NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden slotted a penalty goal in the final minute to give the Chiefs a 19-17 win over Australia’s ACT Brumbies in the opening match of Super Rugby’s second round on Friday.
Charlie Ngatai opened the scoring for the Hamilton-based Chiefs with a try in the 15th minute. The Brumbies, who beat the Queensland Reds 47-3 last weekend, replied with a try by Tongan openside flanker Ita Vaea four minutes later.
Christian Lealiifano’s three penalties looked to have given the Brumbies an edge, but a late scrum infringement after the siren saw Cruden kick his fourth penalty of the night to secure the win.
At Melbourne, Australia, Wallaby back Kurtley Beale’s 25th Super Rugby try with eight minutes remaining helped give the defending champion New South Wales Waratahs a 38-28 win over the Melbourne Rebels.
Flyhalf Bernard Foley kicked his third penalty of the match with three minutes left to clinch it for the Waratahs.
The Wellington, New Zealand-based Hurricanes won for the second time on their South African road trip, beating the Pretoria-based Bulls 17-13, helped by Beauden Barrett’s four penalty goals.
The Hurricanes followed up their victory over the Lions last week by coming from behind at Loftus Versfeld, and sending the Bulls to a second straight defeat at home after the three-time champions went through last season unbeaten at Loftus.
Flyhalf Handre Pollard’s try helped the Bulls to a 10-9 halftime lead. But winger Julian Savea scrambled over from a quick tap penalty 13 minutes from the end to clinch the win and send the Hurricanes to the top of the standings ahead of Saturday’s games.
With a cyclone affecting the south coast of Queensland state in Australia, Super Rugby officials said Friday a decision would be made on Saturday morning whether a match between the Reds and Western Force would be played later in the day.
Heavy rain and strong winds associated with Cyclone Marcia forced the postponement of an A-League football match in Brisbane on Friday.