Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Super Rugby Round 12 WRap

Super Rugby Round 12 WRap
5.3-5.4: By the Numbers

 home wins @ Bulls, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Jaguares, Reds
No  road wins - nada, nichts, bupkes
drawn scores @ Crusaders v Sharks; Highlanders v Chiefs

Bit of table tightening, but just between the overall 1-2 leaders, NZC’s Crusaders and Hurricanes, after a relative’s buss on the South Island and a storming victory on the North.

Sharks true road Warriors with only one loss on the trot thus far after drawing in The Land of the Long White Cloud with the league’s best.

Four of five SA Conference clubs within a bonus-point victory from one another save for Lions, who are one point off that pace.
Four of five from the Australian Conference, numbers one through four,  are within three points of their bracket mates with SunWolves languishing a good distance below that quartet.

7             of 9 penalties struck by Sharks 10, Curwin Bosch, produced neither victory nor defeat as an extra time grounding by Crusaders 9, Mitch Hunt, and his own conversion enabled a leveling of scores and the middling result at 21s;  7 penalties against 3 converted trys the tallies;

2             reds and 4 yellows left magistrate Angus Gardner with few cards left in pocket as Reds and SunWolves fractured the pitch in Brisbane to the tune of 32-26 a melody which favored the homeside; ‘Wolves once again ahead at the half by a scoreline of 13-8 only to allow that advantage to vaporize; 
2             too, the try number for replacement tighthead, Nepo Laulala, as Chiefs came back at the death to knot tallies by virtue of the grounding by the front row and its  80th-minute conversion by 10, Marty McKenzie, and 31-31 for both los Jefes and Highlanders at day’s end in the Forsyth Barr; 1 try by Canada backrow lock, Tyler Ardron, for Chiefs in the 69th;

26          for Hurricanes and naught for their guests, Rebels, after 40 minutes too large a hole to emerge from, and though travelers got going for 19 in the second stanza, 29-19 the record in the Westpac after ’80; 11 for in-form ‘Canes and probable All Blacks 10 come RWC, Beau Barrett, on 3 conversions and 1 try;

12          points the lead, 12-0, after 10 minutes had road Blues up and after it in Canberra, before Brumbies  put a dozen plus 3 up for tallies of 15-12 yet to travelers at ’40; Mob were ahead 19-18 when their number 2, Folau Fainga’a, grounded his third of the day in the 67th to pound last nails and 26-21 the record for the home team;

            points the differential at the end of the day as Jaguares topped Stormers in Buenos Aires, 30-25; visitors never led though they trailed by a single point a number of times in the match;

Reds on the bye

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