Review of super 15 qualifiers and the refs.
July 21, 2013, 22:17:30
Firstly, I thought Glen Jackson did a good job yesterday. All we ask for is consistency and I think he did that really well. He allowed the game to be free flowing and he reffed in a style that allowed the players to have a go by playing some decent advantages and not blowing up scrums when they turned an inch which pisses us all off. No one wants to watch a 4 minute scrum! Well done to the refs this past weekend.
Cheetahs in my opinion were very unlucky. The Brumbies really looked out of sorts on attack and I dont think they ever really threatened to break the game open. Sarel Pretorius however, needed to be introduced 10 to 15 mins earlier at 45 or 50 mins as opposed to the 60th min. He was a real livewire and the tiring Brumbies defence was no match for him. For the Cheetahs to go overseas and outscore and in return keep a side scoreless that normally averages 5 tries a game against them in Canberra was a massive turn around.
I am not unhappy with this result, I always wanted to see the Crusaders come up against the Chiefs. Cheetahs, although I think are a different team, will most likely not be able to beat the Chiefs in Hamilton even though the Chiefs are going backwards at this stage of the year.
I am not sure what is going on with the Chiefs but they are going to need to lift their game 100% from the past few weeks if they are to get past the Saders.
Not sure what to say about the Reds v Crusaders match. It was always ever going to be a training run for the Saders. I think it would have been better for the Sharks or Stormers to get through there.
From here on out, I think the Crusaders will beat the Chiefs next week (10-15 points) and the Bulls will beat the Brumbies (13+).
If the Crusaders need to travel to Pretoria, I think the Bulls might sneak it but Crusaders are a team that you can never write off