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JDV smashed by Benoit August

The Northampton Saints 30m scrum!

Bastareaud huge hit on Rory Lamont

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Wales vs England 1999

Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw

Friday, April 10, 2009

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 8

As we head into Week Nine of the 2009 Super 14 we take a look back at the best of last weekends action, with our weekly Super 14 Pick of the Week.

At the top of the table things are looking tight, with the Sharks, the Chiefs, the Waratahs, and the Bulls all juggling for those semi final positions. There’s still plenty of time for a few other sides to sneak in, but at the moment, the top four are most impressive.

Akona Ndungane picked up two against the Crusaders in Christchurch as the Bulls came close to an upset, while the Brumbies scored a few well made tries against the Cheetahs, including a Mark Gerard dribbling effort and a nice individual Christian Lealiifano try from some excellent stepping.

The team that week in and week out seems to produce some spectacular tries, the Chiefs, produced yet another great try that swept the width of the field before Jackson Willison finished nicely. Injury prone Andre Pretorious featured in that match for the Lions, as he stepped a few defenders before offloading for Jano Vermaak.

Probably the performance of the weekend though was in the Waratahs and Stormers match, as Lachie Turner scored two cracking tries, showing what an exciting prospect he is.

The first was self made with a neat chip ahead then great control to score. The second came from a classy bit of play from another youngster, Kurtley Beale, who broke the line then put the kick in for the rapid Turner to chase. Turner calmly did the rest, then got the hooker bear hug as reward.

Time: 06:03
Music: Afterlife by Avenged Sevenfold



  • Great pick of the week :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 10, 2009 1:59 pm  

  • Excellent editing and music as well.

    Yeah, nice set of tries. I enjoy there not being a clear favourite this year, or even two favourites.

    By Blogger Kerivoula, at April 10, 2009 2:52 pm  

  • Awesome skills but i'm afraid i have a bad news. In the earthquake that shattered the city of L'Aquila the world of rugby has lost Lorenzo Sebastiani, a young italian prop member of the italian academy. The number of losses is now close to 300 , but still temporary.
    Sono sicuro che Lorenzo a quest'ora sta già giocando con Shawn Mackay...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 10, 2009 3:37 pm  

  • Rugbydump, you complete me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 10, 2009 4:29 pm  

  • Nice vid. Not the bes of super 14 but not the worst :o)

    2 things:

    -Turner should shift to soccer
    -Cheettahs Waratahs : perfect fo TV broadcast and people in the stadium to watch two teams wearing the same shirt...

    By Blogger Arnaud, at April 10, 2009 5:03 pm  

  • Great Pick of the week...i'm not really informed on super 14 and only watch these videos, but I wanted to know...how are Western Force doing??

    In l'Aquila (italy), the local rugby team helped doctors and nurses evacuate an entire hospital floor from the earthquake.
    The loss of a great talented prop such as Sebastiani is painful to the entire italian rugby world.

    translating for the anonymous italian above:
    I'm sure Lorenzo is already playing with Shawn Mackay....

    keep 'em comin' RD. 10+

    By Anonymous italianscrummy, at April 10, 2009 5:21 pm  

  • those flames in the back of the try zone look super dangerous. someone could get hurt.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 10, 2009 6:11 pm  

  • 1. thanks for the vid
    2. don't think the music suited the vid since it intruded on the commentary. the stuff they use for the top 14 tries is the right idea.
    3. turner's 2 tries are among the best i've seen from someone who isn't fijian or french. lovely, esp. the kick from beale.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 10, 2009 7:05 pm  

  • Sorry i've forgot this isn't an italian site, grazie scrummy. Spero tu non sia stato toccato dal terremoto! Ciao

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 10, 2009 9:29 pm  

  • How in God's name were the Brumbies and Cheetahs allowed wear clashing jersies. must have been bloody confusing to watch at times.

    By Anonymous Ronan, at April 10, 2009 9:51 pm  

  • The game is so fast o_O

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 10, 2009 10:14 pm  

  • O'Connor scored :-D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 10, 2009 10:15 pm  

  • I thought the music went really well with it, great vid. Anyone else see the turner/j. wilkinson resemblance?

    By Anonymous camfraser, at April 11, 2009 1:32 am  

  • Arnaud said "two teams wearing the same shirt"

    How does this happen? - as if nobody actually looks at the kits before the game to see if there might be a problem. It reminds me of the NZ/Scot game in the last World Cup when the ABs changed their strip to a two-tone jersey so as not to clash with the Scot's solid blue and the Scots came out wearing a two-tone jersey that looked almost identical on TV - what!?

    By Anonymous black and blue, at April 11, 2009 7:32 am  

  • i'm glad i'm not the only one who notice the cheetahs clashing shirts, i assume super 14 has 'away shirts'? not only where they both white but they both had what looked on tv to be identical blue flashes down the sides of the body aswell. how confusing.

    By Anonymous Gary, at April 11, 2009 1:05 pm  

  • Ha! The Cheetahs and Brumbies strips are virtually identical!! How the hell did the ref do thatone?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 11, 2009 5:55 pm  

  • Would it be possible to categorize the 2008 super 14 picks of the week on the bar on the right just like the ones from the 2007 edition?

    Cant find the previous ones...

    By Anonymous Victor, at April 16, 2009 3:20 pm  

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