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 (19) and Hurricanes (15), who still owe their match this day.
Blues beat Reds to extend their winning streak and stay on top of the tournament. Those from Auckland have a great opportunity to reach the final if they beat Western Force at home on the next date, for that they will also have to achieve the try bonus and not depend on the other results.
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.
REDS 24-31 BLUES (Friday)
Those from Auckland won on their visit to Queensland and are still at the top of the standings and in the absence of a date they will depend on themselves to get one of the two places in the final. Dalton Papalii, Mark Telea, Patrick Tuipulotu and Finlay Christie scored the tries and Otere Black signed all four conversions and a penalty. For the locals, Harry Wilson, Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Filipo Daugunu arrived, the latter also taking a penalty. The three conversions were in charge of Isaac Henry.
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.