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Give the title to the Crusaders now

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 25 Mar 2008 at 13:00
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Give the Super 14 title to the Crusaders … now. Let’s not prolong the agony unless some rival makes a decent challenge.

The Hurricanes offer that hope on Friday, and let’s assume they bring some wallop to their work after the porous efforts of others this season. The Waratahs were the latest casualties when they were naive enough to believe a defensive wall backed by a kick-and-hope routine would unhinge the Crusaders.

Wynne Gray writes in the NZ Herald that the invaders were ahead, for three minutes, before the Crusaders ramped up their game and waltzed away with a bonus-point victory. It reminded you of the household cat toying with some poor insect which had crossed its path, going through its trap-and-release schedule to amuse itself.

Only the Force have asked consistently tough questions of the Crusaders ahead of the competition’s mid-point.

If we gave the trophy to the Crusaders now it would bypass the intrusive concept being floated by the All Black selectors that they will reveal their first squad before the Super 14 final on May 31.

Their argument, based on the solid assumption of a New Zealand presence in that showdown, is that new players and the team will need more than just the week to prepare between the final and the June 7 first test against Ireland.

In a letter to contracted players and key sponsors, the NZRU has apparently espoused the idea of a May 26 squad-naming for the All Blacks, although chief executive Steve Tew told the Herald on Sunday no firm decision had been reached.

“The All Black coaches are still discussing a number of issues with the players, franchise coaches and a number of other people. There are a number of challenges that we face, and it is certainly not an easy decision to make.”

Whenever a New Zealand side has been in a Super rugby final, it seems the All Blacks take the gloss away from that occasion by naming their first test squad straight away.

And after they removed the Cotton Wool Club for half the series last year, it would be prudent for them to have no interference this season until the Super 14 has finished.

Imagine the effect of naming an early All Black squad without some players in the Super 14 final who might have expected to be strong contenders for national selection. Others who might be first-time or returning All Blacks would also have their Super 14 final preparations disturbed.

Conspiracy theorists will identify this plan as an attempt to derail the Crusaders and upset Robbie Deans’ last hurrah before he leaves for his Wallaby appointment.

A week is not a long time for the All Blacks to prepare for their first test, but 80 per cent of the squad will know they are in line for selection. NZRU administrators have long agreed to this congested schedule in an unwieldy 15-test season.


  • Yeah give it to them now, they are unbeatable. 🙄

    Lucky we didn’t give NZ that Webb Ellis thingy early in 2007 aren’t we. 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.03.08 13:14:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • “The Waratahs were the latest casualties when they were naive enough to believe a defensive wall backed by a kick-and-hope routine would unhinge the Crusaders.”

    A subtle dig at the Sharks?

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.03.08 13:45:43 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • Lucky we didn’t give NZ that Webb Ellis thingy early in 2007 aren’t we.

    25.03.08 13:14:18 – KSA Shark ©

    You can say that again KSA. The only thing we can do now is remove the cup from the Bulls cabinet. The rest is still subject to change.

    DP-I’ve never seen the cartoon you’re using as your pic but it looks funny. Pls mail it to blackshark[at]webmail.co.za

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.03.08 13:53:03 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Defence wall could be a subtle dig but not the kick and hope bit. 😉

    The Hurricanes (rnd7) the Blues (rnd 11) and Sharks (Rnd 12) all still have reasonable chances of beating the Crusaders.

    The Sharks taking them on after they had a heavy game against the Blues may just play into the Sharks hands a little.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.03.08 13:53:47 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Crusaders lost in rnd 13 and 14 last year to the Chiefs and Brumbies after a run of 6 wins.

    There is still a LOT of water to flow under the bridge before 31 May and a loss of form for either the Sharks, Crusaders or Blues is not a distant possibility it is almost a reality.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.03.08 13:59:36 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Slow down… They still have to face the SHARKS… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.03.08 14:27:29 by Charlie Reply
  • Maak die ‘Saders almal Bokke! 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.03.08 15:12:54 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Big Fish,

    Wat vannie Bulle… 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.03.08 15:34:25 by Charlie Reply

  • Maak die Bulle almal Bafana Bafana!

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.03.08 15:41:15 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.03.08 15:44:49 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner Ice
  • aint seen any fat ladies singing yet.

    lmao at bryce

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.03.08 15:45:05 by knersboy Reply

  • Good as the Crusaders are, they are not unbeatable. They are not immune to pressure, and when their set pieces and highly practiced set-movements don’t come off perfectly the proverbial chinks in their armour begin to show.

    I reckon the Sharks are just the team to teach them some trick or two. 😀

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.03.08 15:51:30 by Waz Reply

  • Hoor! Hoor! 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.03.08 15:54:46 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner Ice
  • Waz,

    Agree 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.03.08 15:57:08 by Charlie Reply

  • Waz, not unluck the AB’s. Pressure on their 9,10 & 12 always created problems for them.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.03.08 16:09:56 by Ollie Reply

  • unluck = unlike

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.03.08 16:10:22 by Ollie Reply

  • Easy on the name-calling there Ice – everybody has a right to an opinion! 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.03.08 16:16:23 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.03.08 16:21:16 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner Ice

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