Martin Devlin: Robinson, SVG and Crusaders dominate fantastic weekend of sport

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Martin Devlin,
Publish Date
Mon, 22 Mar 2021, 1:12PM

Martin Devlin: Robinson, SVG and Crusaders dominate fantastic weekend of sport

Author
Martin Devlin,
Publish Date
Mon, 22 Mar 2021, 1:12PM

What did we learn from another fantastic weekend of sport?

First up, snow sports! Alice Robinson continuing the recent success of Kiwis just icing it on the slopes with a gold medal at the giant slalom in Switzerland overnight. Alice now the first skier under-20 to win three WC races before she turns 20 since 1988. Roll on the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year!

Warriors fans, are we still convinced this IS our year? Hard to agree with coach Nathan Brown that losing to the Knights was a "great performance". Plenty, as they say, Positives to take from the match but also a glaring lack of attacking options coupled with a really poor kicking game that suggests to me the team will need to improve a lot in both areas before we can seriously compete against the comp's elite teams.

The standout individual superstar for me this weekend has to be Shane van Gisbergen. With Scott McLaughlin now off racing IndyCars, SVG has already shown he's the new best Supercar driver on the circuit.

The man's performance in winning all three races at Sandown was superhuman enough without knowing he was racing that big metal beast with a broken collarbone! Bumping, grinding, elbow to elbow, hard out wrestling that big beast at 270kph around a wickedly difficult and rainy track was Herculean.

The legend of van Gisbergen only continues to grow with the man unbeaten now since last year's Bathurst.

Finally, rugby and two titanic clashes over the weekend worthy of mention. The first (Six Nations in Paris) with the French inched Wales with a last-gasp injury-time try, then yesterday afternoon in Auckland where the Crusaders turned over the comp's second best side putting on nearly 50 points. So much for the gap closing in SRA.

The Cantabrians were, as usual, awesome, capitalising on every Blues mistake and apart from the opening salvo in control for most of the rest of the match.

Special mention also for the Chiefs who finally broke that losing record that no team wants to have.

As for us Hurricanes fans though the news couldn't be any worse, because right now read-it-and-weep, our Canes are this year's new Chiefs.