Date 7 of Super Rugby Aotearoa, which had started with a great match between Crusaders and Hurricanes, closed this Sunday with the duel between Blues and Chiefs.
Both matches can be relived delayed on Sunday by ESPN 3. The one that was played in Christchurch, from 15, while the one that was played in Auckland, from 17.
BLUES – CHIEFS (Sunday)
After the fall of Crusaders against Hurricanes, what Super Rugby Aotearoa lacked to have an exciting definition, was that Blues managed to score against the Chiefs. And although it cost him, that is what he did … With a lot of work involved, the Auckland team beat a team that does not raise its head and, until now, has lost the six games it played. With Beauden Barrett as the first start, at 14 ‘of play, those led by MacDonald already won 15-0 thanks to tries by Matt Duffie (6’) and Patrick Tuipulotu (14 ‘). However, the cast of Warren Gatland was not going to delay in reacting. First, through the powerful third line Lachlan Boshier (20 ‘). And then, using the speed of Solomon Alaimalo (46 ‘). That, added to a McKenzie penalty, allowed the visit to be put in advantage. But that was until 55 ‘, when Finlay Christie finished in the ingoal rival what Tu’ungafasi had started with a great individual maneuver. At the end of the game, Chiefs had an unbeatable chance. Only 4 points away on the scoreboard, he had a quick penalty kick in full attack but, after a couple of phases, Joshua Goodhue managed to catch the ball and force the penalty in favor of Blues. In this way, those from Auckland were just 2 points behind Crusaders in the standings and made the great definition of Super Rugby Aotearoa spicy.
CRUSADERS 32-34 HURRICANES (Saturday)
It was a great match between the two teams that now animate the tournament. Crusaders had not lost on his court since 2016 and that day it had been precisely Hurricanes who had beaten him. If he won, the local was one victory away from the title, but now he must wait and not lose any more points. The duel was even for the tries of Mo’unga and Bridge in the first half for the local and the answers of Wes Goosen in duplicate. A penalty from Jordie Barrett put the finishing touch on the first half for a 21-17 partial for Wellington’s. In the second half, the visit expanded with another penalty and the conversion of the fullback, after the Peter Umaga-Jansen try. An 11-point difference – Mo’unga had discounted with a penalty – something unusual for those from Christchurch who did not resign first added with the try by Quinten Strange (68 ‘), then Barrett stretched with another penalty and the Sevu Reece’s try on the end (76 ‘).