Crusaders vs Sharks
Super Rugby went to Twickenham at the weekend and it was definitely super. New Zealand‘s Crusaders faced the Sharks from South Africa. The reason for upping the air miles for both sides was the earthquake in the Crusaders home town of Christchurch. As the Crusaders can not play home games in the badly damaged city for the foreseeable future, this fixture was hastily rearranged for the home of Rugby. Part of the gate proceeds was donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund and the game was well attended by ex pat Kiwis and South Africans.
None of the crowd, no matter if they were neutral or supporting the Crusaders or the Sharks, could have been disappointed with the match. Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams were magnificent and are looking ominous for the Rugby World Cup, if they can avoid injuries. Carter did go off with a limp late in the game, but looked OK after the final whistle, so I expect him to be available for the Crusaders next fixture. It’s hard to imagine anyone injuring Sonny Bill, he his so big and so well assembled. He is really starting to come into his own as a Rugby Union Centre. He has of course also represented New Zealand at Rugby League, played in the NRL and played Rugby Union in France, not to mention winning all of his bouts as a professional boxer.
The Sharks huge forward pack was expected to dominate, prior to the game. But obviously the Crusaders forwards had not read that and gave a great account of themselves. The Sharks never gave up and fought hard all of the way through the game. As did everyone else on the field, including a mass of All Blacks and Springboks.
This was a magnificent game of Rugby with 9 tries, 4 to the Sharks, 5 to the Crusaders. If you did not manage to see it, get yourself a DVD or find it somewhere on line. If I find a link for it I will post it here. A classic example of the game that they play in heaven.
By Max Power