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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 13

The Super 14 Semi Finals have now been decided after another frantic weekend of rugby action. It went down to the last match, so the top four sides will now compete to make the final and have a crack at the prestigious title.

We've got some of the best tries from the previous weekend for you today though, as we missed out on that one unfortunately.

Round 13 provided us with some excellent tries from all over the park. Individual efforts and team tries with great offloading, we saw it all as the race for the top spots was on.

The Lions surprised the Highlanders with a fantastic comeback in Johannesburg, while the Chiefs and the Hurricanes battled it out in a game that had more of a Test Match feel. The Chiefs once again produced a superb long range try.

Joe Rokocoko got on the end of some nice passing after a great break by young Blues flyer Rene Ranger, and Bryan Habana showed his class by setting up Akona Ndungane for the Bulls. Jongi Nokwe, another flyer, showed his jetshoes as he finished off a length of the field turnover try for the Cheetahs, in the same match.

In Cape Town we saw young eighteen year old James O'Connor impress once again, as he danced his way through the Stormers defence, but it was the electric home team's fullback Joe Petersen that scored two quality tries.

Keep a lookout for our Random Guinness Premiership Tries compilation coming soon.

Time: 04:55
Music: The Night by Disturbed



  • first comment baby yea!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2009 1:08 pm  

  • i know this should go on the requests page but i cant seem to get an account set up for some reason so is there any chance we could get highlights of the following classics up:

    wales v new zealand 2003 world cup where wales suddenly remembered how to play rugby after a few years of rubbish and almost caused a big upset.

    and 2 eng v aus games - the 32-31 game and the one where luger wins it at the death after about 7 mins of injury time. both classics.

    if they could get up thatd be amazing

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2009 1:11 pm  

  • Joe Peterson for Springbok fullback!!!! He is awesome.

    By Anonymous Brent, at May 19, 2009 1:15 pm  

  • Great compilation as always.

    I can't believe the last try stood though - the dummy runner barrelled over the would-be defender and opening up the gap for the 15 to dance through. Great offload on the way down by the 14, but play should have been brought back long before.

    By Anonymous DannyDC, at May 19, 2009 1:48 pm  

  • I agree with DannyDC, that was clear foul play

    By Anonymous minstrel boy, at May 19, 2009 2:21 pm  

  • Agree with Danny c too. can't believe it stood! James O connor and Rene Ranger soooooo exciting. Hope they'll pull on test jerseys this summer!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2009 2:35 pm  

  • awesome tries, great hands, incredible speed. If it wasn't for his face, I wouldn't believe O connor is 18, and it's not even his 1st season in the super 14, is it?

    By Anonymous piaruskov, at May 19, 2009 2:48 pm  

  • HOW? How did that last try stand? Ridiculous.

    That James O Connor really looks like he could be special. But let's see how he copes with his first set back - cos it'll come. Either in the shape of an injury or dip of form (Cipriani say) or a lesson from a more experienced player (Varndell running into a pissed Tuquiri).

    A lot of great running, a lot of great tries. But there also seems to be a lot of space out there!

    By Anonymous Hackney Griffin, at May 19, 2009 2:57 pm  

  • Nice selection .. but I agree with the comments on the last try, it's hard to imagine a more blatant example of a player running interference in rugby, he lined up the defender and took him out .. if that sort of thing is going to be allowed then they're going to have to change the rules to accommodate it .. let's all hope they don't.

    By Anonymous robert, at May 19, 2009 3:22 pm  

  • ok I know they're laws not rules

    By Anonymous robert, at May 19, 2009 3:23 pm  

  • Joe pietersen looks like the real deal!!

    the new MONTY!!

    By Anonymous CHEIS, at May 19, 2009 3:30 pm  

  • James O'Commer nay not have any major setbacks, he's alot better than Cipriani will ever be already, and there are other players who've developed without having any major setbacks, i.e. Giteau.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2009 3:58 pm  

  • robert said...

    Nice selection .. but I agree with the comments on the last try, it's hard to imagine a more blatant example of a player running interference in rugby, he lined up the defender and took him out .. if that sort of thing is going to be allowed then they're going to have to change the rules to accommodate it .. let's all hope they don't.

    I have to agree, if they dont blow up for something like this then it just becomes like american football where you can interfere with players off the ball (double entendre there im sorry) which is just daft

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2009 5:29 pm  

  • Giteau has developed into one of the most exciting and accomplished players in the world, but there's no doubt that for many outside of Australia the hype around him during his early years was a little perplexing. In much the same way that the hype that surrounded Cipriani seems to be for many outside of the UK.

    Giteau's been lucky to escape injury and has certainly progressed pretty smoothly. But in rugby that would seem to be the exception, not the norm.

    But the idea that O'Conner is already more of a player than Cipriani will ever be is nuts. On form Danny Cipriani was the most exciting fly half in the premiership, with the ability to not only control a game, but to decide it. He even did this at international level - against Ireland. O'Conner looks to have bags of potential, but let's wait and see before making such grand statements.

    By Anonymous Hackney Griffin, at May 19, 2009 5:39 pm  

  • Maybe the player interference is a new ELV ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2009 5:43 pm  

  • as a force supporter..that was absolutely disgusting behaviour from the saffer!!!!! something like that should have consequences after the match.
    (and i never thought tatupu was any good...could have saved the try at the end but missed the tackle)

    By Anonymous force, at May 19, 2009 6:11 pm  

  • excuse me but where is round 12?
    great video again

    By Anonymous ALex, at May 19, 2009 6:22 pm  

  • it may just be me, but has anyone else noticed how Gitaeu has developed some huge pects this season, may just be the force's shirt, but man, its like he has muscle boobs

    By Anonymous Stoica, at May 19, 2009 9:22 pm  

  • Also Huw bennett off of the ospreys suffers from this ailment

    By Anonymous stoica, at May 19, 2009 9:39 pm  

  • HAHA!!
    I just have visions of Bob from Fight Club with his bitch tits when I see Huw Bennett.
    But Giteau has muscle titties, whereas Huw Bennett is just a welsh Cartman. He's a boy... With titties.

    By Anonymous Phil Christopher's Ghost, at May 19, 2009 9:53 pm  

  • One of the best I have seen. very few missed tackles this time apart from vermaarks and donalds

    By Anonymous martin-offload, at May 19, 2009 11:04 pm  

  • That Mustache Of Nonu is just priceless. Can't that over this, still laughing my ass off.
    The tries were very good once again, kepp it up.

    By Anonymous Ben, at May 20, 2009 12:21 am  

  • Hackney griffin - you sir are a tool. Cipriani hasnt lived up to anything

    dont really think we can compare Cipriani to him . Oconnor can tackle by the way - something Cipriani cant do

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at May 20, 2009 1:22 am  

  • Hackney Griffin, clearly the hype around gitaeu was completely justified, he's arguably the best fly-half in the world, the only other player who could be considered a better player is Dan Carter.
    O'Conner has more natural ability than Cipriani will ever posses. Cipriani is limited. O'Conner, can step, pass, tackle, run, kick. The guy can do it all.
    I'd have him in a second over Cipriani.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 20, 2009 1:45 am  

  • who's the fucking cheat in the last try?

    By Anonymous piaruskov, at May 20, 2009 10:46 am  

  • Danny Cipriani had an absolute stormer of a first half, showing all the skill, flair, and speed that will no doubt see the young 20 year old reaching higher honours very soon
    Yes, he's young and inexperienced, but it's been a while since we've seen such raw talent at a young age, combined with confidence and the great ability to read a game and know when it's on or it's not.

    That's from Rugby Dump - it's there review. Not a newspaper overblowing a player. But this site's analysis of Cipriani early on.

    He could step, pass, run, kick - and was instinctive. His form's dipped - but I reckon he'll regain it. SO does McGeech - and there are few better judges of a player than that man.

    Now this isn't to say O'Conner won't go on to be great. In fact the anonymous partisans and abusive convicts would do well to read the comments I've made here before getting all blogabusive.

    But...! But let's wait and see how he develops and copes with all the knock backs that rugby can throw up.

    And quickly, on Giteua - the hype was justified, but at it's early stages, just as the hype of Cips obviously has, it confounded a lot of people who saw talent being praised as if it was performance. It is now. No doubt. And Cips will be too. It just won't have been such a smooth path for him.

    By Anonymous Hackney Griffin, at May 20, 2009 11:58 am  

  • XV, XIII, American Football, Australian Footballl... no difference soon ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 20, 2009 4:20 pm  

  • Well said Hackney Griffin, a grown-up argument rather than the infantile name-calling some people resort to. I too hope to see Cips return to form because at his best he's brilliant. No doubt he was pushed back into the England set-up too soon and made to look an average player when he needed to find his confidence again. To me the idea that Johnson wouldn't include him in the Argentina series is madness...

    Oh and for all you Matt Giteau lovers out there, I think he's a great player too. Calm under pressure, a great kicker and fast as well.

    By Anonymous Ted, at May 20, 2009 4:44 pm  

  • Joe Peterson is pure class!

    By Anonymous Stewart, at May 21, 2009 2:53 pm  

  • O'Connor is amazing and will be the revelation of this summer's test matchs. His natural talents are out of this world. I've seen all his games and trust me, he is unique already. He never makes a single mistake. No missed tackles, no lost forward.. onthe field, everything he does, he does it well and he does it quick.
    He is already the best 12 in Australia ! Don't even mention Cipriani in the same sentence. That guy is playing with the saxons. JOC is a wallaby, at just 18.

    By Anonymous Av, at May 21, 2009 5:58 pm  

  • Joe Peterson - the next Percy!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2009 11:19 pm  

  • hey, anyone records the highlights of this year ? mediazone sucks :s

    It would be great

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 22, 2009 2:31 pm  

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