Friday, 16 May 2014

Between the two teams less than 7 points for the 12th time in a row.

Kiwis pride themselves for a running open game full of tries and line breaks. Well this happens in the ITM Cup on a regular basis and in most of the games, especially if the opponents comes from abroad, but this year, ironically, most of the derbys ended up with not too many points and in four occasions with the winning team scoring only from the boot. Friends from South Africa, payback time.
Regardless, the game has been on the line until the end and, despite my forecast that the Highlanders will have suffered from Lima Sopoaga's absence, his replacement, was the hero for the men of the far south. The Hurricanes showed more flowing game and TJ Perenara won his duel with Aaron Smith, not only for the try he scored stealing the ball from his fellow all black. Unfortunately for the men in yellow Barrett picked an injury in a clearance kick and wasn't able to resume his duties on penalty kicks and Taylor missed two relatively easy kicks that made the difference.
NZ conference remains for everyone to take, with the Crusaders ready to cash on Chiefs' bye to gain the first spot.
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