Crusaders v Sharks - QF



  • Franks, Whitelock, Todd, Hall, Crotty, Bridge and Ennor are the ones who stood out last night. I like what I have seen of Ennor. He is a great prospect IMO. He was playing centre during last year's U20 Championship. A future All Black (post RWC) ?



  • Hopefully that sealed Ennor's spot in the 23 for the next game, or two. I expect he'll be an absolute stand out for Canterbury in the NPC this year.



  • @cgrant Todd was probably the man of the match for me. I though Read and Havili were among the stand outs as well.

    It was great to see Read launching a few big charges up the middle.





  • @taniwharugby said in Crusaders v Sharks - QF:

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/105669754/sharks-take-bite-out-of-crusaders-pocket

    Was a terrible crowd, which I expected after quite a few friends told me they were going to wait for the semi final.

    No big screen for replays was a disgrace. It wasn’t even that windy.



  • @sammyc I guess the other issue is the Crusaders are victims of thier own success too, had they played the Sharks earlier in the year and had they won or puches the 'saders, maybe more people would have turned up expecting a tight match.

    Wonder if it will sell out this week or many hold off wanting to go to the final, even if this weekend would be for all intents and purposes, the final.

    Whats with the $75k appearance fee?

    The sharks get paid $75k for making the final 8 and travelling to NZ and the Crusaders get to pay them to come here as a reward for finishing 1st!

    So it would actually have been more beneficial ($$$wise) for the Crusaders to be playing a NZ side.



  • @taniwharugby said in Crusaders v Sharks - QF:

    @sammyc I guess the other issue is the Crusaders are victims of thier own success too, had they played the Sharks earlier in the year and had they won or puches the 'saders, maybe more people would have turned up expecting a tight match.

    Wonder if it will sell out this week or many hold off wanting to go to the final, even if this weekend would be for all intents and purposes, the final.

    Whats with the $75k appearance fee?

    The sharks get paid $75k for making the final 8 and travelling to NZ and the Crusaders get to pay them to come here as a reward for finishing 1st!

    So it would actually have been more beneficial ($$$wise) for the Crusaders to be playing a NZ side.

    "Normally" a team would make way more than that from the gate wouldn't they and they'd keep all the profit, so the $75K is so that the other contributing team to the match get some coin as well?



  • The poor crowds is just a message to the council to sort their shit out and get a decent stadium built. And fair enough too, it really sucks that Cantabs have had to put up with that thing for so long now.



  • As a digression I didn't see stadia bursting at the seams in the 2 "participation prize" semi finals either.

    Thought these equality of outcome home venues were introduced to bolster local engagement



  • Ennor seems to have put on a few kilograms of muscle without losing his speed. He was impressive in his outing against the Sharks.


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