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Super Rugby is 73% better now that Sonny Bill and his offloads are back wreaking havoc

We’ve missed those offloads in Super Rugby over the last few years.

SONNY BILL WILLIAMS played his first Super Rugby match since 2012 on Saturday but a few seasons in Japan and the NRL haven’t dulled his ability to dominate the tournament in any way.

Williams’ Chiefs side visited the Blues in Auckland but never looked back after a dominating opening spell where they scored two tries. Do you want to guess who played a role in both scores?

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SBW did well to draw his man for the opening try but his catch, spin and offload for the second five-pointer is why we love watching him play. The Chiefs are favoured to win their third Super Rugby title in four seasons this year and with the addition of Williams they will be very tough to beat.

It was a fairly wild opening weekend in Super Rugby in general as Michael Cheika’s Waratahs side, who won it all last year, were upset by the Western Force at home.

After the 25-13 loss Cheika was asked if he needed to re-evaluate his dual-role as coach of both the ‘Tahs and the Wallabies this year and predictably the former Leinster boss wasn’t pleased with the question.

“No, it’s irrelevant that stuff,” Cheika said to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“This is about what’s happening in training and how or what our plan is. None of that has anything to do with it. But I’m sure that you’ll trot that one out as well … The reality is there is plenty of time to be focusing on what you need to win rugby matches.”

There were also surprise home defeats for the Crusaders and the Sharks, who lost to the Rebels and Cheetahs respectively.

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