Highlanders may have taken the three points early. Thanks to the penalty goal between the sticks after the Blues went offside. But have struggled for the majority in the attack. Which led to plenty of lost penalties & lack of ball carry.
While the Blues scored two tries in the first 40. One each from Otere Black & Caleb Clarke. Plus the one penalty goal also from Black in the 26th minute. As the home side lead 17-3 at the break. Blues continued to earn some tries. Having capitalised the Highlanders discipline mistakes. And their disjointed attacking feel. Which both has not been ticked off.
Despite the two late tries scored from the away team. Just not enough time to make up the their poor first 40. As the Blues closed the Highlanders out by a big margin at Eden Park. Final score is 39-17.
What a weekend of rugby it has been in Super Rugby. Both in Australia and New Zealand stand-alone competitions. With the Crusaders won from last night v Chiefs 39-17. Pretty much the exact same score too. After the Chiefs were a point behind 10-11 at half-time. But Crusaders just too good to exploit their attacking setup.
In which found it difficult for the Chiefs to fire on their own. Plus the lost penalties counted against them. As their search of a win still goes on next Saturday. When the Chiefs v the Hurricanes in Wellington. The Blues v Crusaders next Sunday at home.
You can look back at our weekend run of Super Rugby AU. Including our Top 3 players where we saw two super close & unpredictable games. Western Force v Melbourne Rebels from Friday. And Brumbies v Reds last night. Make sure you come back here tomorrow night for the NASCAR Cup Series fix. It is Race 5 of the 2021 season at Phoenix Raceway in Arizona. Like the Rugby we will have the Top 3 underdogs & mid-tier teams report card. Plus we look the best placed Toyota driver. And a debrief of that race itself.