Although Hurricanes enjoyed an extraordinary 34-32 victory against a Crusaders who seemed invincible at home (he had 36 consecutive games without losing at home), the physical rigor that was witnessed in Christchurch produced side effects … For example, the injury of the star that Wellington’s have in the center of the court, Ngani Laumape, who will miss the final stretch of Super Rugby Aotearoa just when his team fully embraced the title fight.
One of the most outstanding players in New Zealand rugby had to leave the field after 53 minutes of the game due to an injury to his arm, and although the severity of it had not yet been confirmed (it could be a fracture), it was the player himself who, through his social networks, announced that he will not be available to the rest of the competition.
“It was not the way I wanted to end my participation in Super Rugby Aotearoa,” Laumape said on his Twitter account. But anyway, he added: “2020 is not over for me yet.” It remains to be seen what happens during the next few days with the Rugby Championship and the international calendar … What is clear is that Ngani is one of the figures of the moment and a fixture in the All Blacks team.
Statistics from Super Rugby Aotearoa confirm that the 27-year-old center is one of the best: so far in the tournament, he has accumulated 75 runs with a dominated ball, 13 clean breaks, 28 defenders overcome, 378 meters traveled and 5 offloads.