To start us of in Super Rugby Aotearoa RD 9 we have the Hurricanes and Chiefs doing battle first up. The Hurricanes have won 4/6 games so far, whilst the Chiefs are 0/7. That alone painting a pretty stark comparison between the two sides. The Hurricanes latest match came in RD7, where they pipped the Crusaders 34-32 courtesy of a 74th minute Jordie Barrett PG. As for the Chiefs, their performance last round wasn’t pretty. This coming about as they went down to the Crusaders by 13 points. They conceded 5 tries to 1 in the mauling. Will this encounter prove to be close, or will it be yet another thrashing for the Chiefs?
Then next up we have the Crusaders and Highlanders going head-to-head. The Crusaders have won 5/6 so far and are 1st. Whilst the Highlanders have won only 2/6 and are 4th. This encounter could also prove to have a pretty big gap in it. The Crusaders put on the motors last RD as they scored tries in the 7th, 14th, 40th, 61st and 66th minutes of the match in their 32-19 victory over the Chiefs. Whilst the Highlanders went down by 11 points to the Blues. They got outscored 5 tries to 2, despite owning 56% possession of the ball. The Highlanders desperately need a victory here in order to stay in touch with the Top 2. But will they get it?
Here are two more awesome games headed right your way in Super Rugby Aotearoa RD9!
Super Rugby Tipping – Saturday, August 8
Hurricanes vs Chiefs
Sky Stadium | 5:05PM (AEST)
Hurricanes – The Hurricanes are currently 3rd on the ladder, with 4 wins from 6 matches. They are on 16 competition points and have a PD of -7. They are going along quite nicely at the moment, but there is also room for improvement. They had the bye last round, so their last game was in RD7. That was where they pipped the Crusaders 34-32 at the Orangetheory Stadium. They started the scoring in just the 8th minute with a Barrett PG, so it was fitting that he would win it for them with another one in the 74th min as well. Although they did suffer a late scare, with Reece crossing the line in the 76th min for the Crusaders. And despite only owning 44% of the ball, they still managed to score 3 tries. They also beat 19 defenders and had 9 clean breaks. While they won 68 rucks, 0 mauls, 5 lineouts and 4 scrums.
Chiefs – 0/7, It’s pretty bleak at the moment for the Chiefs! They have just 5 competition points and a horrendous PD of -44. And last RD matters just got worse for them, as they went down to the Crusaders 32-19. Despite owning 47% of the ball, they went down 5 tries to 1. They also ran for 355m’s, beat 17 defenders and had 8 clean breaks. They made 145 tackles and won 13 turnovers. In a small but strong positive, the Crusaders only won 4 turnovers. They also had 27 kicks in play. CRU in compairson, had only 21. Whilst they were also good with the boot, making 1/1 conversions and 4/5 PG’s. And they won 85 rucks, 4 mauls, 12 lineouts and 7 scrums. Whilst they also gave up just 8 penalties, in comparison to CRU 13.
The Hurricanes have won 4 of the past 5 games played between these two sides, with the other being a draw. And with the Chiefs yet to win a game this season, it’s pretty safe to say that all signs point to a comfortable Hurricanes victory. The winning scores for them from newest to oldest have been, 25-18, 27-24, 47-19 and 32-31. The 47-19 clash was played at Sky Stadium, in RD11 of last year. There they proceeded to score an incredible 7 tries to 3, that despite only owning 39% possession of the ball! What a magical feat! They also gained 545m’s, beat 26 defenders and had 15 clean breaks to their name. Sorry Chiefs, but the Hurricanes should be too classy in this one.
Super Rugby Tipping – Sunday, August 9
Crusaders vs Highlanders
Orangetheory Stadium | 1:35PM (AEST)
Crusaders – The Crusaders have won 5 of their opening 6 games so far and look to be on track to do great things this campaign. They are 1st and are also on 24 competition points. And they have far-and-away the best PD at +61. Their latest hit-out was an easy 13 point victory over the Chiefs, at the FMG Stadium Waikato. They scored a comprehensive 5 tries to 1, with 53% possession of the ball. They also ran for 562m’s, beat 27 defenders and had 14 clean breaks. They also made 194 passes, 8 of which were offloads. They won 4 turnovers and had 21 kicks in play. Their kicking was pretty off though, as they converted just 2/5 conversions and 1/2 PG’s. They were also victorious in 97 rucks, 4 mauls, 11 lineouts and 3 scrums.
Highlanders – As for the Highlanders, currently they are 4th out of 5 teams. They’ve won only 2/6 matches and have only 10 competition points. Whilst they also have a pretty poor PD of -37. And their last game was a 32-21 loss to the Blues at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. They conceded 5 tries to 2, despite them owning 56% of the ball. They also ran for 334m’s, beat 19 defenders and had 6 clean breaks. And they made 165 passes, 9 of which were offloads. They also missed only 6 tackle attempts, whilst completing 93. They were also victorious in 78 rucks, 3 mauls, 14 lineouts and 2 scrums. And they leaked just 8 penalties, BLU was at 14.
The Crusaders have won 8 of the past 9 clashes played between these two sides. Their winning score-lines from newest to oldest have been 40-20, 33-13, 38-14, 43-17, 45-22, 17-0, 25-22 and 30-27. There has been a mixture of smashings, combined with close affairs in there as well. And given where the two sides are placed on the ladder at the moment. It’s pretty safe to say that the Crusaders have this one in the bag before a ball has even been kicked. In the 40-20 clash, they scored 5 tries to 2, with 64% possession of the ball. They ran for 535m’s, beat 42 defenders and had 17 clean breaks. Expect something similar to occur here.