In the midst of everything going on, one thing we look forward to is sports. Well, thank God an actual team sport is back. Last weekend, two rugby matches took place in New Zealand where the Blues took on the Chiefs and the Hurricanes took on the Crusaders. The Blues defeated the Chiefs with a score of 24-12. The Crusaders beat the Hurricanes with a score of 39-25.
Blues Vs. Chiefs
In the 11th minute of the game, Damian McKenzie capitalized on a penalty goal to put the Chiefs up 3-0. A few minutes later, the Blues were a few feet away from the try line where they were doing some pick-and-go’s. After a couple of attempts, Hoskins Sotutu picked it and went in for the Blues’ first try of the game to put them up 7-3. In the 19th minute, Damian McKenzie gets set up for another penalty goal to make the game 7-6. Before the half ended, both teams recorded another 3 points making the score at half 10-9 Blues.
The first points scored in the second half were from a penalty goal from the Blues. The score is 13-9. In the 56th minute of the game, Damian McKenzie kicks an absolute BOMB of a penalty kick from about 40 meters out. Playing the advantage in the 63rd minute, Beauden Barrett hits a nice drop goal to lengthen their lead 16-12. The Blues then make another penalty goal late in the game. 19-12. And to put the icing on the cake in the 71st minute, Hoskins Sotutu throws a gorgeous pass to the Blues’ winger Mark Telea for the try. The Blues win 24-12.
Crusaders Vs. Hurricanes
This was some fun rugby watching. In the very first minute of the match, Sevu Reece scored on the edge for the Crusaders’ first try. 7-0 Crusaders. 5 minutes go by, and Jackson Garden-Bachop kicks a penalty goal in for the Hurricanes. 7-3 Crusaders. In the 13th minute of the match, the Crusaders’ scrumhalf kicked a cheeky grubber to Braydon Ennor for the try in the right corner. 12-3 Crusaders. Bachop capitalizes on a penalty goal in the 17th minute to make the score 12-6. The Hurricanes then get another three points on the board. 12-9 Crusaders. In the 30th minute of the game, Bachop kicks in a drop goal. 12-12. The very next minute, Will Jordan counter kicks back into the Hurricanes’ defense where they knock it on into the arms of a Crusader. They play the advantage where Jack Goodhue gets in for the try. 19-12 Crusaders. To end the half, the Hurricanes put in a penalty goal to make the score 19-15 Crusaders.
Within 10 minutes of the second half, the Hurricanes put up another 3 points to make the score 19-18 Crusaders. The Crusaders then go on to hit two more penalty goals to extend the lead to 25-18. This is where it got interesting. In the 62nd minute, TJ Perenara executes a nice skip pass to Ngani Laumape where he just throws off Richie Mo’unga then hits the nice offload to Asafo Aumua for the try. 25-25. In the 68th minute, Richie Mo’unga scores a try resulting from an interception from a Hurricane offload near their try line. The Crusaders then put the nail in the coffin in the 74th minute when David Havili scores a try from a nice out-to-in line. Overall, the Hurricanes made it very competitive, but it wasn’t enough. The Crusaders win 39-25.
Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 3 Betting
There’s really nothing fun to do during this COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing that is fun is betting on anything you can. This upcoming Saturday there are two rugby matches being played. At 2:05 AM Central Time, the Blues take on the Highlanders. As of right now, the Blues are the favorite to win the game, and I understand why. With the Blues being 2-0 on the season thus far and being the hottest team in Super Rugby, it is kind of hard to bet against them in this match. If you want to take an underdog, go ahead and bet on the Highlanders because they have had an extra week to watch and prepare for the Blues. Also, they are 1-0, and they like to embrace that underdog role.
Either way, I’ll be putting my money on the Blues taking this victory. At 10:35 PM Central Time, the Crusaders take on the Chiefs. I will be taking the Crusaders in this match. With the Chiefs being 0-2 and dealing with a bunch of injuries, I don’t see them beating the Crusaders who are coming off a win and have that confidence to remain undefeated. The Chiefs are desperate to win a match, and their newly appointed All Black captain Sam Cane is coming back from injury for his first start of the season. Even with Cane playing this week, I still have to go with the Crusaders.