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The Reckoning July 2, 2011

Posted by cmfry in Rugby, Sport.
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So now we know that the Stormers, should they win tonight, will book a flight to Brisbane to play the Reds in Super Rugby’s showpiece game next week.

This is turning out to be another successful season for the team from the Cape, and although there were times when we were our own worst enemy, we have shown signs of excellence throughout this inaugural season of the Super 15.

However, as outlined here in the Weekend Argus today, The Stormers have played most of the season with room for improvement. And what better a moment to produce the perfect game of rugby than against the tournament’s perennial favourites, the Canterbury Crusaders.

The Crusaders’ season has been nothing short of legendary. After the devastating earthquake, followed by an enforced draw against the Hurricanes, they have had to play every game outside of their home base. They have clocked up 100,000 kms in travelling, including a trip to London to play the Sharks to raise funds for the relief effort. They have been without their talismanic captain and rule bender of note, Richie McCaw for a significant part of the season.

But, like all mortals, they are beatable, and if the Stormers are serious about taking over the mantle of South Africa’s champion rugby team, then now is the time to end the fairytale season of the Crusaders. It is very well possible, and they will have the majority of 48,000 FAITHFUL at Newlands to cheer them all the way.

So, on this most auspicious occasion, with our chests swollen with infectious pride, we have but 2 words of inspiration for the 22 that will carry the hopes and dreams of the FAITHFUL on to the field of battle against a familiar yet unfeared foe…




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