Sunday, June 16, 2019

Super Rugby WRap: Round 18

Super Rugby Round 18 WRap
6.14-6.15, By the Numbers

-home wins @ Brumbies, Bulls, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Jaguares
 -road wins by Chiefs, Sharks

Crusaders are the number one seed followed most deservedly by Jaguares, then Brumbies and Hurricanes at number four. They’ll host Bulls, Sharks, Chiefs and Highlanders inverse-respective, next weekend in the Super Rugby quarterfinals, because...

6             first ‘40 trys worked the magic for Highlanders and South Islanders earned a berth in extra time with 49-12 victory over Waratahs at the Forsyth Barr; ‘Landers joy was ‘Tahs sorrow as the loss would finish the Australians season;

            second stanza groundings did the trick for Chiefs in Melbourne as Los Jefes ripped Rebels at AAMI, 59-8, securing a quarterfinal spot for the Kiwis and ending Rebels 2019 campaign; 17 for travelers 10, Jack Debreczeni, on half dozen conversions and 1 try, and a hat-trick of groundings by flyer, Shaun Stevenson, in the rout;

10           for Jaguares 10, Domingo Miotti, on the conversion of 5/7ths  home groundings as the 2019 South African Conference Champions closed out their best run ever by topping traveling SunWolves at José Amalfitani in Buenos Aires, 52-10; 2 trys for the flying Sebastien Cancelliere in the victory over the doomed Japanese Super Side that featured only 3 Japanese-born players on its starting XV;

19           the halftime advantage, 24-5, on 3 groundings converted by Blues 10, Otero Black - who struck a penalty truly as well - that could not be held by visitors at the Westpac and Hurricanes returned 24 of their own against 0 in the second stanza on a trio of scores by: 5, Isaia Walker-Leawere; relief 14, Fletcher Smith; 13, Pete Umaga-Jensen, for his brace; and the conversion of all 3 by ‘Canes 10, Jackson Garden-Bachop - who added a penalty in the 29-24 win;

            yellow card assessments, during which 19 points were tallied by a vengeful Brumbies XV, and the Mob put the wrap on their season with a 40-27 scolding of Reds at the GIO:

            lead changes at ’28, ’77, and the last 3 minutes into injury time made for a joyful visit down the coast for Sharks as they bumped Stormers from the playoffs frame in a 12-9 armwrestle  at Newlands;

18           for the presumptive Springbok 10, Handre Pollard, on 5 conversions, 1  penalty, and 1 try as Bulls throttled Lions at Loftus Versfeld, 48-27; Los Toros 7, Hanro Liebenberg, grounded a brace of trys within 12 minutes of the opening drop and the Big Cats will remain on the High Veld while their brethren Bulls go off to the Land of the Long White Cloud to test the weather;

Crusaders on the bye

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