It’s that time of the year where sports lovers around the globe scramble between the several sports channels available. From football to tennis, Formula 1 and basketball, the sports world is buzzing with action here, there and everywhere.
And Rugby has not been left out too!
The past few days in the world of rugby has seen plenty of action, from the Rugby World Championship to the Currie Cup, Pro 12, amongst others. The action has sometimes been overwhelming for the lovers of the sport, especially with the many games that were played this weekend.
With this in mind, we’ve set out to review happenings in the world of rugby and how some of these events will affect rugby in the coming days.
The Dominance of New Zealand
When it comes to rugby at international level, there’s no contesting with the New Zealand squad. The “All Blacks,” as they’re fondly called are known for their grit, power, their never-say-die attitude, and of course, the haka.
Speaking of their never-say-die attitude to the game of rugby, New Zealand came from behind to steal a win over South Africa’s Springboks during the weekend after it seemed the South Africans would conquer the All Blacks.
The resilience of the New Zealand squad came to the fore as it has time and time again. It won them the game and also helped the All Blacks to cement their place at the top of the World Rugby rankings. While the South Africans fell to 5th place on the standings, the past few days proved one thing: New Zealand is light years ahead of their fellow rugby-playing nations.
The Currie Cup
It’s been a dramatic season in the Currie Cup. As the pool stages of the Currie Cup Premier Division comes to a thrilling end next weekend, six out of the seven participating teams still have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals after a weekend of surprise results.
The Sharks, having already secured a home semi-final, will get themselves a home final if they make it to the last round of the competition.
As for the Golden Lions, they scored three second half tries against Western Province in Johannesburg on Sunday to fight their way back from a half-time deficit to earn a valuable 29-20 victory, a win that catapulted them from the foot of the log into fourth place, and kept them in the race for a playoff spot.
The Western Province, on the other hand, remains in second place on the standings despite the defeat. They still have to contend with the Free State Cheetahs, Golden Lions and Blue Bulls to secure the remaining home semi-final. To do this, they will have to upset the Sharks next week to achieve that feat.
The European Rugby Champions Cup
This is yet another rugby tournament fans of the sport can look forward to. The tournament which runs from this month till May next year will feature teams from the top six nations in European rugby namely England, France Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
PS: Have you seen the latest world rugby rankings? Do you agree with Australia making such a huge leap? What are your thoughts about South Africa falling to fifth? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts with us – we’d love to hear from you.Tags: rugby, the currie cup, The European Rugby Champions Cup