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Friday, April 08, 2011

Super Rugby Pick of the Week - Round 7

This weekend is the biggest on the international rugby calender since the Six Nations came to a close a few weeks back. To get you in the mood for the weekend, here's the best tries of last weekend's Super Rugby tournament.

The Heineken Cup resumes this weekend, as does the Amlin Challenge Cup, with quarter final action taking place around Europe. On top of that there's a few Aviva Premiership games, and then of course Super Rugby down south.

Last week there wasn't time for a Pick of the Week, and this week was almost the same but here it is, a selection of the best tries scored in round 7. In fact round 6's tries didn't come close to this week's, so it's worked out nicely.

Starting with Jason Rutledge's first try from a brilliant Jimmy Cowan kick, this round has loads of good tries for you to enjoy. Joe Rokocoko's against the Cheetah's was fantastic, as was the one Sarel Pretorious finished off in the same match.

There's actually loads of enjoyable tries, so hopefully you find the selection entertaining.

Time: 05:32
Music: Elouise by Say Hi, and Stand Up by The Prodigy



  • Great Stuff RD, getting excited for the RWC!!!

    By Anonymous I hate ppl who write "First!", at April 08, 2011 4:01 pm  

  • What song is that?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 08, 2011 4:07 pm  

  • Three tries scored by hookers, two of them were in open field play. Kids these days....No respect I tell ya.

    haha, that was a damn good round of tries.

    By Anonymous Jordan, at April 08, 2011 4:11 pm  

  • Anyone knows if O' Connor is from a planet near Krypton ?

    By Anonymous Ulf, at April 08, 2011 4:13 pm  

  • Amazing video!!!

    By Anonymous Anthony, at April 08, 2011 4:29 pm  

  • What's the second song?

    By Blogger Dr. Chim Richalds, at April 08, 2011 4:29 pm  

  • great trys.

    The second song is the prodigy-Stand up. Not sure about the first.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 08, 2011 4:38 pm  

  • Songs:
    Say Hi - Elouise
    The Prodigy - Stand Up

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at April 08, 2011 4:39 pm  

  • Cipriani's kick is awesome!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 08, 2011 4:44 pm  

  • Beautifull, beautifull tries!!!!

    I kinda dozed of at the reds vs lions part though. Who in heavensname is the commentator and why the hell did they give him the job??????

    By Anonymous Guy, at April 08, 2011 4:51 pm  

  • What a beautiful game!! Loved the Rokocoko try the most personally. Can you imagine if cipriani got it wrong, he'd be a dead man ha! That first song is an absolute gem too!!!

    By Blogger Alexander, at April 08, 2011 5:01 pm  

  • LOVED the try with Wykes involed! He sprints and covers half the park to offload to his man for the try, amazing from a 2nd row! THat was the best try IMO. At the start of his run he looks like an average lost, clumsy lock when he gets the ball, then he pins his ears back and holy moly, I couldn't believe it lol

    This has prolly been the best yet, I wish I could have seen all these games. Damn setanta showing them only at 2:30-5am >.<

    By Anonymous Canada for RWC11, at April 08, 2011 6:30 pm  

  • Generous of O'conner to say the least. What a step!

    By Blogger wow-jiffy-lube, at April 08, 2011 6:31 pm  

  • Great video, there were some lovely tries in there.

    By Anonymous Rob, at April 08, 2011 6:39 pm  

  • The Cipriani kick was outrageous!

    By Anonymous Phil, at April 08, 2011 7:17 pm  

  • Cipriani looks very good indeed. Might as well start the debate and upset a few of you fine folk.

    If he continues to look good against some of the best in the world... Shouldn't he be looked at for the RWC?

    By Anonymous Canadian Content, at April 08, 2011 7:56 pm  

  • lmao, the expression on Cipriani's face at 3:15 is just priceless.
    "omg there's an opportunity!"

    but yeah, pin point accuracy, even if it's without any pressure.

    By Blogger Jeroz, at April 08, 2011 8:00 pm  

  • Love that Cowan kick to Rutledge.

    Jimmy: "I'm out of backs, so here you go Jason."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 08, 2011 11:52 pm  

  • some awesome tries!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 09, 2011 12:05 am  

  • Super 15 gets better every week. Go the highlanders!

    By Anonymous Malcolm, at April 09, 2011 12:38 am  

  • "Like."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 09, 2011 12:48 am  

  • A nice try built up by luke macalister is missing

    By Anonymous Tom morello, at April 09, 2011 12:54 am  

  • Awesome Awesome Awesome... Now those are some tries! I wonder if James O'Connor is David Campese's lost kid, man he's got wheels and a step.

    And that Kade Poki... Come on kiwis where do you manufacture all these backs!

    And special mention to Cipriani. Bolder and more confidet and accurate every week.

    Super Rugby has just gone become super.

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at April 09, 2011 1:35 am  

  • *Super Rugby has just become superb

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at April 09, 2011 1:36 am  

  • Poki has been around for a while at ITM cup level. Bloody good to see him take his chances and run with them at Super15 level.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 09, 2011 2:15 am  

  • My fav. was the x-field by cipriani

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 09, 2011 8:53 am  

  • Regarding the Cipriani cross kick, I presume that the ref hadn't already notified the defending side about the Rebel's kick for goal.
    In any event, you can be pretty sure that this week every coach will have been reminding their players to cover the width of the field when preparing for the opposition to shoot for goal. It's a once per season event, at best.
    Juggernauter, I've been a Kade Poke fan for a while - he was always dangerous when I saw him play for Tasman and the Crusaders. It's good that he has been able to stay in the South Island and find some running space with the Highlanders. Keeps the pressure on the wingers ahead of him in All Black frame.

    By Anonymous Robert, at April 09, 2011 9:43 am  

  • Nothing like a world class hooker to make your day :)

    By Anonymous I hate ppl who write "First!", at April 09, 2011 9:56 am  

  • I've got more people coming to my BBQ later than there at the Crusaders Bulls game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 09, 2011 11:37 am  

  • ^ mr popular! If I had a few thousand rocking up in my backyard, I'd definitely charge an entrance fee. :)

    By Anonymous Laz, at April 09, 2011 12:20 pm  

  • lol anon above me, are you aware the Crusader's stadium has been decommissioned by a little earthquake we had recently?

    To those that are curious, the match had to played in Timaru. Google it, you'd be lucky to find it on a map.

    By Anonymous Max, at April 09, 2011 12:22 pm  

  • The fans were lucky not to witness those 24 consecutive knock ons at the end by the Bulls.

    What bore.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 09, 2011 1:17 pm  

  • Why did the game "have" to be played in Timaru? There must be bigger stadiums available surely?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 09, 2011 3:54 pm  

  • Yes Robert, I saw that guy against the Bulls and he was all over the park, I think he missed two games through injury but is now back on track... Pretty glad he is.

    Regarding the AB's, maybe it's time for Graham Henry to give Colin Slade a shot as back up 10? We're 5 months out of the RWC and nor McAlister, Brett or Cruden have settled and Salde is a pretty exciting player.

    Any thoughts?

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at April 09, 2011 9:59 pm  

  • I think the Back up for Carter is either Slade or Mcalister . You got to admit that Mcalister play pretty well this season however he is playing at in centre but he got a good defense and kicking is not a problem for him. Slade is just back so still need to observe him for a couple of week .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 10, 2011 9:33 am  

  • Slade has got the skills and the smarts. If Henry & Smith want to go with a back up 10 who can also cover 15 or even wing, Colin Slade is surely at the top of the list. He just needs some game time to build his confidence back. It'll be really interesting to see how he goes now with the Highlanders, where very game is a real battle. Its all very well for Slade to prosper behind a dominant Canterbury pack at ITM level, but will he continue to shine when the Highlanders are having to fight and claw their way through games, as they do.
    I've never seen much of McAlister at 10, although he sure has cred wider out. Other recent 10s are falling by the wayside somewhat. Its time for Slade or McAlister to step up.

    By Anonymous Robert, at April 10, 2011 5:13 pm  

  • I can't figure out Super rugby, on the one hand some of the tries scored are dazzling to say the least, but on the other hand, there seems to be some very poor tackling.
    I guess this competition encourages a more dynamic form of rugby, focused on attack, a sort of 14-man rugby.
    This would explain why 5 of the 6 world cups have been won by the South, they're better at scoring tries! But it doesn't really explain why England and France were finalists in 5 of the 6 world cups.

    By Anonymous moddeur, at April 11, 2011 1:08 am  

  • How about the fact that England has far more players than any other country in rugby, or that France and England both have more resources and money than any two other countries in rugby?

    And in regards to your defence point, as has been explained many times, these players have no trouble defending against European teams at national level.
    The attck in SH rugby is more intelligent, so it's harder to defend.

    By Anonymous Jono, at April 11, 2011 1:34 am  

  • Rubbish D from Nonu on the second try.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 11, 2011 10:06 am  

  • "How about the fact that England has far more players than any other country in rugby"

    Most English/British and French schoolkids ditch rugby for football (soccer).

    There are large parts of England where rugby is not even played in schools (most of the north and midlands).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 11, 2011 11:09 am  

  • "How about the fact that England has far more players than any other country in rugby"

    LOL no we dont. sorry.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 11, 2011 2:05 pm  

  • Well, actually you do. That's fact.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 11, 2011 2:16 pm  

  • England has over 2,549,1962registered players, as of this April. This is far more than any other country. In fact it accounts for roughly half of ALL registered players in the entire world.

    Compare it, for example, to Australia (86,952), and you see how remarkable it is that Australia has a better winning record, overall and in World Cups, than England.

    NZ (137,835) is also dwarfed in terms of playing numbers.

    France (273,084) is much less than England but still has a quarter of a million, far more than Nz and Aus.

    Even Ireland (153,080) has more than NZ and Aus.

    South Africa is the only country that even approaches England (632,184).

    Suprisingly Sri Lanka has 103,325 players, and a little less surprisingly Japan has 122,598.

    The study is here :


    By Anonymous Jono, at April 12, 2011 3:52 am  

  • 2,549,196*

    By Anonymous Jono, at April 12, 2011 3:53 am  

  • ^^^
    Most of them are props though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 13, 2011 12:42 pm  

  • Ya gotta love these people who just blurt out stuff off the top of their head and ignore facts, reality, the bleeding obvious etc.

    fact: The earth moves around the sun.
    silly person: LOL no it doesn't. sorry.

    fact: more people live in England than live in Scotland.
    silly person: LOL can't be true, there are parts of England that don't even have people.

    What a laugh!

    By Anonymous Jack, at April 15, 2011 9:30 am  

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