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February 9th 2006
Sri Lanka managed to sneak into the VB Finals Series
with a comprehensive win over South Africa in Hobart.
The Aussies though should prove much sterner competition
when the teams meet in South Australia. The Aussie
batsmen are finding some form at the right end of
the Series and will be looking for another dominant
performance when the teams meet. With the exception
of Lee, the Aussie bowlers have struggled to gain
the ascendency throughout the series so they will
have to step up in this match. Australia will need
to lift a notch as both the Sri Lankan batters and
bowlers have performed well, especially in their last
match against South Africa.
The Hunter Pirates had a good win over the Cairns
Taipans in the regular season, though that won't count
for much this time around. The Pirates have had a
terrible end to the season. The Taipans are in the
stronger position heading into the match Having won
their last three games. This momentum and the home
court advantage should see them over the line.
The Super 14 kicks of this weekend with some cracking
games. With some traditional rivalries and local derbies
on the card. The Crusaders host the Highlanders in
a match that always lifts both teams. 2005 Champions
the Crusader will want to start the new season on
a high and have the team to win this match. NSW plays
QLD in Brisbane with NSW looking for a win to start
their campaign and notch up their first win in QLD
in the Super 12/14 competition. QLD will have a lot
to play for with Sailor making his Super 14 debut
for NSW. New boys the Western Force host the Brumbies,
both teams have had poor trial performances so will
be looking for consistency when the competition starts.
Auckland is one of the favourites for the season and
they will host the Hurricanes in the North Island
February 16th 2006
Tiger Woods is favourite to take out the Nissan Open.
He has had a great start to the year winning 2 tournaments
from 2 starts. Defending Champion Adam Scott is up
their in the mix as well, as is fellow Aussie Robert
Allenby. Ernie Els at this stage seems to be the biggest
challenger to Woods.
The Melbourne Tigers have moved on after the
Gaze era and they are doing very well without him
in the team. They have won 25 games in the ordinary
season this season and beat the Wildcats in the first
game of the Semi Finals. In the return leg to be played
in Perth, the Wildcats will have to lift their game
if they are to live another day. The close loss in
Melbourne will give them heart as will their home
In Week 2 of the Super 14 the Brumbies will face a
tougher challenge than last week when they play the
Bulls in Pretoria. The strong South African pack will
be the first major challenge of the season for the
Brumbies whose star seems to be falling. The Bulls
beat South African new comers the Cheetahs in their
last start. They will head into this weeks match with
the home ground advantage.
Hurricanes had in many ways a shock win against the
much fancied Auckland Blues. The Hurricanes will prove
much too difficult to beat for new boys the Force.
The Force play their first away game for the season
and the 22.5 point start that they are being given
shows how hard the task will be.
The Reds played well in defeat when they played the
Tahs last week. They will again need to rely on passion
and intensity when they play the Crusaders this week.
The skilful New Zealand team showed the Highlanders
the gap between them and the rest of the competition
last week and should have little trouble winning in
Brisbane For the Waratahs the win last week would
have given them confidence for the season ahead. They
start their South African road trip against the Stormers
this weekend. The Stormers will aim to take it to
the NSW forwards who still have to prove they can
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23rd February 2006
Minor Premiers Adelaide United will be disappointed
they were not able to beat Sydney in the Semi-Finals.
Now they must play the Central Coast Mariners this
Sunday for the chance to meet Sydney again - this
time in the A-League Grand Final. The Mariners have
done well this year peaking at the right time with
recent good form against quality opposition. They
will have to watch the dominant Adelaide United with
whom they drew last time they met in round 19. Adelaide
are confident that the loss to Sydney was a minor
glitch and they will meet Sydney again in the Grand
Final. Can the Mariners upset the Adelaide path to
NBL Grand Final Series
This Friday the Sydney Kings and the Melbourne Tigers
will meet for the first time in a NBL Grand Final
Series. Together, these two teams have won five titles
and now the two heavyweights in the NBL clash for
title number six. Both teams have an excellent record
at home winning 15-1, so the pressure is on for Melbourne
to beat the favorites at the Entertainment Centre
this Friday night.
Super 14 Rugby
Super 14 debutantes, the Western Force, are still
after their first win. This week they host the Waikato
Chiefs who are also searching for their first win
of the season. Western Force coach John Mitchell will
feel that this is the best chance for the new boys
of the competition to notch their inaugural victory.
The Brumbies have already won their first match on
their South African road trip defeating the Bulls
in a close one. They will be looking to continue good
form on the road against the Stormers on Friday night.
The Stormers were unlucky in their loss to the Waratahs
who looked out of the game until they scored two late
tries. The Reds played very well for 60 minutes against
the Crusaders. They were in the lead until the Crusaders
changed gears and completely blew the Reds away in
the last 20 minutes. The Reds will host the Blues
who have been far from impressive in the opening games.
The Reds will fancy themselves at home and the Blues
may struggle unless their star-studded line up can
click and play the rugby that the competition fears
they can. The Tahs were let off the hook last week.
After a forgettable first half, they managed to do
enough in the second half against the Stormers to
escape with the win. The Bulls will be another challenge
for the harbour dwellers. The big South African forward
pack will test the scrum and the expected inclusion
of Victor Matfield will test Vickerman's lineout domination.
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