Date 5 of Super Rugby Aotearoa began with the most anticipated duel between the champion of the last three editions, Crusaders and the sensation team, Blues. You can watch the game, delayed, on Sunday at 11 on ESPN 3. On the other hand, Hurricanes became strong in Wellington and prevailed over Highlanders, you can also enjoy it, delayed, on Sunday from 9 on ESPN 3.
HURRICANES 17-11 HIGHLANDERS (Sunday)
The homeowner knew how to take better advantage of the few clear opportunities that were presented to him and, in this way, he was left with an important victory over Highlanders to closely follow the leaders: Crusaders and Blues. In the first stage, TJ Perenara (28 ‘) and Jacobus Van Wyk (36’) scored the tries for the home team, while Jordie Barrett added a conversion to close a 12-0 partial result. Later, in the complement, the game rhythm decreased and the handling errors became more evident (helped by the bad weather). In this way, despite the try scored by Devan Flanders (48 ‘) for Hurricanes, Highlanders was able to get up and discount through Aaron Smith (58’) and two penalties from Mitch Hunt (51 ‘and 80’). However, the Dunedin team fell short of time and paid dearly for the lack of effectiveness of the first 40 minutes.
CRUSADERS 26-15 BLUES (Saturday)
The local team again demonstrated that in hot moments, its most effective version appears to stay with the games. Blues played well, but it was the little individual details that made the difference on the scoreboard. The tries by Mitchell Drummond (61 ‘) and Will Jordan (75’), plus a great game by Richie Mo’unga both tactically and with his foot with two conversions and four penalties (28 ‘, 31’, 48 ‘, 67 ‘). Those in Auckland did not have the necessary relevance in the game of Beauden Barrett, who did not gravitate to being again as a fullback. The tries by Mark Telea (10 ‘) and Rieko Ioane (55’), plus a conversion and a penalty by Otere Black were not enough.