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Highlanders (New Zealand), to which Kazuki Himeno of Japan belongs, has decided to advance to the playoff final in “Super Rugby Trans-Tasman” in which the teams of New Zealand and Australia participated.
The Highlanders have been waiting for the results of their rivals with 5-0 (23 points) after the final round of the regular season on June 11. The Crusader’s, who fought for the playoffs, defeated the Melbourne Rebels 52-26 in Sydney on the 12th, lining up with total points, but the Highlanders were in the top position due to the goal difference, and the final advance was decided after passing second place.
The Crusaders, who have been crowned Super Rugby for the fifth consecutive year since 2017 and are said to be the absolute champion of New Zealand, need to mass-produce tries in the final race to earn bonus points in order to surpass the Highlanders. , I had to win with a difference of 33 points or more. While pressured by the struggling Levels, he managed to score 8 tries and gained bonus points, but in the 35th minute of the second half of the final stage when the conditions were close to clearing, WTB Leicester Finegaanuk scored the goal line with an angry attack. Although it was exceeded, the try was not allowed due to the foul of the double movement, and in the end, it was not possible to make a 33-point difference.
The blues passed the 1st place. He defeated the Western Force 31-21 in his hometown of Oakland on the 12th, scoring 5-0 (23 points total) and surpassing the Highlanders in goal difference, giving him the right to play in the final at home.
The Blues vs. Highlanders playoff final for the first Super Rugby Trans-Tasman throne will take place on June 19th at Eden Park.
Super Rugby Trans Tasman Final
It took until the penultimate match to decide who would make the Final… but @BluesRugbyTeam will host the @Highlanders in Auckland on Saturday 19 June…
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– Super Rugby (@SuperRugby) June 12, 2021