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It was all New Zealand and Australia this weekend in Super Rugby as the South Africans are already on the June break.

With most starting to concentrate on the June Internationals we did saw some great games over the weekend.

Here is the current log standings with the Brumbies and Sunwolves still to play on Sunday

PosTeamPWLPts
1191420
2191360
33300
4181340
55310

Highlanders 30-14 Hurricanes

Somewhat of a surprise as the Hurricanes has been one of the front runners this year but has been losing shape the last few weeks.

The Highlanders have kept their perfect record at home and played the game as their supporters expected.

Losing the small battles is never a good thing for any team in Super Rugby and the Hurricanes struggled in this game.

The Highlanders were just so much better on attack and able to put players in space which the normal good Hurricanes defence could not handle.

The scorers:

For Highlanders:
Tries: Li, A Smith, Lomax, Naholo
Cons: Sopoaga 2
Pens: Sopoaga 2
Yellow Card: Squire

For Hurricanes:
Tries: J Barrett, Toomaga-Allen
Cons: B Barrett 2

Blues 10-20 Rebels

You cannot really say it is a surprise that the Rebels got the win against the Blues as they have never really got going this year.

Not the best game of rugby as both teams tried but could not really get going.

The Rebels was the best side on the field and deserve the win as the Blues dished up another poor performance.

Their log position tells the story of a team is serious problems and it does not seem that their is light at the end of the tunnel.

The scorers:

For Blues:
Try: Hepetema
Con: Perofeta
Pen: Perofeta

For Rebels:
Tries: Meakes 2, D Haylett-Petty
Con: Hodge
Pen: Hodge

Chiefs 20-34 Crusaders

The Crusaders kept their winning ways as they beat the Chiefs on Saturday in the New Zealand derby.

The Crusaders consolidated their position at the top of the Super Rugby standings when they beat the Chiefs 34-20 in their New Zealand derby in Hamilton on Saturday.

As expected, this was an entertaining affair with plenty of end-to-end action and although the Chiefs were competitive throughout, the Crusaders got the rub of the green in the end as they outscored their hosts four tries to three.

The win is the Crusaders’ tenth successive one and gives them a nine-point lead at the top of the New Zealand Conference while the Chiefs are now in fourth spot, 12 points adrift of the defending champions.

The scorers:

For Chiefs:
Tries: Wainui, Jacobson 2
Con: D McKenzie
Pen: D McKenzie

For Crusaders:
Tries: Bedwell-Curtis, Todd, Bridge, Romano
Cons: Mo’unga 3, Hunt
Pens: Mo’unga 2

Reds 41-52 Waratahs

The Waratahs returned to the victory trail in Super Rugby when they secured a 52-41 win over the Reds in their Australian derby in Brisbane on Saturday.

As the scoreline suggests, this was a high scoring match and the Waratahs were full value for their win in the end as they outscored the Reds eight tries to seven.

The result means the 2014 champions have now won nine successive matches against their traditional rivals and they consolidate their position at the top of the Australian Conference table while the Reds are still in fourth place in those standings.

I saw the Aussie media now say they are ready for Ireland. It is funny as high scoring games does not mean high quality matches.

The defence of both teams were poor at times more than they were great on attack.

I suppose the pajama supporters screaming for pretty rugby will be happy.

The scorers:

For Reds:
Tries: Perese, Higginbotham, Tupou, Mafi, Timu, Petaia, Fa’agase
Cons: Stewart 2, Lucas
Yellow Card: Douglas

For Waratahs:
Tries: Rona, Wells, Naiyaravoro, Folau 2, Phipps, Gordon, Clark
Cons: Foley 6

Still to come

Brumbies to play Sunwolves on Sunday

We take a break from Super Rugby which is maybe a good thing as we get into the test series for the next three weeks.

 

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