With super rugby trans-Tasman quickly sidelined from the Australian side, no one has been able to reach the four-man benchmark that many pundits believe will be the minimum requirement to finish in the top two.
It currently stands, after two rounds with five New Zealand teams unbeaten, four wins may not be enough. Bonus points will definitely be a determining factor.
But none of that is important for the Australian side right now, who can use the last three rounds of the competition to boost respect and save a bit of face.
Simply put, the Australian focus now is to win the game.
After playing their first two games in Perth, the Western Army will complete the series with three games in New Zealand, starting with a storm in Napier on Friday night.
Storm has made the most efforts in Trans-Tasman so far, but they have also acknowledged the Kiwi side’s most efforts. He conceded second-best attempts at the Super Rugby Ateroa. Ball see this as a great opportunity.
“We want to play with some breadth, and really want to spread those guys around. I think we have the quality on our side, and the skills we need to play really wide and exciting rugby,” said ball captain Kyle Godwin. Thursday Napier
“Obviously, we had to be clinical sometimes and make sure we were playing in the right place, but I think the team is moving in the right direction and we have the right time to play. When is the right time to find some field position.”
“We know we also took back our defense to go to the next defense.”
Godwin said his Kiwi opponents were under pressure.
The NSW talks are fresh from the Queensland Reds ’nine-run thump from last weekend in Brisbane, facing crusaders flying over Volgograd on Saturday afternoon.
But not to be outdone, Wartah hooker Dave Poreki said they have embraced the possibility.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for us to test ourselves against some of the best teams in the world, growing and evolving in a growing environment, firing a few shots and where we’ve landed,” he said this week.
Tahs conceded a 1-turn turnover and lost 2 tackles against the Blues last week, and Poreki said it was an easy lesson for the Crusaders to learn.
“When you play these New Zealand teams, they thrive on the turnover ball. They got a lot of trades on the set pieces, and they did a lot of trades in the normal phase when we can’t capture,” Poreki said.
The Brumbies say the passive contact area is where they left themselves last weekend, as they focused on the Auckland Blues on Saturday evening.
“We weren’t happy with our physicality and our intentions in the chief game. We thought we’d had exceptionally good training and preparation. It’s probably one of our best weeks, but then Saturday came. .
“The mindset is something we’ve touched throughout this week, and we’re trying to put on a full-0 minute Brumby performance.”
With more than four-and-a-half attempts in the game through the Australian competition, Brumby has found only seven in the last two games.
Cusack said the Brumbs were attacking as the best form of defense against the Blues, as they proved they had a better side than in previous weeks.
“We’re trying to improve that and put out our best performances. Play some free-flowing rugby. It may be a little wet. We’ll see more style play with a lot of fun.”
The Reds believe their adaptive failure came as a surprise to their early Trans Tasman games, which they need to address quickly before hosting the Chiefs in Townsville on Saturday night.
“We’re shortening ourselves a bit,” said Queensland fullback Bryce Haggarty.
“The game is fast, everyone can probably see it; how it is referenced and played is that kind of fast game, which is really good, but instead of taking the lead in it we let them take the lead.”
Haggarty said the Reds had a tough first two rounds that followed the Super Rugby AU with all the energy they had, and the feeling of winning.
Melbourne uprisings face a fluid situation. After playing in Wellington last Friday and not playing the Highlanders in Queenstown until Sunday, the Rebels chose to return to Melbourne this week. They released a statement late on Wednesday stating that they would be based in Sydney, with the intention of traveling directly to Queenstown on Saturday to play according to Sunday’s game schedule.
Points will be split in the worst case if the game cannot be played, for example.
Super Rugby Trans Tasman – Round (All Time AEST)
Storm against force, Napier 1505
Crusaders against Varatah, Vol. 1 1505
Blues Brumbeys, Auckland 1115115
Reds v Chiefs, Townsville 145.45
Highlanders vs. Rebels, Queenstown 123535 * (still TBC)