Queensland Reds Vs Canterbury Crusaders.
The Super Rugby final is upon us. The two best teams from the home and away games and the elimination finals will meet in Brisbane tonight. The build up has not let us down. These two teams did not get to the final by accident and in my opinion both deserve to be there.
Much is being made of the battle of the fly halves, or five eighths, Quade Cooper of the Reds and Dan Carter of the Crusaders. Foxsports believes the battle will decide the world’s best number 10. But as important and influential as these two players are, the game is much bigger than any individual. You can fill a page with the names of players from both teams who have been influential this season, or you would expect to be in this game.
The Crusaders have Sonny Bill Williams, who I believe really has come into his own this season as a Rugby Union Centre. Although if I was playing against him I would be asking the referee to watch out for those no arm tackles that he still hasn’t removed from his Rugby League background. Robbie Fruean has not been overshadowed by his Centre partner and has had a great season for the Crusaders.
Of course no one should forget about the Crusaders captain Richie McCaw. He has had a very interrupted season, but no one should write off a player of his ability, or his chance to make an impact in this game and the Rugby World Cup.
The Reds also have an abundance of talent all over the field. Saia Faingaa has led from the front as the Reds Hooker and is well placed to be first choice for the Wallabies in that position. James Horwill, Scott Higginbotham, Beau Robinson and Radike Samoa have all been highly influential at the back of the Reds pack and could counter the influence of the Crusaders captain.
But in many ways it has been the Queensland backs that have created the biggest headlines this season. We have already discussed Quade Cooper, but what about the man that feeds him the ball? Will Genia has had a great season and Cooper would not have made the news that he has without him. Digby Ioane has also created numerous tries and chances and Anthony Faingaa has been very solid in the Centre.
Personally I can not decide between the two sides. The fans and people of Queensland and Christchurch both really deserve a win to lift their spirits, after the natural disasters that have devastated both areas in the recent past. I am slightly leaning towards the Crusaders, as they have played all of their games away this season, because their Christchurch stadium was unfit to hold games, having been damaged by the earthquakes. But I wouldn’t put money on it. It really could go either way.
One thing is in no doubt, it will be great game so make sure you get yourself in a position to watch it.
By Max Power