Saturday, March 2, 2019

Super Rugby WRap - Round 3

Super Rugby: By the Numbers, On the Weekend; 2.28-3.2

Super Rugby have gone to the French points assessment schedule where a winning bonus point is only awarded if the winner get 3 or more trys than their opponent; still, losing bps are earned by a loss of 7 or less.

11           for returned Hurricanes 10, Beauden Barrett, on 4 conversions and 1 penalty, a hat trick by first 5/8, Ngani Laumape, and a brace of touch downs by number 2, Dan Coles, had CETA Stadium in Auckland rocking the rugby as Hurricanes got the 5-pointer past Brumbies, 43-13; Mob were slapping at passes and looping interceptions while ‘Canes had magic stick-um on their paddies with some miraculous receptions in the robust win;

2             trys for Rebels second 5/8 Tom English, and marvelous playmaking from the home 10, Quade Cooper, from both hand and foot the cause for joy in Melbourne; 3 lead changes in the lively first forty; a grounding by ‘Landers lock, Jackson Hemopo, in the 63rd  minute and the added deuce by relief 10, Marty Banks, drew the travelers within 5 at 19-24, but that was yet the record at the ref’s last blast; 2 scalps early for the Australians bode well the year;

2             minutes is all it took for Sunwolves to obtain advantage they would not relinquish as Northern Hemisphere’s finest Super Rugby squad got in the win column with a howler over Chiefs at Waikato, 30-15; 15 for ‘Wolves 10, Hayden Parker, on 3-and-3 from the tee and El Jefes seeking answers now;

3             the measure of separation, 10-7, at the half for Crusaders on a brace of touch downs in the first 10 minutes: a grounding at ‘7 by 14, 21 years old Braydon Ennor followed by a dot by 15, 21 years old Will Jordan and a sprightly traveling troupe expanded their midpoint lead to 10 for a final of 22-12 over Reds at Suncorp; Happy 21st birthday, Reds 10, Hamish Stewart, on the RugbyDay; Cantabrians mauled balls to goal twice for touch downs in the last half;

20           for Bulls 10, Handre Pollard, on half dozen penalties and 1 conversion as naughty Lions scored 0 in the opening half and not enough thereafter, going to 12-30 defeat at the hands of their guests in Ellis Park;

11          for 10, Sarel Marais, on the conversion of the try by Stormers 20 years old 15, Damian Willemse, and  Sharks no longer undefeated after 11-16 loss;

            instances of drawn scores at 3s and 6s and a lead change in the first-40, and 2 the measure of separation at the break, 11-9, in Jaguares favor; visiting Blues came in front 12-11 on the 4th penalty struck by 10, Otere Black, at ’50, a try by flyer Ramiro Moyano and it’s conversion by 10, JoaquĆ­n Diaz Bonilla, and Sleek Cats were back ahead 18-11 by the 65th minute; number 2 replacement, Augustin Creevy, touched down another in the 68th to extend the home XV advantage; Blues tallied a converted try at ’74 to draw within 4 at 19-23, through openside, Dalton Papalii and Black with the deuce, but the visitors rally fell short and 23-19 the result for Jaguares
‘Tahs on the bye

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