Super Rugby Saturday round-up


Last Updated: 02/06/18 4:03pm

The Chiefs and Crusaders were among those to lock horns in the latest round of Super Rugby action

The Chiefs and Crusaders were among those to lock horns in the latest round of Super Rugby action

Saturday saw another three Super Rugby fixtures take place, which all resulted in away victories.

Friday saw the Highlanders beat the Hurricanes in Dunedin, but on Saturday there was good news for the Waratahs, Crusaders and Rebels on the road…

Reds 41-52 Waratahs

The Waratahs prevailed in a wild, 15-try, 93-point shootout against their oldest rivals at Lang Park to move back to the top of the Australian conference heading into the international break.

The Waratahs posted 52 points at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane as they beat the Reds The Waratahs posted 52 points at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane as they beat the Reds

The Waratahs posted 52 points at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane as they beat the Reds

Waratahs full-back Israel Folau touched down either side of the break and there were also tries for Taqele Naiyaravoro, Cam Clark, Curtis Rona and Michael Wells, as well as scrum-half Nick Phipps and his replacement Jake Gordon.

Izaia Perese opened the scoring for the Reds off a first-minute interception and tries from Scott Higginbotham, Taniela Tupou, Caleb Timu, Alex Mafi, Jordan Petaia and Sef Fa’agase would have given them a chance to win had they managed to convert more than three of them.

Curtis Rona scored the first of 15 tries by both sides in the match Curtis Rona scored the first of 15 tries by both sides in the match

Curtis Rona scored the first of 15 tries by both sides in the match

Two tries in the last 10 minutes typified the effort from the Reds and prevented the Waratahs from picking up a bonus point, leaving them a point clear of the Rebels at the top of the conference.

Chiefs 20-34 Crusaders

The reigning champion Crusaders will head into the June international break on a 10-match winning streak after out-muscling the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Winger George Bridge and forwards Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Matt Todd and Luke Romano crossed as the south islanders gave prop Wyatt Crockett a victory to celebrate on his unprecedented 200th Super Rugby appearance.

The Crusaders celebrate after Wyatt Crockett (front, flanked by kids) tasted victory on the occasion of his 200th Super Rugby game The Crusaders celebrate after Wyatt Crockett (front, flanked by kids) tasted victory on the occasion of his 200th Super Rugby game

The Crusaders celebrate after Wyatt Crockett (front, flanked by kids) tasted victory on the occasion of his 200th Super Rugby game

Flanker Luke Jacobson scored tries either side of half-time for the Chiefs, with winger Sean Wainui also crossing against his old side, but the hosts were no match for the ruthless Crusaders when it came to the crunch.

The victory also means the competition-leading Crusaders go into the international break with a nine-point cushion over the Hurricanes at the top of the New Zealand conference.

Blues 10-20 Rebels

Centre Billy Meakes grabbed a brace at Eden Park as the Rebels snapped a run of 32 straight defeats for Australian Super Rugby sides in New Zealand, going back to 2015.

Tries through Bill Meakes (two) and Dane Haylett-Petty saw the Rebels beat the Blues in Auckland Tries through Bill Meakes (two) and Dane Haylett-Petty saw the Rebels beat the Blues in Auckland

Tries through Bill Meakes (two) and Dane Haylett-Petty saw the Rebels beat the Blues in Auckland

Meakes struck either side of half-time and full-back Dane Haylett-Petty also crossed as the Rebels got ample reward for their direct running and stout defence with a third straight win.

Terrence Hepetema, who came into the centres for the injured Sonny Bill Williams, scored the only try for the Blues in the 35th minute but the home side were unable to register a point in the second half as they slumped to a 10th defeat of the season.

Jerome Kaino and co tasted defeat for the 10th time this season Jerome Kaino and co tasted defeat for the 10th time this season

Jerome Kaino and co tasted defeat for the 10th time this season

There was bad news for Australia ahead of their June series against Ireland with Rebels hooker Jordan Uelese and winger Jack Maddocks both limping off in the 70th minute, the former with what looked like a serious knee injury.

Share if you enjoyed this post!



Source link