Friday 9 December 2016

Super Rugby Week 1 - Tries galore in opening weekend of new season

Daniel James

Published 03/03/2016 | 14:04

Martin Landajo of the Jaguares over for a try.
Martin Landajo of the Jaguares over for a try.

The Southern Hemisphere’s premier rugby competition kicked off with some new faces in what turned out to be a try-fest opening weekend.

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The competition certainly lived up to its reputation of exciting running rugby as 53 tries were scored in the opening weekend as the Jaguares of Argentina, the Japanese Sunsolves and South Africa's Southern King's made their respective tournament debuts..

The first game of the new season kicked off in Auckland as the Blues defeated the Highlanders 33-31 in a tight contest. One of the strongest Australian sides, the Brumbies, stormed to victory over New Zealand’s Hurricanes in the second match of the round in Canberra.

In Bloemfontein, all eyes were on new boys The Jaguares as they looked to get off to a good start. The team, which has a vast amount of Argentinian capped players, fought back from a 24-3 half-time deficit to claim a heroic 34-33 victory over the Cheetahs.

In Japan, newly formed franchise The Sunwolves also looked to get off to a flying start as they hosted the South African Lions, but it wasn’t to be. The final score was 13-26, a solid win for the visiting side.

The Chiefs kicked off their 2016 Super Rugby campaign with a tough 21-27 victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

The Waratahs and The Rebels both won their games in the Australian Conference against the Reds and the Western Force respectively.

In South Africa, the Sharks romped to a 43-8 victory over the Kings, while the Stormers also began the season with a win, as they defeated the Bulls 33-9.

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