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    The Crusaders are a joy to watch, if ROG is to credit for their backline play then we cant get him back fast enough.

    They put 50 on the Chiefs this weekend with some ridiculous offloading. The highlights of all their games so far this season are worth a watch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ4B4IWiQ0Y


    Their use of the offload is what does the most damage, you can see the majority of their trys outside of set piece are made with brilliant offloading.



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    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-u...20-p515tj.html

    The Sunwolves have been jettisoned from Super Rugby after four years in the competition.

    The Japanese team was expected to be informed of their fate via phone hook-up on Wednesday afternoon.

    In a plan first revealed by the Herald last year, Super Rugby will return to a round-robin format with 14 teams.

    The SANZAAR partners Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina will not announce the changes formally until Friday, according to a statement.

    But it is understood the competition in its current format will run its course for the term of the broadcast deal, meaning 2020 will be the Sunwolves' final season.

    The move will be a blow to Australia's Super Rugby franchises, who saw the Sunwolves' ongoing involvement as integral to the commercial growth of their businesses and the wider game in Australia.

    It will also be widely criticised given the timing. This year Japan will host the Rugby World Cup, the first time the event will be held in Asia.

    South Africa are widely acknowledged to have led the charge to have the team axed, given the increased travel burden on its teams. SA Rugby holds considerable sway around the SANZAAR negotiating table given their partner broadcaster Super Sport generate the most revenue to the Super Rugby and Rugby Championship broadcast deal.
    He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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      #3
      This could have big implications on the Pro14. The Saffer teams might find going north, more and more attractive. Live rugby, no jet lag, more tv moola if they get added to Heineken cup competition..

      Sad for Japan though. In their world cup year, they get cut from Super Rugby. What clown makes these decisions, at least they get rid of the conference system. I had no idea what was going on.
      He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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        #4
        The timing seems strange, but I read something recently that SA were happy to throw them under the bus because of the lack of support for the next WC and the way SA teams have a long haul flight to play them.

        Whatever is happening the removal of a team mid season is madness.

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          #5
          Originally posted by i_like_cake View Post
          This could have big implications on the Pro14. The Saffer teams might find going north, more and more attractive. Live rugby, no jet lag, more tv moola if they get added to Heineken cup competition..

          Sad for Japan though. In their world cup year, they get cut from Super Rugby. What clown makes these decisions, at least they get rid of the conference system. I had no idea what was going on.
          It is sad for Japan, but imagine what it would do for ProX, with seriously competitive SA teams. We’ve tended to see the north south spilt/rivalry as a fixed reality, logistically (if we were’nt so 6N myopic), time zones,rather than latitude makes much more sense.

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            #6
            I believe any changes to Super Rugby will only happen at the start of a new tv deal in 2021, so the Sunwolves will be around in the 2020 season. By all accounts, the Saffers bring a lot of tv money to the table and thus have the power to get the Sunwolves removed, saving themselves the cost of a return flight to Japan/Singapore and the associated travel etc. The talk suggests a round robin Super 14 from 2021 with no more geography splits - a 13 game season as surely there is not enough room in the schedule for a French style 26 game season?

            The Sunwolves as a concept never got full support from the Japanese rugby community and was seen as a rival to the highly lucrative Top League, despite operating in a different part of the year.
            Last edited by neill_m; 21st-March-2019, 07:49.

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              #7
              Woeful defending from the Hurricanes... the away team in red won..

               
              He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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                #8
                Sunwolves won their 1st away game in Australia, defeating the Waratahs. Early stages but only 2 NZ sides in the playoff positions which is unusual.

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                  #9
                  First game back for Crusaders since the Massacre and they beat ACT Brumbies 36-14 at AMI Stadium to stay top of the New Zealand Conference.
                  "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                  Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                  Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                    #10
                    25 minutes in and the crusaders have the chiefs well beaten already.

                    Kieran Reid is playing very well which the AB’s will be happy with, the ability of backs and forwards to execute the same game plan with hard running, support lines and offloading is great to watch.

                    The instinct to run, beat a defender and offload is the exact opposite of kick at all costs crap we watch here.

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                      #11
                      The chiefs might not be done just yet, leinertbrown just played a big hand in 3 unanswered try’s, with a chiefs tight head throwing a pass wide that any 10 would be proud of to bring them back within a point.

                      Cracking game.

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                        #12
                        It’s a game that keeps on giving - chiefs try!

                        Not just a good game but to be playing in a packed stadium with the Fijian fans in full voice - the players must be loving it as well.

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                          #13
                          Another big win for the Jaguares, gets them top spot in SA conference.
                           

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by kahalui View Post
                            Another big win for the Jaguares, gets them top spot in SA conference.
                            First two tries nicely done with clever change of direction, popping pass back inside
                            "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                            Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                            Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                              #15
                              Highlanders playing nicely against the crusaders. 7-3 up.

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