Sunday, June 14, 2020

Live Rugby New Zealand Results: Round 1 Super Rugby Aotearoa

Super Rugby Aotearoa, the only game in the world just now and comprised of only New Zealand franchises, kicked off on the weekend and the world applauded. Due the extraordinary collaboration of the Kiwi population managed by their standard-setting national leader, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, those in the Land of the Long White Cloud are back on the pitch after defeating the COVID-19 virus as one, behaving in the best interests of the entire census en masse, with little or no complaint, thus setting an example the rest of the planet is yet trying to figure.
Lineout issues for both losing XVs caused major difficulties to continuous play for both traveling sides and each scoreline was differentiated by only one point at times (1st match at the death and 2nd at half) in the pair of contests. Sizable penalty numbers were counted as well with angled-entry being the greatest infraction.
By the numbers:
                2              yellow tickets issued to the home side meant 25% of the match played with one-man down no worry for Highlanders as replacement 15, Bryn Gatland, nailed a drop 2 minutes before time for the 28 - 27 opening win and the chilled Forsyth Barr faithful sounded the victory cry; 14 for visiting 15, Damian McKenzie,  on his return-to-form, 1-and-4 from the floor, though the one that will rankle the state-of-the-art speedster and numbers guy is the conversion from touch that fell away shy the uprights and its uncounted deuce; decent effort by Chiefs 21-years old 10, Kaleb Trask, but one might expect his second stanza replacement, Aaron Cruden, to begin next fixture at that halfback slot;
                1              the measure of separation at the half, 14-13, for Blues and that was as close as it got with homeboys opening up a 17-point lead in the latter half, 30-13, afore Hurricanes got one back and 30 - 20 the happy result for Auckland at the end of the day; 15 for starting 10, Otere Black, who should keep that shirt nevermind starboy Beaudie Barrett at 15 who performed in his usual extraordinary manner, this time at fullback for his new club against his old one; I’d wager Dane Coles can raise the dead as the world class hooker grounded the 1st ‘Canes try after beating the double-digit boys to the corner and it looked like he was hyperextending his shoulder as he touched down surely, but that is merely the magnificent way he rolls; Blues are chockful of young talented aided and abetted by the likes of Coles, Barrett and Black… they should pose a stiff one for Crusaders upcoming.

Round 2
Chiefs (1) v (4) Blues at Waikato Stadium – 11pm MST, Friday June 19
Hurricanes (0) v (0) Crusaders at the Westpac – 9pm MST, Saturday June 20

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