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This week on Super Tuesday the spirits are high.No bashing as all the results went there respective ways, with the axecption of Chelsea. News is just in that Terry had a bust up with Ten Kate, Come to Liverpool Jhon. We have Ejaz, Chavel and we welcome ZK for teh super 14. Yes Boys, ZK is a babe writing the Super 14. How cool is that. Azee and Seth, you lions MUGGS, Are you scared of Great White Sharks…………….
KOPics of discussion
Hatrick hero: Fernando Torres
By Ejaz Khan
As we hit the home straight this season Ferguson’s Red Army still look on course to challenge on all three fronts.
A domestic double would be a tremendous achievement. The priority still has to be the league title its our bread & butter & the foundation on which to go on and dominate Europe. Gut feeling tells me we might not crack Europe this season. We do have a enough resources & strength in midfield but I feel the players just need more time to gel. Young talent like Nani & Anderson are still building there understanding of the United way, though they have exceeded expectations by a mile. Darren Fletcher needs to find consistency & improve his passing whilst Owen Hargreaves needs to anchor his role as the midfield rock protecting the back four. Injuries have not helped. In attack Saha has the ability to be world class if he can stay fit. Whilst Tevez & Rooney have developed a good understanding & remain one of the best striking partnerships in Europe. Though theres room for one more striker, I doubt Dong Fangzhou will crack the first team. Maybe Huntelaar or Benzema are on the cards come next season or maybe the Angolan wonderboy will take full advantage of his oppurtunity. In defense it would be great to h
ave Gary Neville back his overlapping runs from right back & quality crossing is something we miss. Unfortunately injuries are now threatening his career. Fortunately Brown & Evra have stabilized the defense as the strongest in the premiership. You need a bit of luck to win the treble but “luck is an opportunity for the well prepared”, are we fully prepared?
Wes Browns contractual dispute continues as the long serving United defender will become a free agent at the end of the season. SAF has come out criticizing Wes’ agent & has stated that United have made the 28 year old Brown a good offer but his agent has influenced him otherwise in rejecting a £40,000 a week deal. Add another ten grand I say & Wes will sign. His well worth it & more importantly United born & bread coming through the ranks since he was 12 Years old.
Another developing problem seems to be Patrice Evra’s new contract demands, United are subsequently chasing Phillipe Lahm of Bayern Munich, the versatile defender is also being eyed by Barcelona. However the £8.5million rated 24 year old prefers a move to the premiership.
SAF has indicated Ryan Giggs would be an excellent candidate to take up a coaching role at United. Giggs will be doing his UEFA A license with the Welsh FA & together with Neville & Scholes can offer a lot to United’s technical staff.
Last Game v Lyon(1-1)
The away goal means a nil nil score line see’s us through. Surely it will be a different game at the Theatre.
Vs Newcastle (5-1)
Must be pure torture for ex United players Smith & Butt to be hammered twice this season by their former club. Smith was a hard worker at United but not prolific in front of goal. Butt was a great squad player always filling in brilliantly when called upon, someone that should have stayed at OT. Times have moved on & Carrick has just got better & better this season. His passing & steadiness in midfield is very impressive & surely it will translate to a regular England birth. One of the key players in winning the title last season held the midfield confidently at Tyne side. Ron The DON was just magic – words fail me, Rooney – needs to stay on form > superb double, Saha – needs to stay fit. The Geordies know theres only One United!!
Now it starts to get tricky the relegation bound teams start to fight even harder, Al Fayed resurrected Fulhams fortunes but it takes a lot of money to stay in the Premiership will he sell Harrods to buy some new players?
Firstly as a Sharks supporter I may be biased towards their style of play. This weekends matches for South African teams started of as a mixed bag. Last years winners the Bulls lost against the better team of the day. The Crusaders outplayed and outran their opponents. In a repeat of last year’s semi-finals many wondered whether the Bulls can do as they had. But sadly the Bulls lack the lustre that they showed last year. Without Habana – out through injury, the team lacked a wing that had flying power. Most of the team now playing overseas rugby has depleted the depth that was present in last years Super14 winners.
Final result: Bulls 19 – 54 Crusaders
In another disappointing South African side the Cheetahs lost to the Western Forces 15 – 16. Sadly didn’t catch this match so I have no idea how it was but here’s the quick round-up. “A Giteau penalty put the Force ahead 13-12 after 54 minutes, but Barnard was on target nine minutes later to regain the lead for the Cheetahs. With the Cheetahs comfortable on their own lineout ball, particularly through Rory Duncan at the front, and Barend Pieterse so impressive in every aspect of the game, it looked as though the Cheetahs would hold onto their lead.” The Force’s took victory from the Cheetahs in injury time. Matt Giteau slotted an injury time penalty.
Final Result: Cheetahs 15 – 16 Western Forces
The match that I did catch in its entity was (of course) the Sharks match. A low scoring match and a bad one on the Sharks part. Sharks moved the ball superbly along their backline but not till the 69minute did they come alive. Injected with a few changes they won the match (by luck). With most of the possession but unable to make it count the Sharks went into half time against the Stormers 10 down. Into the second half all points came from the Sharks through penalties. Schalk Burger was sited and sin binned in the match. Good to see young Rory Kockott showing some promise.
Final result: Sharks 12 – 10 Stormers
This seasons definite title contenders showed class, promise and a flowing attack that the Lions could not stop at Ellis Park. The Blues are this year’s favourite and given the way they out-played the poor Lions it’s not hard to see why. They showed what attacking rugby was all about with a superb seven try win. They took the new laws to heart and exploited the Lions forwards. With their pace a tap-and-go game suits the Aucklanders to a tee.
Final Result: Lion 10 – 55 Blues
Brumbies 22 – 20 Highlanders
Chiefs 20 – 17 Waratahs
Hurricanes 23 – 18 Reds
Vodacom Super 14 Log
1. Crusaders 10
3.The Sharks 8
6.Western Force 5
9.Vodacom Bulls 4
11.Auto & General Lions 4
12.Vodacom Cheetahs 2
14.Vodacom Stormers 2
MUGG OF THE WEEK: Taylor from Birmingham. That was a horrific tackle. Horrific. And he has said he never meant it. In the voice of the cruel lady from teh weakest link.Taylor you are the MUGG OF THE WEEK, GOODBYE
Gerards goal in context against Inter
Mark Waugh :
“F*** me, look who it is! Mate, what are you doing out here? There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England”
James Ormond :
“Maybe not, but at least I’m the best player in my family”
The Catch: Mark Waugh’s brother Steve Waugh was the Captain for Australia.