The Market Gap

There have been 4 Super Rugby games finished so far (I’m writing this at 6 am, so the games at Crusaders and Waratahs haven’t started yet).

So far there have been two close matches and two absolute pastings.

The Chiefs beat the Highlanders 15-24 and the Blues dumped the Rebels 18-56.

Last year’s champions, the Hurricanes have just blown away the Sunwolves by 17-83.

Hurricanes 83 (Ardie Savea 2, Michael Fatialofa 2, Vince Aso 2, Ricky Riccitelli, TJ Perenara, Julian Savea, Ngani Laumape, Blade Thomson, Brad Shields, Wes Goosen tries; Otere Black 9 con) Sunwolves 17 (Riaan Viljoen, Shokei Kin, Willie Britz tries; Tim Lafaele con) . HT: 45-5.

Losing at home makes it difficult – losing at home by a cricket score does not bode well for the season – or for continuing fan support.

The call for the competition to reduce in numbers rather than expand looks ever stronger – even before R1 is completed.

The only home win so far was for the Reds who beat the Sharks 28-26 –

http://www.suprxv.com/video/reds-v-sharks-rd1-super-rugby-video-highlights-2017_c1778629b.html

James Tuttle scored the winning try after a run from Duncan Paia’aua.-

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/rugby/video-surging-duncan-paiaaua-run-sets-up-match-winning-try-reds-against-sharks

Good start for the Reds although Quade Cooper won’t have been too chuffed with this pass that arrived without grapes or a get well card!

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/rugby/great-shot-unsuspecting-quade-cooper-nailed-sharks-halfback-after-receiving-hospital-pass

The matches in Christchurch and Sydney this morning (our time) should be a lot closer than the one in Tokyo, but a continuing (and widening) gap in class is unlikely to keep fans or TV interested in Super Rugby.

 

 

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