WOW!! It’s like Déjà vu yet again and I am astounded at the difference a week made. After, let’s face it a pitiful performance against the Reds last week, I didn’t expect them to play like they did on Friday night. They didn’t start the game very well and were 17-0 nil after the first 17 minutes, but what happened next was like as if they were auditioning for a Hollywood movie!! It was a complete turnaround and they dominated play for the remaining 63 minutes. If the Rebel Army and the support they get at home is the key to their success then they need to somehow bottle it and take it with them. Here’s hoping that they can win next week against the Force.
Best in Class (Team)
The highly anticipated game at the home of Rugby, Twickenham didn’t disappoint and certainly showed those in the Northern Hemisphere how good Super Rugby is. The Crusaders put on a convincing 44-28 victory of the Sharks with Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams starring for the side. Their scrum was also dominant against the Sharks front row that included Springbok captain John Smit, Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis. They are certainly the team to watch for the rest of the season.
Worst in Class (Team)
How disappointing this team has been since they dismissed their coach less than 5 weeks ago. With talks of player mutiny and now Adam Ashley Cooper linked to signing with the Waratahs, this team needs to start piecing together the rest of their season to ensure they don’t continue on the path of defeat. Suffering their fourth straight loss on the weekend, the team has yet to beat an Australian team, which is a very worrying sign.
Best in Class (Player)
Sonny Bill Williams
So much hype has surrounded Sonny Bill Williams and his decision to play rugby in New Zealand and vie for an All Blacks jersey this coming September. From where I am sitting, it looks like he made the perfect choice. He played an awesome game on Sunday putting on a splendid display of power and go-forward movement. With Dan Carter playing alongside him, he was able to open a lot of space and create stylish play that looked effortless.
Worst in Class (Player)
I could have easily chosen a player from the Brumbies or even perhaps the Waratahs but this week for me, Victor Matfield didn’t play to his usual standard. He missed several crucial tackles that led to the Lions scoring two tries and then followed up by kicking the ball dead when another try was on offer. Matfield has admitted the team are low on confidence at the moment, but that’s not a good enough excuse.
This season is certainly starting to shape up as an exciting one. The Reds are currently sitting nicely atop the Australian conference and the Rebels played one of the most exciting games of rugby this year! Add to that, the top teams for the South African and New Zealand conferences are starting to emerge. Bring on round 7!