Hurricanes 22-16 Western Force
The Hurricanes did just enough in this game, despite a spirited performance from the Force.
DTOTW: Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen (78), mostly due to a try and 19 tackles. Heath Tessman (41) and Jayden Hayward (32)
Waratahs 25-20 Chiefs
When the Tahs play like that, you can see what all the fuss was about. That was fantastically entertaining, with Bernard Foley running the show. But it seldom happens for the Tahs. They were irresistible in the first half, with Israel Folau scoring a weird try. I have no idea how he caught that with the two defenders around him. Irish defences wouldn't concede a try like that with their GAA upbringings. This was definitely Folau's best game, and it's a little easier to see why he's being touting as a contender to face the Lions.
In the second half, the Chiefs came storming back and were leading by two points with 5 minutes left. How do you lose after being behind like that and taking the lead with 5 minutes to go?
DTOTW: Ben Tameifuna (40), Brodie Retallick(30), Gareth Anscombe (49), Cam Crawford (31), Israel Folau (32)
DTOTY: Bernard Foley (237), Israel Folau (218), Gareth Anscombe (240),
Crusaders 24-8 Highlanders
The Crusaders had a huge amount of possession and territory in this game. It was beyond ridiculous. That they only scored 24 points reflects on a decent Highlanders defensive performance, the conditions and a lack of ruthlessness that is creeping into the Crusaders in recent days.
Despite the Highlanders fielding three locks, they had huge problems out of touch.
DTOTW: Luke Romano (29), TJ Ioane (46)
DTOTY: George Whitelock (245)
Reds 19-19 Brumbies
What. A. Game. Edge of your seat stuff. The TMO was called for action more times in a game than I can remember. And he seemed to make the right call each time. Eventually the Reds were rewarded a try, and this frantic contest ended in a draw. Thrilling stuff.
DTOTW: Jake Schatz (38), Liam Gill (36), Rod Davies (46), Nic White (32).
DTOTY: James Slipper (259)
Sharks 6 -12 Cheetahs
Another fantastic win for the Cheetahs who are having a great season. The second try was awarded amidst controversial circumstances, but you'd have to watch the video to see for yourself.
DTOTY: Pieter Labuschagne (275), Robert Ebersohn (192), Cobus Reinach (115)
Southern Kings 0-34 Bulls
A man of the match performance from last year's IRB Junior Player of the Year. Jan Serfontein sure is making a name for himself in just 6 Super Rugby games. A try here, with some class touches throughout, he was the talk of this game where the Southern Kings were only routed for the second time in an impressive first season. It just wasn't their day this time.
DTOTW: Jan Serfontain (35)
DTOTY: Schalk Ferreira (211), Jacques Engelbrecht (224)
A Good overall round for everyone, with only 2 players not getting over 300, with signs suggesting that those managers may have neglected their teams this week.
That difference between the highest score this weeek (372) and the 7th highest (328) is 44 and low, gives an indication of how tight things are. There were no changes in position this week as is understandable.
Much the same in the league with the Aussie celebs, with Simon Farrell and Peter Corley moving up a position each. The gap between ourselves and the Aussies has been cut with Nathan Sharpe, Brendan Cannon, Greg Martin, Nick McArdle and Greg Clark all within touching distance of Irish players below them in the table.
Twit vs Tweeter
Ireland's Answer 233- 372 Ball Handling Hooker
Poseidon's Belvedere 339 - 325 Multiple Scoregasms
Les Mecs 254 - 340 GlasUlstermanNSW
Average 291- 333 The Weshties
Mention for Multiple Scoregasms who were neglected this week and only had 9 players scoring. They ran Cillian Hogan close.
These results now mean that Cillian Hogan has a 4 point lead to 3 chasers, with a further 3 players another 4 behind, with Average dead last with no wins.
Next weeks fixtures pit:
(2) Ball Handling Hooker v Les Mecs (7)
(3) GlasUlstermanNSW v Cillian Hogan (1)
(6) MultipleScoregasms v Average (8)
(5) The Weshties v Ireland's Answer (4)
This round, the top 16,384 were entered into a competition wide cup tournament. This is how we got on.
Ball Handling Hooker bt "Sluffmakers" 372-353
Poseidon's Belveder bt "Mealamwho?" 339-265
The Weshties lost to "Rod Munch & Friends" 333-346
Garbhan Hogan lost to "Cock 'n Bulls" 328-336
Simon Farrell bt "Tommohawks" 347-344
GlasUlstermanNSW bt "Davuilevu Knights" 340-274
Les Mecs bt "Rebels123" 212 - 175
Ro_Murph bt "RaggaBlacks" 331-252
Ireland's Answer lost to "South Park Cows" 233- 304
Multiple Scoregasms bt "ZRXV" 325-264
With the Aussie teams approaching a break, Lions contenders are in form, but they'll be pulled from the competition earlier than others. Managers will face a tough task of balancing their squads.