Sport24’s Herman Mostert highlights FIVE speaking factors after Week 6 of Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa.
The Hurricanes edged the Blues 29-27 in Wellington on Saturday, whereas the Highlanders claimed an epic 33-31 come-from-behind win over the Chiefs in Hamilton.
The Crusaders, who had a bye, stay high of the standings with 4 wins from 4, whereas the Chiefs are all-time low with 5 consecutive defeats.
Jordie Barrett claims sibling bragging rights
Saturday’s match in New Zealand’s capital pitted the Barrett brothers, Jordie and Beauden, in opposition to one another at fullback throughout the Hurricanes’ win over the Blues.
On this event, it was youthful brother, Jordie, who walked away with the spoils after kicking a decisive late conversion from the nook to sneak a victory.
Beauden, booed on his first few touches by his former residence crowd, scored a elegant first half strive when a sneaky dummy and break noticed him pace by means of.
However it was Jordie who had the final chuckle together with his strain cooker conversion, and will probably be attention-grabbing to see which of the 2 brothers wears the All Blacks No 15 jersey later this yr.
Laumape on the rampage
Hurricanes inside centre Ngani Laumape had a barn-storming sport and produced a efficiency that might have caught the attention of All Blacks coach Ian Foster.
He scored a magical strive within the third minute when he rounded Beauden from 45m out earlier than charging over within the nook.
Later, the burly No 12 virtually scored once more when he ran straight over Beauden – in all, Laumape made 15 runs, gained 133m on assault, broke 5 tackles and made three line breaks.
Flyhalf or fullback for Beauden?
When the Blues misplaced Otere Black with what appeared a severe neck damage, Beauden Barrett was compelled to play the latter a part of the match at flyhalf.
He has performed his final 5 Assessments for the All Blacks at fullback, with Richie Mo’unga cracking the nod at flyhalf, whereas the Blues have additionally utilised him at No 15 in latest weeks.
He has not disgraced himself on the again, however there’s an argument that he’s extra helpful at flyhalf, nearer to the motion.
Barrett’s strive got here after taking the ball at first receiver, and with Black more likely to be out for subsequent weekend’s match in opposition to the Chiefs in Auckland, the previous appears to be like set for a stint within the No 10 jersey once more.
Within the post-match press convention, Barrett indicated he most well-liked enjoying at flyhalf.
“I loved that position and it is clearly my most well-liked place. I have been coaching there for the second half of trainings in case Otey [Black] acquired injured I might be prepared for that.
“I am simply comfortable to be enjoying the place I can get ball in hand, that is the place I really feel that I’ve extra affect.”
Mo’unga has been red-hot for the Crusaders this season, and if Barrett stars at pivot for the Blues for the rest of the competitors, the All Blacks selectors could have a troublesome name to make later within the yr.
Highlanders stun Chiefs with epic fightback
The Chiefs regarded set for his or her first win within the competitors after they led the Highlanders 31-7 after 45 minutes in Hamilton, solely to see the lads from Otago rating 4 unanswered tries and snatch an epic win on the loss of life.
The Chiefs additionally misplaced to the Highlanders within the dying seconds of their opening Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa match in Dunedin final month.
Coach Warren Gatland shall be a apprehensive man – it was the Chiefs’ fifth successive defeat within the competitors, and their sixth total, having misplaced 27-24 at residence to the Hurricanes earlier than the common Tremendous Rugby season was deserted attributable to Covid-19.
Six losses in a row imply the Chiefs have additionally equalled their worst-ever shedding streak, with the 2 earlier occasions having been throughout two seasons – in 1998 and 1999 and 2008 and 2009.
It was additionally a file fifth residence defeat in a row.
Technicality concern in TMO name
Main 31-19 within the 65th minute, the Chiefs thought that they had put the sport to mattress when fullback Damian McKenzie scored after creating one thing out of nothing.
Nonetheless, after replays confirmed an unintended offside when captain Sam Cane’s knee knocked the ball into flyhalf Kaleb Trask’s foot, the strive was dominated out by referee Mike Fraser and tv match official Brendon Pickerill.
Technically, it was right name, however the incident occurred greater than two phases again, and in accordance with the laws, officers usually are not allowed to look that far again for indiscretions.
Credit score to Gatland although, who selected to not lay into the officers afterwards.
“I am not sad about that, but when he is going to try this, then make the ruling [on two phases]… Since you might be in a scenario with one other sport the place the referee turns and says ‘No, that is too far again’.
“You might argue you may have simply performed on and mentioned that is a strive. We simply want to verify we’ve got some consistency. Typically in groups, successful turns into a behavior, and shedding does, and calls go in opposition to you, and you have to be sensible by way of the way you get out of that, so we’re fairly disenchanted about that,” the Chiefs coach mentioned.