A weekend from hell for kiwi sports teams and their fans...
Well both New Zealands top two Super 14 rugby sides were defeated by South African teams in the semi-finals - the Auckland Blues and the champion Canterbury Crusaders. The former has won three titles and the latter six titles and runners-up in two others. Its the first time a South African side will win a final - the Sharks have a home final against the Bulls next weekend.
What happened to the two great Kiwi sides? They are victims of All Blacks coach, Graham Henry's "reconditioning programme" for twenty two All Blacks players who didn't play in the first seven games of the Super 14 Competition, and some didn't play very many games when they came back too.
It may affect the early tests the All Blacks play too. But I suspect the players will be getting match hardened by the time the southern Tri-Nations starts.South Africa may be a little puffed up with confidence by then; that will be their folly!
While the Super 14 was stuffed up for the Kiwi teams, the 22 earmarked All Blacks will be coming to form nicely for the World Cup.
Well the weekend was hell for our teams, the NZ Warriors lost their NRL rugby league game, the final blow was this mornings Netball match against England. The Poms beat the Silver Ferns for the first time in 37 years; only their second victory in 67 games.Hells teeth!
Update: The Bulls won the final one week later by 20-19. Brian Habana scored a last second try.