The weekend’s action was entertaining to say the least. Here is our roundup of the games from the Southern Hemisphere and Northern Hemisphere.
Match: Rebels v Sharks (AAMI Park)
Result: Rebels 24 (10) v Sharks 36 (22)
Scorers: Rebels – Try: M. Koroibete, I. Naisarani, A. Rangi Con: A. Deegan Pen: A. Deegan; Sharks – Tries: M. Mapimpi x2, A. Esterhuizen, M. Tambwe, C. Bosch Con: C. Bosch x4 Pens:
Highlight: Mapimpi’s first try, it was a good old smash mouth attacking rugby. A good run up the gut by Fassie who offloaded the ball to Bosch. There was a short side play when a Fassie grubber was grabbed by Noche who along with Mapimpi had the Rebels defenders on their back foot before the latter score seconds later.
Match: Chiefs v Brumbies (Waikato Stadium)
Result: Chiefs 12 (0) v Brumbies (19) 24
Scorers: Chiefs – Tries: A. Cruden, A. Lienert-Brown Con: D. McKenzie x2; Brumbies – Try: T. Banks, S. Kata, P. Samu x2 Con: N. Lolesio x3
Highlight: Samu’s try just before the half set the Brumbies off for a much-needed win for the Aussie side. A dominant scrum and a textbook eighth man break from the back of the scrum to score under the post was a nostalgic and brought back some memories.
Match: Reds v Sunwolves (Suncorp Stadium)
Result: Reds 64 (36) v Sunwolves (0) 5
Scorers: Sunwolves – Tries: L. Wright, T. Tupou, H. Paisami, T. McDermott x2, L. Salakaia-Loto, J. O’Connor, H. Stewart, J. Nasser, I. Lucas Con: J. Campbell x6, B. Hegarty; Sunwolves – Tries: S. Fifita Con: Pen:
Highlight: Campbell kicking over six of his conversion attempts. Every point counts!
Match: Stomers v Jaguares (Newlands)
Result: Stomers 17 (3) v Jaguares (0) 7
Scorers: Stomers – Tries: H. Jantjies, R. Nel Con: D. Willemse x2 Pen: D. Willemse; Jaguares – Tries: R. Bruni Con: D. Miotti
Highlight: The Stomers turned on the style in the second half. Their try came from a Jantjies scoop and score after their defence had denied the Jaguares space a poorly executed bounce pass fell to him and he converted the try.
Match: Bulls v Blues (Loftus Veersveld)
Result: Bulls 21 (11) v Blues (8) 23
Scorers: Bulls – Tries: M. Steyn, J. Rudolph Con: M. Libbok Pen: M. Steyn x3; Blues – Tries: M. Telea, T. Robinson, S. Perofeta Con: O. Black Pen: O. Black x2
Highlight: The coolness that Black showed to execute a well timed cross kick out wide to find Duffy who had a beautiful jump and take before offloading to Perofeta, was the best passage of play all game.
Match: Crusaders v Highlanders (GIO Stadium)
Result: Crusaders 33 (26) v Highlanders (8) 13
Scorers: Crusaders – Tries: C. Taylor, T. Christie, B. Ennor, G. Bridge, D. Havili Con: Havili, Hall (2), Drummond; Highlanders – Tries: Tries: J. Nareki, M. Collins, Pen: J. Ioane
Highlight: George Bridge’s try that required him to be alive to the bounce of the ball that was almost knocked out of his path, the try was crucial as it helped the Saders to a demoralizing 26-8 lead into the half.
Match: Wales v France (Principality Stadium)
Result: Wales 23 (9) v France (17) 27
Scorers: Wales – Tries: D. Lewis, D. Biggar Con: D. Biggar x2 Pen: D. Biggar x3; France – Tries: A. Bouthier, P. Willemse, R. Ntamack Con: R. Ntamack x3 Pen: R. Ntamack x2
Highlight: Romain Ntamack put in an amazing shift in the match to win the man of the match award. The highlight of the game was his intercept try off a Tompkins sloppy pass.
Match: Italy v Scotland (Stadio Olimpico)
Result: Italy 0 (0) v Scotland () 17
Scorers: Italy – Tries: Con: Pen:; Scotland – Tries: S. Hogg, C. Harris, A. Hastings Con: A. Hastings
Highlight: The twenty first turnover of the match for Scotland led to a sweeping counterattack down the blind side with no-one at home for Italy, and Hastings ran the ball in the seventy-ninth minute, nailing the coffin.
Match: England v Ireland (Twickenham)
Result: England 24 (17) v Ireland (0) 12
Scorers: England – Tries: G. Ford, E. Daly, L. Cowan-Dickie Con: O. Farrell x3 Pen: O. Farrell; Ireland – Tries: R. Henshaw, A. Porter Con: J. Cooney
Highlight: Elliot Daly’s twenty-fifth minute try was scored too early for anyone to call it decisive, but for me I think it was crucial in seeing England through a tough match. Ireland at that point were so discombobulated that they couldn’t make plays, let alone kick the ball properly.