Planet Rugby

Who's hot...and who's not!

10th October 2012 11:13

Share:

Hot or not feature image2

Hot: McCaw... Not: Goosen

It is time for Planet Rugby's weekly wrap of who has their name in lights right now...and who is making the headlines for the wrong reasons...

They're smokin'!

Richie McCaw: Winning 100 Tests is something which must rank as one of the greatest individual achievements in the history of the game. This feat has started a debate in some quarters whether the All Blacks captain is the greatest player of all time. And rightly so, we say.

Mike Harris: Despite playing out of position at full-back, in front of a hostile crowd, the Reds man led the charge with 20 points in the Wallabies' win over Argentina in Rosario.

Charlie Hodgson: The veteran pivot showed there was still plenty of fuel left in his tank as he notched all 28 points in Saracens' Premiership victory over London Welsh last weekend.

Waikato: The Mooloos ended Taranaki's lengthy stint as Ranfurly Shield holders in style with a convincing win at the Amber and Blacks' home ground.

Griquas: The Currie Cup's most unfancied team continued with their giant-killing act when they beat the high-riding Golden Lions in Kimberley. The win over the defending champions shows that previous wins over the Sharks and Blue Bulls was no fluke.


Get these guys a cup of warm soup!

South African Rugby Union and Australain Rugby Union: The mother bodies of the Springboks and Wallabies will have to do serious introspection regarding their decision not to follow the lead of the New Zealand Rugby Union by using the central contracting system. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has described it as one of the main reasons why his team completed the Rugby Championship with hardly any injuries. The Springboks and Wallabies, however, were decimated by casualties. Enough said.

Mont de Marsan: The Top 14 newbies have found the going tough and only have one point to show after eight matches. They have already conceded a staggering 240 points at an average of 30 points per game.

Zebre: Like Mont de Marsan the Italian outfit have struggled in their new surroundings. Still winless after five matches, Zebre boast a single point in the PRO12 standings, conceding 164 points at an average of 32 points per match.

Heyneke Meyer and Johan Goosen: Both should take the blame for allowing Goosen to stay on the field for about five minutes when he was clearly injured. During that time, Goosen missed the crucial tackle which allowed All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock to cross the whitewash.

By David Skippers

Rugby Union betting odds

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins vs Leicester19:45
Saturday , April 19
Exeter vs Sale15:00
Bath vs Worcester15:00
Wasps vs Gloucester15:15
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London Irish14:00
Newcastle vs Saracens15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Leinster vs Benetton Treviso17:00
Glasgow vs Ulster19:35
Saturday , April 19
Zebre vs Edinburgh14:30
Connacht vs Munster18:15
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets14:00
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys16:45
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , April 18
Castres vs Montpellier20:45
Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax vs Toulouse14:55
Perpignan vs Toulon17:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Biarritz vs Brive18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
More Top 14 fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 18
Hurricanes vs Blues19:35
Melbourne Rebels vs Western Force19:40
Saturday , April 19
Chiefs vs Crusaders19:35
Waratahs vs Bulls19:00
Sharks vs Cheetahs15:00
Stormers vs Lions17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Benetton Treviso 45 - 27 Newport Gwent D'gonsBenetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D
Scarlets 27 - 20 ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Report
Munster 5 - 22 GlasgowMunster vs Glasgow Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Toulouse 16 - 9 BriveToulouse vs Brive Report
Grenoble 30 - 36 Montpellier
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
Racing Metro Paris 37 - 7 Biarritz
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 22 - 16 Melbourne RebelsChiefs vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Western Force 28 - 16 WaratahsWestern Force vs Waratahs Report
Lions 12 - 25 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Cheetahs 31 - 52 CrusadersCheetahs vs Crusaders Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Ulster 58 - 12 ConnachtUlster vs Connacht Report
Edinburgh 22 - 29 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
Ospreys 25 - 19 LeinsterOspreys vs Leinster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Clermont Auvergne 23 - 11 CastresClermont Auvergne vs Castres Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Highlanders 27 - 20 BullsHighlanders vs Bulls Report
Reds 20 - 23 BrumbiesReds vs Brumbies Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens1976
2Northampton1966
3Leicester Tigers1963
4Bath1959
5Harlequins1954