NZ to Dominate Super 14?

Discussion in 'Super Rugby' started by danny, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. danny

    danny Guest

    From the first 2 rounds it seems clear to me that New Zealand teams are streets ahead of the opposition. The South African sides seem pretty pedestrian in comparison to the Blues and Crusaders in particular. Do you think this is going to be the same for the rest of the tournament and can anyone see a winner coming from anywhere but the land of the silver fern?
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  3. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Welcome to Super 14 Rugby every year bar 2001.
  4. danny

    danny Guest

    Oh I agree but this year the gap looks wider than ever dont you think?
  5. would have to say that its going to be another blues and crusaders year. but if the chiefs pulled there finger out in the latter stages of the match, and hurricanes shorted there **** out then they could have been up there too. cant see any of the australian teams making it. tahs are poor, brumbies got thrashed, reds and force underpreform - they should be up there but dont just have enough in them. as for the south african teams - i expected them to put up more of a fight so far. they fizzled against the blues and crusaders, and the stormers sharks match was a bore.
  6. Brett22Smith

    Brett22Smith Guest

    Oh I agree but this year the gap looks wider than ever dont you think?

    Lets wait till the 6th to 8th round-teams are still warming up to new rules-its only been two games...
  7. Vambo

    Vambo Guest

    Long way to go yet!
    So far the Crusaders & the Blues have got of to a flying start but I wouldn't write off the Sharks & the Bulls just yet.
    I do think however that the Kiwis seem to have adapted to the ELV's very quickly. The Blues in particular look absolutely amazing at times!
  8. BLR

    BLR Guest

    I expect an apology at the business end of the tournament. :D
  9. I expect an apology at the business end of the tournament. :D

    gladly. i would love to see the reds and force do well in the super 14, outside the kiwi teams they are the ones i back.
  10. BLR

    BLR Guest

    Could you not put the Reds in the same sentence as the Force please...the Force are leagues above the Reds...
  11. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    Aside from the Highlanders I would expect the NZ teams to do quite well... under these new rules their counterattacking abilities have been really strong and they're not finding it hard to score a lot of tries...

    The Sharks will also do their bit for South Africa... but the other teams aren't looking so hot...

    The Brumbies will probably have a poor first half to the season, and then come back strong in the last six weeks when their backline returns... if that'll be enough to make the semis - who knows? It might be another year of coming 5th... :wall:

    The Tahs as per usual will probably do the opposite... they'll choke when it comes to the business end of the tournament...

    As for the Force and the Reds... they'll probably be sitting midway through the table at the end of the year... won't go too bad, but neither will be good enough...
  12. yes the force is way better than the reds, but the reds have alot of potential that simply doesnt go anywere, where as the force has potentian and is using it.
  13. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Guest

    The ELVs is tailor-made for the Blues & Saders. We thrive on counter-attacking rugby and quick balls.

    Be a match when we do meet up.
  14. Well it was an all South African final last year :rolleyes:
  15. mimic

    mimic Guest

    Only been 3 years where a NZ team hasn't won a title.
    Even the Blues on their own, have as many titles as any other team who has won a Super Rugby title, and thats not including the countless Crusaders titles.
  16. C A Iversen

    C A Iversen Guest

    Aussies are great adapters given time. They have had trouble at the start, with some sides losing players to injury and overseas.

    We may just be eating some words by round eight, so I don't want to overblow New Zealand chances just yet.

    This kind of talk is classic talk up New Zealand stuff which ends with a messy explosion. I'm not going to indulge.
  17. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    I'm just hoping they peaking too soon. That's the only way they (Saders and Blues) are gonna lose their mojo

  18. i wouldnt put my money on it. its not international teams.
  19. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    So your point is?...

    Only international teams peak? Yet many of their players are ABs.

    I see.
  20. mimic

    mimic Guest

    It's tough to tell if they're peaking.. Mainly cos they're playing their tour early.. So it's not like they'll be traveling much at the end of the tournament..
    Also, the Blues haven't really played the good teams yet.. Lions and Cheetahs were always wooden spoon contenders, and the Chiefs are a team who are slow starters.

    Not only international teams peak early..
    Did you not watch the NRL in 2006? The storm peaked too early imo..
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