Kaplan’s Comments

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Kaplan’s Comments – Super Rugby 2015 Final

July 5th, 2015|

What a magnificent game of rugby that was. The Final is often not all it is cracked up to be, but this was an exception... Perhaps the undersell contributed, but there was heaps of over delivery! It was a stunning game brimming with the pace, inventiveness and super-skill set associated especially with NZ rugby... And [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Semi Finals 2015

June 30th, 2015|

It was another much anticipated weekend in Super Rugby as the long, drawn out (but shortened) season reaches its climax. It was a pity there was no South African team in the semis, but in truth, they have not been good enough. The Stormers had a home semi, and they could not even fall over [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Super Rugby Playoffs

June 24th, 2015|

We had two competitive Super Rugby matches this weekend to mark the start of the play-offs. In the first, the Highlanders were undoubtedly the strong favourites given how they dismantled the Chiefs a few weeks previously. It was a tough game, with no quarter asked. The Chiefs absorbed a huge amount of pressure in the [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Super Rugby Round 18

June 17th, 2015|

The pool stages of Super Rugby are done and dusted. It has been a long stretch to get to this point, but I feel the final six in the playoffs are probably deserving of their spots. The Crusaders, especially, and the Lions to a lesser degree, played really well in parts and were in my [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Round 17 Part 2

June 8th, 2015|

So, we moved into the third match of the weekend and it was an incredibly well-contested affair. The Bulls were ahead for much of their match against the Rebels and played a more expansive game than we have seen from them in the past few weeks, even though they persisted with their strength, the maul. [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Super Rugby Round 17 Part 1

June 5th, 2015|

This weekend started off on a very sad note with the tragic passing of one of my favourite characters in the game Jerry Collins, who died in a car crash together with his wife in France. One of the toughest men out there, he had a no-nonsense attitude and was famous for his ability to [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Super Rugby Round 16

June 3rd, 2015|

So what do we have from this past weekend? Well to start with, I suppose I better mention that my tipping was more accurate than in the past, and I ended up winning the yellow cap in the Legends group. Long may that continue! I managed to get most of the Vodacom Cup Final between [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Super Rugby Round 15

May 22nd, 2015|

The Bulls did amazingly well to front up early and bounced out to a deserving 12 point lead in the first game of this weekends fixtures against the Chiefs OR .. The Bulls fortuitously found themselves 2 tries in front of the favorites the chiefs after some appalling defending by the Chiefs back 3, some [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – More ruthless approach to referee efficiency required

May 22nd, 2015|

IT’s not unusual these days for referees to be in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. In fact, it’s more likely that there will be more controversy in the coming weeks and months because not enough is being done to help them. It is pointless to axe referees for one week after weeks and [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Super Rugby Round 13

May 11th, 2015|

Super rugby started with the matchup between the Crusaders and the Reds, possibly the last home game for two of the living legends of the modern game, and likely of all time! After coughing up some early opportunities, the Crusaders ran riot and gave their favourite sons, McCaw and Carter, the perfect home send-off with [...]

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