Last hurrah for Sonny Bill show?

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:25
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The Sonny Bill Williams Rugby Union roadshow could come to an abrupt end in Hamilton on Friday.

The Sonny Bill Williams Rugby Union roadshow could come to an abrupt end in Hamilton on Friday.

Williams, who will head to Japan for a year before embarking on a second Rugby League career, will turn out for the Chiefs against the Crusaders in the Super Rugby semifinal.

If the Chiefs win, he will have another outing for them - either against the Stormers in Cape Town or the Sharks in Hamilton.

Defeat for the New Zealand conference winners, the Chiefs, will mean Saturday is Williams' last Rugby Union outing in New Zealand for many years ... perhaps forever.

However, he is taking the pressure in his stride.

"I don't want to get too emotionally attached to it, because it could be my last week here, but I'm just trying to turn all those emotions into motivation," Williams said told Fairfax NZ News.

"I want to come in, do all my work and try and build like I haven't done it before - try and tick all those boxes.

"And then hopefully run out there on Friday night fizzing and just do my role really well."

Williams is no stranger to big matches, having played for the Crusaders last season, experienced the All Blacks' World Cup-winning campaign and been through some big play-off games on the way to winning the NRL title with the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2004 as a young rookie. He knows what approach works best in these situations.

"You've still got to do what you do, keep it simple and nail everything you do during the week so you're confident," he told Fairfax NZ News.

"That's probably what I will do. Just nail everything that I usually do and go into the game knowing I've done everything I can, then just play footy and back myself."

Williams predicted the semifinal would be a step up from any other game the Chiefs had played all year, including the hugely intense last clash between the two sides at Waikato Stadium 2 weeks ago.

"You've just got to be at your best and in those times when you're in that dark place that's when you use it as well to try and pull something out, keep pushing hard, keep getting up off the deck and making that extra tackle - just things like that," he said.

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Sat, 17 March 2018
Highlanders v Crusaders 06h35 Dunedin
Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
Italy v Scotland 12h30 Rome
Stormers v Blues 13h05 Newlands
England v Ireland 14h45 Twickenham Stadium
Lions v Sunwolves 15h15 Johannesburg
Wales v France 17h00 Cardiff
Jaguares v Reds 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
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Waratahs v Rebels 05h05 Sydney
Fri, 23 March 2018
Connacht v Edinburgh 22h00 Sportsground
Munster v Scarlets 22h00 Thomond Park
Dragons v Cheetahs 22h00 Rodney Parade
Ospreys v Leinster 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 22h00 Scotstoun
Kings v Treviso 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Fri, 16 March 2018
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Lions v Blues 35 | 38
Ireland v Scotland 28 | 8
Sharks v Sunwolves 50 | 22
Reds v Bulls 20 | 14
Hurricanes v Crusaders 29 | 19
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Scarlets v Leinster 10 | 10
Rebels v Brumbies 33 | 10
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Rebels 3 3 0 0 15
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Waratahs 3 1 1 1 6
Brumbies 3 1 0 2 4
Sunwolves 3 0 0 3 1
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 3 1 0 2 10
Crusaders 3 2 0 1 10
Highlanders 2 2 0 0 9
Blues 3 1 0 2 6
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 4 3 0 1 15
Sharks 3 1 1 1 8
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Stormers 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4