The return to rugby in New Zealand came with as many emotions as curiosities. In addition to the novel change in the interpretation of the rules by the referees, the first round of the Super Rugby Aotearoa left several striking and interesting data.
one- Record at Eden Park: In what was the return to the official post-pandemic competition, the mythical stadium received the largest number of spectators in the last 15 years. Around 50,000 people enjoyed the return to activity in the oceanic country, more precisely in Auckland. It was victory of the local Blues 30-20 against Hurricanes.
two- Chiefs was not yet victorious: After an otherwise auspicious start to Super Rugby 2020 (he won 4 of the 6 games he played), the team led by Warren Gatland has still failed to make a foothold in SR Aotearoa and, so far, is the only team in SR Aotearoa who lost the four games he played. At the beginning of the year, he had beaten the powerful Blues 37-29, the candidate Crusaders 25-15, Sunwolves 43-17 and Waratahs 51-14, and had only lost to Brumbies (14-26) and Hurricanes with what fair (24-27).
3- Will Jordan, zion of try: With 5 conquests, the Crusaders fullback is, so far, the tryman of Super Rugby Aotearoa. In the four games that compete, the 22-year-old scored more than 33 percent of his team’s total of tries (14), the only leader. He scored two for the Chiefs, two for Highlanders and one for Blues on the last day, in which he even entered from the bench of the substitutes.
4- Richie Mo’unga, the scorer: 10 is definitely one of the main reasons that his Crusaders team has finished the first round of the leading and undefeated tournament. The opening of the whole of Christchurch accumulates 58 points so far in the contest and so far he is the scorer. From not so close, they are followed by Damian McKenzie from Chiefs (43), Mitch Hunt from Highlanders (40) and Otere Black, from Blues (35).
5- The amazing undefeated Crusaders at home: With the two victories he achieved at Orangetheory Stadium during this Super Rugby Aotearoa (18-13 to Chiefs and 26-15 to Blues), Crusaders accumulates 36 consecutive games without losing in Christchurch: he won 35 and drew just one. To find the last defeat that the three-time champion suffered at home, one would have to go back to 2016: on July 16 of that year, with the tries of Beauden Barret, Callum Gibbins, TJ Perenara, Willis Halaholo and Jason Woodward, Hurricanes managed to win in Christchurch 35-10.