Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 6 – Give the people what they want – at last!

Rugby Championship 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand Final Score – SA 27/NZ 25 Johannesburg As expected this match proved to be the classic end of tournament showdown between the two best sides in the world that everyone predicted.  No quarter given and none taken as this game went down to the wire for theContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 6 – Give the people what they want – at last!”

Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 5 – The Mighty Springbok returns!

South Africa vs Australia Final Score – SA 28/Aus 10 Cape Town For me this game was definitely one of the highlights of the Championship this year.  The last ten minutes of the game and the Springboks breathtaking performance will go down as a vintage rugby classic.  The whole game was good and kept everyoneContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 5 – The Mighty Springbok returns!”

Rugby Championship – Round 5 Preview

Fixtures this weekend South Africa vs Australia – Cape Town Undoubtedly the fixture of the weekend, as these two sides slug it out to see who really is the second best team in the world after the All Blacks. With the All Blacks most likely clinching the Championship this weekend in Argentina, this match isContinue reading “Rugby Championship – Round 5 Preview”

Rugby Championship 2014 – 4th round, winner takes all

New Zealand vs South Africa Final score – NZ 14/SA 10 Wellington As predicted, the Springboks dug deep and finally came up with a performance which although not perfect was nevertheless a considerable step up from their previous three outings in the Championship. It would appear that Heineke Meyer may finally have the semblance ofContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – 4th round, winner takes all”

Rugby Championship 2014 – Excuse me, ref!

New Zealand vs Argentina Final score – NZ 28/Arg 9 Napier We will leave out the fact that the refereeing of this game was poor and discuss that later. It detracted from what was a solid contest and one in which the Pumas made the All Blacks work hard for 80 minutes. The only thingContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – Excuse me, ref!”

Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 3 preview

Fixtures this weekend New Zealand vs Argentina – Napier While, there is little doubt that New Zealand are the favourites to walk away with a win from this match and easily take first place in the competition standings, it won’t be done without considerable effort and Argentina will cause problems for the All Blacks especiallyContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 3 preview”

Rugby Championship 2014 – Round two

New Zealand vs Australia Final score – NZ 51/Aus 20 Auckland By now most of us will have recovered our breath from what was an absolutely stunning All Black performance at the expense of the Wallabies. As I mentioned in last week’s edition, I felt that the All Blacks would be the more effective teamContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – Round two”

Rugby Championship 2014 – opening rounds

Australia vs New Zealand:  Final Score – Aus 12/NZ 12 Sydney As mentioned above the weather dominated both initial rounds of the Rugby Championship this past weekend, and although conditions in Sydney were not as horrendous as in Pretoria, they nevertheless played a significant part in reducing the spectacle that so many felt this gameContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – opening rounds”

Rugby Championship 2014 – let the games begin!

Australia vs New Zealand – Sydney There is no doubt that this is the game of the weekend. After a dismal season last year that only got better at the last gasp on their European tour, Australia are finally, under coach Ewen McKenzie, starting to look like a serious contender for the Webb Ellis trophyContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – let the games begin!”