Sunday, March 10, 2019

Super Rugby Round 4 WRap

Round 4: By the Numbers

3             pointer by Hurricanes 10, Beauden Barrett, at time the difference and Hurricanes edged Highlanders at the CETA in Auckland, 25-22; 4 lead changes, 3 in first-40, before drawn scores at 22s, in the 71st after ‘Canes 11, Ben Lam, touched down the leveler, Barrett’s dead-on shot the decider in the 2nd minute of extra time; double for 12, Ngani Laumape, who now shares the competition’s trys-scored lead at 5 just now, because…

10           by Rebels 14, Jack Mattocks, on 2 second stanza trys tied him for tops just then... the flyer's first to draw close at 15-19 and the second at ’72 to win it; home XV have the double over Brumbies this season after 29-26 victory at AAMI Park in Melbourne; 19-3 the tallies at the break with the Mob besting an undisciplined homey squad that earned a pair of yellow tickets in the opening 40, the second yellow carrying over into the last half, but Rebels sorted their ill-mannered ways in time for the happy at the end of the day;

9             try Crusaders, dead-on the righteous mission at the AMI, drove Chiefs defense asunder in Christchurch, rocking out to a 33-7 advantage by the midpoint and closing for a 57-28, 5-pointer record; double by 15, Will Jordan in the first-40, 5 conversions by 10, Richie Mo’unga, before the standoff left for a rest, job well done, prior to the hour mark and there was magic in the offload by the home team this evening; El Jefes a bit error-prone, forcing things that went well-awry on occasion;

4             score and Blues flyer, 21 years old Reiko Ioane, got the head-banging quattro of trys in the 40-minute interval between ’20 and ‘60 in the turning back of SunWolves at Eden Park; 3 lead changes in the lively affair before Ioane’s second stanza double and a penalty struck by relief 10, Otere Black, closed out the scoring for homeboys and 28-20 the record; 15 for ‘Wolves 10, Riki Matsuda, on a triple: 2 conversions, 2 penalties and 1 try; 2 yellow cards for the travelers no help their cause; Sonny Bill got the start at 11 and went for ’70 in the victory at Auckland;

13           for Waratahs 10, Bernie Foley, on 2-and-3 off the tee and ‘Tahs took first round of the East Coast doublet past Reds at the Allianz in Sydney; 4 the measure of separation at the break, 16-12, in homeys honor and 4 the differential, 21-17, in the 70th minute when relief wing, Alex Newsome, who’d literally been on for 1 minute, grounded the decider; with subsequent plus-2 by Foley, 28-17 the result;

17          for Lions 10, Elton Jantjies, on half dozen conversions and 1 try as Big Cats dropped Sleek Cats at Ellis Wild Animal Park in Johannesburg, 47-39; 13 trys scored in all; double by home 11, Court Skosan and a brace by Jaguares number 2, Julián Montoya, in the lively contest;

22          for Bulls 10, Handre Pollard, one 2 conversions, 5 penalties and 1 dropped goal as Toros claimed the top of the South African table in demonstrative fashion over Sharks at Loftus Versfeld, 37-14; 19 and 0 the tallies after ’40 for the home team; double by Bulls flyer, Rosko Speckman, in the rout;

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