The Trans-Tasman Super Rugby began and the one who gave the surprise was Highlanders by widely surpassing the Australian champion, Reds, by 40-19. In addition, Waratahs and Hurricanes completed the day in a movie match where the New Zealand team won 64-48. On Saturday Crusaders beat Brumbies 31-29 and Rebels received a home win from Blues 3-50. Finally, Western Force had a chance to win against the Chiefs on the foot of Domingo Miotti with a conversion, but the opening failed and it was a victory for the visitors 20-19.
WESTERN FORCE 19-20 CHIEFS (Saturday)
The Australian team triumphed at the foot of Domingo Miotti, who had dressed as a hero with the try, but the conversion was not good and the Kiwis celebrated. It was by little and the words of Damian McKenzie for the opening in the end of the party marked the unease of the Argentine. Tomás Cubelli and Santiago Medrano started for the Perth team that had another try by Richard Kahui and a penalty try. Miotti got the other conversion right. The many winners came from tries by Alex Nankivell, Nathan Harris and Jonah Lowe. The talented Damian McKenzie contributed a conversion and a penalty, but also missed two conversions and a penalty. At 26 ‘of the complement he saw the red in the visitor Luke Jacobson, for a double yellow.
CRUSADER 31-29 BRUMBIES (Saturday)
Richie Mo’unga had a good game with 11 points, but missed two conversions that could have left the Christchurch team even calmer. David Havili, Brendon O’Connor and Cullen Grace were the protagonists who converted the tries together with the opening. On the other hand, there were four tries for the Australians in the hands of Scott Sio, Tom Banks, Irae Simone and Noah Lolesio, which were not enough for the Brumbies to win the match on the first date. The wrong conversion by Lolesio in full time would have meant a draw, after supporting two tries in the last ten minutes.
REBELS 3-50 BLUES (Saturday)
During the first half, penalties took center stage in the game. Matt To’omua was in charge of converting the only penalty of the match for Rebels. However, in the second half, in addition to the entry of Lucio Sordoni into the Melbourne team, Blues woke up, gave no respite and was a machine to generate points. Otere Black hit the sticks and added 13 units. Akira Ioane and Hoskins Sotutu were the trymen with two wins each, while AJ Lam supported the try for the New Zealand team’s huge victory over the Australian.
HIGHLANDERS 40-19 REDS (Friday)
Highlanders was far superior and beat Australian Super Rugby champion Reds 40-19. In all the lines, those of Dunedin could find the formula to break their rival, something that those of Brisbane could not do at any time. The New Zealand team left no doubt, converting six tries at the hands of Ash Dixon, twice Scott Gregory, Sio Tomkinson, Liam Coltman and Ngatungane Punivai. On the side of the Australian team, Kalani Thomas and Suliasi Vanivalu were able to score twice.
WARATAHS 48-64 HURRICANS (Friday)
Waratahs and Hurricanes played a spectacular match where they scored 17 tries between both teams, but the one who got the victory was the New Zealand side 64-48. Both teams sparked during the 80 minutes and this was demonstrated on the scoreboard of the match. Those who scored for the local cast were: Alex Newsome, Angus Bell, Jake Gordon, Harry Johnson-Holmes (x2), Lachlan Swinton and Jack Maddocks. While for Hurricanes they managed to support: Julian Savea (x2), Billy Proctor (x2), Jordie Barret, Dane Coles, Brayden Iose, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Pepesana Petafilo and Asafo Aumua.