Saturday, June 22, 2019

Super Rugby - Quarterfinals: By the Numbers

Super Rugby Quarterfinals - By the Numbers

The South African Conference, which in the last round of league competition could have installed all its franchises into the playoffs frame (albeit with a brace of unlikely drawn scores on the last day), now has only a single club in the mix, though that is the formidable conference champ, Jaguares, who are in the SAC, but do not operate from the Continent of Africa, their homebase being in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

Half the New Zealand Conference clubs in the extra-time mix are yet there and the lone Australian Conference XV has made the semifinals, so...

3             points, the differential at the midpoint, 17-14, before Crusaders floored it, scoring a trio of trys in the second stanza to which there was no reply by guest Highlanders; 23 in the account of 10, Richie Mo’unga, on a triple of 5 conversions, 1 penalty and 2 groundings in the 38-14 South Island knockout;

11           for Jaguares 10, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla on 1 conversion and 3 penalties potted, and the Argentines returned from 2-point halftime deficit, 8-10, to record 21-15 victory over Chiefs at Buenos Aires;

15          points between the Barrett Brothers - 9 by 10, Beau, on 3 conversions and 1 penalty, and 6 by 15, Jordie, on 2 penalties, and Hurricanes dispatched Bulls at the Westpac, 35-28; double for replacement wing, Salesi Rayasi, 1 on either side of the break; 2 trys, too, by Los Toros flyer, Cornal Hendricks, in defeat;

13           for Brumbies 10, Chris Leali’ifano, with 100% sticksplits on the conversion of all 5 Mob trys and also 1 penalty as homeboys ran roughshod over a relatively punchless Sharks side, 38-13, in Canberra; first forty double for home 8man, Pete Samu, at ‘1 and ’24;


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