Sunday, June 2, 2019

Super Rugby WRap: Round 16

Super Rugby Round 16 WRap: 5.31-6.1, By the Numbers
 home wins @ Chiefs, Lions
 road wins by Brumbies, Hurricanes, Jaguares, Waratahs
drawn scores: Blues v Bulls

Crusaders will close their season, in all likelihood, at home. There is a slim chance another NZC club may overtake the season-long leaders, but that’s a narrow gap closing fast, and with a couple table points obtained in the Cantabrians last home fixture this upcomer, the club from the South Island will have ensured home turf throughout the playoffs.

In OZ, two clubs are in the playoffs frame just now... one will make it in any case, but one must do well against the best team in the league on the trot and then versus a strong Kiwi club should they want to see additional play at season’s end.  

SA in the current standings would show half the current playoffs field were the season to end now, and could see all five franchises in the picture, though right now it’s a South American XV what orders for the conference table just this minute.

The        second try grounded by Jaguares flyer, Santiago Carreras, just before time earned the bonus point for scalding hot Jaguares and the Jungle Cats topped the Reds in Brisbane, 34-23, as Jags maintained their grip on first place in South Africa;

12           for 21 years old Bulls 10, Manie Libbok,  on a triple of: 2 conversions, the last for the result, 1 penalty and 1, 75th minute try, the aforementioned completion of which made for drawn scores with Blues at Eden Park, 22-22;

10           for traveling ‘Tahs 10, Bernie Foley, on 2-and-2 struck from his shoe and Waratahs are right back into the mix after 22-15 victory over Rebels in Melbourne; 10, too, for home 10, Quade Cooper on a triple of 1-1-and-1;

15          on a second stanza hat trick by Brumbies replacement hooker, Connal McInerney, sealed the deal in Tokyo and the Mob went on to record 42-19 victory in the Northern Hemisphere over SunWolves; 6-from-6 perfection on try-completions by traveling 10, Chris Leali’ifano;

10           also for Chiefs 10, Jack Debreczini, on 5-from-6 conversions as Los Jefes routed Crusaders at FMG, 42-27; visitors were up by one at midpoint, 20-19, and extended their lead to 27-19 with a 43rd-minute grounding by flyer, Braydon Ennor, and its conversion by 10, Richie Mo’unga, but a touch down by Ennor’s oppo, Shaun Stephenson, in the 67th minute made for a home team advantage that Chiefs closed out with a late dot by first five eighths, Tumua Manu, for the win that popped Chiefs sniffing extra time for now, but...

            trys for Lions 8man, Kwagga Smith, paced the Big Cats massive win over Stormers on the High Veld, 41-22, as the home team vaulted from 8th to 5th on the chart, well into the overtime octet;

20           points for Hurricanes Barrett Brothers: 15 for 10, Beau, on 3-and-3 from the tee, in addition to a grounding by Jordie at 15, made enough for triumph at the Shark Tank in Durban and the second best performing side in the league closed out their African junket with a well-earned victory, 30-17;
Highlanders on the bye


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