Saturday, April 29, 2006

Super 14 Rugby news

The Cats narrowly avoided becoming the first team to lose against the Western Force Friday night by snatching a try after fulltime and forcing a 34-all draw at Ellis Park. Trailing 3-21 at halftime, the Cats scored five tries in the second half, including the last by Wylie Human two minutes after the hooter had gone. It was the Force’s second draw in a row after ending up 23-all against the Crusaders a week ago.

This afternoon at five, rugby supporters at Loftus Versfeld are in for a lively match when the Sharks and the Bulls play in a decisive match to remain in the running for a Super 14 semi-finals berth. Both teams have no choice but to go full out and run with the ball to score four or more tries for a bonus point. SuperSport reports that a full house is all that is required by either of the two South African teams to remain within grasp of the fourth position on the Super 14 log.

In other clashes involving local teams the Cheetahs host the Blues in Bloemfontein this afternoon, while the Stormers come up against the Crusaders at Newlands this evening.

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