Response: ‘Big moment in big game’



For the second week in a row, the Auckland Blues kicked a drop and the siren sounded to beat Aussie opponents J জrn Sullivan Leichhardt to give Waratah a 20-17 lead.

Bouden did the same thing last week to beat Barrett Brumbis and the Blues extended their winning streak to 13 straight – a club record. They had already secured the top spot and the quarter-final against Highlander or Force.

After losing the Brumbis Shock early on Saturday, the Warataras will move up to sixth place and face the third-placed Chiefs in next week’s quarter-finals. Tahs got a bonus point to equalize with Hurricane who will play later tonight, but Kane’s points difference is obviously higher and will require a huge loss in Perth.

It was a victory for the Blues in depth – they have made 14 changes to their starting line-up since the Brumbies win and have shown a great attitude of fighting down 14-3 in 15 minutes of play.

An early arm wrestler, who saw Tahs Hooker Dave Poreki swam, swung the NSW path in the 28th minute when Jake Gordon headed for the triline but Blues Flanker Adrian fell on a high shot of injury. Gordon was thought to have fallen into the tackle, saving the injury from red.

In the next game, All Black Akira Ion was played for 10, a team warning for repeated fouls.

Tahs took a scram but the Blues were unbeaten, not for the first or last time, winning a comforting penalty and soon after, Tahs took another penalty towards the end of the half point.

“You look at the turning point in a match and that’s a big deal,” said Tim Horan, a former Wallaby star in Stand Sport halftime coverage.

“The defense wins the match and the defense is huge in scrum time.

“Big moments in big games. . . The forward pack is going through the line of advantage but they are just passing a lot. ”

Allana Ferguson added, “They were almost given what they should have scored there.” “The Blues mentality was higher and clearer.”

At halftime, Tahs assistant Chris Whitaker said the team was “struggling to find our rhythm, we’re moving away, we can’t find our shape perfectly.

Tahas changed tack in the second half, and made two attempts in seven minutes to widen the right corner.

Corey Evans of the Blues took charge of the defense during the Round 15 Super Rugby Pacific match between NSW Waratahs and the Blues at Lechhart Oval on May 28, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King / Getty Images)

Corey Evans of the Blues took charge of the defense during the Round 15 Super Rugby Pacific match between NSW Waratahs and the Blues at Lechhart Oval on May 28, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King / Getty Images)

With the first, Dylan Pitts descends from the left wing and throws Nawakanitawase down with a comfortable touch in a great looping pass out.

Former Walabi Morgan Turinui has praised the influence of the Tokyo 7 Olympian.

Turinui said, “You can see that Dylan Pitts has brought back the brilliant core skill from the Australian 7. “It simply came to our notice then. Mall direct action didn’t work but the blues defenders have been sucked.

“Pietsch has been more involved in the second half, with so much confidence from the first touch of the game. He has done some great things for the Waratas this season, you want to see that many more of these players can change this if they are good enough. “

The second attempt was even better, with almost every Tahas player involved before Michael Hooper offloaded at Navakanitawas, who needed an acrobatic finish.

At 14-3 it looked like Tahs was coming home firmly on an inexperienced opponent but the Blues were not denied.

First Cameron Sophoa and then Luke Romano, blood dripping from his mouth, holding the bull.

Tahs was down 17-14 and Paddy Ryan has been blowing a way back with a forward pass. But from the next scrum Tahas won a penalty and Ten Admed quietly tied the game at the last minute.

After the siren, Tahs 22 had the Blues ball inside, just as he had a week ago against Brumbis, and in the 14th episode Sullivan ran his left-footed strike through the upright.

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