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FULL-TIME: Who and What Stole The Show – Super Rugby Week1

Welcome to what will be known as Full-Time, a weekly round-up of the weekend’s Vodacom Super Rugby action gone by.

So, Week 1 is a thing of the past. And boy, what a cracker it was. We have a look at what stood out during the opening weekend.

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

Blues vs Crusaders

The Blues gave as good as they got (if not a touch more) in this one. The home side made a miraculous turn around after the break but still it seemed they were destined to lose out to a Crusaders side who own the last quarter of a match like LeBron James owns a basketball court yet somehow found themselves one failed kick at goal away from pulling off what would have been an incredible upset. What more do you want than great skills, a tight finish and the try of the weekend.

BEST TRY OF THE ROUND

Vodacom Bulls fans would have been left salivating at a scintillating Rosko Specman run but the Blues win this award with the effort of non-speedsters putting in the hard yards. Patrick Tuipulotu (lock) was on-hand to take the pass from his fullback before sending Akira Ioane (number 8) away for a 40 meter run to the line – using his big paw to keep would-be defenders at bay and ensure he got to the line.

MVP

Again some Pretoria-based uncles might be clearing their throat to nominate Speckies or Pollie but we give it to one of the South African fatties (I use the term adoringly), Carlu Sadie. Many were expecting the Emirates Lions to struggle upfront given the loss of some key personnel but Sadie, the Province reject, was not only solid as a rock in the scrum but was also colossal at the breakdown winning a few turnovers.

SA TEAM OF ROUND 1
1. Dylan Smith (Lions)
2. Akker vd Merwe (Sharks)
3. Carlu Sadie (Lions)
4. Jason Jenkins (Bulls)
5. Lood de Jager (Bulls)
6. Marnus Schoeman (Lions)
7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers)
8. Duane Vermeulen (Bulls)
9. Embrose Papier (Bulls)
10. Handré Pollard (Bulls)
11. Rosko Specman (Bulls)
12. André Esterhuizen (Sharks)
13. Lukhanyo Am (Sharks)
14. Sibusiso Nkosi (Sharks)
15. Warrick Gelant (Bulls

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