Date 10 of Super Rugby Aotearoa began on Friday with a bulging victory by Hurricanes over Highlanders 41-22. On Saturday, the regular phase was completed with the Blues bonus point victory over a Chiefs who put up many substitutes, knowing that he was already qualified for the final, where he would visit Crusaders.
BLUES 39-19 CHIEFS (Saturday)
On the last day of the regular season, Blues won a 39-19 victory against a Chiefs full of substitutes, with the peace of mind of knowing that they had already secured the classification. The tries made by the Auckland team were by Kurt Eklund, Adrian Choat, Zarn Sullivan, Hoskins Sotutu and AJ Lam on two occasions. The only one who scored for Hamilton’s team was Shaun Stevenson, while Bryn Gatland scored four penalties. It should be noted that next weekend, the Chiefs will have to face the Crusaders to determine who will be the champion of the tournament.
HURRICANES 41-22 HIGHLANDERS (Friday)
The local team closed the tournament with a victory more than necessary. Just one victory added Jordie Barrett’s team and company in the tournament, and before their audience they wanted to leave with a smile. And while the final result made a big difference, it was not easy for him to mark distances. In the first half, the initiative was taken by the visiting team who went up on the scoreboard by 17-15, thanks to the tries of Josh Dickson (18 ‘) and Jona Nareki (28’). In the complement, Ash Dixon supported the third and last of his team, but in that second half, the highlight was on the side of Hurricanes. Hand in hand with Laumape, with his try a minute after the start of the complement, the lift began that would end with almost twenty points of advantage. The winner’s tries were supported by: Devan Flanders (8 ‘), Dane Coles (38’), Ngani Laumape (41 ‘), Du’Plessis Kirifi (53’), Brayden Iose (71 ‘) and Salesi Rayasi (78’) .