Sunday, February 17, 2019

Super Rugby: By the Numbers, 12.17

Super Rugby: By the Numbers, 2.14-16

10           in the last 10 ticks did it for 14-man Highlanders who returned from an 11-point, 60+ minute deficit to claim a mighty road win, 30-27, at the FMG in Waikato over Chiefs; 15 for ‘Landers 10, Josh Ioane, on 3-and-3 off the tee; one nifty grounding off a scrum in the business district by Canadian backrow lock, Tyler Ardron - recently of Ospreys -, and a brace by El Jefe flyer, Etene Nanai-Seturo, in the losing bonus-point, opening day effort;

4             first 40 lead changes in a wild one at Canberra as the road crew out of Melbourne did the number on Brumbies at Bruce Stadium, 34-27; former Reds and Wallabies 9-10 combo, Will Genia and Quade Cooper teamed to lead the surprise for the Mob in the capital; hatcheting smasher of a try by Rebels hooker, Anaru Rangi, on the thundering fast-plod to take the lead early in the last half, providing advantage the Revolutionists would never release;

2             penalty trys awarded Crusaders aided their 2-point, 24-22 win in  Auckland; Blues came back from a 9-point, 3-12, halftime deficit to close the gap to a couple with a 73rd minute grounding by relief scrumhalf, Gus Pulu, but a wayward conversion attempt denied the draw;

14           for Waratahs 10, Bernie Foley, on 4, 1st-40 penalties and the conversion of a 43rd minute try by ‘Tahs flyer, Curt Rona, left the home XV just shy of the Hurricanes at the Allianz; 2-and-2 from fullback, Jordie Barrett, and his shoe, the last the conversion of a 75th-minute grounding by ‘Canes 8man, Du’Plessis Kirifi , for the win, 20-19;

6             groundings for Sharks in a traveling tryfest at Tokyo as the Big Fish, down 3-10 briefly in the early goings, rolled out those half dozen touch downs against none for host, SunWolves, and 45-10 the final; a brace for visitors 2, Akker Van der Merve, in the rout;

20           points on account for Bulls 10, Handre Pollard, with 4-and-4 from the floor and home team pounded Stormers in Loftus Versfeld, 40-3, picking up the fiver in the process; double for Bulls flyer, Rosko Specman in the first ’20;

3             trys for Lions blindside, Marnus Schoeman by ’50 meant road joy for the South Africans as the Big Cats dropped Jaguares in Buenos Aires, 25-16; 10 for Lions 10, Elton Jantjies, on 2-and-2 off his shoe and 11 for his oppo, Panthers 10, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, on 1-and-3 off the tee;

Reds on the bye

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