The 5th date of the Super Rugby Trans Tasman and the New Zealand teams begin to outline the two best to reach the grand final with one day remaining. TO Crusaders (18) missed the bonus point in win over Western Force and its hegemony in the region is in danger, since it will depend on the results of Blues (15) and Hurricanes (15).
But it will not be the only game to be played on Friday, since at 6:45, Reds that comes from breaking New Zealand’s winning streak by beating Chiefs, get Blues live on ESPN 3.
The date will continue on Saturday from 4.05 with the duel between Highlanders and Waratahs, broadcast on ESPN Extra at 11:30, and later, from 6.45, Brumbies host Hurricanes, live on ESPN Extra. They close the date, first thing in the Sunday, Chiefs-Rebels, at 0.35 a.m. live on ESPN 3.
CRUSADERS 29-21 WESTERN FORCE (Friday)
Those from Christchurch continue their victorious run, but losing the bonus point on the last play can be a headache when the group stage ends. Manasa Mataele, Will Jordan -on two occasions-, Whetukamokamo Douglas and Sione Havili Talitui scored the local tries and Fergus Burke, who played in the absence of Richie Mo’unga, made 2 conversions. In the Australians, Tomás Cubelli, Santiago Medrano and Domingo MIotti started, the latter made the conversions of the tries of Toni Pulu and Ollie Calan and Ian Prior was in charge of sending Jordan Olowefela to the posts of the conquest in the game’s epilogue.