• A Happy New Year for the Reds?

    by Juan Cote If you were standing near the Ballymore exits at the end of last season...

  • Aussie teams Super 14 round-up

    Come Monday next week, no-one’s going to give a rats arse about the Super 14 2008, so while there’s still some legs in it, how has it all worked out for the Aussie states and what does it look like for 2009? OverallIn short, better than last year, but far from great....

  • Reds vs Waratahs Super 14: score & review, video highlights

    Queensland Reds 11 – NSW Waratahs 18It wasn’t pretty, they got the better of the reffing and thankfully the Hurricanes slipped up in Auckland, but today’s professional win by the Waratahs has ensured some respectability for Australia’s 2008 Super 14 showing with a home semi booked in Sydney. Yet again the back...

  • Chiefs vs Reds; review & video highlights

    Chiefs 32 – Reds 20.The Reds seemed to come into this game thinking they could out-run the Chiefs and at half time the approach seemed to have blown up on them, as they went into the sheds 3 tries to nil down. But the game got a real shot in the arse...

  • Reds vs Force Super 14: Video highlights and review

    Reds 29 – Force 12.Despite sleeping on it to try and come up with some inspiration, I can’t find any glowing words about this Reds performance – unlike their showing away at the Bulls. Defense held firm, but otherwise this match was more about what the Force couldn’t do, than what the...

  • Super 14 round 8; Aussie round-up, scores & highlights

    Some very big ups (Waratahs and Force) and some very low downs (Brumbies and Reds) in round 8 of the 2008 Super 14. Both the Force and the Tahs got exactly what they needed. The Western Australians needed to show that they could dig deep to win against tough opposition at home,...

  • Aussie Super 14 teams; half way review

    We’re now past half way of the 2008 Super 14 (already?) and it’s been long enough now to get a handle on how the Aussie sides are doing. I’ve thrown a few thoughts, see if they tally up with yours. As a reminder, here’s where the teams are in the table after...

  • Sharks vs Reds, Super 14 2008 score & review

    Sharks 22 – Reds 10Thanks to Sky not giving a toss, I’ve been able to see sweet f-a of this game. But as it happens, a good pommy mate of mine – Cap’n Dan – is a BA pilot down route in Cape Town. Bored, and hankering to bet on something, he...

  • Highlanders vs Force, Lions vs Reds scores, highlights

    Highlanders 28 – Western Force 36 Another impressive win from the Force who, with a second victory in a row over on the Shaky Isles, are now definitely Australia’s brightest looking chance in the 2008 Super 14 comp. Yet again they came from behind being 28-20 down with...

  • Reds vs Bulls Super 14 2008; highlights & review

    Queensland Reds 40 – Bulldozed 8. “When the milk turns sour, I ain’t the kinda pussy to...

  • Super 14 2008 – Reds vs Stormers score, review

    Reds 16 – Stormers 34 If you’re a reds fan, this season is going horribly, horribly wrong,...

  • Super 14 reviews and scores: Highlanders vs Waratahs, Lions vs Force, Brumbies vs Reds

    How do you have almost 70% possession, 60% territory, make the opposition tackle twice as much as you, have the double their line breaks, and only win by two points? No this isn’t a joke, but the script for both the Waratahs and the Force this week, and familiar for both sides...

  • Super 14 Scores and reviews: Cheetahs vs Force, Chiefs vs Waratahs, Brumbies vs Highlanders, Hurricanes vs Reds

    Here’s a rundown of this Aussie Super 14 games as I saw them. Cheetahs 15 vs Western Force 16This was truly a bizarre game. If you’d ignored the scoreline but watched the stats, you would have sworn the Force would have won this by 20 points. 35 minutes in they’d had 70%...

  • Super 14 Week 1 reviews and scores

    By christ it was good to have Super rugby back on the idiot box, even if there was a week where a combination of rustiness and ELV naivety created some pretty headless chicken rugby at times (more on that in another post). But here’s a run down on the games. Waratahs 20...

  • Super 14 2008 preview

    It’s been a long old wait since last October, but at last we get some good southern hemisphere rugby back on the telly. What’s intriguing about this years competition though is trying to pick the key runners and riders, because this year there are a couple of extra factors in play. To...