2007 Super 14 Rugby Reviewed

Super 14 Rugby is the top competition for groups from the states and provinces of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

It would be truthful to say that New Zealand teams have dominated the super 14, especially the Canterbury Crusaders even though other New Zealand groups have performed very well with many producing the finals. The other major good results has been the ACT Brumbies. The actual disappointments of the sequence have been the Queensland Reds and the New South Wales Waratahs who despite getting loaded with expertise go on to underneath carry out. Both groups will be hunting to alter that all over this period. Nevertheless the surprise Australian staff and dim horse of the match this calendar year may perhaps be the Western Drive enjoying out of Perth, W.A. Last yr they typically arrived shut but did not have the working experience to pull it out in the tight situations. I predict this calendar year will be a really diverse tale.

South African teams have proved quite powerful in South Africa, but to be effective they once yet again will need to gain games absent from house.

The 14 teams are

Auckland Blues (Normally powerful, has the possible to beat any workforce on their working day, time will tell if they can gain more than enough video games to make the finals, but if they do they are a probability to win the comp. – prior 3 instances ultimate winners (tremendous 12) but recent many years have not manufactured the grade.)

ACT Brumbies (Entire of class, having said that one particular wonders irrespective of whether their Australian dominance is on the wane, two times former winners, 2 times shed to Canterbury in the closing, having said that final two decades unsuccessful to make the finals – I predict they will are unsuccessful once more this yr)

The Bulls (Centered in Pretoria, in past years they have created the finals and will have to be viewed as a opportunity to make it once more, but not likely to have the class to gain the comp.)

Central Cheetahs (New S.A. addition, produced 10th, will do superior this year but is not going to make the finals)

Waikato Chiefs (Regular N.Z. rugby is on screen whenever the chiefs engage in, tough, grinding, appreciate good help at property, only made the semi-finals as soon as, would not make it this year but will supply some entertaining video games).

Canterbury Crusaders (The most effective franchise in the opposition. Won the competition six periods, remaining two other situations, dominant. This year will be no distinctive. Any workforce that desires to acquire the levels of competition will have to defeat the Crusaders to do it).

Western Pressure (Very first 12 months in competitiveness past 12 months, exhibit very good signs but under no circumstances shipped. This yr they could be the darkish horse. May make the finals but deficiency of finals knowledge will cease them likely more. Have wonderful dwelling floor assistance which should make them really hard to beat at house).

Otago Highlanders (never ever won the levels of competition and not heading to transform this 12 months. However will damage some other groups hopes in their famed home of pain in Carisbrook, Dunedin)

Hurricanes (Dependent in Wellington, N.Z., misplaced to the Crusaders in very last many years ultimate. Will be undertaking nicely to make the finals this calendar year but a possibility).

Lions (Name change from the cats will not alter the fortunes for this Johannesburg based workforce, will not make the finals).

Queensland Reds (Under no circumstances been effective, usually place the blame on accidents to crucial gamers. Merely require to toughen the hell up if they are any probability of profitable the level of competition. Have the talent, but not the coronary heart).

Natal Sharks (Based mostly in Durban and just one of the far better doing South African teams. Just missed out on the finals previous 12 months. Forecast they could make the finals this calendar year).

Western Stormers (Primarily based out of Cape Town, almost nothing to write home about here. Will acquire a few at residence but thats about it).

NSW Waratahs (Based out of Sydney. Has manufactured finals on many situations but unsuccessful to lift the trophy, could this 12 months be distinct?)

This is a speedy seem of Tremendous 14 from a private critique of 2007. The stop of the competitiveness will see if I was right or mistaken. Possibly way it will be enjoyable watching.

Nicole Thomas

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