Otago Daily Times Online rugby writer Jeff Cheshire looks
at some key points from the Highlanders' 23-10 win over the
Brumbies in Invercargill.
That the Blues claimed victory against the Rebels today isn't
a surprise but the way they did it was.
The more Ardie Savea plays, the more he fascinates. He brings
the broadest footballing portfolio to a role that has
traditionally had relatively narrow demands.
A makeshift Pirates side fronted for its match with Taieri at
Peter Johnstone Park and, while it was well beaten 68-19, it
did manage to score three tries and contest the scrums up
until the 55th minute.
Dunstan High School were too good for Mount Aspiring College
today, claiming a 46-12 win in the opening round of the Otago
Secondary Schools' First XV competition.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has shrugged off Australia's
struggles in Super Rugby this season and hit back at critics
for being too pessimistic about the local game in the lead-up
to the home test series against England.
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