The first version of Super Rugby Aotearoa came to an end after Saturday’s match between Highlanders and Hurricanes, at an empty stadium due to the Coronavirus. The same reason for which, the meeting that was to be played in Auckland between the local, Blues, and the already champion Crusaders, was suspended and a draw was determined as the final result.
HIGHLANDERS 38-21 HURRICANES (Saturday)
The local team closed a smile on a tournament with ups and downs that was demonstrated in its numbers: 3 wins and 5 losses. It was special for several reasons, because there was no public, but especially because of Aaron Smith’s 150 games in the competition, so the scrum half jumped onto the court first and was recognized. Then, his teammates were in charge of giving him a victory that was conceived in the second stage, after a first half equalized at 14. The winner’s tries were from Ngatungane Punivai, Ash Dixon, Collins, Mitch Hunt and a penalty try. The visit had its chances, they canceled a couple of tries with the help of the TMO and it was not enough with the conquests of Vince Aso, Jamie Booth and Peter Umaga-Jensen.