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Super Rugby Aotearoa Wrap – Crusaders back to winning ways and Blues stay in race


It was another loss for the Chiefs at home against the Crusaders who is just one win away from winning the competition, with the Blues staying in the race with their away win against the Highlanders.

There are now only two points between the Crusaders and Blues after eight rounds.

Chiefs Chiefs 19 32 Crusaders Crusaders

The Crusaders bounced back from last weeks loss against the Hurricanes with a win over the Chiefs in Hamilton.

As expected the game was another close one between the two sides but it was the Crusaders with the stringer finish to beat them 32-19.

It was again poor discipline from the Chiefs that cost them at he end. The Chiefs have now gone 7 matches without a win in the revamp New Zealand Super Rugby competition.

The Crusaders was worthy winners when outscored the Chiefs with five tries to one.

It was McKenzie boot that kept the Chiefs in the game for most part off the match for 60 minutes.

The Crusaders had the perfect start with Sanders and Jordan scoring the opening tries of the match to give the visitors a 12-0 lead early on.

The Chiefs answered back with a well worked try by Boshier after they held their own against the powerful Crusaders pack.

With minutes left in the first half the Chiefs got a yellow card when Stevenson was send to the bin for a deliberate knockdown. From here the Crusaders setup a lineout and Taylor got over from a lineout drive.

In the second half McKenzie slotted three penalties over and Mo’unga one before Reece and Fainga’anuku got two quick tries for the Crusaders to pull away.

This leaves the Crusaders with one win away to secure the domestic championship and for the Chiefs to try another week to get win.


Chiefs: Tries: Lachlan Boshier Conversions: Damian McKenzie Penalties: McKenzie (4)

Crusaders: Tries: Tom Sanders, Will Jordan, Codie Taylor, Sevu Reece, Leicester Faingaanuku Conversions: Richie Mo’unga (2) Penalties: Mo’unga

Highlanders Highlanders 21 32 Blues Blues

The Blues kept themselves in the hunt with their win over the Highlanders on Sunday.

After this weekend they are still two points behind the Crusaders on the log but they have played one more game, which means the Crusaders still likely to walk away the winners of the revamp New Zealand Super Rugby.

The Blues took and early lead when Akira Ioane and Christie scored the opening tries to give them a 12-0 lead.

Poor discipline from the Blues gave the Highlanders the chance to get back in the game. It was a try from Dixon with three penalties from Ioane to gave the home side the lead.

The Blues however got two tries before halftime from Faiane and Tu’ungafasi to take a 24-16 lead at the break.

They continue to put pressure on the Highlanders in the second half and with Christie getting a brace of tries to put the Blues well away to an away win.

The Highlanders never gave up and kept fighting and were rewarded with a late try by Frizell but it was to little to late for the home side.


Highlanders – Tries: Ash Dixon, Shannon Frizell. Conversions: Josh Ioane. Penalties: Ioane (3)
Blues – Tries: Akira Ioane, Finlay Christie (2),  TJ Faiane, Ofa Tu’ungafasi. Conversions: Beauden Barrett (2) Penalties: Barrett.

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