Saturday, April 6, 2019

Super Rugby Round 8 WRap By the Numbers

Super Rugby Round 8 WRap: 4.4-4.5, By the Numbers
4 home wins @Reds, Crusaders, Rebels, Blues
3 home losses @Highlanders, Lions, Bulls

11           point Highlanders advantage at the hour mark, 28-17, not a problem for Hurricanes who returned with 2 converted scores for 31-28 road victory; scoreline locked at 14s at the midpoint of the first-40 was the second instance of drawn scores in the period; 3 lead changes in the second stanza made the excitement on the South Island; double for blunt trauma specialist and openside, Ardie Savea, as the AB 7 showed pace, presence and a steppy left leg en route his groundings, and 11 for his surgery partner, the technically expert 10, Beau Barrett, on 4-and-1 perfection from the floor;

0             for the house in Brisbane after ’40; a yellow ticket whose issuance meant 14-man Stormers for the opening 10 minutes of the second stanza, which, in turn, meant 14 by Reds sufficient the 24-12 win and visitors fell to their 3rd road defeat in sequence while homeboys just off playoff pace now;

            trys and the bonus point by the midpoint as Sharks food-frenzied a Bulls menu on the High Veld at Ellis Park; weak and ineffective El Toros defense that continued to leak after break, allowing a brace of second stanza scores, while home XV was only able to count in the 79th minute on a grounding by relief 15, Sylvie Mahuza; 1st-forty double by travelers wing, Maka Mapimpi in the 42-5 win;

36          second stanza points all that was necessary for topdogs, Crusaders, to repel Brumbies at the AMI in Christchurch, 36-14; doubles by the home team’s flyers, 22 years old Sevu Reece and 21 years old Will Jordan in the 6-try effort; Mob were actually ahead 7-nil at the end of ’40;

12          for Blues relief 10, Otere Black, on 3-and-2 struck from his shoe and home team celebrated their 4th victory in a row, 31-29, over Waratahs, at Eden Park  vaulting into 5th place overall in the process; 1 touch down for injured midfielder, Sonny Bill William’s replacement, Mai Nonu, who looked the teenager on the day;

17           for Rebels 10, Quade Cooper, on 6-from-6 conversions and 1 try, and a hat trick of 15 by 15, Reece Hodge, as home team blasted SunWolves in Melbourne, 42-15;

12           for 22 years old replacement 10, Domingo Miotti, who came on at ’72 to shine brilliantly in touching down a brace and converting 1 of them inside of 5 minutes to provide the comeback for Jaguares over Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, 22-20; 2 yellows for homeboys in the final ’10 in the fracas no assist one should think;

Chiefs on the bye

Overall Table
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