18 June 2019, by: Quintin van Jaarsveld
SUPER RUGBY ROUND 18 – BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS
The biggest takeaways from the final round of the Super Rugby regular season from a South African perspective, according to Quintin van Jaarsveld.
A frenetic start and thrilling finish couldn’t save what was a dreary derby at Newlands. The do-or-die affair promised so much, yet delivered so little. The Sharks came out like a house on fire – a promising sign from a side whose season has been defined by attitude, or lack thereof.
It was clear from the kick-off that the Sharks showed up, unlike the previous weekend when they were dead on arrival in Buenos Aires. The focus, physicality and skills were there…in the first 10 minutes. The Durban side probed like predators and strung together 20-plus phases with clinical interplay between forwards and backs.
The Stormers were stoic on defence, holding their shape and structure superbly to keep out the visitors…in the first 10minutes. The intensity was striking and saw Jaco Coetzee, Cobus Wiese and Makazole Mapimpi momentarily leave the collective crash scene during this rough-and-tumble opening period.
?️ SMASH AND GRAB
✅ Dramatic ending
✅ Great commentary
Relive this great moment by the Sharks in Xhosa commentary ? pic.twitter.com/SmcQyZxW8G
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