In the opening match of round two of the Asteron Life Super Rugby Competition the Brumbies pushed the Chiefs all the way in New Plymouth only to fall short in the dying stages of the match as Aaron Cruden kicked the penalty to get the Chiefs home.
The 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby competition kicked off with both finalists from 2014, the NSW Waratahs and Crusaders going down at home to the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels respectively.
The Western Force enter their tenth season in the competition off the back of their most successful year ever! The men from Perth won nine matches, including a five match winning streak in the middle of the season in 2014.
The 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby Champions will have their work cut out for them this season if they want to be the first Australian province to successfully defend their title.
The Queensland Reds are coming off a disappointing 2014 season, winning only eight matches, and finishing 13th overall. However, a busy off-season, and a healthy squad, with some new recruits will mean the 2011 Champions will be a force to be reckoned with in 2015.
The two-time Super Rugby champion ACT Brumbies were one of the form teams in the 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby competition, making it to the semi-finals and testing the eventual champions the NSW Waratahs to the limit of their ability and fitness. Although they did not prevail that night, the talk out of the nation’s capital is that this team will be one to beat in 2015.
The Waratahs made history in 2014 when they won their maiden Super Rugby title after flyhalf Bernard Foley slotted a long-range penalty goal to seal the victory against the Crusaders in the dying minutes.
Having joined the Asteron Life Super Rugby competition in 2011, the Melbourne Rebels will be looking to have their most consistent year yet after finishing 15th in the 2014 season.
With under five days until the 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby season kicks off, the Australian conference has been finalising its preparation with trial matches. The Australian conference sides won 3/3 against their New Zealand rivals as the NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels all claimed victories.
A Judicial Hearing has found Ryan Tongia of the Highlanders not guilty of contravening Law 10 (e) Dangerous Tackling. Law 10 (i) Tackling jumper in the air after he was issued a red card during a Super Rugby trial match at the weekend.
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