CAPE TOWN - Mark Keohane has looked at all the positives and negatives from the second-last weekend of Super Rugby as the Lions beat the Waratahs 44-26 and the Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 30-12 in the semi-finals.
1: Fijian and Montpelier power wing Nemani Nadolo tweeted: “Kwagga Smith is a machine. He reminds (me) of that kids that play in an Under-7s game. The Smallest guy on the field, but always aim for the big islander kid! No fear! #nofear”. Smith scored two tries, made 99 metres, eight tackles and forced two turnovers. He may just have played himself into the Springboks’ Rugby Championship squad.
2: Crusaders flyhalf Richie Mo’unga has been likened to a young Dan Carter and on Saturday we saw why. Mo’unga beat 10 defenders, scored a try and set up two others; one with a pass and one with a cross kick. He also nailed nearly every goalkick on the night.
3: All Black and Blues centre Sonny Bill Williams made an off-field impact on social media as telling as any on-field offload. In a month where rugby’s headlines have been about players beating up teammates and one testosterone fighting incident after another, Williams tweeted (to his 800 000 followers) about being able to show his emotions and how it was okay for men to cry. He quoted the following: “We teach our sons to strangle their emotions, to be ashamed of tears, and ignore their emotional needs at a young age, then wonder why so many of them do not know how to control their rage or how to define their feelings, when they have wounds from childhood that still need love and healing.” What a player; what an ambassador for the sport.