Date 6 of Super Rugby Aotearoa, which had started with one of the most anticipated duels between Beauden and Jordie Barrett, closed this Sunday with an epic comeback by Highlanders over Chiefs in Hamilton.
CHIEFS – HIGHLANDERS (Sunday)
At Hamilton, Highlanders gave a real show of character and won an incredible win as a prize. After being subdued by the Chiefs throughout the first half (he was 7-24 behind at half-time), Dunedin’s men faced the complement with another attitude and ended up winning it in the last maneuver of the game. Thanks to the leadership of Aaron Smith and Mitch Hunt, added to the determination and sense of smell of the center Sio Tomkinson, those led by Mauger achieved their second victory in Super Rugby Aotearoa. It should be noted that the locals were going to have a great start to the game. So much so that at 21 ‘they had already violated the ingoal rival on three occasions (Lachlan Boshier, Anton Lienert-Brown and Bradley Slater). But from there, it was all from the visitors, who were going to score five tries: Marino Mikaele-Tu’u (30 ‘), Mitch Hunt, (47’), Aaron Smith (56 ‘), Jona Nareki (75’ ), Sio Tomkinson (81). Thus, Highlanders adds 10 points and looks at the leaders of the tournament, while those led by Warren Gatland lost the 5 games they have played so far.
HURRICANES 29-27 BLUES (Saturday)
The local team demonstrated that it is not giving up until the last minute of the match and, despite not being the most effective, it was left with a fundamental victory to keep track of the leaders of Super Rugby Aotearoa and continue dreaming of title. With the tries of Ngani Laumape (4 ‘) and Reed Prinsep (34’) for the local team and Beauden Barrett (10 ‘) and Dalton Papali’i (29’) for the visit, the teams would go to the break with a draw in 15. During the complement, the rhythm of the game was not very different, with a Hurricanes more awake but with a lack of efficiency and a Blues knowing how to take advantage of the opportunities that were presented. In this way, Dan Coles’s tries (44 ‘) and discounts for the Auckland team came from Akira Ioane (57’) and Kurt Eklund (63 ‘). However, the last word would be the owner of the house by the hand of the great Asafo Aumua (76 ‘) who, four minutes after the closing, arrived at the ingoal to leave the result equal. Finally, Jordie Barrett’s conversion decreed Hurricanes’ win by a tight 29-27 at Welligton.