Saturday, March 16, 2019

Super Rugby Round 5 WRap

Super Rugby Round 5: By the Numbers
18           for Chiefs 15, Damian McKenzie, on a triple: 2 conversions, 3 penalties and 1 try and the home team did not lose in Waikato Stadium; didn’t win either as it was a 58th minute McKenzie sticksplitting penalty strike to draw level Hurricanes for the two-pointer and 23s for everyone; McKenzie brothers, Damian at 15 and Marty at 10 versus the Barrett brothers, Jordie at 14 and Beauden at 10;
            try Mob number 2, Folau Fainga’a, grounded his brace in the first-40 in aid of Brumbies home win, 19-13, over Waratahs in Canberra; 2, too, the number of yellow cards earned by travelers, one on either side of the break;
8             points adrift at halftime, 8-16, for Jaguares became an ocean by time and Stormers had their 3rd win in a row, 35-8, to draw level on points with South African Conference leaders, Bulls; 13 for home team 11, SP Marais, on 2-and-3 from his tee;
16           the deficit at break, 5-21, against traveling Reds at Chichibu before a second stanza explosion of 3 trys inside of 10 minutes about the hour mark, including 1 double by the color guard’s front row relief, 23 years old Brandon Paenga-Amosa, who’d been on for 5 minutes until his first dot, and visitors up 26-21 just then; a grounding by reserve half, Keisuke Uchida, and its conversion by 15, Hayden Parker, brought the lead back to Sunwolves by the 70th minute, 28-26; Parker with a sticksplitting penalty conversion at ’73 and the advantage opened up, 31-26, for homeboys; however, a 75th minute grounding by relief 9, 20 years old Tate McDermott, made for drawn scores at 31s, which set up 21 years old Hamish Stewart for the game winning penalty goal at ’80 and 34-31 the travelers joy this day;
24           allowed during  a brace of 14-man periods in the second half by Rebels enabled their 1st loss of the season at Ellis Park; with tallies at 33 and 5 for the visitors early in the second stanza, a yellow ticket issued in the travelers midfield at ’47 resulted in  21 unanswered in the next 10 minutes and 31-26 still for Rebels by the 57th minute; Big Cats got the leveler through 11, Court Skosan, converted by 10, Elton Jantjies, but it was not until the second minute of extra time that Jantjies replacement, 21 years old Gianni Lombard, drilled a three-pointer for the Lions roar, 36-33;
Highlanders v Crusaders fixture cancelled due the tragic events in Christchurch
Blues, Bulls and Sharks on the bye

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