What a great weekend of rugby. The Highlanders finally pull off a win over the big guns and the Chiefs carried on with their awesome running rugby. The Hurricanes came from behind to beat the Lions in Ellis Park while the Sharks where devastating in savaging the Brumbies.
The Bulls were caught sleeping on Friday and very much like the Sharks, Reds game the result was always going to go to the home team. Let’s be honest the Bulls are a great team and should never have lots to the Highlanders.
However the Highlanders player very well, scrummed like trogons and ran out deserved winners 36-12. The Crusaders beat the Stormers 11-7 in what was a very tough game of rugby. Not pretty rugby, but good rugby.
The last three games of the weekend was certainly the better games of the weekend and the Chiefs were fantastic and even the Reds came to the party with some good tries themselves. Although the game was over in the first half it was still great to watch. The Chiefs have now won four games in a row and are looking very good for a top 4 finish. Final score 26-50!
The Lions came very close to a fantastic win over the much fancied Hurricanes, in the game of the weekend they just lost at home 32-38. They did however walk away with two valuable bonus points. But big ups have to go to the Canes for the way they came from behind to gain a very important win on tour. This will certainly not make life easier for the Sharks next weekend.
The Sharks were sublime on Saturday. Although they did let in two soft tries the Brumbies were never in the game. JP Peterson scored his sixth try of the season, along with another four from the rest of the Sharks.
John Plumtree has rightfully said that his charges need to keep their feet on the ground and understand that the Super 14 is far from over. Play the Canes on Saturday will not be easy, however I think this will be the pick of the weekend and there will be 40,000 Sharks fans rooting their boys on, so it should be a cracker.
On a sadder note, Brumbies lock Shawn Mackay was run over outside a Durban night club on Sunday morning. He was trying to cross the road on his way back to the hotel at around 04H15 when he was struck by an armored security patrol vehicle.
He has got a broken leg and spinal injuries. He has been put into a medically induced coma for the next 48 hours so as to stabilise his condition. According to the team doctor he is critical but stable and only time will tell whether he will make a full recovery.
The Springbok 7’s came close to winning their first ever title in Hong Kong but the determination of Fiji was just too much. Fiji ran out 26-24 winner to claim their first title in ten years. Maybe next year the Springboks will get it right.