Thursday 24 May 2007

Upon Review...

Hugo has made an acute observation that I write a lot or previews but no many reviews. This is true but has been primarily because of the hideous amount of games on at the moment. With the domestic season coming to a close and the internationals starting just getting previews written for every game has been challenging enough. But the Goat has a point so here's a brief review of the last week or so of rugby results.

European Challenge Cup Final
Clermont Auvergne 22 - 16 Bath

This was actually surprisingly entertaining. The French team were all over the English in the first half only for Bath to put up a determined front in the second and claw their way back into contention. They almost robbed it at the death but Clermont hung on to successfully retain the Challenge Cup
(I called this right)

Heineken Cup Final
Leicester Tigers 9 - 25 London Wasps

Leicester had no answer to the Wasps defence, simple as. They were matched up front and bullied around by the London outfit all day long. When they tried to release the backs Wasps were all over them like a cheap suit. Two moments of laxity at lineout time led to two tries and it was lights out for Leicester
(I called this sooooooo wrong)

Super 14 Final
Bulls 20 - 19 Sharks

Suuuuuuch a good match. The Sharks clung on to a delicate 14-10 lead going in at half-time. After the break the two sides beat the living crap out of each other for around twenty minutes before any headway was made. Hougaard managed to close the gap to just one point with a penalty in the 61st minute. But the game seemed to be all but lost as Sharks sub Van der Berg crossed for a late try to leave the Sharks 19-13 to the good with 3 minutes left. The cometh the hour, cometh the incredibly fast man. As the Bulls threw everything into attack Bryan Habana spied a gap in the tired Sharks defence as it drifted across the park. He cut back inside, hit the hole and left Derek Hougaard with the simplest of conversions to give the Bulls the title
(I was oh so right about this one)

Churchill Cup
Ireland 'A' 39 - 20 Canada

Again, this match was also surprisingly entertaining. Canada were even ahead for all of five minutes at one stage. In the end it was as a comfortable victory but don't believe any of that jazz in the papers about Staunton playing well, he was bollocks
(called this correctly too..)

Upcoming matches of note [This weekend]
Argentina - Ireland
Australia - Wales
South Africa - England
New Zealand Maori - Canada

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