Super /rug/ Weekend - Round Five
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Happy Easter lads.
>Friday 25 March
19:35 Hurricanes v Kings, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
>Saturday 26 March
19:35 Chiefs v Force, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
21:40 Rebels v Highlanders, AAMI Park, Melbourne
23:50 Sunwolves v Bulls, Singapore National Stadium, Singapore
>Sunday 27 March
2:00 Cheetahs v Brumbies, Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
4:05 Sharks v Crusaders, Kings Park, Durban
TBC Jaguares v Stormers, José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires
18:05 Reds v Waratahs, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
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ITT: We name players (past and present) who were better than Cruyff.
I'll start. George Best.
In 1976, George Best was a shadow of the player who terrified back fours at Manchester United, but the Irishman was still extremely confident in his own abilities. Northern Ireland had a world cup qualifier coming up against Holland and George Best was included in the squad. British Journalist Bill Elliot was travelling with the Irish squad to the stadium. He asked Best, ‘what do you think of Cruyff?’ ‘Outstanding’ he replied. ‘Better than you?’. Best laughed, ‘You’re kidding aren’t you? I’ll tell you what I’ll do tonight… I’ll nutmeg Cruyff the first chance I get.’
This is Bill Elliot’s account of what happened next:
“Five minutes into the game Best received the ball wide on the left. Instead of heading towards goal he turned directly infield, weaved his way past at least three Dutchmen and found his way to Cruyff who was wide right. He took the ball to his opponent, dipped a shoulder twice and slipped it between Cruyff’s feet. As he ran round to collect it and run on he raised his right fist into the air.”
“Only a few of us in the press box knew what this bravado act really meant. Johan Cruyff the best in the world? Are you kidding? Only an idiot would have thought that."