The 5th date of the Super Rugby Trans Tasman began to shape the New Zealand teams 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.
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 continued on Saturday with the rout of Highlanders to Waratahs and later on Brumbies hit the Hurricanes. They closed the Sunday Chiefs and Rebels, with the triumph of the New Zealand team.
CHIEFS 36-26 REBELS (Sunday)
Despite not being able to count on Damian McKenzie, his main figure, Chiefs was able to stay with the victory against Rebels by 36-26. The New Zealand team found the key moments to hit their rival and thus chain a new victory in the tournament. Tries made for the Hamilton cast were by Kaleb Trask, Anton Lienert-Brown and Chase Tiatia, all twice. While for the Australians Isi Naisarani (2) scored Stacey Ili and Andrew Kellaway.
BRUMBIES 12-10 HURRICANES (Saturday)
The most resounding win of the weekend in the tournament. Jordie Barrett had two chances to twist history with two penalties but the back did not have a good night in Canberra and missed both shipments. Ryan Lonergan and Len Ikitau were the heroes of the day and Noah Lolesio brought a conversion for the winners. In Wellington’s there was a try by Dane Coles and Jordi Barrett hit the conversion and a penalty.
HIGHLANDERS 59-23 WARATAHS (Saturday)
Triumph with a bonus point and to wait until the last date to see if the mountaineers can achieve a place among the first two and reach the final. The Sydney team want this lousy year to pass quickly and shuffle and give again to be the team of yesteryear. The Dunedin tries came through Michael Collins, Sio Tomkinson, Ethan De Groot (2), Ash Dixon, Jona Nareki (2) Kazuki Himeno and Teariki Ben-Nicholas. Mitch Hunt was in charge of hitting 7 conversions. For the Australians there were tries by Jack Maddocks and Mark Nawaqanitawase and Will Harrison signed the 2 conversions and 3 penalties.
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 scored a penalty. All 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.