Monday, March 25, 2019

Super Rugby WRap: Round 6

Super Rugby Round Wrap: 3.22-24, By the Numbers

5             lead changes before an instance of drawn scores, 23-all, just shy of the hour mark and the lead reverted to Highlanders on a sticksplitting penalty by visiting 10, Marty Banks, which had ‘Landers back in front, 26-23, for the moment at the 64th; 10 moments actually as a 14-man traveling team was unable to hold the lead against a force-grounding by relief engine, Pat Tuipulotu, and it’s conversion by flyhalf substitute, Otere Black, for 30-26 reversal of favor to Blues; Black added a penalty struck just shy of time for the 33-26 result and homeys first win against an NZ club in over 3 years; 

14           for Hurricanes 10, Beau Barrett, on a triple of: 3 conversions, 1 penalty and 1 try as the home team turned back Stormers at Wellington, 34-28, in a lively contest that saw 5 lead changes and a double by East London native and ‘Canes flyer, Wes Goosen; visitors went to the sheds at the half up 21-15 on a try by travelers 2, Bongi Mbonambi, after three minutes of continuous, extended phasework inside home side’s 22; ‘Canes 10 and 7, the Rugby Doctors Beau Barrett and Ardie Savea, working their respective surgeries with speed, power and efficiency;

            loss for Crusaders now after resting 10, Richie Mo’unga - under All Blacks welfare protocols, players can't play - or prepare for - six consecutive games, hence Mo'unga's absence” - and Scott Barrett in a 12-22 defeat to NSW Waratahs in Sydney;

12           for Lions 10, Elton Jantjies on a triple: 2 conversions, 1 penalty and 1 try as visitors closed out a 37-24, 5-point victory in Singapore over SunWolves, who evidently will set for good on the Super Rugby horizon after1 next year2; 1 double of scores for Big Cats number 2, Malcolm Marx and a brace for ‘Wolves 8, 23 years old Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco;

21           for Chiefs 15, Damian McKenzie, on 6-and-3 from the tee as El Jefes, winless in their initial handful of contests with a -21 ppg differential in the first 4 and drawn with the ‘Canes last outing, got a whole bunch of different in a 56-20 rout of Bulls on the trot at Loftus Versfeld; doubles for visitors 4, Brodie Retallick, and 11, Solomon Alaimalo - the flyers pair touched down on either side of a naughty ticket assessed for stopping a subsequent penalty try;

18           by Sharks 10, Robbie du Preez, on a triple of: 2 conversion, 3 penalties and 1 try as Big Fish shut down Rebels at Kings Park 28-14;

10          nil for Reds over Brumbies at the break, extended to a 36-14 result at the end of the day and Queensland got victory past the Mob from the ACT;

Jaguares on the bye
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