Sport

Nine in battle to do 'the lap'

The Chiefs lead the 2012 Super Rugby competition with two rounds remaining.
The Chiefs lead the 2012 Super Rugby competition with two rounds remaining. superxv.com

WITH two rounds left in this year's Super Rugby competition, things are nice and tight.

While the Chiefs have the lead, it's still anyone's competition. And by anyone's, I mean any one of nine teams potentially have the chance to do 'the lap' come August 4.

The next two weeks promise to be 'white knuckle stuff' for all involved.

Bonus points are a necessity, and that (should) mean attack at all options. That suits some teams better than others.

Irrespective, it's going to be an exciting couple of weeks.

 

Reds loom as real potential Super champs

As I mentioned above, the run to the semis suits some teams better than others.

And with Will Genia and Quade Cooper on deck and firing, and with bonus points a necessity, the Reds are real possibility to make the semis through the wild card opportunity.

I think Cooper and Genia are that influential on the Reds' finals chances, that all their forwards need is parity with opposition forwards, and their outside backs to give the halves options and/or hit at gaps. Add some intent and application in attack and defence, and you have a team with an impressive set of ingredients for inclusion in the finals.

If Genia and Cooper's supporting acts can achieve their set tasks, the two stars will rack up enough tries to win games and deliver much-needed bonus points.

While the duo can get the Reds into the finals, is the team capable of back-to-back Super Rugby victories?

Let's just say, without them, the Reds' chances of 'doing the lap' drop dramatically. But with them, I believe their power to influence outcomes give the Reds a ten, possibly fifteen point advantage.

We know finals footy is always, always different to the footy required to win the week-to-week stuff. This is especially so in rugby where the incentive regime (three points for field goals and penalty goals and only five for a try) encourages risk-averse footy, potentially reducing the importance of attacking players such as Cooper and Genia.

And sadly, that is definitely the case in 2012 Super Rugby. Nonetheless, I have that much confidence in these two star players, that, for the most part, the Reds' approach to finals footy should not deviate too much, allowing Genia and Cooper to be themselves.

I'm not so confident in the other Aussie team in finals contention, the Brumbies.

We all know the Brumbies have surprised in 2012. And they should rightly be leading the Aussie conference. But to win the Super Rugby title, I'm not sure they have enough firepower.

Possibly these are bold and premature predictions. I'm thinking more than a few people reading this will question my sanity and (parochial) agenda, but I place a fair bit of importance in the power of two of the world's best players, and their supporting acts.

Nonetheless, starting with the Reds game against the Highlanders at Suncorp tonight, we are in for an exciting run into the finals.

Topics:  quade cooper, queensland reds, super 15 rugby, will genia



Drone footage highlights beauty of Yamba

A snapshot of ex-Clarence Valley resident John Hale's drone video of Turners Beach in Yamba.

See the Clarence from a new perspective

Elderly couple killed in horror crash from Waterview Heights

TRAGIC SCENE: Two people have died in a head-on collision between a truck and a car on the Gwydir Highway at Waterview Heights.

Victims identified, but names not yet released

Cabinet slashes proposed backpacker tax 19%

Blueberry farms rely on backpackers to ensure they can harvest their fruit on time. The backpackers tax was a threat to their business.

The Federal Government has good news for blueberry farmers.

Local Partners

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Clarence Valley property prices go through the roof

Buyers are hungry to sink their teeth into the Clarence Valley

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

RELIEF: Tanya Cone (middle) with her kids and McKimm's Real Estate property managers Regan Firth and Nadine Greenhalgh who helped find her family a home.

DEX article prompts property managers to help family find new home

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction