Nothing went right for the Chiefs against the Hurricanes last weekend, and now they face a chronic Lock shortage..
ESPNscrum.com: Round 14 of Super Rugby was dominated by discussion and debate of officialdom, and colleague Greg Growden was bang on the money on Monday, saying the referees have a hard time of it while ever the Laws and the interpretations have made everything the complicated mess the game now is.
Keep it simple, stupid. Certainly, there are more than a few items in the rugby bible that could easily be ‘kissed’ goodbye.
Regardless, here were a few things to stand out in Round 14:
- Chiefs open trial week?
- Nuisance value, and
- TMO clarity required.
Chiefs winger James Lowe copped a terrible Yellow Card decision on the weekend – so where was the TMO overrule this time?
ESPNscrum.com: With four rounds of the 2015 Super Rugby season done, we’re interested to note the 10 teams below the top four teams each have won one or two matches. Half of the 10 teams have played the full four games, while the other five have had one bye already. And there’s some quality teams in this bunch, too: the Bulls, Waratahs, Sharks and Crusaders, all considered potential title winners, to name just four.
The point in all this?
This season really does feel like a campaign in which anyone can beat anyone: only the Stormers and Hurricanes remain unbeaten; only the Blues are winless.
The Highlanders have beaten the Chiefs. The Chiefs were too good for the Brumbies. The Brumbies thumped the Reds. The Reds toppled the Force. The Force beat the Waratahs. The Waratahs bettered the Rebels. The Rebels trumped the Crusaders. The Crusaders beat the Highlanders. No wonder our tips are suffering …
Here a few things that stood out in Round 4.
- Where was the TMO over-rule in Hamilton?
- Queensland: injuries, disruptions, or much bigger issues?
- What has this team at Newlands done with the Stormers?
Yellow Card: Steve Walsh awarded a try on Saturday night, only for it to be overturned. I didn’t realise it could happen, either..
ESPNscrum.com: Four of the seven losing teams picked up bonus points for margins less than seven points, and the Lions and Rebels had one last crack at victory that lasted for several minutes beyond the final siren. I did tip the Bulls in the Scrum preview and on Footytips, but I know I had the Sharks in other comps and forums. And I wasn’t confident about either tip.
What it does confirm is that this 2015 Super Rugby may well be the closest ones yet. How many teams that you had given little chance to now sit in the top six? Yeah, me too. And we’re in for more surprises and tipping heartache before the season’s done, too, I’m quite sure.
This week’s three points:
- Could the Western Force pack cost Michael Foley a Wallabies job?
- TMO try over-rulings may or may not be OK
- The Ominous Chiefs. Discuss…