Official Super Rugby 2014 Thread


Honorary Master
Apr 8, 2011
Can't agree with that. Apart from the try that should maybe not have been which decisions were made in favour of the Crusaders?

I listed the ones that went against them.

You know as well as I do that if you don't log all the issues as it issues it out about impossible to do it afterwards. But I had no interest in the outcome of the game so I could see mistakes on both sides.

Both sides:
Not throwing the ball into the scrum/lineout in straight.
Iffy passes close at hand.
Holding on to the ball.
Players in front of the ball at kick off.
Offside play.


Honorary Master
Jun 25, 2010
Apparently not :)

Yep. I expected the game to be slowed down, except that both teams decided to give one of the best Super Rugby finals in a long time. Tahs deserved their log standing, they deserved the cup. The Saders will continue with the best overall average, year in year out.


Honorary Master
Jun 25, 2010
I see even Mallett agrees with me on that last penalty. ;)

I also agree,

The Tahs had to get a third time lucky with the Saders.

2005 - 2nd - lost final to Crusaders
2008 - 2nd - lost final to Crusaders
2014 - 1st - Defeated Crusaders in final

Looking at their Super Rugby trend, the Tahs is going to be really kark next year.


Jan 18, 2005
OK, SR Is over. Cry a river.

Please join us over at the CC thread. Bring along your SuperBru entries. I am sure if our pool is big enough, we can get RPM to sponsor a prize. Failing which, I will fill a goodie bag with anything and everything at the conference at make that the prize.


Oct 4, 2010


Ulysses Everett McGill
Aug 26, 2011
Kaplan: Wrong call in S15 final

Retired South African referee Jonathan Kaplan says the Crusaders can feel hard done by after a late penalty cost them the Super Rugby title.

The Waratahs beat the Crusaders 33-32 in the Super Rugby final in Sydney last Saturday courtesy of a late penalty by flyhalf Bernard Foley.

The Crusaders looked headed for their eighth Super Rugby crown when flyhalf Colin Slade put them in front with a penalty in the 76th minute.

But the never-say-die Waratahs fought their way into the Crusaders' half and earned their winning kick at goal when All Black skipper Richie McCaw was penalised in a maul.

Foley's kick just cleared the crossbar to put the Waratahs back in front in the final minute, much to the delight of the record crowd for a Super Rugby final of 61 823.

However, Kaplan feels the wrong decision was made by SA referee Craig Joubert.

He commented on the decision via his website,

“Towards the end of the fixture he (Joubert) penalised the Crusaders for side entry, as the player involved was not the tackler. The pundits on SuperSport (Nick Mallett in particular) were keen to point out the ruck before hand, one of the ‘Tahs had helped the ball back with his hands at a ruck. While this may be true, the laws around this facet are so complex, and referees do not apply all of them consistently. In addition one has to ask whether the contest for possession was over?

“This type of thing happens partly as a result of the laws and partly as a result of the fact that they do not have a dedicated coach to ensure consistency. There are many laws which are written in the same ink as others which we KNOWINGLY choose not to apply. This has been done for years.

“That passage of play was messy, and I always say, that unless the penalty is clear and obvious, the players and not the referee should decide the outcome. The final penalty against the Crusaders was also incorrect as there was no tackle! This was indeed a very disappointing end to a very well refereed match, and the Crusaders would have reason to feel a little hard done by…”