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Old March 24 2013, 12:56 AM   #27
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Re: Rugby Union 2013 Thread

The Crusaders won against the Kings as expected, 55-20 at full time, although a few niggling injuries to Israel Dagg - who didn't play, leading to Zac Guildford starting his first game after his alcohol rehabilitation - Ben Franks and Kieran Read could make the next two games in South Africa against the Stormers and the Sharks a bit more difficult.

The Reds also won a close game against the Bulls, who looked predictable and tired until a few minutes from half time when they finally ran the ball from their own half - shock horror ! Quade Cooper was pretty good at leading the Reds last night - double shock horror - and I didn't feel the Bulls deserved to draw with a miracle try attempt at the death after generally boring play for the previous 78 minutes, 23-18 at full time.

The Cheetahs also managed their third win on the road against the Force, 19-10 at full time, while the Sharks slaughtered the Rebels in Durban 64-7, and the Stormers caused the Brumbies their first loss of the season in Cape Town 35-22.

About five hours to go now until the Blues take on the Waratahs in Sydney. Hopefully the same Blues lineup that won the first two rounds will be good enough to win against a Waratahs side that will be desperate to turn their season around after a dreadful start to this year's competition!
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