Just two days later, we have already seen the apparent supremacy of the New Zealand franchises, which seem to be playing a league of their own
You would have imagined that the Australian franchises would have struggled to adapt very quickly to the standards of New Zealanders, but the excessive strength demonstrated by the Kiwi teams exceeded all expectations, with 10 out of 10 penalized for the dominance of New Zealand rugby. The competition. However, on the first day, some encouraging signs appeared: The Brumbians had sold their skins dearly to the Crusaders and seemed to be able to shed some contentment for the rest of the tournament, just as the Western forces lost a bit to the Crusaders. Super Rugby Aotearoa Championship finalists.
A step back on Day Two is clear: The Chiefs-Bromby match could have been tough, but the Aussies weren’t really in. For the rest, the only person to at least make a decent figure was still the Western Power, defeated 15-25 by the Highlanders. The biggest disappointment comes from the new Australian champions, the Reds who have surprised everyone during the season, doing the same – negatively – against the New Zealanders. After an unexpected defeat, at least for the heavy passive, in front of the heights, against the Crusaders at least, a proud reaction was expected in what would have been a challenge to the new winners of their tournaments. It was a bloodbath, with 28-63 stunned spectators at Suncorp Stadium.
The tournament is still long and the hope for some satisfaction remains, but surely this nightmarish start will make more of what anyone would think of Australian rugby. Sure, the sudden transition from one tournament to the next wasn’t easy, but a major effort would be required to bridge the gap with the opponents.
Highlanders 40 – 19 Queensland Reds
NSW Waratahs 48–64 Hurricanes
The Crusaders 31-29 Brumbies
Rebels 3 – 50 Blues
Western Force 19-20 commanders
the second day
Hurricanes 35 – 13 rebels
Western Force 15–25 Highlanders
Blues 48 – 21 NSW Waratahs
Heads of 40-19 Brumbies
Queensland Reds 28 – 63 Crusaders
1. Blues 10 points.
2. Hurricanes 10
3. The Crusaders 9
4. The Highlands 9
5. Presidents 9
6. Western Power 1
7. Brumbies 1
8. Waratahs 0
9. Reds 0
10. Rebel 0
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