Super Rugby Finals Series Forecast

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This round of the 2017 Super Rugby finals series, away teams will know the pressure is on them. Knockout rugby is always a tough equation, but there is a reward if the highest placed teams suffer losses. While it does not require a sliderule and matrix anymore, in reality it still favours the top seeded team--the Emirates Lions. READ MORE


All Blacks Squad ‘Street Smart’ But Lions Are Toughest Opponent

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Samoa will play their seventh International against the All Blacks. New Zealand hasn't played Pacific cousins Samoa since 2015 in what was also a warm-up match. The spectacle at Eden Park, including the Tonga v Wales test match, will mean this All Blacks squad will be inspired to entertain their fans and send a message to every challenger. READ MORE


Super Rugby Round 14 Forecast

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Overall, the nine match schedule delivers a full platter of matches to enjoy. It is a big weekend before the International window opens, and disrupts sides momentum. The leading teams must benefit from their opportunities, while the battlers will use pride as a motivation. As a result, every side will be out to play their hearts out......and rugby is the winner from that. READ MORE



Highlanders Triumph In An Epic Encounter

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From the outset, this match was always going to be memorable. The outcome saw the Highlanders triumph in an epic encounter that was played out at the very highest levels of Super Rugby. Fortunate enough to be on-hand to witness it from Forsyth-Barr Stadium myself, it had all the hallmarks of a classic. A full house […] READ MORE


Highlanders Must Recover Quickly To Trump Chiefs

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The travel factor with International sport is a constant, be it table tennis or rugby union. If you have to fly inter-continental routes, it has an effect. For the Highlanders Super Rugby side, they must use all their powers to negate recent extensive travel. The Highlanders must recover quickly to repel an expected barrage from […] READ MORE


All Blacks Look To Wrap Up the Steinlager Series

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In front of a sell-out crowd this Saturday, the All Blacks have their eyes set firmly on the second test against Wales, wishing to wrap up the Steinlager Series and make a ‘big statement’ in doing so. Despite winning the First Test 39-21 in Auckland, the All Blacks ball handling in particular was poor. The execution didn’t […] READ MORE


All Blacks Will Rely On Experience

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With six new caps in the All Blacks squad for the three-test series against Wales, selectors will no doubt be under pressure to throw some of the ‘young standouts from Super Rugby’ into the mix sooner rather than later, but expect the World Cup winning coach to go with the tried and trusted first. All […] READ MORE


Highlanders Outstanding in Front of Full House

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Only just completed, this Friday night match in New Zealand (NZ) Super Rugby had the current Champions, the Highlanders playing the Crusaders team. A ‘full house’ sign was placed outside Forsyth-Barr Stadium for the first time ever for this ‘Battle of the Mainland’ and the crowd excitement was matched (and more) by the Highlanders outstanding […] READ MORE