Late Dropkick by Mitchell Hunt Seals Win for Crusaders

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Last Word on Rugby, by Scott Hornell. Reaction to this afternoons Super Rugby clash at AMI Stadium was literally ‘off the charts’. In a game that went from sublime to incredible, in a climatic rugby match ending where the last gasp kick by Mitchell Hunt seals Win for Crusaders fans. The above image of Mitchell […] READ MORE


Super Rugby Franchises Prepare for British and Irish Lions Challenge

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In a way, it is a tough ask all around. But to the credit of the organizers and planners, the marketing blitz launched the tagline "Out Roar". For the supporters to out-roar the loud traveling support of the Lions team. Attracting a huge support-base, so to combat that fans of each franchise are asked to "be there". Not only that, the home fans need to raise their voices; to "be heard" but so too the home teams also need to 'put up their best'. READ MORE


Super Rugby Round 12: The African Conferences Key Takeouts

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From Last Word on Rugby, Ryan Jordan Super Rugby Round 12 produced most of the expected results, except for the Southern Kings upset win over the Sharks. In their third year of competition it was the Kings first triumph over a fellow South African franchise. Whether you love them or hate them, we have to […] READ MORE


Oh, That Winning Feeling

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But we all understand that not every team is going to win. Remember that it took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to win their World Series title, and more relatively, Ireland took 116 years to beat the New Zealand All Blacks. And while those dates are for major successes, over the period both teams still had many fine achievements. It is just that the highest honours/major events tend to stick out in the mind. That winning feeling! READ MORE



Super Saturday: Highlanders and Crusaders Convincing Winners

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From Last Word on Rugby, Scott Hornell In two matches on New Zealand soil, Super Rugby Round Nine proved that the high standards of the competition leading conference are certainly consistent. Both fixtures earned high scores, with home fans leaving each fully satisfied on another ‘Super Saturday’. While the rugby was the focus, as happened […] READ MORE


Highlanders: High Stakes Rugby, High Cost Outcome

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In any event, the high stakes rugby is costing the Highlanders. In the 2016 semi final, they were unable to combat the open-style of the Lions (on the Johannesburg ground) and paid the price. They did take the right decisions in the quarter final, and the side must make precise decisions from now on. Dropping points now will be hard to recover in the later stages of Super Rugby. And after a high risk outcome last week, the time is now to play more settled, no nonsense rugby to get back into winning form. Rebuild their battered confidence--before they can again, look to incorporate any 'high stakes rugby' in their game. Oh, and get Ben Smith back to full health asap! READ MORE


The Art of the Intercept Try

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Can it be countered? To a degree yes - 'keep the ball in the tight forwards'. But across an 80 minute match, countless occasions may be more fallible to an intercept try--although, the best ones seem to be unplanned. And that is sport in a nutshell. Unpredictable, beautiful but also, incorrigible. READ MORE


Youth and Experience in NZ Super Rugby

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Last Word On Rugby, by Scott Hornell. The Investec Super Rugby season 2017 begins in February, and each of the five NZ Super Rugby franchises have announced their squads. A total of 190 contracted players have been announced across the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders Super Rugby squads–with 33 players to make their debut. […] READ MORE