Super Rugby Results and Highlights Round 3 2012

Super Rugby results and highlights for Round 3 2012

Despite the expected mismatches, there was only one true blowout in the third round of the 2012 Super Rugby competition, and it didn’t come from where it was expected. The Hurricanes trounced the Western Force at their cursed home ground 46 – 19. Talk of the Hurricanes being the worst of the New Zealand conference may have been premature and not many would have expected them to have two wins out of their first three weeks, particularly on the road.

All the other games were decided by 12 points or less, with two of the games only won by a single point. There were also a number of upsets in round three, starting with the Chiefs over the Crusaders in Napier. For two weeks in a row the Chiefs’ pack that attracted much preseason pessimism has shown-up two All Black laden forward packs. Chiefs’ fans will struggle to get used to getting their own ball back at set pieces, as traditionally this has been an area of weakness for Chiefs teams over the years.

The Highlanders v Waratahs and Brumbies v Cheetahs were decided by a single point, but that is where the similarity ended. The Highlanders, Waratahs game was an exciting clash where both teams worked themselves into the ground. Just before, the Brumbies, Cheetahs game was far messier. But at least it had a dramatic comeback from the Brumbies and a last minute win.

Most would have predicted the victors of the Reds v Rebels and the Sharks v Lions games, but only the Sharks v Lions game was as comfortable as expected. Perhaps the Reds played down to the Rebels level, or the Rebels upped their game, but most likely it was both. The result was a very close game where the Rebels even had an opportunity to win in the last minutes.

Finally, the Blues surprised everyone one with a rare victory against the Bulls at Loftus. Gareth Anscombe had his much anticipated starting debut at number 10, and rewarded the selectors by scoring every one of the Blues’ points. He scored two tries, two conversions and two penalties to take his side to a six point victory. Meanwhile his much vaunted opponent, Morne Steyn had an off night with the boot, leaving enough points on the kicking tee to have decided the game.

Crusaders 19 v Chiefs 24

Crusaders Scorers:

Try: Fruean
Conversion: Bleyendaal
Penalties: Bleyendaal 4

Chiefs Scorers:

Tries: Messam, Taumalolo
Conversion: Cruden
Penalties: Cruden 4

W Force 19 v Hurricanes 46

W Force Scorers:

Try: Hodgson
Conversion: Stannard
Penalty: Stannard 4

Hurricanes Scorers:

Tries: Perenara 3, Taylor, J Eaton, Ngatai
Conversion: Barrett 3, Kirkpatrick 2
Penalty: Barrett, Kirkpatrick

Brumbies 24 v Cheetahs 23

Brumbies Scorers:

Tries: Speight, McCabe
Conversion: Lealiifano
Penalty: Lealiifano 4

Cheetahs Scorers:

Tries: Le Roux, De Bruyn
Conversion: Goosen 2
Penalty: Goosen 3

Highlanders 18 v Waratahs 17

Highlanders Scorers:

Tries: Smith, Hardie
Conversion: Slade
Penalty: Slade 2

Waratahs Scorers:

Try: McCutcheon
Penalty: Halangahu 4

Reds 11 v Rebels 6

Reds Scorers:

Try: Shipperley
Penalty: Harris 2

Rebels Scorers:

Penalty: O’Connor 2

Sharks 32 v Lions 20

Sharks Scorers:

Tries: Viljoen, Mvovo, Bosman, Botes
Conversions: Lambie 3
Penalties: Lambie 2

Lions Scorers:

Tries: Taute, Dreyer
Conversions: James 2
Penalties: James 2

Bulls 23 v Blues 29

Bulls Scorers:

Tries: Spies, Basson 2
Penalties: Steyn 2
Conversion: Steyn

Blues Scorers:

Try: Anscombe 2
Conversions: Anscombe 2
Penalties: Anscombe 5

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