Sunday, February 24, 2019

Super Rugby Round 2: By the Numbers

Round 2: BtN
Super Rugby: By the Numbers, 2.21-23
77           total points, more than 1,000 total meters run, 9 trys shared just unevenly, 3 lead changes and the deciding touch down grounded in the 74th minute at the 3rd lead change in the wild derby at Forsyth Barr in Dunedin; double for Highlanders blindside, Shannon Frizzell with the winning try by Frizzell’s flanker mate, openside Dillon Hunt, converted by 11-points 10, Josh Ioane (4cs and 1p), to make a 29-31 deficit, 36-31 joy over a testy Reds XV;

15           for SunWolves 10, Hayden Parker, on 3-and-3 from the tee eclipsed by a penalty at the hour mark and Waratahs closed out the 31-30 victory in Tokyo, Super Rugby’s Northern Hemisphere outpost; 3 lead switches and an instance of drawn scores in the 1st-40; double by ‘Tahs 15, Israel Folau and the go ahead grounding by 8man, Jack Dempsey at ’48 with its conversion by 10, Bernie Foley at ’49;

16           by Crusaders 10, Richie Mo’unga, on 3 conversions and 2 trys, assisted by a brace of groundings by 5, Scott Barrett, and Crusaders made a 24-0 halftime advantage 38-20 joy at the AMI in Christchurch past Hurricanes; pair by Scott Barrett, for bragging rights as brother, Jordie, only got a single for the ‘Canes and other brother, Beauden, was off honeymooning of all things!

8             try Brumbies, who were beaten in Canberra opening round, got it abso right in expressing the rugby with 13, Tevita Kuridrani, leading the way on a brace and 10, Chris Leali’ifano, slotting 5-from-6 conversions; 5 Mob trys in the 1st-40 made for 33-10 midway scoreline expanded to 54-17 and victory over Chiefs by the end of the day; 

19           for Sharks and none for their guests on the day by halftime went to 26-7 by ‘80+ the league-leading Big Fish got their 2nd win of the young season over Auckland Blues at Kings Park; 11 for Sharks 10, Robert du Preez, on 3 conversions and 1 grounding; Blues now 0-2-0 in 2019;

5             for Stormers relief 9, Hershel Jantjies, 5 minutes into extra time drew homeboys level and the plus-2 by 11, Sarel Marais, at ’87 made for 19-17 joy by Stormers at Newlands over Lions;

4             sticksplitters by Bulls 10, Handre Pollard, only points for traveling Toros, while home XV, Jaguares, counted 12 from the toe of his oppo number, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, on 3-and-2 struck off his shoe complementing a trio of groundings by: second five-eighths Matias Orlando (’17), immediate effect blindside relief Rodrigo Bruni (on at ’63, scored just then), and 21 years old flyer, Bautista Delguy (’72) to seal the 27-12 victory; Bulls were ahead at the hour mark, 12-10, before Bruni bagged his 5-er;
Rebels on the bye

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