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Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw

Friday, May 21, 2010

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 14

So we’ve watched fourteen rounds of the Super 14 and the top four have been decided after yet another intense week of rugby down south. We’ve got a great selection of tries for you today, so take a look at the Pick of the Week ahead of the semi finals tomorrow.

The Bulls, who fielded a below par side in order to rest some players, got hammered by the Stormers in Cape Town who were playing for a home semi final spot.

The Stormers actually set a few records this season, as they are the side that conceded the lowest amount of points for a season, as well as the least number of tries, 17. Nobody managed a four-try bonus point against them either, and the Blues were the only team to cross three times, despite the Stormers winning that game.

They will host the Waratahs tomorrow, a side who’ve actually won and lost the same amount of games as the Stormers, as well as scored 20 more points than them. They’ve conceded more though, with the Stormers having a better points difference. By all means they’re an evenly matched side, so it should be a great game.

The Bulls, sitting pretty on the top of the table, will host the Crusaders in Soweto, a field foreign to them, but they’ll no doubt have the fans from Pretoria out in full force. The Crusaders have a disadvantage when it comes to travel, as they left South Africa not too long ago, but have now had to make the long trip back for the game.

We’re set for a great afternoon of rugby with two intense semi finals. For now though, here’s the best tries from the final round-robin stage of the tournament. They’re all quality tries as usual, but make sure you don’t miss the Quade Cooper flick that everyone’s been talking about. Enjoy.

The Pick of the Week archive is now updated so you can easily access and watch the best tries from each week of the 2010 Super 14. Click the banner on the sidebar, or follow this link now.

Time: 05:14
Music: Doves - Kingdom of Rust



  • first! this is the best day ever!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 5:58 pm  

  • Quade Cooper: holy fuck

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 6:01 pm  

  • Greiffel
    "Hmm.. glad you liked the video? :)"

    The first post anonymous was me, I was just taking the piss out of some people ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 6:04 pm  

  • Okay.. use a name in future please.

    Just watched the whole video again. Some quality tries there. Choosing a top ten for the season will be a nightmare

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at May 21, 2010 6:13 pm  

  • Inspired musical choice with Doves.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 6:15 pm  

  • the standard of try scoring in the s14 is without doubt better than any other league week in week out. you'd have to wait weeks to get a length of the field try in the guiness prem.

    By Anonymous Chris Boy, at May 21, 2010 6:40 pm  

  • Let's not start with the dick measuring contests pls people? What's the point?! Just enjoy the tries.

    I thought the Maitland one for the Crusaders was actually really good. So were a lot of the others though. Cheers RD. Big day tomorrow!

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at May 21, 2010 6:45 pm  

  • why did the warathars wear those jerseys for?? biteen odd??

    By Anonymous creggs08, at May 21, 2010 6:56 pm  

  • Awesome :)

    Waratahs did it for a charity of some sort.. looked awful! lol

    By Anonymous Benson, at May 21, 2010 7:26 pm  

  • Dear God. Who chose the background music? I love rock(ect) almost as much as I like rugby, but these last two Highlights soundtracks have been horrendous...Please play energetic music...I like to live the experience, again.

    The Rugby absolutely rocks though. I live in Cape Town and the vibe is something I have never experienced!

    By Anonymous TheJameSA, at May 21, 2010 7:45 pm  

  • quade cooper is freaking awesome.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 7:50 pm  

  • cooper's pass for the first reds try there was pretty awesome too

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 8:02 pm  

  • Cooper is majic! He should get the 10 for the Wallabies.

    By Anonymous BlueDevil, at May 21, 2010 8:13 pm  

  • From a proud Englishman I have to say there is some proper good rugby there. Especially the one with james o'connor counter attacking, is he that young guy who plays for australia but could have chosen NZ or SA? Anyway cracking stuff. Probably the best highlights video i've seen on here. I'm a fan of cheerleaders, but not at rugby matches though.

    By Anonymous Soulman, at May 21, 2010 8:21 pm  

  • wow... just WOW !
    Great stuff here, probably the best highlights of only one day ever !
    Real shame that Reds aren't in the semis, i'd loved to see Cooper playing at this level of the competition :)

    Wallabies staff are gonna have a real tough choice here. In my opinion they just can't not to give him jersey n°10 but will Giteau accept to play as a fulltime 12 ?
    Well, if France, NZ and SA keep performing that way, and now this australian team improving again and again, I think the world cup next year could just become legendary :D

    By Anonymous ToulouseFan, at May 21, 2010 8:46 pm  

  • I'm from france and i'm wonderring, who the fuck is this cooper ???? fantastics passes.

    Still, shame on some tackles ...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 8:47 pm  

  • That was simply beautiful. Thanks, RD.

    By Anonymous EARugbyFan, at May 21, 2010 8:52 pm  

  • quade cooper is just immense.

    Go Waratahs!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 9:33 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 10:30 pm  

  • beautiful stuff from o'connor and cooper, both nailed on for the wallabies I would say. Im still seeing a lot of tag rugby out there though

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 10:39 pm  

  • That looked like a top ten tries of the season rather than a pick of the weeks tries... absolutely awesome stuff.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 11:08 pm  

  • Wow...now that was actioned Packed...
    Great Highlights RD

    By Blogger Dana, at May 21, 2010 11:39 pm  

  • What the fuck!
    Rugby from heaven!
    Quade Cooper for president!

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at May 21, 2010 11:52 pm  

  • Hi, I am from belgium !!! I must say that cooper is a very very very good player and I will even say that he is for me the best player of the moment in the world !!! It has been 1 year that I follow the perfomances of cooper and I think he will be 10 for wallabies !!! Bye bye giteau !!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2010 11:58 pm  

  • How about guildfords run and then the hail mary?!? :0

    By Anonymous Max, at May 22, 2010 12:39 am  

  • australia 9/2 to win the world cup..looking like a nice bet at the moment!!

    By Anonymous BODisgod, at May 22, 2010 12:56 am  

  • As much as Cooper is pretty talented that "out the back pass" could have easily gone terribly wrong :P

    By Anonymous Trevor, at May 22, 2010 1:10 am  

  • yes...but he had the balls and tenacity to throw the pass. Gotta love the confidence of not just Cooper but almost every player in the competition. Once upon a time there was rugby like this in the NH...back in the 70s/80s where the players were not scared to throw that 50/50 pass. Go back and see some of the highlights from the 5 Nations from that era and you'll find a lot of similar plays.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 22, 2010 1:22 am  

  • Well done, whoever did this, you basically excluded any South African tries. And don't come to me with this bullshit "South Africa don't score good tries" when the Bulls are the fucking lead try scorers. The Cheetahs scored some wonderful tries but none were shown, the Build up to both Habana's tries were exceptional.

    Next time don't waste my time... just call this shit the ANZAC pick of the week, thanks.

    By Anonymous Jaque Fourie = Best centre in the world, at May 22, 2010 2:05 am  

  • That Maitland try was probably the best of the Crusader's tries from the first half of that game, but the other two could have easily made that clip too.

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at May 22, 2010 2:25 am  

  • Christ some Saffers get defensive and aggressive... This was an amazing compilation of tries, on a website that as far as I can tell has a lot of South African members and possibly is even run by one (?) and you claim some big conspiracy because there were only one or two tries by South African teams? Come on, just enjoy the tries for what they are, which is incredible

    By Blogger RedYeti, at May 22, 2010 2:27 am  

  • ^^ Go back and watch the highlights from some of the rounds in which the Bulls actually played a game, man. They've dominated most of the other highlights. There were a couple of great Stormers tries in that clip and a ton of good tries from all nations that could have made it.

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at May 22, 2010 2:30 am  

  • My last comment was in reply to Jaque Blah Blah. Sorry if it's ambiguous.

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at May 22, 2010 2:31 am  

  • Yes, this site is run by a South African. That's the problem. He feels guilty if he puts too many SA tries in.

    You can't explain to me how none of the Cheetahs tries were put in? Long distance tries with good linking and support play... comon man.

    By Anonymous JF, at May 22, 2010 2:57 am  

  • quade cooper what a freak show

    By Anonymous nicko, at May 22, 2010 4:51 am  

  • Some great tries this weekend.
    The funny thing is Australia will probably bench Cooper and O'Conner may not even get in the squad, they've got so much depth in their backline this year.
    It'll probly be Barnes at five eight and Gitaeu at inside centrer, with Kurtley Beal or Ashley=Cooper at fullback.

    By Anonymous Jim, at May 22, 2010 7:59 am  

  • Quade is amazing...

    By Blogger Victor, at May 22, 2010 9:12 am  

  • awesome tries from all over the park !!!!

    gotta love quade cooper and james oconnor, cos you need balls to run back from ur ingoal or throw that 50-50 'back door' pass,
    because it could indeed go terribly bad (check the friday funnies with dave haylet-petty or somthng...)

    anyway, thanks RD for all the efforts you've all put into all these S14 highlights throughout the season, hoping more is come

    and imo, wallabies should go for the following set-up (at least give it a go for the june tests)

    genia-cooper(works brill for reds)

    gitts- 13?? maybe digby and put
    mitchell on the wing

    digby ioane-peter hynes


    ps: that warathas shirt was rather unusual but original (is max guazzini planning on a move down under... xD )

    By Anonymous luxi, at May 22, 2010 9:34 am  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 22, 2010 10:48 am  

  • My All Blacks 22 this year would be

    1. Tony Woodcock
    2. Kevin Mealamu
    3. Owen Franks
    4. Brad Thorn
    5. Same Whitelock
    6. Jerome Kaino
    7. Richie Mccaw
    8. Keiran Read
    9. Jimmy Cowan
    10. Daniel Carter
    11. Joe Rokocoko
    12. Dan Bowden
    13. Conrad Smith
    14. Hosea Gear
    15. Cory Jane

    16. Jason Rutledge
    17. Neemia Tialata
    18. Chris Jack
    19. Victor Vito
    20. Alby Matthewson
    21. Luke Mcalister
    22. Israel Dagg

    My reason for putting Bowden at 12.

    Nonnu is injured, the competition therefore is Benson Stanley, Jason Shoemark and Ryan Crotty, or moving someone who hasn't been playing second-five at Super 14 like Israel Dagg or Rudi Wulf there. I pick Bowden over the others because of his distribution skills and playmaking abilities.

    I know this leaves the centres lacking attacking flair, because Conrad Smith is more of a defensive centre, I feel the fire power from the back three, which I think New Zealand has the best back three and depth to the back three in the world right now, would more than make up for this.

    By Anonymous Josh, at May 22, 2010 11:49 am  

  • Sam Whitelock* Sorry, not Same. Stupid typo.

    By Anonymous Josh, at May 22, 2010 11:50 am  

  • Nonu aswell not Nonnu, sorry guys.

    By Anonymous Josh, at May 22, 2010 11:50 am  

  • Four posts in a row :)

    I know people would disagree by saying New Zealand having the best back three in the world right now. But look at the statistics,


    Joe Rokocoko : 9
    Rene Ranger : 7
    David Smith : 7
    Zac Guildford : 6
    Sean Maitland : 6
    Rudi Wulf : 5
    Rene Ranger : 5
    Israel Dagg : 5
    Cory Jane : 4
    Hosea Gear : 4

    Plus Lelia Masaga and Sitiveni Sivivatu who are injured, there are a variety of options avaliable for New Zealand.

    By Anonymous Josh, at May 22, 2010 11:57 am  

  • Nearly every single one of these tries is better than the guiness premiership try of the season! Great running rugby, but have to say it might possibly have something to do with the standard of tackling aswell!
    oh and im english.

    By Anonymous hi., at May 22, 2010 12:04 pm  

  • Whatever the case, I'm ready for some internationals now. Nothing to get too puffed up about, but it'd be nice to see how national sides are measure up to each other right now.

    By Anonymous ling, at May 22, 2010 12:31 pm  

  • Great package RD, week in week out you put quality up, thank you.

    By Blogger REDS!, at May 22, 2010 12:35 pm  

  • Yes, this site is run by a South African. That's the problem. He feels guilty if he puts too many SA tries in.

    You're a goon. I'm sure that he watches whatever games of the S14 he has the time to watch and simply picks the tries he finds most inspiring out of those. I don't see what the problem is. To make it fit with a song, it's got to be a certain length, so some tries get excluded. Why don't you either (a) request a clip of the Cheetahs match or a specific try, or (b) make your own video and post it. Until then, come off it.

    By Anonymous ling, at May 22, 2010 12:35 pm  

  • They'll measure up the same way as usual.
    The only question is if Australia can challenge South Africa and New Zealand as best team.
    The tackling might look poor to an Englishman, but that's cuz you lot don't know to break them.

    By Anonymous Tim, at May 22, 2010 12:36 pm  

  • If anyone reckons they can run a better rugby site than this, for frickin' free, then my advice is to go ahead. Then you can feature all the action from whichever country you think is being marginalised here. Otherwise, shut the hell up and thank your lucky stars that Greiffel runs this site at all. I for one as a NH fan without SKY TV can only see a lot of this stuff right here and I'm very grateful for it.

    As for the rugby - great stuff from the S14 as always. My Dad, who's as proud an England fan as ever there was, saw his first S14 game the other day and he said it was brilliant.

    Quade Cooper is just the sort of player every true rugby fan loves to watch.

    By Anonymous Ted, at May 22, 2010 1:13 pm  

  • good tries, i hope the tahs prevail today. Rob Horne vs Jaque Fourie is going to be a telling duel.

    By Blogger sebastian, at May 22, 2010 1:17 pm  

  • Do they learn how to tackle in Super 14?... :)

    By Blogger chtitom10, at May 22, 2010 2:16 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 22, 2010 2:40 pm  

  • Josh,

    Bowden can't play because he's leaving at the end of the season. Which leaves us with crap for centres.

    And I think with a backline featuring so many Hurricanes might not go over well with some of the Crusaders backs, who have actually been winning games :P I think people like Slade and Guildford deserve a shot, and I'd definitely like to see Ranger.

    By Anonymous decepti0n, at May 22, 2010 2:58 pm  

  • RWC 2015 - Australia backline:


    on the bench: Toomua, Ioane/Chambers

    They should try Horne in 13 jersey spot since now! He is the future in that position!

    By Blogger Madflyhalf, at May 22, 2010 3:17 pm  

  • Why can't we Brits play rugby like this? We see some good plays but nothing comparable to Super 14. Unbelievable..

    By Anonymous Joe, at May 22, 2010 3:24 pm  

  • south afrika is the beeeest!!!!,that is why we have so many tries in the super14. we are world cup winners, twice. more sucesfil than anyone else, part from austria we are equal. but we bet dem 2-1 last year and usualy win aganst them in the 3nations.

    nzl vs bokke 0-3 lastest year. what this year? 0-3 again, then only team to win wc back to back.

    By Anonymous Bokke4Life, at May 22, 2010 3:31 pm  

  • Oh snap. Bowden is gone? We are screwed.

    The only person I kind've like is Benson Stanley, but I think he is a bad option. We need to move someone then, like Israel Dagg to 12 or even Colin Slade. They are both first-fives, so it could work out. Hey, it is only Wales and Ireland, it is not like we are versing Fiji or Georgia.

    By Anonymous Josh, at May 22, 2010 3:35 pm  

  • Interesting comments. The one Cheetahs try that I saw, that was recommended to me, had atrocious defence from the Lions so it was scrapped because of timing etc. Difficult to please everyone, especially when there's only a few hours to make these things.

    Good to hear that the majority enjoyed it anyway.

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at May 22, 2010 3:46 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 22, 2010 5:33 pm  

  • ^ your loss.

    I enjoyed it. :)

    By Anonymous Toulouuuuseftw, at May 22, 2010 5:53 pm  

  • how good is that out the back door pass by Cooper?

    Yeah show boating, but jesus the boys is absolute pure talent - gotta be young player of the tournament.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at May 22, 2010 8:58 pm  

  • awesome.keep up the good work guys

    By Blogger Grayditch, at May 23, 2010 1:33 am  

  • Josh, do you not think, a wild card admittedly, Toeava deserves mention?!!

    Also genetics? Mmm, the poles, and slavs in general would win that battle!!!

    By Blogger Alexander, at May 23, 2010 3:41 am  

  • Toeava is injured with a hip problem, but he would be my third choice, behind Nonu and Mcalister at number 12.

    By Anonymous Josh, at May 23, 2010 6:06 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 24, 2010 2:20 pm  

  • how come the national team never beats south africa, newzealand or australia

    Really? Really? England beat them all from 1998-2007. The beating of the All Blacks stopped in 2004, South Africa in 2007 and Australia in 2007 :)

    England is crap, but saying they never beat South Africa, Australia or New Zealand is just such a stupid comment.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at May 24, 2010 4:55 pm  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 25, 2010 3:37 am  

  • Way to be a dick. You don't even know where he's from.

    When can we get anonymous posting disabled on RD?

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at May 25, 2010 4:37 am  

  • wow, stupid comments, what a surprise.

    By Anonymous Tim, at May 25, 2010 7:47 am  

  • Working on it.. Going to be having a bit of a donation/development drive later this week actually to help out. If anyone can contribute it would go a long way towards relaunching the site.

    By Blogger RD, at May 25, 2010 8:26 am  

  • @ Madflyhalf.... That's a pretty young backline. You need some experienced old heads in there somewhere.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 02, 2010 5:44 am  

  • sic game from quade

    By Anonymous chris, at December 20, 2010 10:38 am  

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