To watch any match where ten tries are scored, is always a pleasant but unfortunately a rather rare experience. However, iIf the one team scores ten and the other seven tries, the glut of tries point to poor defence and many missed tackles and not necessarily good, structured rugby.
And that is just what happened on the first day of the new Trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition when Australia’s Waratahs were outscored by ten tries to seven by the Hurricanes in Sydney.
Ninety points were scored in the first hour of the match between the two countries’ Super Rugby wooden spoonists – not a feat to excite any rugby lover except (perhaps) the winners’ supporters.
It was the Waratahs ninth defeat on the trot after with eight defeats coming in the Super Rugby competition of Australia when they went down 48-64 against the Canes on a day that Australian teams were well-beaten in both Friday’s matches.
▲ The newly crowned Australian champion Reds suffered a 19-40 defeat at the hands of the Highlanders in Dunedin.
The two heavy defeats don’t auger well for the five Australian sides for the rest of the competition, especially if it is considered Friday’s defeats came against New Zealand’s two bottom sides in the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.
▲ Pick of Saturday’s matches should be the clash between New Zealand’s (perennial!) champions Crusaders and the dethroned Aussie champions Brumbies, who lost a thriller right at the end of last week’s Super Rugby AU final against the Reds, kick-off SA time Saturday.
It could well be a clean sweep on the first weekend for New Zealand’s five competitors, with the Rebels at home against the Blues and the Western Force hosting the Chiefs. Clever money should be on the other two New Zealand sides, even playing away from home.
Saturday’s fixtures (kick-offs SA time)
09:05 Crusaders vs Brumbies
11:45 Rebels vs Blues
13:55 Western Force vs Chiefs 13:55