Chiefs v Bulls
Before I get to the game, a shout out to the Chiefs team who shaved their heads in support of cancer. It’s nice to see a human side to the NZ rugby robots. Of course, one Chiefs player, who will remain nameless (their no.12 Johnny Fa’auli. I’ll try and get his home address) didn’t shave his head. The irony being that if anyone in the team needed to shave off a shit hairstyle it was this player.
Back to the game itself…
The Bulls were up against arguably the most in-form team this year and another bad day at the office was waiting for the men from Pretoria. The first 10 minutes rolled by and the Bulls were not just holding their own, but playing like an in-form team.
And as the minutes rolled by, the Bulls supporters started coming out from behind their couches and by minute 20, they started painting their children blue again.
Burger Odendaal was having a monster of a game, making ground almost at will. RG Snyman and Lood played well and we know they dont exactly look like they tag each other in funny video clips on Facebook, they made life tough for “the best lock in world rugby” and even Rudy Paige played well by Rudy Paige standards.
Now, the Chiefs have not conceded a try in the first half of any of their games this season and kept that record in tact, leading into the break, but were also kept to only scoring 3 points against the Bulls, while the latter had made the most of shots at goal and racked up 9. Yes,the hopeless Bulls were leading the Chiefs after 40minutes.
Was the impossible, possible?
The Blue wall finally cracked and the Chiefs went over their opponent’s line. For almost 70minutes the Bulls were in the game, but the Chiefs racked up a couple of late tries to flatter the scoreline. Who knows where the Bulls would have been on the log if they played like this from week 1?
Tough luck, Bulls!
Stormers v Cheetahs
This was always going to be an open game with lots of tries being scored, but the Cheetahs probably hoped that they would get more than one. But, SP Marais, especially, was in sublime form with ball in hand and although his name doesn’t show on the score sheet, he created a hell of a lot of the Stormers momentum, and if Allister was really watching rugby, he would make some calls to get this kid into the Bok setup.
Imagine him getting a shot against a team like France, even if it’s off the bench. Shut up and take my dstv money! By far the best of the three Marais who played on the day.
The Stormers looked like they had 20 players on the field, they were everywhere on attack and defence. Notshe finally got some sweetness for all his work this season and like a good parent he was there at the right time and went on to father a hat trick of five pointers.
Dillon Leyds is improving as his hair grows more out of control and also deserved his brace, not just for his work on the day,but his steady work this season.
Robert du Preez also chipped in with a try, literally.
The only light for the Cheetahs came from Paul “Tier” Schoeman, who had a very good game and went over for the Cheetahs’ only try.
Neil Marais was also doing a good job at 12, for a player who is used to playing 10 off the bench. Yesterday, I said that the Cheetahs lost this game against the Sharks, so by that logic, let’s hope the Bulls did the same work on the Chiefs that the Sharks did on the Cheetahs.
Well done, Stormers!
Lions v Sharks
I backed the Sharks to win and they probably would have if it wasn’t for Ettiene Oosthuizen who hanged around necks like a drunk who wanted to know if he told you the story he already told you five times before.
Why did I back the Sharks? Because the Lions have been very messy this season, scoring a lot of tries, but conceding a whole lot as well. The Sharks looked the better unit.
Curwin Bosch outplayed his opposite number and the father of two even got floored by the teenager in contact. Bosch’s 58m penalty, that’ll probably grow to 68m by 2037 when he’s retired and asked about it in bars, was a beauty, even in the thin air it was a magnificent kick.
Jantjies can probably make a case that he’s not getting enough sleep with the new baby, cause he looked like he didn’t get any.
It was becoming a great game as the time ran out, with both flyhalves exchanging blows and it looked like it might be a draw. Then the moment that Bosch made a mistake, a very South African mistake, a fly half trying to put too much distance on a kick and then failing to put the kick into safety. That mistake lead to a try for Jaco Kriel, the Lions man found himself on the wing powering his team to victory with great run.
A missed opportunity for the Sharks and a lucky escape for the Lions. Well played to both teams, it was a nail biter.
Anyway… Enough of all the talking, let’s get into our panel’s Super Rugby Team of the Week!
|1||JC van Rensburg||JC van Rensburg||JC van Rensburg||JC van Rensburg|
|2||Bongi Mbonambi||Malcolm Marx||Malcolm Marx||Malcolm Marx|
|3||Coenie Oosthuizen||Coenie Oosthuizen||Frans Malherbe||Frans Malherbe|
|4||Eben Etzebeth||Eben Etzebeth||RG Snyman||Eben Etzebeth|
|5||Pieter-Steph du Toit||Ruan Botha||Lood de Jager||Pieter-Steph du Toit|
|6||Jaco Kriel||Jaco Kriel||Paul Schoeman||Jaco Kriel|
|7||Siya Kolisi||Siya Kolisi||Siya Kolisi||Siya Kolisi|
|8||Sikhumbuzo Notshe||Sikhumbuzo Notshe||Sikhumbuzo Notshe||Sikhumbuzo Notshe|
|9||Cheslin Kolbe||Cobus Reinach||Rudy Paige||Rudy Paige|
|10||Rob du Preez||Handre Pollard||Curwin Bosch||Curwin Bosch|
|11||Dillion Leyds||Courtnall Skosan||Dillion Leyds||Dillion Leyds|
|12||Dan du Plessis||Jan Serfontein||Burger Odendal||Dan du Plessis|
|13||EW Viljoen||Lukhanyo Am||Francois Venter||EW Viljoen|
|14||Kobus van Wyk||Kobus van Wyk||Kobus van Wyk||Kobus van Wyk|
|15||SP Marais||SP Marais||SP Marais||SP Marais|
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Written for The Pundits by @Justus_Beets