Date 8 of Super Rugby Aotearoa began with a solid victory for Crusaders over Chiefs as a visitor, a game that you can relive the Sunday, from 9, on ESPN 3. On the other hand, Blues closed the day with a key victory against Highlandes in Dunedin, a game that can be revived, delayed, the Sunday at 11, on ESPN 3.
HIGHLANDERS 21-32 BLUES (Sunday)
After nine years of drought in Dunedin, Blues achieved a key win with a bonus point against Highlanders by 32 to 21. With outstanding performances by Caleb Clarke, Akira Ioane and Finlay Christie, those from Auckland do not lose track of Crusaders and are still stuck to the first positions of the table of the Super Rugby Aotearoa. The five Blues tries were scored by Akira Ioane (7 ‘), Finlay Christie (10’ and 43 ‘), TJ Faiane (31’) and Ofa Tu’ungafasi (40 ‘), while an erratic Beauden Barrett only managed to add two conversions and a criminal. On the side of the homeowner, Ash Dixon (20 ‘) and Shannon Frizell (76’) were the ones who reached the ingoal and Josh Ioane added a conversion and three penalties.
CHIEFS 19-32 CRUSADERS (Saturday)
As a visitor, Crusaders once again demonstrated that when he turns on he plays one level above his rivals. This time, it was Chiefs who suffered a new defeat (7 out of 7) in what was the 100th game for Aaron Cruden with that shirt and which also meant the last home game of the season. The visit started better, with two tries in the first quarter of an hour Tom Sanders (7 ‘) and Will Jordan (14’). The reaction of the local with the conquest of Lachlan Boshier and Damian McKenzie’s penalty served to bring them closer, but a devastating maul at the end of the first half stretched the advantages after Codie Taylor’s try. In the second half, McKenzie added three penalties against one of Mo’unga and was one point on the scoreboard when it was 56 minutes. But there the champion appeared again, with the talent of Jordan and Mo’unga to generate spaces and facilitate Reece and Fainga’anuku tries. Then, a great visitor defense prevented Chiefs from discounting.