Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Aug 2009
Re: Official Rugby League & Rugby Union Thread
At the start of the season, nobody would have picked the Highlanders to beat NSW at all, so tonight was definitely still big for them. They had a terrific game plan, playing high tempo and attacking every defensive breakdown with counterrucking, forcing NSW's slaggy forwards (looking at you Ben Robinson) to commit to the breakdown, and just ran them off their feet. It's telling that the only way NSW could score was off a chargedown. The second Highlanders try was fantastic, and the game was definitely up there with the best so far. That ankle injury to McCutcheon looked gruesome.
As for the Crusaders, I think teams get themselves up to play them. As good a job as Matt Todd has done, McCaw needs to come back ASAP, Carter too, to provide a bit more control and leadership. Credit to Waikato though, played a great game. The less said about the Reds vs Melbourne game the better.
Can't wait to read all about how Canterbury are now going to be top 4 definites after beating St George, only to fall down in key games like they have the last few years. Newcastle vs Cronulla on a Sunday afternoon should be a great game, two teams who do more than 5 hitups then a kick. Hopefully we can get the points and a good performance ahead of next week against Brisbane.