Movers, shakers and upsets galore. Spherical 2 of Tremendous Rugby for 2019 had all of it.
Right here’s version two of the weekly Energy Rankings.
Final week – fifth
The defending champs are a scary proposition. They’d three of their finest resting towards the Hurricanes on Saturday and nonetheless ran away 16-point winners.
Their management of the tempo of the sport is breathtaking and their skill to suffocate their opponents out of a contest is the explanation they’ve been the usual on this competitors for 3 seasons in a row.
Final week – sixth
The Sharks made gentle work of the Blues. Robert du Preez has been nice by means of the primary two rounds, and Curwin Bosch gives a lot on the sting. Their defence is starchy within the center, too – groups will discover it tough to submit factors towards them.
Final week – third
The Highlanders have had two shut contests, and had been fortunate to pinch Friday’s win from the Reds. The 36-31 scoreline was befitting of an entertaining, fast-paced match. Shannon Frizell was immense for the house aspect, nabbing a double, with Dillon Hunt scoring the match-winner within the dying phases.
Nonetheless, for his or her flawless report, their tendency to show the ball over and make errors is trigger for concern. Nevertheless, elite groups discover a option to win after they aren’t taking part in all that properly. File the Highlanders in that class in the meanwhile.
Final week – 12th
This week’s massive movers. The Brumbies had been common within the first week of the competitors, and never even probably the most astute of observers may have predicted their demolition job on Saturday.
A 54-17 embarrassment of the Chiefs was underlined by the standout efficiency of fullback Tom Banks, whereas Tevita Kuridrani and Likelihood Peni additionally had doubles. Importantly, their forwards seemed like they’d shaken off the gradual begin.
Final week – second
The Lions misplaced 19-17 in a thriller to the Stormers, following up from a superb away win over the Jaguares. I’m maintaining them above the Stormers, as a result of they needed to journey mid-week, and nonetheless seemed OK on this contest.
They’d a snug halftime lead, and might mark their second-half down as a blip.
Final week – seventh
The Canes pinched a win late towards the Waratahs in Spherical 1, earlier than being soundly defeated by the Crusaders.
They had been taking part in a composite 1st-2nd XV although, and would have been glad with the performances of a few their reserves.
Final week – 14th
The Stormers bounced again from their first-week pummelling to steal a late win over the Lions. Siya Kolisi was inspirational and Herschel Jantjies’ strive within the 84th minute was a pleasant instance of affected person rugby union.
Final week – first
The Bulls had been disappointing towards the Jaguares after their first-round stunner towards the Stormers. They had been out-enthused up entrance, and seemed static in assault. They now have a mannequin of how finest to play, and the way finest to not play!
Final week – 11th
The Jags notched up their first win of the season in Spherical 2, controlling issues properly towards the visiting Bulls in a 27-12 win.
The Argies weren’t put beneath any strain by means of 80 minutes.
Final week – tenth
The Waratahs plain stunk towards the Sunwolves on Saturday, and had been fortunate to win their first sport of 2019. Turnovers and ill-discipline within the forwards was a continuing drawback, and whereas they discovered attacking straightforward, defence can be 50 per cent of the sport – a undeniable fact that was misplaced on the vast majority of the 23 for 80 minutes in Tokyo.
Karmichael Hunt was good once more and Israel Folau is the very best ball-in-hand attacker within the nation. Many inquiries to be answered nonetheless within the coming weeks.
Final week – 15th
I can’t put them increased as a result of they haven’t received a sport but, however boy do I need to! They had been thrilling towards the Highlanders, taking part in with ardour, grit and tempo – however misplaced within the dying phases. Izack Rodda was one of many gamers of the spherical, following the mid-week loss of life of his father.
The ahead pack was tight, and their backs had been keen to throw the ball from edge to edge. Scoring 31 factors is a giant plus, conceding 36 factors the large minus.
Final week – 14th
The Sunwolves are zero from two by means of the primary couple of rounds, however had been spectacular of their defeat to the Waratahs. Their counter-attacking talent is elite, with their defensive woes the fixed thorn within the aspect.
Hayden Parker ought to kick for aim every time the Sunwolves are of their opponents’ half – it is going to maintain them scoring factors and ticking issues over when the ball will not be sticking.
Final week – fourth
Had the bye.
Final week – ninth
The Blues failed to fireplace a shot towards the Sharks. Their second half was considerably higher than their first, nonetheless their lack of ahead depth will make this an extended season for them.
Final week – eighth
Their loss to the Brumbies was plain ugly. Damian McKenzie has been poor within the first two rounds, and it’s superb how a workforce can lose their means when their attacking spark is taking its time to work into the season.
The Brumbies uncovered them down the sides, with loads of work to be carried out in defence and up the center in future weeks.