Welcome back to super rugby, it’s week 3 and we are already sending reports on Wednesday edition. Not a huge amount to cover, but if this is not enough content to last your bowel movement you should consider fiber supplementation.
First, a programming note: the Pretoria Bulls have scored exactly zero tries through three rounds of the competition. As such, I have relegated them to the northern hemisphere and summarily refuse to cover them until further notice. On to business.
We talk about reanimated corpses a lot here. Necromancy in general is neat, and I find it a hilarious way to say a player is past his use-by date. In this context, two players who were named to the Chiefs squad this past weekend deserve recognition for their contributions from beyond. Ross Geldenhuys, the 37 year old prop, played for his record sixth different super rugby franchise this weekend. With luck and the hopeful returns of Angus Ta’avao and Nepo Laulala, he may reach the 50% mark. I am sure some non-Brumby Oz conference team will need a prop at some point. Adam Thomson, once an All Black who last played in 2017, is truly emblematic of the reanimator motif as he spent 57 days in a Japanese hospital following nerve damage before making his triumphant return in Prince Chichibu stadium. Recognition and accolades to both of these prized amalgams.
As alluded to in the subject, this week was our first look at the re-return of Damian McKenzie, sans any playing restrictions or rest protocols. What a return it was! A try assist, a secondary try assist, try saving tackle, and a try of his own in addition to a fine day off the tee. It must be noted that the first try was off the same lineout set piece play they used against the ‘Saders last week, putting DMac into space and offering a walk in for Solomon Alaimalo. Former coach Tony Brown, now at the struggling ‘Landers, can only shake his head.
Lachlan Boshier has more turnovers than an Ukranian village bakery. The man is averaging 4 pilfers a game and had a runaway try off of a stone hands drop by the Sunwolves.
Not much else to say as the Chiefs took home a comfortable and expected win. Next week, Cruden ALB and Sam Cane return while Boshier, Weber and Alaimalo will take a planned rest, per the Gat-man. The Brumbles, who have not won in NZ almost three world cups ago, will run out Chiefs reject Toni Pulu at the wing. Expect mauls by the Brumbies and expansive play by the Chiefs.
Around the league, those same Brumbies coughed one up after the siren to the outclassed Highlanders. Similarly, the Lions managed to give it back to the Stormers who dotted down in extra time via a stroll in try to Ruhan Nel. Exciting to the death! Reds game was actually better than the scoreline suggested, as they led at half before capitulating to the dominant Jaguares maul. Week 11’s Jaguares Brumbies tilt will have more mauls than a 1999 Star Wars convention (that Jordan presumably attended dressed as Jar-Jar). Meesa no like passing!
MLR WATCH: Nonu scores his first try for a team that has a not-Bissie, not-Jannie du Plessis. Why bother having a du Plessis at all, if not Jannie or Bissie?
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