Trans-Tasman Super Rugby started and the one who brought the surprise was the Highlanders, widely beating the Australian champ, the Reds, with a ratio of 40-19. Additionally, Waratahs and Hurricanes completed the day in a cinematic match in which the New Zealand team won 64-48. On Saturday the Crusaders beat the Brumbies 31-29 and Rebels had a home win from Blues 3-50. Finally, Western Force had the opportunity to win against the leaders at Domingo Miotti’s foot with a diversion, but the opening failed and it was a visitors’ win 20-19.
Chiefs of Western Forces 19-20 (Saturday)
The Australian team won at the foot of Domingo Muti, who was dressed as a champ with the attempt, but the transfer did not go well and the New Zealanders celebrated. Little by little, Damien Mackenzie’s words about the opening at the end of the match were a sign of the Argentine’s uneasiness. Thomas Copelli and Santiago Medrano both started with the Perth team making another attempt by Richard Cahoe and a penalty kick attempt. Miotti got the other conversion right. Many of the winners came from the attempts of Alex Nankville, Nathan Harris, and Jonah Lowe. The talented Damian Mackenzie contributed to the diversion and penalty kick, but also missed two transfers and a penalty kick. At 26 ‘of complement, he saw red in visitor Luke Jacobson, for a double yellow.
CROSSIDER 31-29 PROMBIES (Saturday)
Richie Muonga gave a good game with 11 points, but he missed two transfers that would have made the Christchurch side a lot calmer. David Haveli, Brendon O’Connor, and Colin Grace were the heroes who turned the attempts with the opening. On the other hand, there were four attempts by the Australian at the hands of Scott Seo, Tom Banks, Ira Simone and Noah Lulicio, which weren’t enough for Brombys to win the match on the first date. Converting lost Lolesio in time would have meant a draw, after backing two attempts in the last ten minutes.
Ripples 3-50 Blues (Saturday)
During the first half, penalties took center stage in the match. Matt To’omua was responsible for converting the only penalty kick of the match in favor of Rebels. However, in the second half, in addition to Lucio Sordoni entering the Melbourne team, the Blues woke up leaving no respite and acting as a point-generating machine. Otere Black hit sticks and added 13 units. Akira Ewan and Hoskins Sutoto were the attempt, with two wins each, while AJ Lam backed the New Zealand super-team’s bid over the Aussie.
Highlanders 40-19 reds (Friday)
The Highlanders team was a hugely superior beating the Australian Rugby Super Champion Reds 40-19. On all the lines, those in Dunedin could find the equation to break their competitor, something that those in Brisbane could not do at any time. The New Zealand team left no doubts, turning six attempts at the hands of Ash Dickson and twice Scott Gregory, Seo Tomkinson, William Coltman and Ngatungan Bonifay. On the side of the Australian team, Kalani Thomas and Solese Vanivalu managed to score twice.
WARATA 48 – 64 Hurricane (Ferns)
The Waratahs and Hurricanes played a great game as they scored 17 attempts between the two teams, but the winner was New Zealand 64-48. Both teams took off in the eighty minutes and showed that on the match’s scoreboard. Those who signed up for Local Actors are: Alex Newsom, Angus Bell, Jake Gordon, Harry Johnson Holmes (x2), Laclan Swinton and Jack Maddox. While they managed to support hurricanes: Julian Savia (x2), Billy Proctor (x2), Jordi Barrett, Dean Coles, Bryden Eews, Peter Umaga Jensen, Pepsana Petafilo and Asafo Omua.