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Super Champions – which team was best

Super Champions – which team was best

super championsHave you ever contemplated who was the better team out of our three most recent Champion Super Rugby teams? I certainly haven’t, but there are some loonies lurking in the shadows of Green and Gold Rugby who not only think the ’11 Reds or ’14 Waratahs could match it with the ’04 Brumbies, but were better sides! The debate is on like Donkey Kong, or Samo as he liked being called.

Debaters:

Firstly we have me, Bobas, on the affirmative Brumby side of the debate, the intellectual angle. Secondly, Rugby Reg, who I’ve been informed has tested negative yet again for albinism valiantly arguing the Reds case. And last but not least, Braveheart81 who is going to let loose with one of Cheik’s golf clubs on the Brumbies and Reds as he argues the case for the ’14 Waratahs.

Super Rugby Championship Teams

They all played the Crusaders at their respective home grounds, but for the sake of our debate, we only have at our disposal the players that took the field on those fateful days. We’re also debating In chronological order so I (Bobas) won’t get to respond to Reg’s arguments, and so on.

’04 Brumbies ’11 Reds ’14 Waratahs
15     Joe Roff
14     Clyde Rathbone
13     Joel Wilson
12     Matt Giteau
11     Mark Gerrard
10     Stephen Larkham
9     George Gregan
8     Scott Fava
7     George Smith
6     Owen Finegan (c)
5     Radike Samo
4     Mark Chisholm
3     Nic Henderson
2     Jeremy Paul
1     Bill Young
Substitutes:
16     David Palavi
17     Guy Shepherdson
18     David Giffin
19     Jone Tawake
20     Matt Henjak
21     Mark Bartholomeusz
22     Lenny Beckett
15     Jono Lance
14     Rodney Davies
13     Anthony Fainga’a
12     Ben Tapuai
11     Digby Ioane
10     Quade Cooper
9     Will Genia (vc)
8     Radike Samo
7     Beau Robinson
6     Scott Higginbotham
5     James Horwill (c)
4     Rob Simmons
3     Greg Holmes
2     Saia Fainga’a
1     Ben Daley
Substitutes:
16     James Hanson
17     Guy Shepherdson
18     Adam Wallace-Harrison
19     Jake Schatz
20     Liam Gill
21     Ian Prior
22     Will Chambers
15     Israel Folau
14     Alofa Alofa
13     Adam Ashley-Cooper
12     Kurtley Beale
11     Rob Horne
10     Bernard Foley
9     Nick Phipps
8     Wycliff Palu
7     Michael Hooper (c)
6     Stephen Hoiles
5     Jacques Potgieter
4     Kane Douglas
3     Sekope Kepu
2     Tatafu Polota-Nau
1     Benn Robinson
Substitutes:
16     Tolu Latu
17     Jeremy Tilse
18     Paddy Ryan
19     Will Skelton
20     Mitchell Chapman
21     Pat McCutcheon
22     Brendan McKibbin
23     Peter Betham
’04 Crusaders  ’11 Crusaders ’14 Crusaders
15     Ben Blair
14     Marika Vunibaka
13     Aaron Mauger
12     Dan Carter
11     Caleb Ralph
10     Cameron McIntyre
9     Justin Marshall
8     Sam Broomhall
7     Richie McCaw
6     Reuben Thorne (c)
5     Chris Jack
4     Brad Thorn
3     Greg Somerville
2     Tone Kopelani
1     David Hewett
Substitutions:
16     Corey Flynn
17     Chris King
18     Ross Filipo
19     Johnny Leo’o
20     Jamie Nutbrown
21     Andrew Mehrtens
22     Casey Laulala
15     Tom Marshall
14     Sean Maitland
13     Robbie Fruean
12     Sonny Bill Williams
11     Zac Guildford
10     Dan Carter
9     Andrew Ellis
8     Kieran Read
7     Richie McCaw (c)
6     George Whitelock
5     Sam Whitelock
4     Brad Thorn
3     Owen Franks
2     Corey Flynn
1     Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes:
16     Quentin MacDonald
17     Ben Franks
18     Luke Romano
19     Matt Todd
20     Kahn Fotuali’i
21     Matt Berquist
22     Ryan Crotty
15     Israel Dagg
14     Kieron Fonotia
13     Ryan Crotty
12     Dan Carter
11     Nemani Nadolo
10     Colin Slade
9     Andrew Ellis
8     Kieran Read (c)
7     Matt Todd
6     Richie McCaw
5     Sam Whitelock
4     Dominic Bird
3     Owen Franks
2     Corey Flynn
1     Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes:
16     Ben Funnell
17     Joe Moody
18     Nepo Laulala
19     Jimmy Tupou
20     Jordan Taufua
21     Willi Heinz
22     Tom Taylor
23     Johnny McNicholl

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