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Old May 4 2013, 02:00 AM   #54
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Re: Rugby Union 2013 Thread

Blues defeated a Stormers team who scored two tries but failed with a drop goal attempt at the death to leave the score 18-17 at North Harbour Stadium in Albany. Seeing as it's in the neighbourhood a friend and I went, and it seems a lot of South African ex-pats on the Noth Shore had the same idea, although they were definitely outnumbered by a Blues crowd. It's times like that I wish NZ supporters were more vocal like their South African or European conterparts as the Stormers supporters were definitely louder than we were! Chris Noakes kept the score for the Blues ticking over with six out of seven successful penalty kicks, Stormers' infringements saving the day. If it wasn't for the traffic problems getting from the venue afterwards it would've been even better, whoever decided that blocking off half the roads around Albany would be a good idea really needs a kick up the ass.

And the Rebels hosted the Chiefs in a tryfest for both sides, Gareth Anscombe scoring three alone and having another disallowed due to a knock-on in back play, and the Chiefs scoring 6 tries to the Rebels' 5, and the Rebels looked to be in for a sixth at the death if it wasn't for some staunch Chiefs defense, 39-33 at full time.

EDIT: And holy fuck the Highlanders get a win! A much improved second half after being down 7-15 against the Sharks at half time and for the first time this season the Highlanders were actually playing good-looking rugby which was working too. Sharks could have drawn it with a penalty at the 77th minute, but even after losing Brad Thorn the Highlanders' defense was good enough to hold the Sharks out for the last 5 minutes of the match.

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