It was another exciting weekend of Super Rugby Aotearoa with the Hurricanes ending the Crusaders 4 year run at home and the Blues that got back to winning ways against the Chiefs.
The Crusaders are still on top of the log but they are being chase now by the Blues and the Hurricanes.
The last time the Crusaders loss at home was in July 2016 against the Hurricanes and after a unbeaten 37 games run. It took a standout performance from the same Hurricanes team to get the better of them on Saturday beating them 34-32.
This was also the fist defeat for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.
The Hurricanes who lost their first two matches in this competition has been the form side with the Crusaders in the last couple off weeks.
It was as tight as we expected it to be with neither team really dominated for long periods of time.
Unaga-Jensen was brilliant to setup two first half tries for Goosen which put the Hurricanes in the advantage at the break.
A crucial try with 20 minutes to go from Umaga-Jensen to the visitors lead to 31-20.
Off course the Crusaders came back at them in the final quarter as we got used to from the champion side but this time it was not enough to scrape through the win.
Two late tries by Strange and Reece set them up to steal the game again but Jordie Barrett penalty made the difference at the end.
The Hurricanes took the early lead when the Crusaders gave away a couple of silly penalties but the Crusaders leveled it out with one from Mo’unga.
He also got a seven pointer for his side when he scored the first try of the match which gave them the lead.
But that was countered with Goosen first try and Barrett knocking over the conversion.
Then came George Bridge with a unbelievable try. A pass from Reece fell at his feet, and Bridge kicked it forward to beat everyone for the try.
By the time Goosen got his second try the Hurricanes took the lead and they never let it go again.
This was a brilliant win for the Hurricanes keeping them and the Blues still in the run for the championship.
Crusaders: Tries: Richie Mo’unga, George Bridge, Quinten Strange, Sevu Reece Conversions: Mo’unga (3)Penalties: Mo’unga (2)
Hurricanes: Tries: Wes Goosen (2), Peter Umaga-Jensen Conversions: Jordie Barrett (2) Penalties: Barrett (5)
It was a crucial must win game for the Blues on Sunday against the Chiefs at home, and they done just that beating Gatland side 21-17.
The Chiefs are still without a win in the revamp Super Rugby competition sitting lonely at the bottom of the log.
A crucial try from Christie kept the Blues hopes alive to stay in touch with the Crusaders, specially after the Crusaders were dealt a huge blow by the Hurricanes at home on Saturday.
The win gave the Blues the second place on the log, just two log points shy off the Crusaders and two points ahead off the Hurricanes.
Discipline cost the Chiefs again when they were given a yellow card in the final minutes off the game. That gave the Blues a penalty which they just had to kick out for the win.
They outscored the Chiefs with three tries to two and worthy winners at the end.
The Blues had a great start racing to 14-0 after just 13 minutes. They did let the Chiefs come back in the game and were 14-17 behind before Christie saw a gap around the ruck to get over for the match wining try.
Blues 21: Tries: Matt Duffie, Patrick Tuipulotu, Finlay Christie Conversions: Beauden Barrett (3)
Chiefs 17 Tries: Lachlan Boshier, Solomon Alaimalo Conversions: Damian McKenzie (2) Penalty: McKenzie.
Next weeks matches
Saturday 1 August 2020
Sunday 2 August 2020