Chiefs hat-trick hero Gareth Anscombe scores a try at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Photo: Planet Rugby
Chiefs full-back Gareth Anscombe bagged a hat-trick to help his team to a thrilling 39-33 Super Rugby win over the Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday.
The defending champions outscored the hosts six tries to five, but were made to work overtime to secure the win after the Rebels clawed their way back after trailing 24-7 at half-time.
Tries: Higginbotham, Pyle 2, Phipps, Beale
Cons: O’Connor 4
Tries: Anscombe 3, Aki, Cane, Retallick
Cons: Anscombe 3
The Rebels have selected troubled Wallaby Kurtley Beale on the bench for Friday’s clash with Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs, at AAMI Park.
Beale returns to the Rebels side for the first time since breaking his hand against the Waratahs.
The playmaker addressed the players and coaching staff on Tuesday, before taking to the training paddock later that afternoon.
Rebels coach Damien Hill said the decision was one that needed consultation, with the players having a considerable impact on the decision.
Now that the dust has settled over in the south, we thought it was only right to hand out praise to the stars of Super Rugby, Round 11. Here’s the Planet Rugby XV for week 11 of Super Rugby.
Steyn, Speight made the top picks for week 11 in Super Rugby. Photo: Planet Rugby
15 Israel Folau (Waratahs): Playing his first game in South Africa, anyone in the capital who didn’t know the rugby league convert’s name certainly won’t forget it after this performance. Injected plenty of pace into the Waratahs back-line, looked dangerous every time he touched the ball and scored a superb try as a result.
14 Henry Speight (Brumbies): Undoubtedly the in-form wing in Australia. Speight bagged two tries for his efforts against the Force, as he continues to turn heads every time he touches the ball out wide.
Henry Speight won’t dwell on selection for the Wallabies. Photo: Planet Rugby
In-form Brumbies wing Henry Speight will miss out on representing Australia and facing the British and Irish Lions by just a few months.
Based on his Super Rugby form, the Fijian-born speedster would have been an automatic choice in Wallaby coach Robbie Deans’ squad to tackle the Lions in June.
However, the current leading try-scorer (seven) in this season’s Super Rugby tournament has to wait until the end of October for the IRB to grant permission for Speight to wear the gold jersey – ruling him out of the Lions’ tour Down Under by just four months.
The Flying Fijians are to play a match against the Classic All Blacks in June as part of the Fiji Rugby Union’s Centennial celebrations.
The New Zealand side were formed in 2007 and are made up of former All Blacks who are no longer contracted to New Zealand Rugby.
The team has played matches against the Japanese national team, as well as other matches against Leicester, the French Classics and the Classic Wallabies.
The June 12 fixture will be also be the first rugby match to be held at the newly renovated National Stadium in Suva.
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The Hurricanes Development side scored 11 of the 18 tries on Sunday. Photo: IRB
The Fiji Warriors sits atop the points table of the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup as the New Zealand leg of the series came to an entertaining conclusion with the Hurricanes Development team running out 73-43 victors over Junior Japan.
Fiji in their quest to win a fifth successive title is ahead with 14 points, four points clear of Samoa A. Japan Junior now has three points with Tonga A yet to register a point.
The Junior Japan side concluded their tour with the 18-try fest at the Community Trust Domain on Sunday.
Fiji Rugby chief executive Manasa Baravilala
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive Manasa Baravilala has commended the International Rugby Board for awarding Samoa to take part in a tournament in South Africa instead of playing in the Pacific Nations Cup.
“IRB has been stressing that funding will be based on performance,” Baravilala said.
He said Samoa was now reaping the benefit playing top teams South Africa, Scotland and Italy in June.