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 Post subject: Re: Super Rugby 2018
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:48 am 
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2018 Super Rugby odds - via BET.co.za:

Crusaders 73/20
Hurricanes 17/4
Lions 11/2
Chiefs 13/2
Highlanders 15/2
Blues 13/1
Brumbies 27/2
Stormers 33/2
Waratahs 23/1
Bulls 25/1
Sharks 26/1
Jaguares 40/1
Reds 53/1
Melbourne Rebels 99/1
Sunwolves 519/1


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My daughter will love it! She loves Japanese Animé culture.


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The old Sunwolves mascot looks creepy :uhoh:


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BULLS

In

Tim Agaba (SA Sevens)
Marnitz Boshoff (Connacht)
Thembelani Boli (Kings)
Dayan van der Westhuizen (Kings)
Frans van Wyk (Stormers)
Jano Venter (Lions)

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Jacobie Adriaanse (Lions)
Arno Botha (released)
Renaldo Bothma (Harlequins)
Martin Dryer (Kings)
Kefentse Mahlo (released)
Sibahle Maxwane (released
Luther Obi (Cheetahs)
Marnus Schoeman (Pumas)
Tian Schoeman (Bordeaux)
Jan Serfontein (Montpellier)
Piet van Zyl (retired) This is a surprise

LIONS

In

Christiaan Meyer (Griquas)
Khwezi Mona (Pumas)

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Ruan Ackermann (Gloucester)
Fabian Booysen (released)
Faf de Klerk (Sale)
Jaques Nel (Kings)
Akker van der Merwe (Sharks)
Jaco van der Walt (Edinburgh)
Hencus van Wyk (Munakata Sanix Blues)
Stokkies Hanekom (released)
Justin Ackerman (released)

SHARKS

In

Robert du Preez (Stormers)
Ross Geldenhuys (Kings)
Gideon Koegelenberg (Zebre)
Makazole Mapimpi (Cheetahs)
Tyler Paul (Kings)
Louis Schreuder (Kings)
Akker van der Merwe (Lions)
Cameron Wright (Montpellier)

Leolin Zas (Stormers)

Out

Lourens Adriaanse (Pau)
Stephan Coetzee (Kings)
Jean Deysel (Ulster)
Rowan Gouws (Kings)
Francois Kleynhans (Pumas)
Pat Lambie (Racing 92)
Khaya Majola (Kings)
Odwa Ndungane (retired)
Etienne Oosthuizen (Lyon)
Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints)

S'bura Sithole (Kings)
Hanco Venter (released)

STORMERS

In

Sergeal Petersen (Cheetahs)
Raymond Rhule (Cheetahs)

Out

Bjorn Basson (Oyonnax)
Kurt Coleman (Kings)
Juan de Jongh (Wasps)
Rob du Preez (Sharks)
Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse)
Huw Jones (Glasgow)
Oli Kebble (Glasgow)
Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse)

Godlen Masimla (Kings)
Brandon Thompson (Glasgow)
Frans van Wyk (Bulls)

http://www.sarugbymag.co.za/blog/details/super-rugby-transfers-2017-18


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Lions jersey looks good.

Glad they haven't done anything silly.


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Lions jersey looks good.

Glad they haven't done anything silly.


Like putting the Joburg skyline and a lion on the back? :)

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Oh ok, there it is :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Super Rugby 2018
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Jensrsa wrote:
2018 Super Rugby odds - via BET.co.za:

Crusaders 73/20
Hurricanes 17/4
Lions 11/2
Chiefs 13/2
Highlanders 15/2
Blues 13/1
Brumbies 27/2
Stormers 33/2
Waratahs 23/1
Bulls 25/1
Sharks 26/1
Jaguares 40/1
Reds 53/1
Melbourne Rebels 99/1
Sunwolves 519/1


Reckon that is massively underestimating the Rebels. They have a much stronger roster with depth, and a very good coaching setup now. Think they will come close to topping the Aus conference and could surprise quite a few people.


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 Post subject: Re: Super Rugby 2018
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Farva wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
2018 Super Rugby odds - via BET.co.za:

Crusaders 73/20
Hurricanes 17/4
Lions 11/2
Chiefs 13/2
Highlanders 15/2
Blues 13/1
Brumbies 27/2
Stormers 33/2
Waratahs 23/1
Bulls 25/1
Sharks 26/1
Jaguares 40/1
Reds 53/1
Melbourne Rebels 99/1
Sunwolves 519/1


Reckon that is massively underestimating the Rebels. They have a much stronger roster with depth, and a very good coaching setup now. Think they will come close to topping the Aus conference and could surprise quite a few people.


Hope so. Half tempted to put a spare hundy on them at those odds. They're long shots but why the fudge not.


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 Post subject: Re: Super Rugby 2018
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I don't know what it's like in South Africa, but in NZ all of the adults I see wearing super rugby jerseys have pot bellies.


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Landers might go close. Strong squad and recent title success.

Rebels for longer odds. Unrated and chock full of Wallabies. Loaded up on former Force players.


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Good luck to the Stormers trying to sell those jerseys :thumbdown:


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Good luck to the Stormers trying to sell those jerseys :thumbdown:


Oh great my package! Oh.


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Good luck to the Stormers trying to sell those jerseys :thumbdown:


They have some heavy marketing to do to promote "The 2018 DHL Stormers jersey features a royal blue colour, with the traditional blue and white stripes down the side and red trim which comes from the WP Rugby Disa."

Stormer/ WP fans prefer the WP look


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jdogscoop wrote:

Oh great my package! Oh.


Eben: "did you order two guns?"

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Jensrsa wrote:
They have some heavy marketing to do to promote "The 2018 DHL Stormers jersey features a royal blue colour, with the traditional blue and white stripes down the side and red trim which comes from the WP Rugby Disa."

Stormer/ WP fans prefer the WP look


Also the lack of a clothing brand. Adidas and Canterbury make great jerseys. Theirs looks like an intern drew designed it.


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assfly wrote:

Also the lack of a clothing brand. Adidas and Canterbury make great jerseys. Theirs looks like an intern drew designed it.


Interesting that the Bulls and Lions went back to their roots, to a degree anyway, while the Stormers moved away from it


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. [edit: deleted as I answered my own question by scrolling one additional page and reading the 'Blues 2018 thread', the answer lay therein]


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Rona, Louwrens, McCalman and Cowen are the ones I thought would have gigs by now.
Cowen has been very loyal and may be pissed off with the ARU so may leave the country. Louwrens may also head back to SA, although he was the form half back of the first half of the last season and would be a huge loss to Aus rugby if he goes. McCalman is baffling. He is experienced, a Wallaby and can cover lock as well as 6 and 8 at super level. Rona ditto except covers 11, 13 and 14.

Cottrell and Matijow are both good players but have been long term injured so I can see them not being wanted. Cottrell in particular was looking good two years ago before his injury.



Rona now officially a Tah...

McCalman likely to head there too.


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They've slipped under the radar so far, with no mention of them when the Super Rugby 2018 season was launched, but four All Black training camps will be scattered throughout the early rounds of Super Rugby this year.

It'll be the first time since the infamous experiment of 2007 that Super Rugby coaches here will have players missing on All Blacks training duty while the Super season is on.

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Super coaches were told of this year's extra camps by New Zealand Rugby's high performance manager, Don Tricker, before he left to join the San Diego Padres before Christmas.

Of the four camps, two will be largely devoted to skills, and there'll be two more general three day camps that would see players back with their Super teams before the weekend, but probably only in time for a captain's run, missing the serious build-up during the week.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/opinion/100945120/phil-gifford-all-blacks-to-run-training-camps-during-super-rugby--and-there-are-dangers


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Five areas where SA Super Rugby teams need to improve

While SA Rugby execs are still sorting out their issues surrounding Allister Coetzee and the Springbok coaching job, preparations for the new Super Rugby season are continuing apace at ground level.

The Lions have been South Africa's best-performing side over the past two seasons, with the Johannesburg team reaching consecutive finals. Other than that, though, there hasn't been much to write home about the other teams.

Ahead of kickoff on 17 February, KweséESPN looks at five aspects South African Super Rugby teams need to master over the next few months if they want to break New Zealand's stranglehold on the competition.

Tempo, tempo, tempo

Playing the game at speed while making proper decisions, and executing them in the heat of battle, are some of the main reasons why South African Super Rugby teams struggle against their New Zealand counterparts.

The Lions have been the best South African side recently because they play at a breakneck tempo. Their attack is flat and have a go right on the advantage line. Momentum is key in modern rugby, with or without the ball, and sustaining it is even more important. Tempo means no respite for the opposition, keeping them on the back foot.

Line speed on defence is important

The contact point is probably the most important aspect of the game these days. It's an area where both defender and attacker need to dominate to get that extra metre. Coaches in South Africa love to say that defending is all about attitude, and you have to get that right before working on the structure.

But defending intelligently is as important as making a tackle on a guy twice your size. South African teams haven't really embraced quick line speed, because they are scared of making mistakes on defence. But if you want to put pressure on the opposition backline in the modern game, you have to play in their faces.

Fetchers are our friend... not the enemy

Fetchers have always been overlooked by South African Super Rugby teams, because it's more important to have another lineout option and a big ball-carrier. But there are a lot more breakdowns in the game than lineouts, and having a specialist player fighting for the ball on the ground and helping his own team get quick ball on attack is a must.

The Lions were excellent last year with two poachers at the side of the scrum, as Jaco Kriel and Kwagga Smith put the opposition under pressure at almost every breakdown. The Kings also played some great rugby when Chris Cloete was dominating the breakdowns.

Playing the situation is the name of the game...

The Lions have showed the way forward for South African sides in the way they approach the game. They tick the tempo, line speed and fetcher boxes, and they bring it all together with a fearless brand of rugby. They back themselves to make the right decisions and execute accordingly.

They will run the ball from their own 22 if there is an overlap, or attack the space behind the opposition line with a well-weighted kick. South African players need to empowered to make decisions on the field, and not be dictated to by coaches who tell them what to do when they are on either side of the halfway line.

...but that doesn't mean the fundamentals must be neglected

New Zealand are the leaders in rugby because they do the simple things better than any other nation on the planet. Their basics are the backbone of their play, and that's what allows their wonderfully gifted players to create magic on the field and gives them the platform to obliterate teams with their natural flair and skills.

South African teams tend to make the mistake of neglecting their set-piece play and defensive duties in the pursuit of a more expansive game. If you can do the basics well, you will automatically have a better attack.

http://kwese.espn.com/rugby/story/_/id/22282686/five-areas-where-sa-super-rugby-teams-need-improve


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Super 15 Tournament Details
- 120 match regular season plus seven match finals series
- 15 teams
- Three conferences (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa)
- 18 rounds [16 matches per team, two bye weeks]
- Each team will play eight matches within its conference (four home and four away)
- Each team will play eight cross-conference matches – against four of the five teams from each of the other two conferences (four at home and four away)
- Each team will play 12 of the other teams within the season (85% of opposition teams which is up from 70% in 2016).
- Eight team Finals Series: Three Conference winners and; five wild card places – the next best performing teams based on competition points after the
Conference winners regardless of Conference. Conference winners and fourth-placed team on competition points will host quarter-finals.

New Zealand Conference
Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, Hurricanes

Australian Conference
Four Australian teams (TBC), Sunwolves

South Africa Conference
Bulls, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Jaguares

http://www.superxv.com/sanzaar-confirm-super-15-tournament-2018/


My god!!!! Reading that is more than enough to drain any enthusiasm for this competition! What a shambles. :((


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The Bulls have a new away kit :? Tribute to Mamelodi Sundowns who are the CAF Champions.
Maybe they are trying to market it under the soccer fans. Not an away kit i will be buying.


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Super Rugby: 9 new brooms

It's a season of revolutions in Super Rugby.

The teams were not only reduced from 18 to 15; nine of these teams have a brand new head coach this year.

New coaches will obviously have new ideas about the game and hopefully it will help a series that has faded the last few seasons.

Here are the series's new brooms:

1. Lions

Swys de Bruin will act as the Lions head coach in Super Rugby for the first time. He was former assistant coach to Johan Ackermann, but after the former Springbok lock went to Gloucester, De Bruin was promoted to head coach.

De Bruin will be keen to put his own his stamp on the team, especially after the Lions struggled under his leadership in the Currie Cup.

2. Bulls

New Zealander John Mitchell has to sort out the Bulls after the team disappointed in Super Rugby over the past few years.

Mitchell has an impressive resume and was involved in coaching at Ireland, England, New Zealand, America, Sale, Wasps, Waikato, the Chiefs, Western Force and the Lions.

In addition, he took the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the Varsity Shield series.

Mitchell quickly impressed in Pretoria when he took over the mid 2017 Currie Cup.

3. Reds

Brad Thorn, the former All Blacks lock, has been appointed as head coach. Although Thorn is one of the most acclaimed modern players in rugby and rugby league (he has a Super Rugby, European Cup and World Cup crown to his credit), he is extremely inexperienced as a coach. The Reds is his first team as coach, so it's uncertain what team supporters can expect.

However, he has already shown that he will enforce his authority by leaving Quade Cooper out of his group.

4. Brumbies

Here, another relatively inexperienced coach, Dan McKellar, was appointed after Stephen Larkham joined the national team as assistant coach full-time.

McKellar represented the Reds as a player and previously coached amateur rugby clubs in the Canberra area.

There will be a lot of pressure on him to show that he qualified to coach one of Australia's most successful franchises.

5. Rebels

Dave Wessels is the Melbourne team's new coach after his former team, the Western Force, was cut from Super Rugby.

Wessels showed himself to be a resourceful coach at the Force with relatively few player resources.

He was previously involved in the Stormers as a defense consultant and was a assistant coach at the Ikeys before Jake White recruited him to the Brumbies in 2012. From there he went to Western Force.

6. Sunwolves

The experienced Jamie Joseph, Japan's coach, is now also the Sunwolves coach for better continuity.

Joseph took the Highlanders to a Super Rugby title in 2015.

However, he is going to have to dig deep to make a team that could win only three matches in two seasons competitive.

7. Jaguares

This team's uninspiring and disappointing performance list since joining Super Rugby has driven his management to appoint a new coach in place of Raul Perez.

Mario Ledesma, a hooker who represented the Argentyne in 84 Tests, must free this team from a swamp of mediocrity.

Ledesma has experience as assistant coach of teams like Stade Francais, Montpellier, Waratahs and Australia, but the Jaguares is his first job as head coach.

8. Chiefs

Although Colin Cooper is a new face in Waikato, he is already a seasoned coach in New Zealand. He was the Hurricanes coach from 2003 to 2010 and was also involved in Taranaki, the NZ u21s and the Crusaders.

Before the Chiefs appointed him, he was the Maori All Blacks head coach.

9. Highlanders

There is great excitement to see what young Aaron Mauger (36), former All Black center, will do as coach in Dunedin.

As a player, he gained a reputation for his tactical ingenuity. He played in 46 Tests and played for the Crusaders for a long time and later the Leicester Tigers.

He joined the Highlanders as assistant coach last year and was involved as coach at Leicester for a short while.

https://www.netwerk24.com/Sport/Rugby/superrugby-9-nuwe-besems-moet-mooi-vee-20180202


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Saturday 17th February 2018

Stormers (7/19)
Los Jaguares (13/5)

Lions (7/19)
Sharks (13/5)

Friday 23rd February 2018

Highlanders (5/11)
Blues (15/8)

Rebels (8/13)
Reds (16/11)

Saturday 24th February 2018

Sunwolves (13/2)
Brumbies (1/10)

Crusaders (2/5)
Chiefs (11/5)

Waratahs (1/3)
Stormers (13/5)

Lions (2/13)
Los Jaguares (19/4)

Bulls (9/2)
Hurricanes (2/11)


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Super Rugby Grand Final Winner

Crusaders 5.0
Hurricanes 5.0
Lions 7.0
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I should really be looking forward to this... my team won last year, looks good for this year etc etc..

but the way the ARU carried on last year and seeing my local mates who were keen Force supporters shafted so thoroughly, I really can't raise a rat's arse for the comp this year. It rings hollow. More than hollow... if you whacked it it would sound like a slightly hardened turd.


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So pissed that the NZRU are arranging 4 training camps during the Super season that will take the ABs out of the comp.

If it was a RWC year I could understand but this has me flummoxed and pissed off as a fan.

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Super Rugby: 9 new brooms

It's a season of revolutions in Super Rugby.

The teams were not only reduced from 18 to 15; nine of these teams have a brand new head coach this year.

New coaches will obviously have new ideas about the game and hopefully it will help a series that has faded the last few seasons.

Here are the series's new brooms:

1. Lions

Swys de Bruin will act as the Lions head coach in Super Rugby for the first time. He was former assistant coach to Johan Ackermann, but after the former Springbok lock went to Gloucester, De Bruin was promoted to head coach.

De Bruin will be keen to put his own his stamp on the team, especially after the Lions struggled under his leadership in the Currie Cup.

2. Bulls

New Zealander John Mitchell has to sort out the Bulls after the team disappointed in Super Rugby over the past few years.

Mitchell has an impressive resume and was involved in coaching at Ireland, England, New Zealand, America, Sale, Wasps, Waikato, the Chiefs, Western Force and the Lions.

In addition, he took the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the Varsity Shield series.

Mitchell quickly impressed in Pretoria when he took over the mid 2017 Currie Cup.

3. Reds

Brad Thorn, the former All Blacks lock, has been appointed as head coach. Although Thorn is one of the most acclaimed modern players in rugby and rugby league (he has a Super Rugby, European Cup and World Cup crown to his credit), he is extremely inexperienced as a coach. The Reds is his first team as coach, so it's uncertain what team supporters can expect.

However, he has already shown that he will enforce his authority by leaving Quade Cooper out of his group.

4. Brumbies

Here, another relatively inexperienced coach, Dan McKellar, was appointed after Stephen Larkham joined the national team as assistant coach full-time.

McKellar represented the Reds as a player and previously coached amateur rugby clubs in the Canberra area.

There will be a lot of pressure on him to show that he qualified to coach one of Australia's most successful franchises.

5. Rebels

Dave Wessels is the Melbourne team's new coach after his former team, the Western Force, was cut from Super Rugby.

Wessels showed himself to be a resourceful coach at the Force with relatively few player resources.

He was previously involved in the Stormers as a defense consultant and was a assistant coach at the Ikeys before Jake White recruited him to the Brumbies in 2012. From there he went to Western Force.

6. Sunwolves

The experienced Jamie Joseph, Japan's coach, is now also the Sunwolves coach for better continuity.

Joseph took the Highlanders to a Super Rugby title in 2015.

However, he is going to have to dig deep to make a team that could win only three matches in two seasons competitive.

7. Jaguares

This team's uninspiring and disappointing performance list since joining Super Rugby has driven his management to appoint a new coach in place of Raul Perez.

Mario Ledesma, a hooker who represented the Argentyne in 84 Tests, must free this team from a swamp of mediocrity.

Ledesma has experience as assistant coach of teams like Stade Francais, Montpellier, Waratahs and Australia, but the Jaguares is his first job as head coach.

8. Chiefs

Although Colin Cooper is a new face in Waikato, he is already a seasoned coach in New Zealand. He was the Hurricanes coach from 2003 to 2010 and was also involved in Taranaki, the NZ u21s and the Crusaders.

Before the Chiefs appointed him, he was the Maori All Blacks head coach.

9. Highlanders

There is great excitement to see what young Aaron Mauger (36), former All Black center, will do as coach in Dunedin.

As a player, he gained a reputation for his tactical ingenuity. He played in 46 Tests and played for the Crusaders for a long time and later the Leicester Tigers.

He joined the Highlanders as assistant coach last year and was involved as coach at Leicester for a short while.

https://www.netwerk24.com/Sport/Rugby/superrugby-9-nuwe-besems-moet-mooi-vee-20180202



We need Fourie du Preez in the mixup, somewhere. A total rugby brain.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:22 pm 
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Fetchers are our friend... not the enemy

Fetchers have always been overlooked by South African Super Rugby teams, because it's more important to have another lineout option and a big ball-carrier. But there are a lot more breakdowns in the game than lineouts, and having a specialist player fighting for the ball on the ground and helping his own team get quick ball on attack is a must.

The Lions were excellent last year with two poachers at the side of the scrum, as Jaco Kriel and Kwagga Smith put the opposition under pressure at almost every breakdown. The Kings also played some great rugby when Chris Cloete was dominating the breakdowns.


How is Heinrich Brüssow doing nowadays? It was criminal how he was dumped from the Boks some years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Super Rugby 2018
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Shit this drek again, wake me up for the preliminaries but put me to sleep before the final as it will be another inevitable and incredibly boring victory for the blackness...dont wake me up again until the November tours.


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 Post subject: Re: Super Rugby 2018
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:19 am 
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SA Super Rugby coaches' expectations

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. What are your thoughts on the tournament going back to 15 teams, and are you happy with the format?

. How much of an impact do you expect the extra travel to have on your results?

. Given that they have already been trialled at Currie Cup level, do you think players still need time to adjust to the new law amendments?

. Briefly tell us about your team’s preparations and expectations for the tournament.

Robbie Fleck (Stormers)

“We’re certainly happy we’re going back to a strength versus strength competition, even though we’re still in groups. We get to play everyone barring one Australian side, but there are no easy games, even though some are complaining that the Sunwolves and the Jaguares are still there. I think both will be better this year.

In the old days, we used to go to New Zealand and Australia for the full four weeks, and we actually enjoyed it because we found our groove as we got used to the environment over the four weeks.

The amendments won’t affect us too much because 90% of our side played in the Currie Cup and most of the adjustment is in the breakdown, which is good for the game. I think the team will adjust pretty well.

The preparations have been good, we brought in a few new training techniques and the boys have worked hard. The game is getting quicker and quicker, and the players need to be better conditioned because the ball is in play for 48 minutes and is changing year on year. There has been more rugby-specific training. Gone are the days of running the full length of the field. In terms of our expectations, last year was year one for us – my first as a head coach. We implemented certain things and we felt we succeeded in becoming a more attacking team than the year before. But we didn’t tour well, so we’re going to have to change that. We want to build on those things.”

Swys de Bruin (Lions)

“We’re happy with the system, it looks very fair to all teams. It’s definitely more strength versus strength, and you have to fight more to win. No disrespect to anyone, but, in the past, some of the games you knew you would win.

Last year, we toured for three weeks and four the year before. The extra week makes it difficult, so it will be tougher this year. But we like it tough, so it’ll be no problem for us.

The laws aren’t a problem whatsoever because they were trialled in the Currie Cup. The only thing with the law amendments is the referees are very good at policing them at first, then they slack off. The important thing for us is to adjust to the policing of what we call buzzwords at the beginning of the season.

Preparation-wise, it hasn’t been easy. Two to three years ago, we had all our players here for preseason. Now we had a bunch of them in Japan, Europe or injured. So player management is going to be tough. When they gave me the job, I knew it was going to be a challenge, but all my life I’ve loved challenges. We’ve lost Faf de Klerk, Ruan Ackermann and Akker van der Merwe, so it’ll be tough. But we’ve got a good medical team and good coaches, so we won’t look too far ahead.”

John Mitchell (Bulls)

“It doesn’t really make a difference to us, we’re just keen to get out there and start playing some rugby. However, it is good to be playing in a tournament with the strongest teams and to be able to measure ourselves against them.

I think we’re rather fortunate because we’ve got three weeks away in Australasia early in the season, a trip to Argentina and then to Singapore. We’ve also got a few Friday games, which effectively help us manage shorter weeks. Ultimately, we make our own plans and we need to make it work. It also helps to treat and manage each week separately.

It’s extremely important to be aware of them and embrace them, without over-elaborating on it too much. The players will have to naturally adjust and embrace it.

Preseason preparations are about getting the athletes healthy and robust. We’re now in a phase of creating a team culture, and learning from our trial situations and games. This is a period of improving ourselves and getting better every day, while trying to become consistent in our efforts.”

Robert du Preez (Sharks)

“We have no issues with the tournament format and we welcome the opportunity to play both Australia and New Zealand teams. This format allows teams to test themselves against the best of the best in the southern hemisphere.

I don’t view the extra travel as a negative. We quite like the fact that we will be on tour for four weeks. Tours give teams the opportunity to bond and to build team culture, which adds to the team spirit and vibe in the camp.

We’ve already adapted to the law changes in Currie Cup. We do not see these changes having a big impact on our game plan.

We’ve had a great preseason and the commitment and energy that the players and coaching staff brought to each session was fantastic.

Our focus was on our conditioning, improving our skills and our functional play. The two warm-up matches we had gave us an opportunity to see where we were in terms of our conditioning and the progress we’ve made. Combinations were tested and everyone in the squad got game time. The team has set high standards during the preseason and the warm-up matches. We want to continue to build on this and we believe that we have the squad depth to be competitive.”

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/sas-super-rugby-expectations-20180211-2


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 Post subject: Re: Super Rugby 2018
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:33 am 
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SA Super Rugby preview: The back threes

BULLS

Warrick Gelant, Jamba Ulengo, Travis Ismaiel, Jesse Kriel, Divan Rossouw and Duncan Matthews

Back-three pool of talent rating: 6/10

LIONS

Courtnall Skosan (injured) , Ruan Combrinck, Sylvian Mahuza, Madosh Tambwe, 20, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Lionel Mapoe and Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Back-three pool of talent rating: 7/10

SHARKS

Makazole Mapimpi, Kobus van Wyk, Leolin Zas, Lwazi Mvovo, S’bu Nkosi, Curwin Bosch and Garth April

Back-three pool of talent rating: 8/10

STORMERS

Seabelo Senatla, SP Marais, Dillyn Leyds, Raymond Rhule, Sergeal Petersen and JJ Engelbrecht

Back-three pool of talent rating: 6.5/10

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/sa-super-rugby-preview-the-back-threes-20180206

SA Super Rugby preview: The centres

BULLS

Burger Odendaal, Jesse Kriel, JT Jackson, Johnny Kotze and Handre Pollard

Midfield pool of talent rating: 5.5/10

LIONS

Howard Mnisi, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Harold Vorster and Lionel Mapoe.

Midfield pool of talent rating: 7.5/10

SHARKS

Andre Esterhuizen, Marius Louw, Lukhanyo Am, Jeremy Ward, Johan Deysel and Kobus van Wyk
Midfield pool of talent rating: 7/10

STORMERS

Damian de Allende, EW Viljoen, Dan du Plessis, Dan Kriel and JJ Engelbrecht

Midfield pool of talent rating: 6/10

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/sa-super-rugby-preview-the-centres-20180207

SA Super Rugby preview: The nines and tens

BULLS

Handre Pollard, Marnitz Boshoff and Francois Brummer.

Ivan van Zyl, Embrose Papier and Andre Warner

Flyhalf/scrumhalf pool of talent rating: 5/10

LIONS

Elton Jantjies, Ashlon Davids, Shaun Reynolds

Ross Cronje, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Christiaan Meyer

Flyhalf/scrumhalf pool of talent rating: 6/10

SHARKS

Robert du Preez, Curwin Bosch, Garth April

Louis Schreuder, Michael Claassens

Flyhalf/scrumhalf pool of talent rating: 6.5/10

STORMERS

Jean-Luc du Plessis, Damian Willemse, George Whitehead

Jano Vermaak, Dewaldt Duvenage, Justin Phillips

Flyhalf/scrumhalf pool of talent rating: 6/10

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/sa-super-rugby-preview-the-nines-and-tens-20180207

SA Super Rugby preview: The loosies

BULLS

Nic de Jager, Roelof Smit, Hanro Liebenberg, Jannes Kirsten, Tim Agaba, Themba Bholi

Loose forward pool of talent rating: 5/10

LIONS

Warren Whiteley, Jaco Kriel, Cyle Brink, Robert Kruger, Kwagga Smith, Len Massyn, Hacjivah Dayimani

Loose forward pool of talent rating: 6.5/10

SHARKS

Keegan Daniel, Philip van der Walt, Tera Mtembu, Jean-Luc du Preez, Dan du Preez, Jacques Vermeulen, Tyler Paul

Loose forward pool of talent rating: 6.5/10

STORMERS

Siya Kolisi, Nizaam Carr, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Juarno “Trokkie” Augustus, Steph de Wit, Cobus Wiese, Kobus van Dyk, Jaco Coetzee

Loose forward pool of talent rating: 7/10

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/sa-super-rugby-preview-the-loosies-20180209


SA Super Rugby preview: The locks

BULLS

RG Snyman,d Lood de Jager, Jason Jenkins, Ruben van Heerden, Aston Fortuin

Lock pool of talent rating: 8/10

LIONS

Franco Mostert, Andries Ferreira, Lourens Erasmus, Marvin Orie

Lock pool of talent rating: 6.5/10

SHARKS

Ruan Botha, Stephan Lewies, Tyler Paul, Jean Droste, Hyron Andrews

Lock pool of talent rating: 7/10

STORMERS

Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, JD Schickerling, Chris van Zyl, Jan de Klerk, Salmaan Moerat

Lock pool of talent rating: 6.5/10

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/sa-super-rugby-preview-the-locks-20180212

SA Super Rugby preview: The front rows

BULLS

Trevor Nyakane, Frans van Wyk, Pierre Schoeman, Lizo Gqokoba

Adriaan Strauss, Edgar Marutlulle and, Jaco Visagie

Front row pool of talent rating: 6/10

LIONS

Ruan Dreyer, Jacobie Adriaanse, Jacques van Rooyen, Dylan Smith, Corne Fourie

Malcolm Marx, Robbie Coetzee (Prop Corne Fourie and lossie Marnus Schoeman)

Front row pool of talent rating: 7/10

SHARKS

Ross Geldenhuys, Thomas du Toit, John-Hubert Meyer, Tendai Mtawarira

Franco Marais, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Akker van der Merwe

Front row pool of talent rating: 6.5/10

STORMERS

Frans Malherbe, Wilco Louw, Carlu Sadie, Steven Kitshoff, JC Janse van Rensburg, Ali Vermaak

Scarra Ntubeni, Bongi Mbonambi, Ramone Samuels

Front row pool of talent rating: 7/10

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/sa-super-rugby-preview-the-front-rows-20180214

Sharks: 41.5
Lions: 40.5
Stormers: 39.0
Bulls: 35.5


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 Post subject: Re: Super Rugby 2018
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:57 pm 
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Week 1:
Stormers 28 - 20 Jaguares
Lions 26 - 19 Sharks

AUSTRALIAN
Pos. Team: P | W | D | L | +/- | Pts
1. Waratahs: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
2. Sunwolves: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
3. Reds: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
4. Rebels: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
5. Brumbies: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0

NEW ZEALAND
Pos. | | | P | W | D | L | +/- | Pts
1. Blues: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
2. Highlanders: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
3. Hurricanes: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
4. Chiefs: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
5. Crusaders: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0

SOUTH AFRICAN
Pos. | | | P | W | D | L | +/- | Pts
1. Stormers: 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 8 | 4
2. Lions: 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 7 | 4
3. Sharks: 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | -7 | 1
4. Bulls: 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0
5. Jaguares: 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | -8 | 0


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 Post subject: Re: Super Rugby 2018
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Next weekend’s fixtures (home teams first, all kick-offs GMT)
Friday, February 23

Highlanders v Blues - 06:35

Rebels v Reds - 8:45

Saturday, February 24

Sunwolves v Brumbies - 04:15

Crusaders v Chiefs - 06:35

Waratahs v Stormers - 8:45

Lions v Jaguares - 13:05

Bulls v Hurricanes - 15:15

Bye: Sharks


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 Post subject: Re: Super Rugby 2018
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The Rebels will be the surprise package this year imo.


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Week 2:
Place. Team: P | W | D | L | PF | PA | PD | TF | TA | BP1 | BP2 | Pnts
1. Lions: 2 | 2 | 0 | 0 | 73 | 46 | 27 | 10 | 6 | 1 | 0 | 9
2. Rebels: 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 45 | 19 | 26 | 7 | 3 | 1 | 0 | 5
3. Crusaders: 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 45 | 23 | 22 | 6 | 2 | 1 | 0 | 5
4. Stormers: 2 | 1 | 0 | 1 | 55 | 54 | 1 | 6 | 6 | 0 | 1 | 5
5. Highlanders: 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 41 | 34 | 7 | 4 | 5 | 0 | 0 | 4
6. Brumbies: 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 32 | 25 | 7 | 5 | 3 | 0 | 0 | 4
7. Waratahs: 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 34 | 27 | 7 | 4 | 3 | 0 | 0 | 4
8. Bulls: 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 21 | 19 | 2 | 3 | 3 | 0 | 0 | 4
9. Hurricanes: 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 19 | 21 | -2 | 3 | 3 | 0 | 1 | 1
10. Blues: 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 34 | 41 | -7 | 5 | 4 | 0 | 1 | 1
11. Sharks: 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 19 | 26 | -7 | 3 | 4 | 0 | 1 | 1
12. Sunwolves: 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 25 | 32 | -7 | 3 | 5 | 0 | 1 | 1
13. Chiefs: 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 23 | 45 | -22 | 2 | 6 | 0 | 0 | 0
14. Reds: 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 19 | 45 | -26 | 3 | 7 | 0 | 0 | 0
15. Jaguares: 2 | 0 | 0 | 2 | 47 | 75 | -28 | 5 | 9 | 0 | 0 | 0

Australian:
Rebels 5
Brumbies 4
Waratahs 4
Sunwolves 1
Reds 0

New Zealand:
Crusaders 5
Highlanders 4
Hurricanes 1
Blues 1
Chiefs 0

South African:
Lions 9
Stormers 5
Bulls 4
Sharks 1
Jaguares 0

Next:
March 2
Blues v Chiefs Eden Park 06:35 GMT
Reds v Brumbies Suncorp Stadium 09:00 GMT

March 3
Sunwolves v Rebels Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 04:15 GMT
Crusaders v Stormers AMI Stadium 08:35 GMT
Sharks v Waratahs Kings Park Stadium 15:05 GMT
Bulls v Lions Loftus Versfeld 17:15 GMT
Jaguares v Hurricanes Estadio Jose Amalfitani 23:40 GMT


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