After a enthralling final day of Super Rugby that saw the Rebels narrowly lose to the Highlanders in Dunedin and the Sharks beating the Jaguares in Durban, here are our Super Rugby quarterfinalists for 2018.
Crusaders (1) v Sharks (8)
Hurricanes (4) v Chiefs (5)
Winners meet at the home of the higher seed
Lions (2) v Jaguares (7)
Waratahs (3) v Highlanders (6)
Winners meet at the home of the higher seed
An eventful penultimate round of Super Rugby saw some surprise results, with the Rebels, Jaguares and Sharks all losing their respective away clashes to the Reds, Bulls and Stormers respectively.
Which teams have already qualified for the Super Rugby 2018 playoffs?
Seven teams are definitely there- Crusaders, Waratahs, Lions, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Highlanders and Jaguares. The Jaguares will be making their first ever playoff appearance this season.
Who can still qualify for the playoffs?
Rebels and Sharks.
Mathematically yes, but unlikely- Brumbies
The Sharks are on 32 points, the Rebels on 35. Victory for the Rebels over the Highlanders in Dunedin will see Dave Wessels’ side qualify for the playoffs. The Sharks need to beat the Jaguares at home and hope that the Rebels lose to the Highlanders. Continue reading “Super Rugby Table After Round 18- Who can qualify for playoffs & which teams have qualified?”
After losing to the Melbourne Rebels for the first time in their history earlier this year, the Sharks also suffered their first ever defeat to the Jaguares as they went down 29-13 in Argentina. The crowd of 19,214, the biggest the Jaguares have had in attendance for a while, saw the home side extend their run to six straight wins thanks to a hat trick from Moyano.
The Sharks were in it for a while, but as usual were let down by their handling errors. The backline didn’t get going and their cause wasn’t helped by an early missed penalty from Robert du Preez and a crucial knock on from Lwazi Mvovo with the tryline at his mercy. The Mvovo miss came at a crucial point when the game was at 17-13, and another Sharks knock on from a promising position just minutes later saw the Jaguares score on the counter.
The Jaguares owed much of their lead to silly defensive errors from the Sharks, like with Nkosi for the Jags’ second try, but they’ve been an improved outfit under Mario Ledesma and will be a serious contender for the playoffs after this season.
As for the Sharks, inconsistency continues to plague them. They also had skipper Ruan Botha red carded late in the game, and did not even manage a bonus point from the game. Their playoff hopes hang by a thread (they’re out of the top eight after this defeat), but fortunately for them, John Mitchell’s Bulls also lost to the Brumbies.
Here is Vaea Fifita’s try vs Argentina, a super try from the Hurricanes and Wellington loose forward in New Zealand’s 39-22 win in New Plymouth on 9 September, 2017. Fifita showed fantastic pace for this try against Los Pumas, created after Dane Coles charged Tomas Cubelli’s kick. Continue reading “GIF Vaea Fifita try vs Los Pumas 2017 Rugby Championship | Fifita pace Video against Argentina”
Here are the official crowds for the 2017 edition of the Rugby Championship, the annual tournament featuring Southern Hemisphere quartet Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It was previously known as the Tri Nations before changing its name to the Rugby Championship following Argentina’s introduction.
Last updated after Argentina vs Australia on 8 October, 2017 Continue reading “The Rugby Championship 2017 Attendances- TRC 2017 Tri Nations Crowds”
The Sharks became the first team to win in Argentina in Super Rugby this season when they got the better of the Jaguares. The reverse fixture at Kings Park earlier this season had been a tight one, and given the disastrous performance that the Sharks produced at home against the Rebels (9-9 draw that would be a sure contender for one of THE worst games in SR history), few expected them to brave the odds and win in Buenos Aires.
However, it’s become a bit of a habit for the Sharks to buck the trend in recent times- they play well against top class opposition and make a hash of games against easier teams. And that’s what precisely happened in Argentina. The Sharks were aided by some changes by coach Rob du Preez to the starting XI- starting prop Thomas du Toit had a stormer of a game (MOTM in our opinion) and veteran Michael Claassens had a better game than Cobus Reinach, whose mind unfortunately already seems to be in England Continue reading “Jaguares vs Sharks Super Rugby Review- Sharks become first side to win in Argentina in 2017”
Here are the attendance figures for home games of the Jaguares, Argentina’s only Super Rugby representative in 2017. The Jaguares play their Super Rugby home games at the Jose Amalfitani Stadium, also the home ground of well known Argentine football club Velez Sarsfield. Continue reading “Los Jaguares Rugby Attendances 2017- Argentina Super Rugby Crowds 2017”
Fly half Nicolas Sanchez scores two tries, with Argentina scoring a total of seven, as the Pumas beat Japan 54-20 Continue reading “Japan vs Argentina Pumas 20-54 Highlights 5 November 2016 Nicholas Sanchez Tries Video”
The draws for the 2017 IRB JWC tournament (or World Rugby U20 Championship as it is known now), has been made. The tournament will be held in Georgia, with the hosts drawing Argentina, South Africa and France in Group C. Defending champions England are in Group A along with Australia and Wales (a repeat of the 2015 Rugby World Cup), while Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Italy are in Group B Continue reading “Official- JWC 2017 Groups Announced- U20 World Rugby Championship 2017”
First win on Argentine soil for Argentina over South Africa, adding to their scalp of the Boks in the Republic earlier this year. Some slick tries from the Pumas, check out the highlights below Continue reading “Pumas v Boks 2016 TRC Highlights | Video Argentina vs South Africa Rugby 26-24 Salta”