Almanac Rugby: Super Rugby AU Rd 10/ Aotearoa Rd 9

The finals have taken shape in both competitions after the weekend’s action. The Western Force produced a gallant effort in pre lockdown Perth so their fans could enjoy the spectacle of seeing them beat the Reds and earn a spot in Saturday’s semi final in Canberra against the Brumbies. It will be their first ever taste of finals footy. The winner will take on the Reds in Brisbane the following Saturday.

 

In New Zealand, unless the Blues can secure a bonus point win with a margin of over 23 points on Saturday it will be a Crusaders v Chiefs final the following weekend. The turnaround of the men from Waikato has been the great story of Super Rugby this year so it is a game of great expectations and anticipation.

 

Force 30 Reds 27

The esprit de corps of the Force on display on Friday night was inspiring. They were so hungry to keep their season going. While it is highly unlikely they will be able to beat the Brumbies at home in the semi I dare say they will go down swinging.

 

Rebels 36 Waratahs 25

A consolation win for the Rebels in a very disappointing season while the Tahs are just glad it’s all over. Both sides are probably dreading the Trans Tasman competition starting in a few weeks too as the NZ sides are almost certain to lay bare their deficiencies.

 

Chiefs 26 Hurricanes 24

A torrid affair with both sides having chances to wrap it up before fulltime but it came down to the last play of the game. If you want to secure a game after the siren who do you want to step up to nail the last kick? Well actually Jordie Barrett or Richie Mo’unga fit the bill, but for sheer theatrical glamour you can’t go past Damian McKenzie. His penalty sailed through the sticks to produce another moment on a long highlights reel from SR Aotearoa.

 

Crusaders 29 Blues 6

This was really the chance for the Blues to play their final, to show the rugby fraternity they could match it with the best in the business. Alas, they were never in it and are extremely unlikely to pull off a miracle against the Chiefs to get another crack.

 

Coming up we have a team from the West with the wind in their sails taking on the benchmark of Australian rugby in a semi final. While across the Tasman we have the wrap up of the home and away season.

 

That will then be followed by the two finals and before you know it we are into the next variant of Super Rugby. The Trans Tasman comp will, hopefully, be a showcase for the game. As we were reminded on Saturday, the ANZACs are no longer with us in body but the spirit is well and truly alive. I have long believed our battles on the rugby field are as good a legacy as any we could hope for coming out of that bond. Let’s play the game played in heaven for those yet to get there.

 

 

 

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Grew up playing the rugby codes in suburban Sydney. Moved to Melbourne during the Carey era so becoming a Shinboner was the natural call. Still love the game they play in heaven. Took an interest in MLB a few years back and have become infatuated with America's pastime.

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