Round 3: Lions v Crusaders

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Dumbo, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    The last round the Lions beat the depleted Highlanders in what proved to be a pretty close game really while the Crusaders out distanced the Reds.
    The Lions looked (last week) as if they were really struggling and the Crusaders seemed to get better as the game went on…

    Can’t see how the Lions are going to win this one, the Crusaders look like they’re getting their act together and a + 40 score has to be out there soon.

    Depending on injuries I’m going for the Crusaders to put a big score on the board (+15)
     
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  3. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Fly-half André Pretorius... out with injury
     
  4. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    its going to be a masacre :) yay
     
  5. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    freaking hell, i have to get up at 515am to watch this game o_O

    oh well sunday is going to be a long day for me :)
     
  6. fcukernaut

    fcukernaut Guest

    See I'm the opposite of you, I'm pumped that they're in SA that way I don't have to stay up until 1:30am or 3:30am come the Australian games to watch Canterbury play. I get to watch them at a nice hour of the morning, this week 11:35am.
     
  7. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Head to Head:
    Lions:
    1 – Heinke van der Merwe
    2 – Willie Wepener
    3 – Brian Mujati
    4 – Cobus Grobler
    5 – Anton van Zyl
    6 – Cobus Grobbelaar
    7 – Ernst Joubert (captain)
    8 – Willem Alberts
    9 – Jano Vermaak
    10 – Louis Strydom
    11 – Jaco van Schalkwyk
    12 – Jaque Fourie
    13 – Jaco Pretorius
    14 – Wylie Human
    15 – Louis Ludik.
    Reserves:
    16 – Ethienne Reynecke
    17 – Bertus Smit
    18 – Franco van der Merwe
    19 – Jacques Cronje
    20 – Ricky Januarie
    21 – Jannie Boshoff
    22 – Earl Rose.

    Crusaders
    1 – Ben Franks
    2 – Corey Flynn (captain)
    3 – Campbell Johnstone
    4 – Ross Filipo
    5 – Kevin O’Neill
    6 – Kieran Read
    7 – Johnny Leo’o
    8 – Mose Tuiali’i
    9 – Andy Ellis
    10 – Stephen Brett
    11 – Caleb Ralph
    12 – Rua Tipoki
    13 – Casey Laulala
    14 – Rico Gear
    15 – Scott Hamilton.
    Reserves:
    16 – Ti’i Paulo
    17 – Wyatt Crockett or Ben May
    18 – Michael Paterson
    19 – Jake Paringatai
    20 – Kevin Senio
    21 – Tusi Pisi
    22 – Brent Ward.
     
  8. BokMagic

    BokMagic Guest

    And some people were saying that the Crusaders will struggle without Carter, McCaw et al. This Crusaders outfit is something very special, Robbie Deans has built a helluva legacy. They are extremely professional, have massive patience on both attack and defence, and are quite possibly the best defensive side in the comp- just look at last week, the opposition were getting 10th phase possession and up, but went exactly nowhere.

    Sure, the Lions are on the up, and improving game by game, but just too much class in this Saders line-up for them-in fact, I still reckon that the Saders are the side to beat this year, even without the superstars for the 1st 7 rounds.

    And some people were saying that the Crusaders will struggle without Carter, McCaw et al. This Crusaders outfit is something very special, Robbie Deans has built a helluva legacy. They are extremely professional, have massive patience on both attack and defence, and are quite possibly the best defensive side in the comp- just look at last week, the opposition were getting 10th phase possession and up, but went exactly nowhere.

    Sure, the Lions are on the up, and improving game by game, but just too much class in this Saders line-up for them-in fact, I still reckon that the Saders are the side to beat this year, even without the superstars for the 1st 7 rounds.
     
  9. esoj

    esoj Guest

    crusaders for a massive win. the lions might hang there for the first 20 mins but then the crusaders class will shine through and they will pile on the points. stephen brett is becoming a more than handty replacment for carter and with guys like gear and tipoki in the team the tries will always come.
     
  10. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    well looks like i picked this one wrong.

    at least i wasnt the only one :(

    i felt the ref liked his whistle to much and didnt really let the game flow. there was way to many mistakes from both sides.

    that being said, i like close low scoring games cause it makes you tense, and makes the game exciting :)
     
  11. Mr. Laxative

    Mr. Laxative Guest

    What an incredible shock - that's two low scoring matches this round!!
     
  12. fcukernaut

    fcukernaut Guest

    Canterbury should have won by a large margin but they squandered opportunity after opportunity. I counted 4 blown tries. All that was needed was to hold onto the ball and it would have been an easy win. Instead the drop balls kept Canterbury from that victory. Not to mention the bonehead decision to go for the corner instead of taking the three points on offer with about 10mins to go. It was very, very frustrating.
     
  13. BokMagic

    BokMagic Guest

    Pretty intense game here, yes the scoreline suggests that it was boring, but from my perspective it was actually excellent, competitive rugby. Sure, the finishing on both sides were appaling, as was the general handling, but it was uncompromising in the forwards and on defense by both sides.

    Also a big thank-you to the referee, methinks he had an excellent game all-round, with not much from either side escaping his eye. We`re generally very quick to point out some useless refereeing performances, so I`ll give some credit where I believe it`s due.

    For the Crusaders, I really enjoyed Tipoki, looked damn threatening every time he touched the ball, making huge yardage, getting over the advantage line regularly, and beating quite a handful of defenders on occasion.

    For the Lions, I reckon that young Heinke vd Merwe, son of former Bok legend Flip, and brother to Stormers second row Francois(who for some strange reason doesn`t get game-time in the Cape), is a sight to behold- only 23 years old and already putting the fear of God into many an opposition tighthead at scrum-time. Great things lie in store for this youngster in the post-RWC 2007, and post-Os Du Randt era for the Boks.
     
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