Manu Tuilagi smashes Tom Williams

Top14 player imposter!

JDV smashed by Benoit August

The Northampton Saints 30m scrum!

Bastareaud huge hit on Rory Lamont

All Blacks skills - Pt 2 In the backyard

Trinh-Duc sets up Harinordoquy try

Wales vs England 1999

Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw

Friday, March 12, 2010

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 4

Whether it was quick ball or quick thinking, the teams who kept the defence on their heels are those who prevailed in Round 4 of the Super 14. Adjustments to new law applications seem to have been made, as there's plenty of running rugby on show in Pick of the week.

The Waratahs pulled off a hard-fought win over the Sharks in Sydney, though not entirely without controversy. Centre Tom Carter sliced through a gap almost untouched. Moments later, Tatafu Polata-Nau did the same with Stefan Terblanche not being able to do much about it.

The Brumbies, Stormers and the Hurricanes also show us what quick recycling of the ball can do. The handling skills of Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore are worth a mention, as are some quick-hands and well-timed offloads from the Stormers.

The deadly Chiefs back three of Sitiveni Sivivatu, Lelia Masaga, and Mils Muliana feature in an incisive counter-attack that would later end in a try on the opposite wing. A different looking trio of Hennie Daniller, Jongi Nokwe and Kabama floors also combine to attack from deep.

As always, one must expect the unexpected on the rugby pitch. There no better reminders of this than Kankowski's breakaway interception and Luke Morahan's outstanding chase for a try for the Reds.

There’s always room for a touch of class and we see that in the form of a Daniel Carter line-break and a beautifully delayed pass from Quade Cooper.

There was plenty of involvement from other notable stars, namely a very a fit looking Muliana, a Schalk Burger who passes the ball and a Rocky Elsom-Stephen Hoiles back row combination for the men from ACT. Enjoy the tries.

Time: 04:12
Music: Block Rockin' Beats by the Chemical Brothers



  • First. Some top quality tries there. Pace of the game is amazing.

    By Blogger cp85, at March 12, 2010 10:32 am  

  • That Masaga try was top notch. Shifted the ball beautifully. Some other crackers too. Great stuff.

    By Anonymous Fraser, at March 12, 2010 11:03 am  

  • beautiful. I love s14

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 11:17 am  

  • ça fait mal!
    t'en penses quoi mon jo?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 11:29 am  

  • Wow, there was some strong running there. Nice to see Elsom running with the ball and that Floors try was a hard run for the line.

    Nonu looks like he's distributing more nowadays. It's nice to see he's moved on from head down/first reciever style centre.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 12:42 pm  

  • Habana scored a wonderful soccer try from 50 meters out.. you left it out.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 12:42 pm  

  • can anyone please explain the new rules that seem to be in super 14 this year regarding the tackle area..alby mathewson scored a try for the blues at the weekend where he was tackled,and normally i thought when ur tackled u cant move if ur being held..but the ref shouted at the tackler that he had to release him so he got up and ran in for the try?it makes no sense to me

    By Anonymous BODisgod, at March 12, 2010 12:48 pm  

  • I love the no 8 outrunning the winger.

    By Blogger Box, at March 12, 2010 12:55 pm  

  • ja, kankowski has real pace

    By Anonymous cheis, at March 12, 2010 1:27 pm  

  • The Guinnes Premiership and Top 14 may be more elegant or high - profile, but Super 14 set the standards for international rugby. The Six Nations squads should watch this clips before match time to see what great things can be achieved when you deliver quick ball and when you kick for a reason and not to make the other team fail.
    Ryan Kankowski out pacing a Turner and the cold blood of Quade Cooper to wait and wait to give a perfect pass are rugby postals from the best teams.

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at March 12, 2010 2:25 pm  

  • WOW! That's some fukin amazing rugby! S14 is far better than T14 for me, and i'me french BTW.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 3:26 pm  

  • this interception... I ve never seen a forward running that fast before!! anons, juggernauts, please stop these fuckin shit debates. Some great running tries in this clip.

    By Anonymous 3/4 centre, at March 12, 2010 4:59 pm  

  • Great tries. S14 is awesome.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 5:04 pm  

  • i prefer t14

    By Anonymous dezzy, at March 12, 2010 5:25 pm  

  • coopers patience on that reds try was absolutely incredible. other than his ridiculous goal kicking stance hes been looking pretty good

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 5:42 pm  

  • Masaga really ought to stop over-celebrating every time he scores. He looks like a complete tool when he does...you did what any winger is supposed to do, good on ya buddy... He's like a NZ version of Terrell Owens.

    Anyways, some great rugby here. These guys really do run almost non-stop for the whole 80 minutes.

    By Anonymous Sioux, at March 12, 2010 7:37 pm  

  • That no 8 is damn fast!! Why don't the boks use him more? He's far better than that spies bloke??!! Some good rugby this round, very fast stuff!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 9:31 pm  

  • The last try looks like Fourie's try of the year: struggle against the opponents and the touch line. And against all odds he scores! Impressive.

    Hat off to Ryan "Bolt" Kankowski.

    By Anonymous Maximus, at March 12, 2010 10:26 pm  

  • Sioux is jealous of masaga.

    By Anonymous Gregor, at March 13, 2010 6:44 am  

  • Thanks RD - GREAT STUFF!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 13, 2010 2:50 pm  

  • Kanko gets stage fright when he is given a bok jumper - thats why they use spies instead

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 13, 2010 2:51 pm  

  • Hello, new rugby fan from the States here... I have recently installed a new dish and have access to a lot of rugby.. so just wondering what's the best club rugby to follow?? I heard Super 14 is the best? But then there's Top 14 as well, are they the same thing? If not, what is Top 14? Is it better? Any European tournaments I should watch?

    I am enjoying the 6 nations!!

    By Anonymous RugbyUSA, at March 14, 2010 11:18 am  

  • You get both S14 and Top 14 with a new dish installed? Who's your provider/what's your subscription?

    Top 14 = French domestic rugby
    Super 14 = Clubs from SA/NZ/OZ

    I imagine that if you're paying for all those satellite plans, you've probably got a DVR, so just record it all and watch them both.

    The Heineken Cup is going on now, too, which is the European club tournament. If you get any of those games, they're usually pretty good, especially now that it'll be the quarter finals (9/10/11 of April).

    By Anonymous Masaga is a knob, at March 14, 2010 8:09 pm  

  • S14 (Super 14) is the Southern hemisphere provincial championship.
    It's like a club cometion spread over three countries. Like the NFL it has conferences, and the clubs are franchises with no relegation.
    The T14 (Top 14) is the French domestic club competition and is probably the richest rugby competition in the world, and has some very good players in it. Entertaining league, perhaps not quite as fast and furious as the S14 though.
    The Guiness premiership is all the best clubs in Europe competing, like the Champions league in soccer. It shows the best of European rugby.
    The S14 is still considered the best comp.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 14, 2010 10:50 pm  

  • Another superb example of the super 14. The beautiful thing is that neither side feels the need to throw all 8 forwards into every breakdown, and as a result the running rugby is a thousand times better than the lumbering, 80 slop fests that make up the six nations. I was clearly born in the wrong hemisphere.

    By Anonymous Ed, at March 14, 2010 11:09 pm  

  • Woops, I meant the heineken Cup is all the best clubs in Europe.
    The Guiness premiership is the top English league.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 14, 2010 11:30 pm  

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