Almanac Rugby – Super Rugby AU Rd 3/ Aotearoa Rd 2: A round to be expected

As mundane it is getting, there were no surprises in the four games over the weekend. Even the Force towelling up the Waratahs had a sense of the careening car hitting the only tree around. However, these competitions do give us a chance to revel in the highs and lows that rugby offers. With many players seeking fame and glory on distant shores, it is important we take the time to watch our local lads strut their stuff and hope that the resulting Wallabies and All Blacks teams put on a great show later in the year.


Force 20 Waratahs 16

The sense of foreboding on Friday night in Parramatta was palpable. The Tahs had suffered their two heaviest ever defeats against the Reds and Brumbies so while it would be expected they would normally comfortably account for the Force, everyone was on tenterhooks. They started well enough but the mixed bag of fresh recruits and old heads the Force have assembled played 80 minute rugby. They looked assured in the dying moments to secure a narrow win. Joy for the men from the West. More soul searching in Sydney.


Brumbies 27 Rebels 24

The Rebels played the same game plan against the Brumbies as they had the previous week; wear down the opposition and hope for an infringement. Collect 3 points. Do not pass GO. Despite not scoring a try, meaning they haven’t crossed over for a 5 pointer so far this competition, the Rebels were level when the final siren blew. Ryan Lonergan planted a monster penalty to give the hosts a well deserved win. Their three tries and inventive play showed them to be the benchmark team.


Highlanders 39 Chiefs 23

In New Zealand, the Chiefs burst out of the gates but were reeled in mercilessly by the men from Dunedin. It was a stunning come from behind win by a team that is always threatening to do these magical stunts.


Crusaders 33 Hurricanes 16

In the other game, the Crusaders were clinical once again. Not much more to add.


In the next round we have the top of the table clash when the Reds travel to Canberra to face the Brumbies. Hopefully that will be the game to bring Super Rugby alive. One can only hope.



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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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