Almanac Rugby: Super Rugby Trans Tasman Round 4

Good news. We got another win on the weekend. Brumbies fell over the line after the Canes missed several late opportunities. All the other teams made a fair fist of it too. All except the Tahs of course, they were terrible again.


Crusaders 29 Force 21

Crusaders were a bit off on Friday night, allowing a spirited Force to get a sniff. The men from WA keep delivering.


Blues 31 Reds 24

The Reds were hosting at the scene of their great win over the Chiefs but failed to back up. The visitors showed why they may well be on the cusp of their first silverware for many a moon.


Highlanders 59 Waratahs 23

The Tahs made another team look good. The usual consolation tries can’t masquerade the shambles they are.


Brumbies 12 Hurricanes 10

Here it was – the second Aussie win of the tournament. The Brumbies were disciplined and imaginative from the opening whistle. They should have put more points on the board in the second half as the Canes came at them late.


A try was disallowed for a knock on and Jordie Barrett missed two penalty attempts. The Brumbies got lucky but in reality they deserved this one. Regular game time against NZ teams is starting to pay off. The Canberrans look up to the challenge now.


Chiefs 36 Rebels 26

The Chiefs looked like they were going to post a cricket score with early tries that the Rebels concede far too often.


Led by my favourite player, Isi Naisarani, the boys wearing the Southern Cross fought back gallantly to make this a real contest.


With the final round coming up, it will be one of the three undefeated NZ teams vying for the two final spots. The most likely outcome is a Blues v Crusaders climax. At least the Aussie teams have shown more backbone of late. That’s a takeaway I can chow down on with both hands.



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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.


  1. Yes, the Australian franchises performed better as this series has progressed but the yawning gap is still there. It doesn’t augur well for the Bledisloe Cup games.

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