Here are the official crowd figures for the 2018 Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri Nations) featuring New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and South Africa. Continue reading “TRC 2018 Crowds- Attendances for the 2018 Rugby Championship NZ Aus Argentina SA”
Here is the Super Rugby team of the year 2018, as officially announced by the competition’s governing body SANZAAR. Interestingly enough, the Crusaders, who successfully defended their crown, have only one representative- left winger George Bridge, thus showing that there were more of a “team” rather than depending on individual brilliance.
The Chiefs, who were eliminated in the quarterfinals, have four players- Brodie Retallick, Damien McKenzie, Anton Lienert Brown and Alaimalo. McKenzie was also named the Player of the Year. Continue reading “Super Rugby Team of the Year 2018- Best SR players 2018 season”
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?”
This Paul Gabrillagues yellow card vs New Zealand was a controversial moment from France’s first test vs the All Blacks at Eden Park on 9 June, 2018. The game was tied at 11-11 when referee Luke Pearce sent French lock Gabrillagues to the sin bin for an alleged high tackle on Ryan Crotty, and it proved to be a vital turning point in the game. The tackle, as later seen, wasn’t worthy of a yellow, but ref Pearce gave the yellow without checking it with the TMO. New Zealand eventually won 52-11 Continue reading “Video Paul Gabrillagues Crotty Tackle 2018 Luke Pearce referee- Gabrillagues yellow card vs New Zealand”
A shirt clash in rugby isn’t uncommon (unfortunately!) and we were witness to another in the Super Rugby game between the Stormers and the Blues in Cape Town on 17 March, 2018. Both teams have the same primary kit colour (blue) and in this Cape Town afternoon sun, it felt like there was one team on the pitch with 30 players!
Here are some photos of the jersey clash between WP and the Blues.
The Stormers won the game 37-20. Continue reading “Super Rugby Jersey Clash 2018- Stormers and Blues both wear Blue! Pictures Same colour”
This Damian De Allende red card vs New Zealand (GIF VIDEO BELOW) was a controversial moment from the epic All Blacks vs Springbok test match on 7 October, 2017. De Allende attempted to charge down Lima Sopoaga’s unsuccessful drop goal and French referee Garces ruled that De Allende’s elbow had made contact with Sopoaga and chose to red card him. The subsequent penalty was converted by Sopoaga, and South Africa lost the test by a single point Continue reading “GIF Video Damian De Allende Red Card vs New Zealand All Blacks 2017- De Allende Sopoaga Incident Elbow to Head”
The South African national rugby union team suffered their biggest ever defeat in a competitive fixture as they were humbled 57-0 by New Zealand at the QBE Stadium in front of 30,021 fans on September 16, 2017.
This Bok defeat saw Allister Coetzee’s men humbled by 57 points, beating the previous record loss that England inflicted upon them (53-3) back in 2002 (the game where the Boks had Jannes Labuschagne sent off). However the Springboks played for the full 80 with fifteen men.
The Springboks’ heaviest defeat at home also came with Coetzee in charge last year, when they lost 57-15 in Durban in October 2016. Continue reading “List of Worst Springbok Losses | Biggest margins of defeat for South Africa rugby”
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”
This Brodie Retallick vs Hanigan Incident (VIDEO BELOW) was a controversial moment during the New Zealand vs Australia Rugby Championship Test in Dunedin on August 26, 2017. Hanigan’s legs were on Retallick’s shoulders and as the Chiefs lock got up, the Wallabies flanker appeared to be spear tackled into the ground. Referee Nigel Owens however chose not to take any action after consultation with TMO Rowan Kitt, despite the protests of Australian skipper Michael Hooper Continue reading “Brodie Retallick vs Hanigan Incident Video- Retallick spear tackle on Ned Hanigan August 26 2017 Bledisloe”