Law discussion: Hurricanes vs Crusaders
It was a wet Sunday afternoon in Wellington's midwinter with an inevitable wind blowing. There was also a big crowd and an exciting rugby that got to 25-all with 15 minutes to play - 15 minutes in which the Crusaders scored two tries for a 39-25 victory. The great South Island (Mainland?) side scored five tries to one. All six tries in the match were remarkable.
Law Discussion: Chiefs vs Blues
The rain bucketed down in Hamilton and still the rugby-starved crowd filled the Waikato Stadium, something last achieved in 2006 - and they were glad to be there despite the rain and despite their team's defeat. Perhaps it was the relief of doing something normal min these horribly abnormal times.
Referees to 21 June 2020
Ben O'Keeffe and Brendon Pickerill are the referees to the two matches in Super Rugby Aotearoa, Round 2. If Round 1 is anything to go by, they will be energetic occasions watched by enthusiastic spectators at the ground and round the world - two islands of normalcy in an abnormal world.
Law discussion: Penalties and Lots of Rugby
There were 43 000 at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday to watch the Blues play the Hurricanes, the biggest Super Rugby crows in the great ground since 2005. And they saw their side win an exciting 30-20, three tries each.