What a fantastic end in the first round of Super Rugby NZ.
We’ve already seen the thrilling finish between the Highlanders v Chiefs last night when Byrn Gatland shocked his father Warren, who coaches the Chiefs camp with the drop goal.
Now let’s go through this afternoon’s match up when the Blues host the Hurricanes at Eden Park in Auckland.
In the first 40 minutes, it’s a fierce and close battle for the two sides.
The Blues’ attacking play did most of the work to get ahead in the scoreboard sheet.
They’re able to wait for the right time as well as use the vast areas to unpack the quick passes that sealed both touchdowns from Caleb Clarke & TJ Faiane.
But at the same time, the Blues’ defensive play slipped away.
They didn’t cover well enough on the broad areas & attempted the turnovers wrong where the Hurricanes spotted it nicely that helped aided two five-point scores.
Though that didn’t affect the Blues lead too much going into the break by one point, 14-13 v the Hurricanes.
When kick-off resumed for the last 40 minutes of the day, the Blues learned from their defensive mistakes earlier on & dictated the attacking play that left the Canes’ hard to close in.
Yes, Jamie Booth May has captured the consolidation score for The Canes.
But again, the away team’s defensive play made mistakes in taking advantage of the ball at the wrong time, having not stayed in their territory.
That way, the Canes’ attack in the backline had to do the work alone were at one point. They found it difficult to clean out thanks to the stronghold in the forwards’ department from the Blues.
Ultimately, it cost the away team’s match to the Blues by ten points, 20-30 at Eden Park.
Round 1 now done with nine weeks to go in this Super Rugby NZ edition.
The Highlanders will have a week off in the next couple of days, whereas the Crusaders begin to continue their dominance v the Canes’ at home next Sunday.
And don’t forget the Chiefs host the Blues on Saturday night.
The question is, will the reliable start assistance from Beauden Barrett in the Blues continue its winning streak going into Waikato?
We’ll find out soon enough.
For now, credit to NZ’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, with her handling of the coronavirus outbreak having seen zero cases in the end as of a few days back.
At the same time, the fans were allowed back too, which is essential to see from the best part of the game, the grandstands.