For the South African Franchise, it was like inviting your friends for a Braai and then dish up cheese and wine.
Unfortunately the excitement of round one was quickly out of the back door when we woke up on Sunday morning.
Super Rugby Round 2 Full Report
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Round 2 Wrap
The Highlanders already had a win under their belt against the Chiefs in round 1 but this was the first match for the Reds who had a bye in round 1.
Last year the Reds struggled and there was some expectation that they will be better in year two with their coach Brad Thorn.
The Highlanders had to come back from behind again to take the win 36-31.
It was a fast game with the lead changing a few time but at the end the Highlanders late try gave them the win over the Reds with 36-31.
Shannon Frizell is a player to watch this year with another powerful performance for the Highlanders. He scored two tries in the match adding to the one he got in round .
The Reds scored four tries through wing Chris Feauai-Sautia, scrumhalf Moses Sorovi, lock Izack Rodda and prop Feao Fotuaika.
The home teams tries came through centre Rob Thompson, flanks Shannon Frizell (2) and Dillon Hunt and fullback Ben Smith. Flyhalf Josh Ioane added four conversions and a penalty.
Next week the Highlanders will travel to play the Rebels and the Reds will host the Crusaders.
With a 45-10 lost in round 1 against the Sharks nobody expected much from the Sunwolves against the Waratahs, but how wrong we all was.
The Sunwolves was a total different team staying in the game for the full 80 minutes.
It was a frantic start to the match with the Waratahs putting the early pressure on the Sunwolves but it was the Sunwolves who scored the first try with and intercept.
It was humdinger all the way through with the Waratahs having the final say to take the win.
Jack Dempsey was a standout for the Waratahs. He is a strong runner with the ball and do the hard work at defence.
Next week the Sunwolves will travel to face the Chiefs with the Waratahs having a bye.
The match of the weekend came from the Crusaders when they hosted the Hurricanes on Saturday even if it was just for the first 40 minutes.
The quality and skills shown in this match just shows how much behind the rest of the teams are in compression to the Crusaders.
Even with some of their stars still being rested, they were just too good for the Hurricanes.
They did let it slipped in the second half but that was most properly due to all the substitutions they made after sealing the game already in the first half.
Leading 31-0 shows just the dominance of the Crusaders in this game.
The Hurricanes does not look good so far but they are missing some players who will strengthen the team.
Most properly the biggest surprise of the week end came when the Brumbies demolished the Chiefs on Saturday morning.
From what we saw in round 1 against the Rebels nobody really expected them to thrash the Chiefs they did.
This performance from the Brumbies reminded us of the Brumbies golden years and if this is what they will dish up this year we are in for a great season.
Winning the game 51-17 is one thing but when last did we see 50 points being put past a New Zealand side.
The Chiefs are not at a great place, but this Brumbies side just took them out of the game from the first minute.
Last week we saw Cooper dominating at ten and this week we saw Christian Lealiifano put up his hand as well for the Aussie number 10 jumper.
Suddenly Cheika have three number ten’s that looks on their game although it is still early in the season.
If the game of rugby was played in 40 minutes then the Sharks would have played the perfect game against the Blues, but unfortunately it is a 80 minute game.
It was a great start for the Sharks with Lukhanyo Am again standing out. His great vision for the game is brilliant and adds so much to this Sharks side.
As good as the Sharks were in the first half as bad they were in that second half.
All the usual mistakes stated to creep in and they almost let the Blues back into the game.
The impact players did not do much impact for the Sharks as well. It was very warm and humid which did not help both teams.
Maybe the Sharks should change their home and away strips so that they play in white at home.
The Blues did not rise to the same level as last week against the Crusaders and was not really in the game at all.
At the end a great tackle from Am gave Bosch an intercept which he ran the full length of the field to score their bonus point try.
Next week the Sharks host the Stormers and the Blues travel to Argentina to face the Jaguares.
One of the games we thought would be one of the best of the weekend became one of the worst.
The Stormers took 165 minutes to score their first try of the season which gave them the win at Newlands against the Lions.
The Stormers still look like they have no leadership, game plan or structure in this group.
The fact that they were still in the game after 80 minutes was purely because the Lions kept them in the match with silly penalties.
The Lions should have never been in a situation were they had to defend the game in the last few minutes of the match.
It is hard to believe that this Stormers side will be any threat to the top sides.
One can excuse the Lions maybe for their poor second half performance traveling west and east within 4 days.
They were just going through the motions in that second half and let the Stormers back in it, it was more the Lions that lost this game that the Stormers winning it.
Maybe it was what the Stormers needed, but I can not see them improving much, they look like a team who is with no direction or plan.
For the Lions they need to step up as they face the Bulls this week coming at least this will be at home.
The Stormers will travel to face the log leading Sharks in Durban.
The Jaguares got their first win of the season when they beat the Bulls.
The Bulls was unable to provide the spark they showed against the Stormers in wet conditions against the Jaguares.
The Bulls just made too many mistakes and struggled to get momentum in the match.
The Jaguares came back with a much better performance this week. There defence was brilliant and they turned the Bulls around for most of the game.
The Bulls biggest struggle was their kicking game which failed miserably.
Papier box-kicks was poor and Pollard did not lift up to the standard he showed us last week.
The forwards also did not had the same impact although the set pieces was alright.
Next week the Bulls will face the Lions and the Jaguares host the Blues.
Here is all next weeks matches: