Martin Devlin: Wild weekend of sport showed Silver Ferns are the real deal

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Martin Devlin,
Publish Date
Mon, 8 Mar 2021, 3:03PM

Martin Devlin: Wild weekend of sport showed Silver Ferns are the real deal

Author
Martin Devlin,
Publish Date
Mon, 8 Mar 2021, 3:03PM

So what did learn from another wild weekend of sport?

That the Silver Ferns are the real deal. Not just World Champions but now, for the first time in a decade, Constellation Cup winners as well. Three - one over the Diamonds, it doesn't get better than this. Literally, it doesn't, because for a decade it hasn't.

And how about them Black Caps? All you doubters out there who didn't believe we would turn around two awful batting efforts - including myself! - that effort on that pitch after being so comprehensively outplayed in games three and four was simply outstanding. 

We learned that the Phoenix will be even better off with the return of Stephen Taylor. Good win last night vs the Glory last night and the re-acquisition of Taylor makes it feel like a finals charge a la last year might just be about to kickstart.

Israel Adesanya is not superman - damn close but not quite. Great effort against an opponent who in the end had too much of a weight advantage and was just too grappingly good.  Israel is an amazing fighter but not enough of a wrestler, yet, to beat a guy like Blachovicz. Can't wait for the rematch!

And finally we learned that the Hurricanes are last year's Chiefs. The Chiefs have already had a better season than last. The Highlanders will come third.

The Blues are the only side capable of challenging the Crusaders. And the four-peat champs are set to win their 5th title in a row. But we knew that already, right?