1. Standard memberCrowley
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    08 Feb '09 09:45
    It's that time of the year again, when the toughest and best rugby competition in the world starts.

    Who are the teams to watch?

    I'm going out on a limb and saying that the 5 SA sides will all be in the top 10 this year, with 2 SA sides in the play-offs - the Stormers and Sharks.
    Stormers to go to the semis! Go, you eternal under-performers!
  2. Standard memberboarman
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    08 Feb '09 10:12
    Originally posted by Crowley
    It's that time of the year again, when the toughest and best rugby competition in the world starts.

    Who are the teams to watch?

    I'm going out on a limb and saying that the 5 SA sides will all be in the top 10 this year, with 2 SA sides in the play-offs - the Stormers and Sharks.
    Stormers to go to the semis! Go, you eternal under-performers!
    I'd say NSW will be the best performed of the Australian sides, with maybe the Force to be the surprise team.

    NSW should make the semi's.

    Bonus points will be the telling factor as its these points that really determine the final four.

    I cant wait for the action to begin
  3. Standard memberCrowley
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    08 Feb '09 10:18
    Originally posted by boarman
    I'd say NSW will be the best performed of the Australian sides, with maybe the Force to be the surprise team.

    NSW should make the semi's.

    Bonus points will be the telling factor as its these points that really determine the final four.

    I cant wait for the action to begin
    A few people seem to be pegging the Force as a force (LOL) to be reckoned with this year.
    They had glimpses of good play last year, but I don't see them getting into the top 5 or 6.

    Can the Crusaders (boring) be the team to beat AGAIN this year? They've lost some great players.
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    08 Feb '09 10:45
    Originally posted by Crowley
    A few people seem to be pegging the Force as a force (LOL) to be reckoned with this year.
    They had glimpses of good play last year, but I don't see them getting into the top 5 or 6.

    Can the Crusaders (boring) be the team to beat AGAIN this year? They've lost some great players.
    Moreso the Crusaders have lost an awesome coach in Robbie Deans.
    Carter is also out for most probably be the entire super 14 season
  5. Standard memberCrowley
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    08 Feb '09 17:30
    Originally posted by boarman
    Moreso the Crusaders have lost an awesome coach in Robbie Deans.
    Carter is also out for most probably be the entire super 14 season
    True.
  6. DonationDr. Brain
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    10 Feb '09 12:37
    I am going with the Sharks to take it this year. The Stormers will be the other top SA side and I won't be too surprised if they actually go on to win it. I believe the Waratahs to be the only Oz team in with a chance (they won't win it though)Crusaders are going to struggle and the Hurricanes may well surprise a few people.

    Bulls to get the wooden spoon and a new coach.

    That's my story and I am sticking with it.
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    10 Feb '09 14:37
    Originally posted by Dr. Brain
    I am going with the Sharks to take it this year. The Stormers will be the other top SA side and I won't be too surprised if they actually go on to win it. I believe the Waratahs to be the only Oz team in with a chance (they won't win it though)Crusaders are going to struggle and the Hurricanes may well surprise a few people.

    Bulls to get the wooden spoon and a new coach.

    That's my story and I am sticking with it.
    Really? I'm pegging The Sharks to win, Bulls or Stormers out in a semi...


    My prediction:

    Sharks
    Waratahs
    Hurricanes
    Stormers
    Bulls
    Crusaders
    Blues
    Cheetahs
    Western Force
    Lions
    Brumbies
    Chiefs
    Highlanders
    Reds
  8. Standard memberTirau Dan
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    11 Feb '09 19:04
    The NZ Herald newspaper has an online competition. pick the winners, the margin and a bonus for picking the highest margin.

    I've created a league in the comp called "Red Hot Rugby"
    Send me your email at Dan@TirauDan.com
    I'll send you the invite to join.
    You'll be able to play the game and see the results of our league
    we'll poke the borax at each other in here
    Sound like fun... let's do it
  9. DonationDr. Brain
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    12 Feb '09 08:51
    I sent you a mail Tirau, it will be good fun.
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    12 Feb '09 10:07
    Originally posted by Dr. Brain
    I sent you a mail Tirau, it will be good fun.
    Ditto.
  11. Standard memberTirau Dan
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    12 Feb '09 19:02
    Invites on the way guys..
    I think you get until 1/2hr before the match to make your pick.. I made mine in bulk
    should be fun.
  12. SubscriberMutt n Stu
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    13 Feb '09 16:01
    Originally posted by Tirau Dan
    The NZ Herald newspaper has an online competition. pick the winners, the margin and a bonus for picking the highest margin.

    I've created a league in the comp called "Red Hot Rugby"
    Send me your email at Dan@TirauDan.com
    I'll send you the invite to join.
    You'll be able to play the game and see the results of our league
    we'll poke the borax at each other in here
    Sound like fun... let's do it
    Sounds a bit like the league we are running at work with the SuperBru site. I'm shouting for the Sharks and Stormers - couldn't really decide and I have connections to both so why not hedge your bets.
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    13 Feb '09 21:44
    Originally posted by Mutt n Stu
    Sounds a bit like the league we are running at work with the SuperBru site. I'm shouting for the Sharks and Stormers - couldn't really decide and I have connections to both so why not hedge your bets.
    Two for two wins so far but I got the margins wrong though the Brums and Blues would have been a couple of tries better then the opp.

    New Highlander line up looks really sharp and the Blues do look strong in the midfield and in the engine room.
  14. Standard memberTirau Dan
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    14 Feb '09 03:55
    Red Hot Rugby Standings after 3 games
    winners blues brums and Lions

    Brain 30pts
    Dan 18
    Crowley 10

    Us #66 on the leagues ladder with aggregate 19pts

    Crusaders v Chiefs tonight. Both teams rebuilding but the big Hawks bay men should do them well.. though I picked Crusaders by a decent margin.
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    14 Feb '09 10:511 edit
    Originally posted by Tirau Dan
    Red Hot Rugby Standings after 3 games
    winners blues brums and Lions

    Brain 30pts
    Dan 18
    Crowley 10

    Us #66 on the leagues ladder with aggregate 19pts

    Crusaders v Chiefs tonight. Both teams rebuilding but the big Hawks bay men should do them well.. though I picked Crusaders by a decent margin.
    Crusaders 19 v Chiefs 16 closer than I thought
    Lions 34 v Cheetahs 28

    Brain 40
    Dan 34
    Crowls 26

    Our team up to 16th place
    Brain is into the top 60 players..well done.
    The leader so far has 50pts hundreds of entrants

    I have Bulls and Stormers to win narrowly in the next two games
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