Week 2 of Super Rugby once again kicked off early in the week with the Reds playing the Force. The Reds failed to carry their winning momentum from the week before and lost to the force by 26 points to 19. The same goes for the Blues who, despite a great round one, came undone by a powerful Chiefs side (41-26) with Rieko Ioane having very little front foot ball to work with.
Once again the Hurricanes were out to set the pace of the weekend as they put the Rebels to the sword in a thrilling encounter which saw them score 11 tries and only concede two penalties (71-6) with Nehe Milner-Skudder scoring a hat-trick on his return to Super Rugby. The Highlanders looked dead set to have achieved a stunning victory over the Crusaders when two tries from the Crusaders in the fading minutes of the match secured them the victory, winning the match 30-27.
The Crusaders narrow victory set the tone for much of the remainder of the weekend as the Sharks and Brumbies went into the 80th minute at 22 all only for Curwin Bosch, the young Sharks fullback to show his creativity from the bench, setting up a try to win it after the hooter (27-22). The Bulls v Cheetahs went along similar lines as the Cheetahs notched up a big lead only for the Bulls to score two quick tries late in the game putting everyone on edge. Fortunately the Cheetahs broke the trend and won the game 34-28.
The Lions hit their strides on Saturday putting the Waratahs away 55-36 in a try fest that saw Rohan Janse Van Rensburg score two tries in dedication to his mother who passed away earlier in the week. The Stormers and Jaguares were involved in an arm wrestle at DHL Newlands whilst the Kings and Sun Wolves fought it out until the Kings were able to achieve their first win of the season.
Next weekend’s match to watch is between the Chiefs and the Hurricanes as both are coming off strong wins and will be looking to gain a foot hold on top of the New Zealand conference going forward. Although it is still early days in the competition the likes of the Rebels, Highlanders, Bulls, Brumbies and Sun Wolves are still looking for their first wins this season to avoid hitting make or break early on.