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Waratahs outclass Lions

Published on Apr 22nd, 2008, No Comments

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The Waratahs overcame a sluggish first half performance to run out comfortable victors against the Lions in Sydney. The Lions were still in the game at half time thanks to a Waratahs side that just made to many errors in the pouring rain. The half time score was 0-0 but the ‘Tahs managed to pull together in the second half and outscore the Lions by 4 tries to 0. The victory saw the Waratahs move into 3rd place on the log on their own and keep their hopes alive for a semi-final berth. Final score: Waratahs 26 Lions 3

Reds outplay Force

Published on Apr 22nd, 2008, No Comments

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The Reds outplayed a sluggish Western Force side to illustrate that they are a vastly improved side from last year. The Force stayed in the game during the first half and were only trailing by 13-12 at half time, but the Reds stepped up a gear after the break to run away with the game. The Reds scored 3 tries to none and they were well deserved victors against their Australian rivals. Final score: Reds 29 Force 12

Chiefs topple Crusaders

Published on Apr 22nd, 2008, No Comments

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The Crusaders suffered their first defeat of the 2008 Super14 season against an inspired Chiefs side. The Chiefs took on their much fancied opponents at their own game and came away with the better result. The Chiefs defense was awesome and they applied immense pressure on the Crusaders young backline. The pressure resulted in uncharacteristic Crusaders mistakes and the Chiefs took full advantage of these errors. The Chiefs outscored the ‘Saders by two tries to one and were deserved winners of this New Zealand derby. Final score: Chiefs 18 Crusaders 5

Bad, Worse, Bulls

Published on Apr 16th, 2008, No Comments

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The Bulls put up one of their worst ever performances in Super rugby history when the were annihilated by the Hurricanes at Loftus on Saturday. The Bulls leaked 7 tries due to some shocking defence and their discipline keeps on letting them down as well. There is certainly problems in the Bulls camp and the senior players will have to take it upon themselves to sort this out and restore some pride in the Bulls jersey. Final score: Hurricanes 50 Bulls 22

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Stormers continue their good form

Published on Apr 16th, 2008, No Comments

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The Stormers continue to impress under coach Rassie Erasmus and the were in superb form against the Cheetahs on Saturday. This was a highly entertaining game with both teams keen on playing running rugby. The Stormers dominated the first half and secured the 4 try bonus point on the stroke of half time. Another try just after the break took the Stormers to a 31-3 lead and it looked like a rout was on the cards. Credit to the Cheetahs though, they never stopped trying and scored 3 tries in the second half to make the Stormers sweat for the victory just a bit. Final score: Stormers 34 Cheetahs 22

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Waratahs move into joint 3rd

Published on Apr 16th, 2008, No Comments

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The Waratahs managed to beat the Force to move into joint 3rd position on the 2008 Super14 log. The Force suffered a major blow early in the game when Matt Giteau was stretchered off after taking a severe blow to the head. The Force never realy recovered from this loss and they struggled to breach the fantastic Waratah defence. Only two tries were scored in the game but it was fascinating game of rugby to watch. Final score: Waratahs 17 Force 12

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Brumbies bully Blues in Auckland

Published on Apr 16th, 2008, No Comments

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A very determined Brumbies team turned up in Auckland and they managed to upstage the home team, the Blues. The Blues never found their rhythm against their Australian visitors who defended like demons and took the scoring chances that came their way. The Blues only managed to score a consolation try in the final minutes of the game to secure a bonus point for losing by less than 7 points. Final score: Brumbies 16 Blues 11. The Blues seem to be slipping during the crunch time of the competition after they started the season really well and they will have to up their game if they want to be contention for a semi-final place.

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