March 15, 2019 / 11:01 AM / 7 months ago

Highlights: Super Rugby week five

(Reuters) - Highlights from Super Rugby’s week five matches:


Hooker Folau Fainga’a scored two tries, both from close range, as the Brumbies held off the Waratahs in a tight encounter in Canberra where neither side were able to dominate in the face of strong defences and big tackles.

Fainga’a also had his hands on the ball when the Brumbies were awarded a penalty try by referee Glen Jackson after the Waratahs had collapsed an attacking lineout drive. The hooker has now scored tries in five successive matches.

Captain Michael Hooper and winger Alex Newsome both scored tries, while flyhalf Bernard Foley slotted a penalty for the Waratahs, who had both starting props Sekope Kepu and Harry Johnson-Holmes sinbinned for different offences.


Damian McKenzie made full use of the space available to him at fullback as he scored a try and added 13 points from the boot to end the Chiefs’ losing streak with their draw with the Hurricanes in Hamilton.

McKenzie had struggled to impose himself in his three previous appearances at flyhalf as the Chiefs slumped to four successive losses and was shifted to fullback by coach Colin Cooper.

The decision paid off, with the All Blacks utility back exploiting space and revelling in the open field with his pace and footwork creating opportunities for the home side, who also got a try from Anton Lienert-Brown.

Matt Proctor and Wes Goosen scored tries for the visitors, while Beauden Barrett added 10 points off the boot and younger brother Jordie slotted a long-range penalty.

Compiled by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Amlan Chakraborty

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