Round One Super Rugby 2011 Results

Rugby Union results from the first round of the 2011 Super Rugby Tournament

Super Rugby kicked off this weekend, the first Super tournament with fifteen teams and a conference system. The conference system means more local derbies between the teams, and the first round alone provided grudge matches between the Hurricanes and Highlanders, Blues and Crusaders, Lions and Bulls, and a ‘warm’ welcome to Super Rugby from the Waratahs to the Rebels.

It was a typical start to Super Rugby, some poor defense, patchy handling and attack patterns, and much talk about the merits, or lack thereof, of rugby in February – Southern Hemisphere’s summer. There were also a few upsets and near-upsets. The Highlanders surprised the Hurricanes in the opening game, winning 14 to 19. Later on Friday the Waratahs walloped the Rebels 43 nil, giving us a glimpse that it may be a long season for the new Melbourne-based team. That was the only bonus point win in the round.

Other upsets included the Blues narrowly defeating the Crusaders in Auckland and the Lions giving the Bulls a scare, although still going down 20 – 24. Likewise, the Force defied the odds and took the game to the Red, before finally going down 21-20 in a heartbreaking loss.
The Brumbies showed they could be a force this year, although they were helped by a Chiefs team who didn’t seem to have a lineout or a scrum. The Sharks easily accounted for the the Cheetahs, 24 -9.

Hurricanes 9 v Highlanders 14

Hurricanes

Penalties: Cruden 3

Highlanders

Try: Sopoaga. Penalties: Sopoaga 2, Robinson

Rebels 0 v Waratahs 43

Rebels

No score

Waratahs

Tries: Beale 2, Mitchell 2, Polota-Nau, Horne, Waugh. Conversions: Barnes 3, Beale

Blues 24 v Crusaders 22

Blues

Tries: Stanley, Woodcock, Mealamu. Penalties: Brett 3

Crusaders

Tries: Maitland, Ellis. Penalties: Carter 4

Brumbies 28 v Chiefs 20

Brumbies

Tries: Coleman, Fainifo, Ma’afu. Conversions: Giteau 2. Penalties: Giteau 3

Chiefs

Tries: Sivivatu, Kerr-Barlow, Masaga. Conversion: Donald. Penalty: Donald

Sharks 24 v Cheetahs 9

Sharks

Tries: Botes, B du Plessis. Conversion: Lambie. Penalties: Lambie 3, Potgieter

Cheetahs

Penalties: Olivier 3

Lions 20 v Bulls 24

Lions

Tries: Murray, Bezuidenhout, Whiteley. Conversion:Jantjies. Penalty: Jantjies

Bulls

Tries: Kirchner, Van den Heever. Conversion: Steyn. Penalties: Steyn 4

Reds 21 v Force 20

Reds

Tries: Faingaa, Hanson. Conversion: Cooper 1. Penalties: Cooper 3.

Force

Tries: O’Connor. Penalties: O’Connor 5.

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