Saturday, June 29, 2019

Super Rugby Semifinals: By the Numbers

Super Rugby Semifinals Wrap - By the Numbers

It’ll be New Zealand Conference #1 versus South African Conference #1 for the super trophy next weekend at the AMI in Christchurch after a brace of semis as different as the XVs that won them. First a blasting in Buenos Aires followed by a nail-biter on New Zealand's South Island.

14           for Jaguares 10, Joaquín Diaz Bonilla, on 4-and-2 from his shoe and 5-try SAC champs blew their guests out of Estadio José Amalfitani in Argentina, 39-7,  to reserve their berth in the finals next Saturday; formidable forwards play provided for a quartet of three-quartersline trys as former Brumbies halfback, Tomas Cubelli, got the rout going early with a grounding in the 4th minute made 7 by Diaz Bonilla; home XV continued counting with a pair of sticksplitters by DB and a try for engine, Tomás Lavanini, again the Jaguares flyhalf with the +2 and 20-nil for homeboys after 20 minutes; Brumbies got onboard at the death of the half on a grounding by number 2 stallion, Folau Fainga’a, and 20-7 with the halftime whistle;
               more of the same for Jaguares in the second stanza while none of the same for their guests; home 13, Matías Orlando dotted a pair with the Cats 10 slotting the extras and 15, Emiliano Bofelli, closed things out with a try in the 78th for the win;

            groundings by visitors against 3 for the home team frequently means away victory, unless indiscipline by travelers enables their hosts 10 to perform with precision the production of points through the posts and Crusaders, first in the conference and first in the league, held off Hurricanes, second on the overall points table, in Christchurch, 30-26; homeside had 13 onboard through a 13th minute grounding by flyer, Sevu Reece, its conversion by Mo’unga, and a pair of  sticksplitters by the standoff before ‘Canes grounded a try through 12, Ngani Laumape, at halftime; completion by Hurricanes 10 and presumptive AB flyhalf, Beauden Barrett, and 13-7 the midpoint score;
               travelers blasted out the blocks with a 41st minute grounding by flyer, Ben Lam, drawing within 1 point at 12-13, but that was as close as they’d get, though they'd get there twice more, as Crusaders replied with a Mo’unga dot and his own conversion at ’44 to make the significant figures 20-12, an 8-point or 2-score advantage; Hurricanes returned with Laumape’s second at ’51 to make the scores 20-19, but Reece would get his brace near the hour mark with Mo’unga’s +2 making tallies of 27 and 19 at ’60, once again 8-points differential; ‘Canes struck back immediately on a 5-pointer by 9,  TJ Perenara... Barret’s +2 making it yet again a 1-point game in the 61st minute, but a Mo’unga sticksplitter near time made for the record; Mo’unga has thrown his hand way high in the sky towards the All Blacks 10 shirt with 20 points on account of a this triple: 3-and-3 off the tee and a 44th minute grounding.

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