Sunday, April 21, 2019

Super Rugby Round 10 WRap

Super Rugby Round 10 WRap
 4.20-4.21, By the Numbers
 home wins @Waratahs and Highlanders
 road wins by Brumbies, Hurricanes, Lions and Reds

Both Australian clubs on the trot in South Africa victorious, while the Rebels only roadside from Oz to lose and they dropped a decision to fellow continentals, Waratahs, in Sydney. All SA clubs within a win of one another with Bulls and Jaguares having a match in hand that conference.

20           point Lions halftime lead, 20-0, proved insurmountable in the second stanza and Big Cats halted Chiefs win streak at 3 with the 23-17 decision at Waikato Stadium; half visitors first 40 numbers counted by 10, Elton Jantjies, on 2-and-2 from his shoe; EJ also dropped a goal true the sticks at ’79; home XV scoreless until the hour mark, game was scoreless in the first 35 minutes; Chiefs 15, Damian McKenzie sustained ACL injury last week v Blues that may sideline the dynamic speedster for the remainder of 2019;

13           point halftime deficit, 10-23, no problem for Hurricanes whose 19-nil, second stanza sweep fair stifled SunWolves at Chichibu and 29-23 that record for visitors; 9 of the starting 15 New Zealand natives making the doomed* Japanese franchise close to a Kiwi club; 13 for ‘Wolves 10, Hayden Parker, on 2-and-3 off the tee;

7             the measure of separation at the half, and 7 the winning margin at the end of the day as Reds topped Sharks on the road at Kings Park in Durban, 21-14; visitors 12, Samu Kerevi, provided one sublime offload at tackle letting loose 13, Chris Feauai-Sautia, for a touch down in the first 40;

24           and 12 the tallies for the record after ’80 and Highlanders halted a 6-match winless streak with victory over Blues at Forsyth Barr in Dunedin;

20           in the first 40 the count for Rebels against 7 for hosts, Waratahs, but no-show travelers in the second stanza, while homeboys 10, Bernie Foley, clicked on for an 80-minute total of 18 on a triple of 2 conversions, 3 penalties and 1 try as ‘Tahs returned for the 23-20 result;

2             the difference midway, 12-10, for a traveling troop of Steadfast Steeds and that margin remained at the end of the day for a 19-17, epic road win for Brumbies over Stormers in Newlands at Capetown;

Bulls, Crusaders and Jaguares on the bye

* SunWolves are slated to be dropped from Super Rugby competition either at the end of the year, or when the present SANZAAR media contract expires after the 2020 season. Evidently the only Northern Hemisphere Super Rugby organ was deemed to have not been generating cash sufficient to ensure their extended existence... bottom line: there’s a number which SunWolves weren’t attaining and South Africa’s SANZAAR contingent, the ruling element of Super Rugby due their own significance in size and solvency, liked neither the money produced nor the travel required of their own clubs to sustain support for the team; AND Japanese RFU pulled support, so that paved the way for the ‘Wolves to the Super commode. So, soon the sun will set on the SR club from the Land of the Rising Sun, eh?

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