And what a final it was as a contentious Super Rugby competition ends on a very high note!

As most of us are still catching our breath after one of the most memorable Super Rugby finals I can recall, we look back on a remarkable day in Wellington that reaffirmed the value of the competition even if in its present and proposed future format some serious overhauls are required!  Despite the vagaries ofContinue reading “And what a final it was as a contentious Super Rugby competition ends on a very high note!”

It’s an All New Zealand Final in this year’s Super Rugby as the rest of the world gets a taste of just what they’re up against come the World Cup!

So after much debate around the vagaries of the conference system in this year’s Super Rugby tournament, there is little doubt that the two best teams in the competition are now squaring up against each other in a mouth-watering final.  Last weekend’s semi-final action provided us with thrills and spills aplenty but left most inContinue reading “It’s an All New Zealand Final in this year’s Super Rugby as the rest of the world gets a taste of just what they’re up against come the World Cup!”

Two superb semi-finals await us this weekend as we get a chance to see the very best New Zealand and Australia have to offer in Super Rugby!

If you want a taste of what the rest of the world will be up against come September/October at the World Cup when they have to play either Australia or New Zealand then make sure you have access to a TV or the Internet this Saturday.   This year’s Super Rugby competition serves up two enthralling semi-finalContinue reading “Two superb semi-finals await us this weekend as we get a chance to see the very best New Zealand and Australia have to offer in Super Rugby!”

It’s Finals time and the heat is on in Super Rugby!

After a relatively inconsequential weekend for the three conference winners from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, the stakes suddenly become very real this weekend as we head into the qualifier knock out round for Super Rugby. The Lineout is not covering any of last weekend’s matches in detail as for all intents and purposesContinue reading “It’s Finals time and the heat is on in Super Rugby!”

With one more round to go of the regular Super Rugby season, the dice are pretty well cast in terms of who’s who in this year’s standings!

In a weekend that left us with few surprises, the only real question on everybody’s lips was who would upset the pecking order in the South African conference?  The dominant Stormers were up against the surprise form team of the season for South Africa, the Lions, in Cape Town to determine who would win theContinue reading “With one more round to go of the regular Super Rugby season, the dice are pretty well cast in terms of who’s who in this year’s standings!”

Super Rugby heats up as teams look to clinch their place in the knockout stages with the Waratahs having a wobbly in Joburg, the Stormers making a statement in Cape Town and the Crusaders rising from the ashes in Nelson!

The Lineout continues its coverage of the business end of this year’s Super Rugby competition by focusing on the top teams from each of the three conferences in the competition.  It was a terrific weekend and all three matches served up some spectacular rugby.  Australian conference leaders the Waratahs, took a heady fall in JohannesburgContinue reading “Super Rugby heats up as teams look to clinch their place in the knockout stages with the Waratahs having a wobbly in Joburg, the Stormers making a statement in Cape Town and the Crusaders rising from the ashes in Nelson!”

The Hurricanes prove yet again they are an unstoppable force, while the Chiefs despite an injury list from hell show that they are catching up fast by giving the Bulls a painful lesson!

As promised the Lineout takes up residence in the Southern Hemisphere as we look at the business end of the Super Rugby competition and this year’s abbreviated Rugby Championship.  What is already clear is that New Zealand sides, the Hurricanes in particular are showing that they are in a league of their own.  As the SuperContinue reading “The Hurricanes prove yet again they are an unstoppable force, while the Chiefs despite an injury list from hell show that they are catching up fast by giving the Bulls a painful lesson!”

Round 9 of Super Rugby action sees some Bulls players stick their hands up for Springbok selection while Australia’s Brumbies falter against the Blues!

This week we look at Round 9 of the Super Rugby competition this past weekend and how the top ranked team in each of the three participating countries fared. This weekend New Zealand’s top team the Hurricanes had the weekend off, so we will only be looking at Australia’s Brumbies and South Africa’s Bulls. TheContinue reading “Round 9 of Super Rugby action sees some Bulls players stick their hands up for Springbok selection while Australia’s Brumbies falter against the Blues!”

The Lineout heads below the Equator for our first look at some of the action in the Southern Hemisphere!

Now that all the excitement of an incredible Six Nations is over, The Lineout packs it bags and heads South of the Equator as we look at the Super Rugby competition as it nears its halfway mark and really gets into the business end of the tournament.  We won’t be ignoring the Northern Hemisphere altogetherContinue reading “The Lineout heads below the Equator for our first look at some of the action in the Southern Hemisphere!”