Almanac Rugby: Super Rugby AU – Rd 4/ Aotearoa Rd 3

Good news rugby fans, there was sparkle and drama and old fashioned entertainment over the weekend. All four games had fascinating angles. Conventional wisdom was tested. The game they play in the afterlife showed that what happens here on terra firma is infinitely more interesting.

 

Rebels 10 Force 7

 

In a low scoring affair, the Rebels managed to do twice what had eluded them in the first two games – cross the tryline. While their gallant efforts against both the Reds and Brumbies had earned them respect, playing 80 minutes of rugby in Australia without any 5 pointers on a regular basis isn’t going to endear you to the punters, The willingness to play expansively and try out some new setpieces was a welcomed initaitive by the Melbourne team.

 

The Force certainly acquitted themselves well and showed they are not just making up the numbers. But it was the Rebels’ night and set them up for a run of four home games that could see them have a serious crack at the title.

 

Reds 40 Brumbies 38

 

The game we were waiting for didn’t disappoint. In a frenetic encounter both teams took the game on and showed some dazzling skills. While the Brumbies appeared to always have the game on their terms, Brad Thorn’s charges have a way of upsetting apple carts consistently.

 

O’Connor’s cool penalty taking has been a feature of the mature version of the player we now see strutting out on the paddock as the captain of this merry band of men. The Reds’ pack was in brutal form too, winning three scrums against the feed.

 

A cherished victory for the Queenslanders as they most definitely stake a claim on SRAU.

 

Crusaders 39 Chiefs 17

 

There isn’t a lot to say about the scoreline as the clinical Crusdaers inevitably made short shrift of the hapless Hamiltonians but there was intrigue aplenty in this game.

 

The contest between Damian McKenzie and Richie Mo’unga was a ripsnorter. McKenzie steamrolled the Crusaders’ No 10 to get the Chiefs on the board. But Richie is a proud man. He clinically eviscerated McKenzie in other contests around the ground and this was a big factor in the thumping win.

 

The biggest talking point of the game was a superhuman effort by Crusaders winger Lecister Fainga’anuku scoring a gravity defying try in the corner despte the best efforts of that man McKenzie.

 

Blues 39 Highlanders 17

 

There’s a lot to like about the Blues. This was a great team effort. The skills and endeavour on display here suggest they may well be the biggest challenger to the maruading Crusaders.

 

This was a great round of rugby in both comps. Long may it continue.

 

 

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  1. Tahs won by not playing

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