for the first time in six years, running out 24-30 winners in Christ church.


The Waratahs have gone 3 in 3 with a solid performance over the Highlanders in Sydney, winning 34-16. The Stormers where poor, handling was shocking!


To any Stormers supporters, let me ask you the question, how far do you think they will get with their current tight five? If you answer honestly you will know the answer to the question, nowhere.


Rassie is under serious pressure and feels that he is not getting the support of his players. Well maybe the fact that Puke Watson is playing in his team has something to do with it. Ok let’s be fair he has played some really good rugby this season, but when you team hates you, one rotten apple is all it takes.


PS: Rassie also does not want to play Luke away from Newlands in South Africabecause he feels that he will be booed. LOL, what do you think will happen in the rest of South Africa who thinks that the Springbok Emblem should be the national emblem of the country. IDIOT!


The Western Force played a great game of rugby to win in ACT. Although they were outclassed in the tight five, the rest of their game was very clever and they out thought and outplayed the Brumbies.


Scoring 4 tries including a hat-trick from Cameron Sheppard, they only time the Brumbies looked like scoring was with a penalty try for a supposed illegal scrum. No ways would I have given a penalty try on the contrary, I would have pinged the Brumbies for illegal binding with the lose head going in on the tight head and shoving up.


The came the rain at Ellis Park and a referee by the name of Philip Bosh! The fact that it was only his second Super 14 game, one has to ask why. Yes he was the same referee that did the opening game of the Super 14 last the one that ended 6-3 between the Force and the Hurricane.


All that players ask for is constancy. Well Mr. Bosh you ruined a great game and yes some of my colleagues will disagree with me, but he was shocking. The Bulls have gone 3 and 0 and Pierre Spies is playing exceptional rugby.


The Lions were unlucky and had the referee been more constant I think the result would have gone to the home side instead of them going down 9-16.


The Rugby God’s where smiling on the Sharks in New Zealand. The Chiefs had three TMO decisions over turned, but defence counted in the Sharkies favour. It was sad to see Jean Deysel leave the field after only two minutes of the game and the knee injury will keep him out for at least eight weeks.


The Sharks will know that they were in a game on Saturday, but it was great to see how all the players put their bodies on the line for the team. JP Peterson scoring two tries and Frans Steyn one the Sharks did have the opportunity to get the bonus point try, however to late she cried.


Their next game against the Blues is where the Sharks have to stand up to be counted. If they can walk away with another win and a bonus point to boot will put them in a very strong position for the rest of the season. Sharks 22, Chiefs 15.


The less said about the Reds and Cheetahs game the better. Final score 22-3 to the Reds, crap!


The Australians have come back with vengeance, by thumping the Proteas by 162 runs. Congratulations to Jacque Kallis on being the first South African and All Rounder to reach 10000 runs and 250 wickets. Ricky Ponting won another toss four in a row and had no hesitation to bat first.


After being in trouble at 33 for 3 they amassed 466 with a ton for debutant M J North and a 96 not out by Man of the Match Mitchell Johnson. Smith dropped Ponting on 43 this proved to be a turning point in day one.


South Africawas poor in their batting and only AD De Villiers with 104 not out was the shinning light when SA could only make 220. The second inning of Australiasaw the world best all rounder Kallis take 3 wickets to turn the game on its head, seeing them fall to 207 all out.


By this time the damage was done and leaving South Africa with a world record 451 runs to win. This was always going to a tough task on a difficult wicket. This Friday the second test starts in Durban and it is a must win game for the South Africans if they want to become the worlds best test side.


Congratulations to Manchester Untied for Winning the Carling Cup and getting one step closer to the quadruple. Liverpool has thrown away all chances of winning their first league title in 17 years by losing 2-0 away to Middlesbrough.


Villa game the Gunners another chance by drawing 2-2 with Stoke at home. Arsenal seems to have forgotten how to score goals drawing 0-0 with Fulham. Please Fulham what a terrible team and the Gunners can’t score.


Chelsea is back at No. 2 and is starting to look like a championship side again. But there are still plenty of games still left, but I don’t see Man U losing from here on in.


Until next week, enjoy the sport.