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Old July 6 2014, 08:51 AM   #46
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The Tahs have just secured top spot with a 44-16 win over the Highlanders. Sounds impressive enough but I've been burned too many times to feel even mildly optimistic that the talk will finally be turned into a result this time.

Here's hoping, though.
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Old July 6 2014, 09:41 AM   #47
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Going to be interesting next week. The top of the NZ conference is still open between the Crusaders and Highlanders, who will battle it out against each other next week. You have four teams fighting over two spots and one of those teams is the Hurricanes and they have the bye! They sit on fifth, but if the Chiefs win they will miss out on the finals because the other two team in the mix, Brumbies and Force, play each other and one of them will leapfrog the Canes.

It's even still possible for three Australian teams to make the finals! A draw between the Brumbies and Force couple with a non-bonus point loss by the Highlanders would make it possible. In fact in this scenario the Highlanders could go from challenging for NZ top spot to missing the finals if the Chiefs were to win. But there is also the chance the losing Australian side if they score bonus points could make the finals with the right mix of Chiefs and/or Highlanders stumbling at the end.

All that said, most likely outcome is 1 SA team, 2 Aust teams, and 3 NZ teams. I'd like to say that second side will be the Brumbies, but I need to see the team first. The more players that return the more hopeful I will be.
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Old July 11 2014, 03:45 PM   #48
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Brumbies won an entertaining match, 47 - 25 against the Force. Ten tries in the game, 7 to the Brumbies with Toomua getting a hattrick and 3 to the Force.

The Brumbies will now make the finals and just where and who they play will depend on what happens between the Crusaders and Hgihlanders. The hope is the Crusaders win so that the Brumbies get a home semi.
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Old July 13 2014, 08:22 AM   #49
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So the Tahs won but it sounds as though the set pieces were less than stellar and Queensland were awful. This doesn't really bode well for the games ahead. The better sides won't be so charitable as to drop the ball every few minutes.
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Old July 19 2014, 02:01 PM   #50
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The Brumbies win the first qualifying final of the year 32-30, Chiefs made it easy for them in the first half by letting the Brumbies run riot, the Chiefs did well to make the score as close as it was, as at one point they were down 21-3. I'm hoping the Highlanders manage to topple the Sharks later on this morning, but I don't think they have it in them to do the impossible twice in one season and win in Durban again, meaning it will probably be Crusaders-Sharks and Waratahs-Brumbies next weekend, now there's an awesome back-to-back final combo!
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Old July 20 2014, 04:16 AM   #51
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Geez, the Brumbies like to give me heart problems in the finals. Against the Cheetah's last year it came down to a sideline conversion to see the Cheetah's push it into extra time in the 81st minute. Then against the Bulls they scored a try with about a minute to go to give them a lead. Now, they win by 2 against a surging Chiefs.

The yellow cards had the game in wild swings. First getting the Brumbies to a 14 point lead and then bringing the Chiefs back level with 2 tries scored in each 10 min period. Very exciting game with great attack by both sides.

Sharks won, so it will be Tahs vs Brumbies next week. Given the Tah's form I think that the Brumbies final run will end there. A few players looked to pick up injuries against the Chiefs, but whatever side takes the park next week I hope they will give the Tahs a good run.
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Old July 20 2014, 08:41 AM   #52
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Should be...interesting this weekend. Some of the Brumbies and their associates will probably bring the boring, childish, chip-on-the-shoulder bullshit they seem to think is necessary whenever they play the Tahs. The Tahs are just as likely to fall in a screaming heap as they are to produce a performance worthy of the occasion.

Yeah, interesting seems like the right word.

Either way an Australian side will make the final and I'm pleased about that. A win would be nice this time around.


Edit: According to Jeff Wilson, though, it's apparently already in the bag for the Crusaders, who will defeat the Tahs wherever they have to play them. So the semis and final won't be necessary. There must be some sort of arrogance course some former sportspeople take to come up with this sort of drivel.
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Old July 23 2014, 04:31 AM   #53
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Must. Not. Take. Bait.
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Old July 23 2014, 08:35 AM   #54
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What bait? Wilson's the idiot who seems to reckon the semis and final aren't necessary because the outcome's already been determined.

Unless you're talking about the childish parochialism thing. I stand by that without reserve. Even the Canberra "journalists" seem to carry that Everest-sized chip on their shoulders. It's pathetic and the sooner they all get the hell over it, the better.
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Old July 23 2014, 09:03 AM   #55
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It isn't a one way street. The Tahs and Sydney media are just as bad. Just look at how they went about things before the round 3 clash where the Sydney media and Tahs played up the "Dublin Incident". Then in the return clash it was all about a tweet from an ex-Brumbies staff member. Both sides want it to be as much about "us vs them" as they can get.

This time it's pretty quiet. Except for the Tahs not letting the Brumbies mascot on the sideline, but I can't remember ever seen an opposition mascot on the sideline. But any reason to hate those Tahs just a little bit more!
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Old July 23 2014, 10:22 AM   #56
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Any pathetic reason.

There's a massive list of those both the Canberraites and the "Reds" have already, after all. What's one more?


Inter-state / territory parochialism really is up there near the top of the list of things I detest about this country. We really do need to grow out of that bullshit.
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Old July 26 2014, 01:26 PM   #57
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Brumbies out in a hefty defeat. Brumbies went for the sideline instead of penalties and it didn't pay off. They had enough possession in the right area to win or at least have a tighter score line, but they couldn't finish off the chances they had. They did better than I though they would a month ago when I was really ready for them to miss the finals altogether. Hopefully next year they'll be a might more consistent.

2014 is over for them, but the bulk of the team will be back in 2015. Mowen is off to France after a very good stint at the Brumbies. Murphy is also off and while he didn't play much he did do well coming in as a makeshift hooker in the last month of the comp. Then there's Fisher, off to coach Gloucester. Fisher is a big loss as he had a lot to do with bringing the Brumbies back to the top end of the pack.

Only concern is that Speight went off injured. Hopefully it isn't a season ending one given he is finally available to play for the Wallabies.
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Old July 27 2014, 08:14 AM   #58
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Not at all unhappy with that result.

Not thrilled about (what sounds like) the dogfight nature of the game but it wasn't as though the Brumbies were going to roll over and give us the win. Very pleased we're there. Maybe this will be our year at long, long last. I won't hold my breath.

A sour note was the prick from the Canberra Times signing off RH's coverage with "Go Crusaders!" Such professionalism.
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Old July 28 2014, 09:07 AM   #59
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Crusaders smashed the Sharks 38-6 on Saturday night, not the result I was hoping for. As an Aucklander, that means my support now switches to the Waratahs, ABC and all - anyone but Canterbury - they will need to improve set piece tho, they showed what they had in the second half against the Brumbies, to be able to stop the Crusader machine winning their 8th title and first in six years they're gonna need to do that for the entire 80 minutes next weekend. I don't think defense needs any improvement after managing to hold out the Brumbies for the entire second half at least!
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Old August 3 2014, 08:27 AM   #60
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At last.

At long, long, long last our suffering is over.

Hardly surprising that the Crusaders made it so difficult but I'm just stoked the Tahs have finally done it - mostly for themselves, but also to shove it up the handful of petty, parochial losers out there who'd rather see anyone else win for no real reason(s) whatsoever.

I'm a very happy Tah supporter today.
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