Almanac Rugby: Super Rugby Trans Tasman Final Round

With a decider next weekend not featuring the Crusaders we can at least say this competition has thrown up something different. The Blues and Highlanders did enough to book their spots in Saturday’s final at Eden Park.



It was disappointing that our two best teams, the Reds and Brumbies, performed so poorly on Friday night. By the time the three games rolled around on Saturday it was getting hard to work oneself up for those contests.



Hurricanes 43 Reds 14

One way traffic.



Highlanders 33 Brumbies 12

Brumbies put in a solid first half, but the visitors took it up a gear after the break. A spot in the final was on the line and they weren’t going to let it slip.



Crusaders 52 Rebels 26

Crusaders piled on the points hoping it would be enough to get them another crack at silverware. There were some passages in the second half when the Rebels looked up to the job but they were fleeting.



Blues 31 Force 21

The Blues were clinical in giving the faithful at Eden Park a taste of what is to come in the final. Once again, the Force played out the whole 80 minutes showing they belong in Super Rugby.



Chiefs 40 Waratahs 7

After 13 games across the two competitions the boys from Sin City failed to rack up a win. That had people scrambling for the record books. The Chiefs had a bit of fun.



This tournament confirmed the gap between the standards in both countries but there were some exciting young players unearthed for the test series coming up.



Let’s hope the series against France in July gives us some entertaining rugby and signs we will be able to match it when Bledisloe comes around in August. Don’t really want a winter of discontent. I would much prefer some music  to soothe the savage breast.




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