HomeSportRugbySuper Rugby Pasifika Round-up 10.06.2023

Super Rugby Pasifika Round-up 10.06.2023

Super Rugby Pasifika Round-up 10.06.2023

And then there were four. Super Rugby Pasifika is down to the usual suspects with mouth-watering semi-final fixtures lined up for the weekend. Quarter-final weekend had the Blues making light work of the Waratahs in Auckland. The Crusaders regularised the early shock defeat to the Fijian Drua earlier in the season with a resounding victory in Christchurch. The Chiefs overturned the Reds at the death. And the Hurricanes suffered a heart-wrenching loss to the Brumbies in an epic game in Canberra.

New Zealand legend, Sir John Kirwan keeps harping on about how the Blues have come right at the right end of the season. Furthermore, it is hard to argue, given their last two performances in the competition. The Auckland outfit dominated the Tahs cruising to a 41 -12 blowout. Setting up a date with their longtime rivals in Christchurch.

Super Rugby Pacific 2023 | Blues v Waratahs | Quarter Final Highlights

In a repeat of last year’s final, the Crusaders will have injury concerns going into the game having finished their quarter-final with The Fijian Drua with 13 men. Zach Gallagher and Richie Mounga limped off before the finish and Scott Robinson’s side will also be without Ethan Blackadder as well as Sam Whitelock when they face the Blues in Christchurch.

Super Rugby Pacific 2023 | Brumbies v Hurricanes | Quarter Final Highlights

The Reds made it a contest against the league leaders unfortunately losing in the last minutes to a Pita Gus Sowakula try. The Chiefs will enjoy home advantage versus the Brumbies come semi-final time after the Aussies survived a TMO decision disallowing Ardie Savea’s try at the death of their 37-33 win over the Hurricanes. An emotional Ardie graciously accepted the officials’ decision, however, he remains adamant about landing the try before being held up.

Whether individual performances over the weekend will influence Ian Foster’s New Zealand squad announcement for the Rugby Championship next Sunday remains to be seen. However, it’s crunch time for Super Rugby Pasifika. New Zealand rugby continues to shine in the competition and smart money should be on an all-New Zealand final in Hamilton. Picks – Chiefs Win

– Blues Win

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