The eighth date of the Super Rugby Aotearoa was carried out as everyone expected and without surprises. The three-time champion Crusaders defeated the Chiefs at Hamilton, while the Blues beat away Highlanders.
In the absence of two dates, the outlook seems to indicate that Crusaders will achieve his fourth consecutive title. On the ninth day it can be consecrated just by winning at home against Highlanders.
What is left for each of the candidates?
Crusaders (24 points) The title is at your fingertips. Just by beating Highlanders in Christchurch next weekend he will win his fourth consecutive Super Rugby cup. He does not depend on anyone but himself. If he does not win, he must define the last day against Blues in Auckland. It would be really a surprise if those directed by Robertson are not consecrated.
The situation of Blues (22 points) it is not favorable. Although he is 2 points from the leader Crusaders, next week he must meet a free date which makes him depend on the result of the pointer. To dream of the championship, you must receive a great help from Highlanders in your visit to Christchurch in which you prevent victory for the three champions. If the leader loses or ties, the cast of Beauden Barrett and company will be able to fight the championship on the last date.
Although mathematically it has possibilities, Hurricanes (16 points) he’s practically out of the fight for the championship. In the next date he will face the Chiefs where he should beat him, achieving an offensive bonus point and expect a defeat from Crusaders. Then, in the last one, do the same against Highlanders and wait for a favorable result of the duel between Crusaders and Blues.
Date 9 (August 8 and 9)
Date 10 (August 15 and 16)