Chiefs still in line for home semi
Once again the Chiefs were playing on Friday night, this time against the Hurricanes at the Cake-Tin. The Chiefs have had many injury problems this year, especially in the midfield with Richard Kahui and Tim Nanai-Williams out for varying parts of the year.
In their place came rookies Bundee Akhi and Tikoroituma who both played adequately.
The game was a very tight, stop-start affair, with the score advancing by penalties.
Aaron Cruden converted four penalties to Beuden Barrett’s three to give the Chiefs a halftime lead of 12-9.
The second half continued in the same vein, with neither team wanting to risk throwing the ball around, because of the wet conditions.
Eventually, Kerr-Barlow charged a Perenara clearing down, to recover the ball, and off-load to Latimer to score the crucial try.
It seems to me that Perenara’s clearance kicking needs to be greatly improved, as a charge down frequently appears likely.
The win keeps us ensconced at the top of the table and seemingly on track for a home semifinal.
The big game on Saturday night was the Crusaders v Blues in Christchurch.
Both teams have been ticking along quite nicely in the competition and their match-up was a mouthwatering prospect considering the history between the two teams.
The Blues started off in attack mode, running everything back at the Crusaders from all over the place.
They seemed to be making plenty of ground as well. However, the Crusaders’ forward pack started to out-muscle their opponents – no doubt helped by the return of Kieren Read.
Crusaders were first on the scoreboard when Tom Taylor kicked a penalty and shortly after Ryan Crotty charged down a clearing kick and ran in close to the posts.
Chris Noakes kicked the Blues’ only points in the game when he slotted a penalty after half an hour. Owen Franks rumbled his way over a rolling maul to score a try to bring the score to 20-3.
The final nail in the coffin was when Tom Taylor landed a late penalty to bring the final score 23-3.
There really is not much to say about the Warriors this week.
They played the worst ever game in the club’s history, going down 62-6 to Penrith, who are close to the bottom – so where does that put the Warriors?
One of the worst things is the number of former Warriors players who are doing the damage against them.
This is one of the most disgraceful performances of any team. The only thing for the Warriors to do now, is to take a good, hard, long look at themselves, and somehow generate some pride and show to the country that they deserve to wear the jersey of one of our national teams.