Super Rugby Preview – Final

Well done everyone! We have arrived at the end of what has been a Supe Rugby marathon. We have survived months of waking up early on Saturdays and getting shitake faced from 9am. It has been a long, tiring journey, filled with highs and lows, ups and up ‘n’ unders and good ol fashioned rugby awesomeness. I feel exhausted just thinking about it.

Cyber 5!

The question is, was the extended Super Rugby better than in previous years? Did adding another Aussie team make this year better than before? Sure it was fun reading about Boozer Cipriani’s shenanigans but the Rebels were mostly hammered in their games. Only time will tell whether the additional derby games will keep people interested in the long run but let’s leave debatable topics for another day and concentrate on this Saturday.

Large manly congrats to the Reds and Crusaders for making the finals. Maverick effort guys! Only one last game to go, so let’s have a gander at which team will be getting smashed in the changing room after the game. Well probably both but who will enjoy it more…

Reds vs Crusaders

The Crusaders are in another Super Rugby final by once again leading the way with intelligent rugby, played with flair and speed. This year the front row has made a big step up and have dominated every team they have scrummed against. Their line-out is solid and with skills aplenty at the breakdown, they provide ample front foot ball for their deadly backline.

Dan the man Carter is nearly back to his best and his solid kicking last week, laid the platform for a relatively easy semi final victory. It is in the midfield and out wide however where the Crusaders may have a slight edge. Sonny boxer Williams and Robbie Fruean have been near unstoppable in every game (except for the game in Bloem, Hola!) and although he may not see as much ball in the final, a guy like Zac Guildford is a try scoring machine.

The Reds have relied on a variable game plan, superb coaching and unbelievable team spirit and belief to make their first final in years. Will Genia and Quade burglar Cooper have been instrumental this season and I very much doubt they would be in a home final had either been injured this season.

Home ground advantage is key and little things, like a huge poster at the stadium for the guys who may get confused in the heat of battle, can make all the difference.

Captain James Horwill has been an inspirational captain and will be backing his pack to front up to the Saders challenge in front of the sold out home crowd. He will need powerful performances from his loose forwards and guys Radike awesome afro Samo will need to be at his powerful best against the likes of Kieran Reed.

The game may well be decided on the more accurate kicker and this is where the  Crusaders will be quietly confident. For all of Burglar Cooper’s dancing feet and incredible breaks and passes, he is just not reliable enough when kicking at goals. The travel factor must surely come into this game, surely, but Carter’s accurate goal kicking and McCaw’s experience will ensure the Saders finish off their amazing ‘away games only’ season with a famous and emotional victory.

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off: Sat, 11:40am

Prediction: Crusaders by 6


~ by bowlphilosophy on July 8, 2011.

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